Thursday, January 5, 2012
Sam Rivers 1923-2011
Sam Rivers passed away just one day after Christmas. I wasn't aware of this until I noticed the tribute show to Rivers at In the Groove: Jazz and Beyond, hosted by my friend and jazz hero, Ken Laster. I already had a good serving of Rivers on my Live365 station. I have substituted a couple of new cuts.
One is the title cut from Fuchsia Swing Song (1965). I believe that this was Rivers' first recording as leader. Here is the lineup, from Discogs:
A second cut I am playing is 'Surge' from Waves (1979). This is all out free jazz: every kind of energy pushing out from the inner structure of the music with only a hint of narrative.
It's a pretty good example of River's long association with Dave Holland. I am also featuring 'Ghetto Lights', from Bobby Hutcherson's superb Dialogue (1965). Don't miss Freddie Hubbard's toe curling blues.
River's was twenty-four karat. He manages to show up on a lot of very basic jazz for several decades. I only recently fell in love with his opera.
Last, but not least, here is a beautiful clip of Rivers and Holland playing in Germany in 1979. Enjoy: