Mosaic


The
Sam Rivers
Sessionography


(September 25, 1923 - December 26, 2011)





A work in progress
by Rick Lopez.



Document begun March 10, 1997

UPDATES

February 12, 2014


Photograph by Francis Wolff
(65.05.21, the Blue Note Contours session)






The Deep Digging; The Incantations;
The Inspirations; All These Words...


A memoir of the trip to New York City for the Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul concert
at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, May 25th, 2007.



The RivBea Research Collective mailing list.



Contact RivBea ::: Monique Rivers-Williams & Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers RivBea Music Productions
803 Park Lake Place, Maitland, FL 32751
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This document is posted in two sections:
The Sessionography proper, where you are now, and Rivers' Stepping-Stones,
a side document which contains notes, liner notes, reviews, photos, acknowledgements, and ephemera.


Contents listing for Rivers' Stepping-Stones.



Session List :::


All sessions linked below are to detailed entries for recorded media.
Also listed in chronological order within this sessionography and its session entries are play-dates with no known recorded media.
I would appreciate notice of any club dates, concert dates, festival dates, etcetera, that are not listed here.
Please include reference information (i.e. periodical name, issue date, page number), along with any and all relevant details.



  • 50.02.22 / Serge Chaloff [Broadcast Recording] Verona
  • 61.12.14 / Tadd Dameron Octet: Blue Note Records Presents The Lost Sessions (Blue Note)


    • Sam Rivers with the Miles Davis Quintet — 64.04.03 to 64.07.15
    • 64.07.12 / Miles Davis Quintet [Audience Recording] Tokyo
      • IMAGE
      • Miles Davis Quintet: Starlight In Black Live (Mega Disc Lengendary Collection Series)
      • Miles Davis Quintet: Moment / 1964 Japan Tour Definitive Edition (Heavy Blow) + 64.07.15
    • 64.07.13 / Miles Davis Quintet [Vague and Unsubstantiated Rumors of Broadcast Recording] Osaka
    • 64.07.14 / Miles Davis Quintet: Miles in Tokyo (CBS)
      IMAGE
      • Miles Davis Quintet: Heard 'Round the World (CBS)
      • Miles Davis Quintet: Title? (CBS)
      • Miles Davis: Milestones: New York / Berlin / Tokyo (Jazz Door)
      • Miles Davis: The Complete 63-64 Columbia Recordings (Mosaic)
      • Miles Davis: Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964 (SONY)
      • Miles Davis: The Best of Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964 (SONY)
        IMAGE
    • 64.07.15 / Miles Davis Quintet [Audience Recording] Kyoto
      • Miles Davis Quintet: Moment / 1964 Japan Tour Definitive Edition (Heavy Blow) + 64.07.12
        IMAGES


  • 64.08.21 / Tony Williams: Life Time (Blue Note)
    • Maiden Voyage: Modern Mainstream No. 2 (Blue Note)
    • The Blue Note Years, Volume Five, The Avant Garde (Blue Note) + 64.12.11
    • The Blue Note Years, 60 Years 1939 / 1999 (Blue Note) + 64.12.11
  • 64.11.12 / Larry Young: Into Somethin' (Blue Note)
    • Larry Young: The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Larry Young (Mosaic)
    • Larry Young: The Art of Larry Young (Blue Note)
    • Grant Green: Have Guitar, Will Travel, featuring Grant Green (Blue Note)
    • Various Artists: Blue Note's Six Vital Organs, Home of the Hammond (Blue Note)
  • 64.12.11 / Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song (Blue Note)
    • Various Artists: 40 Years of Jazz / History of Blue Note - Box 4 (Blue Note)
    • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions (Mosaic) + 65.05.21; 66.10.11; 67.03.17
    • The Blue Note Years, Volume Five, The Avant Garde (Blue Note) + 64.08.21
    • The Blue Note Years, 60 Years 1939 / 1999 (Blue Note) + 64.08.21
    • Various Artists: The Amazing Shoichi Yui, Volume 2 (Toshiba) / IMAGE
    • Various Artists: A Blue Conception (EMI) + 65.04.03
    • Various Artists: Jazzanova Blue Note Trip (Blue Note)
  • 65.04.03 / Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue (Blue Note)
    • Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral (Blue Note)
    • Blue Note Sampler Vol.3 (Blue Note)
    • Bobby Hutcherson: The Best of the Blue Note Years (Blue Note)
    • Various Artists: A Blue Conception (EMI) + 64.12.11
  • 65.05.10 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Boston
  • 65.05.21 / Sam Rivers: Contours (Blue Note)
    • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions (Mosaic) + 64.12.11; 66.10.11; 67.03.17
    • Various Artists: Out of the Blue: The Art of the Improvisers (Blue Note)
    • Sam Rivers: Contours (Connoisseur 24-bit Remaster) (Blue Note)
  • 65.08.12 / Tony Williams: Spring (Blue Note)
    • Various Artists: Blue Bossa (1963-1965) (Blue Note)
    • Herbie Hancock: Blue Note (EMI)
  • 66.03.07 / Sam Rivers: Involution (Blue Note) + 67.03.17
    • Andrew Hill: The Complete Andrew Hill Blue Note Sessions (1963-1966) (Mosaic)
  • 66.07.02 / Bill Dixon [Audience Recording?] Newport
  • 66.10.11 / Sam Rivers: A New Conception (Blue Note)
    • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions (Mosaic) + 64.12.11; 65.05.21; 67.03.17
    • Various Artists: AFRTS Basic Musical Library, P Series (Armed Forces Radio and Television Service)
  • 67.02.10 / Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select #16 (Mosaic) + 67.10.31
  • 67.02.20 / Nat Jones Quintet [Rehearsal Recording] NYC
  • 67.03.17 / Sam Rivers Sextet: Involution (Blue Note) + 66.03.07
    • Sam Rivers Sextet: Dimensions and Extensions (Blue Note)
    • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions (Mosaic) + 64.12.11; 65.05.21; 66.10.11
    • Various Artists: Blue Note Re-Issue Sampler (Blue Note)
  • 67.10.31 / Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select #16 (Mosaic) + 67.02.10
  • 68.00.00 (1) / Bill Dixon University of the Streets Orchestra [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 68.00.00 (2) / Bill Dixon University of the Streets Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 69.01.11 / Don Ayler Sextet with Albert Ayler: Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost (Revenant Records)

  • Sam Rivers with the Cecil Taylor Quartet—69.02.08 to 69.11.10, and beyond
  • 69.02.08 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording & Broadcast Recordings] Grinnell
  • 69.07.28 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Audience Recording] Paris
  • 69.07.29 / Cecil Taylor: Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vols. 1-3 (Shandar) / IMAGE
    • Cecil Taylor: Second Act of A, vols. 1-3 (RCA)
    • Cecil Taylor Quartet: The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor (Prestige)
    • Cecil Taylor: Fondation Maeght Nights, Vols. 1-3 (Jazz View)

  • 69.08.00 / Jimi Hendrix with Sam Rivers [POSSIBLE Audience Recordings] Woodstock
  • 69.10.12 / Burton Greene Quartet [Soundboard Recording] New York City

    • Sam Rivers with the Cecil Taylor Quartet — Continued...
    • 69.10.26 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Audience Recordings] Milan
    • 69.11.02 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording] London
    • 69.11.03 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Salle Pleyel
    • 69.11.04 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Copenhagen
    • 69.11.05 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast & Audience Recordings] Stockholm
    • 69.11.06 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Berlin
    • 69.11.09 / Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor Quartet in Europe (Jazz Connoisseur)
      • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast & Audience Recording] Rotterdam
    • 69.11.10 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Stuttgart

  • 70.00.00 / Various Artists: New American Music, Volume 1 (Smithsonian Folkways Records)
  • 71.01.17 / Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording] New York City
  • 70.00.00 (2) / Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording] New York City
  • 71.00.00 (3) / Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording]
  • 71.02.13 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!) + 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Boston
  • 71.02.14 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!) + 71.02.13; 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recordings] Boston
  • 71.02.21 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording & Audience Recording] Boston
  • 71.04.08 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Brooklyn
  • 71.06.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording & RivBea Archival Recording] Boston
  • 72.00.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Philadelphia
  • 72.05.00 / Bill Evans & George Russell Orchestra: Living Time (Columbia)
  • IMAGE: Studio RivBea at 24 Bond St.
  • 72.06.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 72.07.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 72.07.10 / Free Jam Session [Video & Audio Recording] New York City
  • 72.10.27 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!) + 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 73.08.03; 73.11.10
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Rochester
    • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions (Impulse!) + 73.07.06; 73.08.03; 73.11.10
  • 72.11.30 / Dave Holland: Conference of the Birds (ECM)
  • 72.12.01 / Dave Holland Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 72.12.02 / Dave Holland Quartet [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 72.12.00 (1) / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 72.12.00 (2) / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 72.12.16 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 72.12.30 / Sam Rivers & Karl Berger Group [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.04.20 / Sam Rivers Ensemble [RivBea Archive Recording] NYC
  • 73.04.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 73.04.28 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 73.06.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archive Recording] NYC
  • 73.06.30 / Don Cherry Octet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.07.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.07.03 / Sam Rivers Orchestral Explorations Ensemble [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.07.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.07.06 / Sam Rivers: Streams (Impulse!)
    • Various Artists: The Saxophone (Impulse!)
    • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions (Impulse!) + 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10
    • Various Artists: Fire Into Music - The Best of MCA/Impulse! (Impulse!)
    • Various Artists: Impulsively (Impulse!)
  • 73.07.07 / Sam Rivers Ensemble [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.08.03 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!) + 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.11.10
    • Various Artists: No Energy Crisis (Impulse!)
    • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions (Impulse!) + 72.10.27; 73.07.06; 73.11.10
    • Sam Rivers: Trio Live (Impulse!) + 73.11.10
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Molde
  • 73.10.19 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 73.11.01 / Karl Berger / Creative Music Studio / Music Universe [Broadcast Recording] Berlin
  • 73.11.10 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!) + 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03
    • Various Artists: Impulse! Artists on Tour (Impulse!)
    • Various Artists: The Drums (Impulse!)
    • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions (Impulse!) + 72.10.27; 73.07.06; 73.08.03
    • Sam Rivers: Trio Live (Impulse!) + 73.08.03
  • 73.11.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.12.01 / Sam Rivers [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 73.12.24 / Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [RivBea Archival Recording] NYC
  • 73.12.27 / Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [Audience Recording ?] NYC
  • 74.02.00 / Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy (Earthforms Records)
  • 74.03.02 / Sam Rivers Ensemble [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.03.04 / Sam Rivers: Crystals (Impulse!)
    • Del The Funky Homosapien: No Need For Alarm (Elektra Entertainment)
    • Various Artists: Respekt! (Universal Jazz Germany)
  • 74.03.27 / The Music Universe Orchestra [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.05.15 / John Lee Hooker: Free Beer and Chicken (ABC)
  • 74.06.00 / Dick Griffin: The Eighth Wonder (Strata East)
    • Dick Griffin: The Eighth Wonder & More (Konnex)
    • Various Artists: Strata-2-East (Universal Sound)
  • 74.06.09 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.06.29 / Sam Rivers Sextet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.07.05 / Jazz Opera Ensemble [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 74.07.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience & Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 74.07.07 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.07.24 / Various Artists: Jazz In Piazza [Broadcast Video] Villalago & Perugia
  • 74.11.01 / Sam Rivers Reeds of Harlem [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.11.28 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 74.12.29 / Sam Rivers Trio + Karl Berger [Audience Recording] Woodstock
  • 75.00.00 (1) / Sam Rivers Piano Solos "Mid '70s" [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 75.00.00 (2) / Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 75.05.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] East Lansing
  • 75.06.01 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 75.00.00 (3) / Sam Rivers & Rashied Ali Duo [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 75.06.22 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast & Audience Recordings] NYC
  • 75.07.01 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 75.07.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 75.07.08 / Sam Rivers Solo [RivBea Archival Recording & Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 75.08.01 / Bill Cole º Sam Rivers º Warren Smith: The First Cycle (Music from Dartmouth)
  • 75.09.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Paris
  • 75.09.26 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Paris
  • 75.10.16 / Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising (Black Saint) + 75.10.17
    • Don Pullen: The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note (C.A.M. Jazz)
  • 75.10.17 / Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising (Black Saint)
    • Don Pullen: The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note (C.A.M. Jazz)
  • 75.10.25 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] San Francisco
  • 75.12.09 / Sam Rivers: Sizzle (Impulse!)
  • 75.12.12 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 75.12.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 75.12.18 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 75.12.21 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 76.00.00 (1) / Joe Cocker: Stingray (A&M Records)
    • Joe Cocker: Greatest Hits (A&M Records)
    • Joe Cocker: The Anthology (A&M Records)
    • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Joe Cocker (A&M Records)
    • Joe Cocker: Greatest Love Songs (Hip-O Records)
  • 76.02.18 / Sam Rivers: Sam Rivers / Dave Holland (Improvising Artists)
    • Sam Rivers: Sam Rivers / Dave Holland Vol.2 (Improvising Artists)
  • 76.02.29 / Carman Moore: Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon (Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    IMAGE: Sleeve of the Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon vinyl.
  • 76.03.12 / Sam Rivers: The Quest (Red Record)
    • Various Artists: I Grandi del Jazz: L'Avanguardia (Fabbri Brothers Press)
    • Sam Rivers: Vision (Tobacco Road)
    • Sam Rivers: SAM RIVERS con SCHIANO, ALTSCHUL e HOLLAND (GONG Magazine)
      IMAGES: Vinyl and sleeve of GONG Magazine Supplement 7" vinyl.
  • 76.03.13 / Sam Rivers: The Quest
  • 76.03.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Bergamo
  • 76.04.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 76.04.10 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Philadelphia
  • 76.05.15 / Various Artists: Wildflowers I: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions (Douglas)
    • Various Artists: Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions Complete (Knitting Factory)
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Tape 24
  • 76.00.00 (2) / Sam Rivers and Rashid Sinan [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 76.07.11 (1) / Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording] Penne
  • 76.07.11 (2) / Various Artists: After Hours / The Great Pescara Jam Sessions Volume 2° (Ecamlab)
  • 76.07.20 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Verona
  • 76.07.23 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Ravenna
  • 76.07.24 / Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Villalago (Horo) + 76.07.25
  • 76.07.25 / Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Perugia (Horo)
    • Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Villalago (Horo)
    • Sam Rivers [Audience Recording] Villalago
  • 76.08.08 / Sam Rivers Trio [Video Recording] Roermond
  • 76.08.23 / Sam Rivers Solo [Audience Recording] Chateauvallon
  • 76.08.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Willisau
  • 76.09.02 / Sam Rivers: The Tuba Trio, Vol.I, Essence - The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz (Circle Records)
    • Sam Rivers: The Tuba Trio, Vol.II, Essence - The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz (Circle Records)
    • Sam Rivers: The Tuba Trio, Vol.III, Essence - The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz (Circle Records)
    • Sam Rivers / Earl Cross: Jazz of the Seventies (Circle Records)
    • Sam Rivers / James Newton: Flutes! (Circle Records)
  • 76.10.10 / Kazuko Shiraishi: Dedicated to the Late John Coltrane (Musicworks)
  • 76.11.13 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Long Island
  • 76.11.23 / ERROR LISTING: Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Amsterdam
  • 77.00.00 (2) / Various Artists: Sam Rivers Solo Silver Burdett's PIPELINE (Pipeline)
  • 77.01.00 / Sam Rivers [Audience Recording / Interview] NYC
  • 77.02.08 / Barry Altschul: You Can't Name Your Own Tune + 77.02.09
  • 77.02.09 / Barry Altschul: You Can't Name Your Own Tune
  • 77.04.16 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Broadcast Recording] Paris
  • 77.04.18 / Sam Rivers: Paragon (Fluid Records) / IMAGE
  • 77.04.28 / Sam Rivers & Mario Schiano: Rendez-vous (Red Records)
  • 77.05.07 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Vancouver
  • 77.05.24 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Washington, DC
  • 77.06.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Altglashütten
  • 77.06.13 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Lovere
  • 77.06.15 / Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording] Graz
  • 77.06.17 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Laibach
  • 77.00.00 (3) / Sam Rivers & Stanley Crouch Duo [Street Fight] New York City
  • 77.06-07.00 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 77.08.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast (?) Recording] Chateauvallon
  • 77.09.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Modena
  • 77.09.24 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Bosto
  • 77.10.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] Nancy
  • 77.10.13 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording] Nancy
  • 77.10.19 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Soundboard Recording] Brussels
  • 77.11.06 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Broadcast Recording] Berlin
  • 77.11.13 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Rotterdam
  • 78.01.01 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 78.00.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 78.01.00 / Sam Rivers Trio: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] Salt Lake City
  • 78.02.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 78.02.10 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Ann Arbor
  • 78.03.30 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 78.06.24 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording] Washington, DC
  • 78.06.00 / Sam Rivers & Sonny Rollins Quintet [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 78.06.30 (1) / Sam Rivers: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 78.06.30 (2) / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 78.07.14-16 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Italy
  • 78.07.22 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording] Nervi
  • 78.07.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] San Remo
  • 78.08.08 / Sam Rivers: Waves (Tomato Records)
    • Various Artists: Tomato Sampler (Tomato Records) / IMAGE
  • 78.09.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Philadelphia
  • 78.10.02 / Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] Austin
  • 78.10.00 (1) / Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] New Orleans
  • 78.10.15 / Sam Rivers Quartet & Anthony Braxton [Audience & Broadcast Recording] San Francisco
  • 78.10.22-23 / IMAGE: Sam Rivers Quartet in Vancoouver
  • 78.10.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording] Vancouver
  • 78.10.25 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Seattle
  • 78.10.31 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording] Brescia
  • 78.11.06 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording & RivBea Archival Recording] Padova
  • 78.11.07 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Padova
  • 78.12.11 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording] Quebec
  • 79.01.24 / Sam Rivers Big Band [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 79.02.04 / Sam Rivers Tentet + 1 [Audience Recording] Kent
    • Hamiet Bluiett / Muhal Richard Abrams: "Saying Something for All"
      ERROR LISTING !!!
  • 79.04.07 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Den Haag
  • 79.04.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] New Orleans
  • 79.04.20 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Washington, DC
  • 79.05.15 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Hamburg
  • 79.06.12 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Olympia
  • 79.06.17 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] San Antonio
  • 79.06.22 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 79.07.05 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] Kent
  • 79.07.13 (2) / Archie Shepp / Sam Rivers Double Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Den Haag
  • 79.08.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet with The Seattle Composers & Improvisers Orchestra [Audience Recording] Seattle
  • 79.11.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording & Video] Mailand
  • 79.11.15 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Audio & Video Recordings] München
  • 79.11.20 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] Turin
  • 79.12.00 / Sam Rivers: Contrasts (ECM)
    • Various Artists: ECM Sampler 7 (ECM)
    • Various Artists: The Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Contemporary Currents (Franklin Mint)
  • 80.02.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Auckland, New Zealand
  • 80.02.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Albuquerue
  • 80.03.22 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Karlsruhe
  • 80.03.28 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Bielefeld
  • 80.04.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Basel
  • 80.04.11 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 80.05.24 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording] Washington, DC
  • 80.06.28 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland [Soundboard Recording] Pisa
  • 80.10.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Brisbane
  • 80.10.00 / Sam Rivers [Audience Recording / Interview] Stockholm
  • 80.11.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Athens
  • 80.11.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Stockholm
  • 80.11.27 / Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording] Metz
  • 81.01.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Woodstock
  • 81.01.06 / Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording] Northampton
  • 81.02.08 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Minneapolis
  • 81.02.10 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 81.03.13 / Sam Rivers Solo [Audience Recording] Washington, DC
  • 81.04.04 / Sam Rivers: Crosscurrent (Blue Marge)
    • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Paris
  • 81.05.17 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording] Florence
  • 81.08.28 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Willisau
  • 81.09.04 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Saalfelden
  • 81.12.18 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience & Broadcast Recordings] NYC
  • 82.02.05 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Villingen
  • 82.02.06 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording] Saalfelden
  • 82.02.21 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording] Florence
  • 82.05.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] New Orleans
  • 82.06.06 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience & Broadcast Recordings] Washington, DC
  • 82.06.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] Trossingen
  • 82.06.13 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Jazzbühne Berlin '82, Vol.10 (Repertoire Records)
    • Various Artists: Jazz Highlights Live in Berlin (Amiga Records) / IMAGE
  • 82.08.26 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Soundboard Recording] Willisau
  • 82.09.01 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] East Berlin
  • 82.09.05 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording] Saalfelden
  • 82.09.13 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan: Colours (Black Saint)
  • 82.09.16 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Audience Recording] Berlin
  • 82.10.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Wien
  • 82.11.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Köln
  • 82.12.03 / Steve McCraven Quartet Featuring Sam Rivers: Intertwining Spirits (Freelance) + 82.12.04
  • 82.12.04 / Steve McCraven Quartet Featuring Sam Rivers: Intertwining Spirits (Freelance)
  • 83.01.25 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Manchester
  • 83.02.00 / Peter Sonntag Quartet featuring Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] Köln
  • 83.02.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Milan
  • 83.04.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Video] Manchester
  • 83.04.30 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] New Orleans
  • 83.09.02 / Beaver Harris Trio [Soundboard Recording] Saalfelden
  • 83.10.08 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Leverkusen
  • 83.10.15 / Sam Rivers & Köln Workshop Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] Donaueschingen
  • 84.01.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 84.01.19 / Max Roach Quartet + Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording & Video] Hamburg
  • 84.01.30 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Cologne
  • 84.02.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Bregenz
  • 84.02.19 / Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [Audience Recording] Paris
  • 84.02.20 / Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [RivBea Archival Recording] unknown place
  • 84.03.21 / Sam Rivers & Abdullah Ibrahim Duo [Audience Recording] London
  • 84.05.25 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 87.06.06 / Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: The Wolf Trap Salutes Dizzy Gillespie, An All-Star Tribute to the Jazz Master (PBS)
  • 84.07.05 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording] Montreal
  • 84.07.28 / Sam Rivers & Reggie Workman Duo [Audience & Broadcast Recordings] Washington, DC
  • 80.04.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 85.03.08 / Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [Broadcast Video] Burghausen
  • 85.03.21 / Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [Broadcast Recording] London
  • 85.04.19 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording] Basel
  • 85.04.27 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Baden
  • 85.09.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 85.11.08 / Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [Audience Recording] Cambridge
  • 85.11.11 / Thurman Barker: Voyage (UpTee Productions)
  • 86.00.00 / Chaka Khan : Destiny (Warner Brothers)
    • Chaka Khan: Love of a Lifetime / Coltrane Dreams (Warner Brothers)
    • Chaka Khan: Perfect Fit (Warner Brothers)
  • 86.02.01 / Rivers - Pullen Quartet [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 86.04.26 / Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [Audience Recording] Cambridge
  • 86.05.28 / MEMORIAL SERVICE for JIMMY LYONS [Audience Recording & Videotape] NYC
  • 86.10.14 / Hilton Ruiz: Something Grand (RCA Novus) + 86.10.15
    • Various Artists: American Beauty º Film Soundtrack (Dreamworks)
  • 86.10.15 / Hilton Ruiz: Something Grand (RCA Novus)
  • 87.01.31 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 87.02.27 / Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [Broadcast Video] Stuttgart
  • 87.04.00 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Recording] Fort Worth
  • 87.07.02 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (BBC Music)
    • Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording]
  • 87.07.04 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Recording] Stockholm
  • 87.07.06 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Video] Rome
  • 87.07.07 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording] Cagliari
  • 87.07.09 (2) / Sam Rivers Jam Session [Broadcast Recording] Nice
  • 87.07.11 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Recording] Den Haag
  • 87.07.12 (1) / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording] Den Haag
  • 87.07.12 (2) / Sam Rivers & Friends [Audience Recording] Den Haag
  • 87.07.13 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Recording] Montreux
  • 87.07.17 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Recording] Wein
  • 87.07.25 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Video] Freehold
    • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Summer Jazz Live at New Jersey 1987 (Alpha Centauri)
  • 87.10.15 / Hilton Ruiz: El Camino (The Road) (RCA Novus)
    • Various Artists: Novus Sampler '88 (RCA Novus)
    • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz (RCA Novus) + 88.11.30; 88.12.01
  • 87.10.00 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII [Broadcast Video] Jacksonville
  • 87.10.28 / ERROR LISTING: Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [Broadcast Video] Mainz
  • 87.12.16 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with John Faddis [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 87.12.18 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with John Faddis [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 87.12.20 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with John Faddis [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 88.01.07 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Recording] Enschede
  • 88.01.11-12 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with special guests Tony Scott and Gege' Telesforo [Broadcast Video] Rome
  • 88.06.03 / [Audience Recording] Wolf Trap
  • 88.07.15 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Video & Audio Recordings] Perugia
  • IMAGE [Photo courtesy Sam Rivers]
  • 88.07.23 / Dizzy Gillespie & the United Nation Orchestra [Audience Recording] San Sebastian
  • 88.11.30 / Hilton Ruiz: Strut (RCA Novus) + 88.12.01
    • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz (RCA Novus) + 87.10.15; 88.12.01
  • 88.12.01 / Hilton Ruiz: Strut (RCA Novus)
    • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz (RCA Novus) + 87.10.15; 88.11.30
  • 89.04.01 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [FM Broadcast Recording] Tokyo
  • 89.09.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 89.09.02 / Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Orchestra [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 89.10.07 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Video Recording] Leverkusen
  • 89.10.09 / Sam Rivers Quartet: Lazuli (Timeless) + 89.10.10
  • 89.10.10 / Sam Rivers Quartet: Lazuli (Timeless)
  • 89.11.27 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Soundboard & Audience Recordings] Linz
  • 90.07.12 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] Den Haag
  • 91.00.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Lokeren
  • 91.04.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Zaragoza
  • 91.04.13 *or* 91.04.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording] London
  • 91.07.26 / Sam Rivers & Michael Leasure Duo [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 91.10.18 / Roots: Salutes the Saxophone (IN&OUT) + 91.10.19
    • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 1 (IN&OUT) + 91.10.19
  • 91.10.19 (1) / Roots: Salutes the Saxophone (IN&OUT)
    • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 1 (IN&OUT)
    • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 2 (IN&OUT)
    • Roots [*possible* Soundboard Recording] Pulheim
  • 91.10.19 (2) / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Hamburg
  • 92.01.12 / Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra w/ Julius Hemphill and Sam Rivers: Flux (Northeastern / Popular Arts) + 92.01.13
  • 92.01.13 / Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra w/ Julius Hemphill and Sam Rivers: Flux (Northeastern / Popular Arts)
  • 92.03.24 / Roots: Salute to the Saxophone (VideoArts)
    • Various Artists: Double Time Jazz Collection Volume 5 (Eagle Eye Media)
  • 92.03.26 / Roots [Broadcast Video] Burghausen
  • 92.04.01 / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Karlsruhe
  • 92.04.04 / Dave Holland Trio w/ Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] Utrecht
  • 92.04.04 / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Utrecht
  • 92.06.25 (1) / Roots [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 92.07.01 / Roots [Broadcast Video & Audio Recordings] Lugano
  • 92.07.10 / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Den Haag
  • 92.07.17 / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Berlin
  • 92.07.24 / Roots [Audience Recording] Modena
  • 92.09.10 / Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 92.11.00 / Longineu Parsons: Work Song (Longineu Music)
    • Longineu Parsons: Spaced: Collected Works 1980 - 1999 (Longineu Music)
  • 92.12.14 / Roots: Stablemates (IN&OUT) + 92.12.15
  • 92.12.15 / Roots: Stablemates (IN&OUT)
  • 93.00.00 / Barry Altschul Trio + Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] Bucharest
  • 93.04.09 / Barry Altschul Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Draguignan
  • 93.04.14 / Scott Whitfield: To Be There (Amosaya Music)
  • 93.05.01 / Roots [Audience Recording] Cardiff
  • 93.05.00 (1) / Roots [Audience Recording] Essen
  • 93.05.07 / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Bern
  • 93.05.00 (2) / Roots [Broadcast Video] Köln
  • 93.05.08 (1) / Roots [Broadcast Audio & Video Recordings] Bern
  • 93.05.08 (2) / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Bonn
  • 93.05.20 / Roots [Audience Recording] Paris
  • 93.05.21 / Roots [Audience Recording] Paris
  • 93.09.27 / James Blood Ulmer Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] unknown location
  • 93.10.09 / James Blood Ulmer Quartet [Broadcast Recording / Broadcast Video] Leverkusen
  • 93.10.27 / Roots [Audience Recording] Paris
  • 93.11.10 / Barry Altschul Quartet [Audience Recording] Oakland
  • 93.12.05 / Reggie Workman: Summit Conference (Postcards) + 93.12.06
    • Various Artists: Arkadia Jazz Presents: Out and Out Jazz (Arkadia Jazz) + 95.04.27
  • 93.12.06 (1) / Reggie Workman: Summit Conference (Postcards)
  • 93.12.06 (2) / Music Revelation Ensemble: In the Name of... (DIW) + 93.12.07
  • 93.12.07 / Music Revelation Ensemble: In the Name of... (DIW)
  • 94.03.02 / Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] unknown locale
  • 94.07.00 / Roots [Broadcast Recording] Eldena
  • 94.11.00 / Sam Rivers Interview [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 94.12.21 / Bruce Ditmas: What If (Postcards) + 94.12.22
  • 94.12.22 / Bruce Ditmas: What If (Postcards)
  • 95.02.19 / Franklin Kiermyer: Kairos (Evidence) + 95.02.20; 95.02.21; 95.02.22
  • 95.02.20 / Franklin Kiermyer: Kairos (Evidence)
  • 95.02.21 / Franklin Kiermyer: Kairos (Evidence)
  • 95.02.22 / Franklin Kiermyer: Kairos (Evidence)
  • 95.03.25 / Thilo Wolf Big Band [Broadcast Video] Burghausen
  • 95.04.05 / Improvisors Pool: Backgrounds for Improvisors featuring Sam Rivers & Alexander Von Schlippenbach (FMP)
  • 95.04.27 / Reggie Workman: Cerebral Caverns (Postcards) + 95.04.28
    • Various Artists: Arkadia Jazz Presents: Out and Out Jazz (Arkadia Jazz) + 93.12.05
  • 95.04.28 / Reggie Workman: Cerebral Caverns (Postcards)
  • 95.05.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Video Recording] Melbourne
  • 95.06.10 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Melbourne
  • 95.06.17 / Sam Rivers: Portrait (FMP) + 95.06.18
  • 95.06.18 / Sam Rivers: Portrait (FMP)
  • 95.07.08 / Sam Rivers: Concept (RivBea) + 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.04.23; 96.05.13
  • 95.07.14 / Various Artists: Relaxing the Undertow (Put It On a Cracker)
  • 95.08.02 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Audience Recording] Oakland
  • 95.08.17 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Audience Recording] Oakland
  • 95.11.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Melbourne
  • 96.02.10 / Sam Rivers: Concept (RivBea) + 95.07.08; 96.03.18; 96.04.23; 96.05.13
  • 96.03.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Florida
  • 96.03.18 / Sam Rivers: Concept (RivBea) + 95.07.08; 96.02.10; 96.04.23; 96.05.13
  • 96.03.21 / Sam Rivers: Configuration (Nato) + 96.03.22; 96.03.23; 96.03.24
  • 96.03.22 / Sam Rivers: Configuration (Nato)
  • 96.03.23 / Sam Rivers: Configuration (Nato)
  • 96.03.24 / Sam Rivers: Configuration (Nato)
  • 96.04.23 / Sam Rivers: Concept (RivBea) + 95.07.08; 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.05.13
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Cassette 38
  • 96.05.13 / Sam Rivers: Concept (RivBea) + 95.07.08; 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.04.23
  • 96.05.29 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 96.05.30 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] NYC
  • 96.07.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] Vienna
  • 96.07.20 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] Orlando
  • 96.10.00 / Sam Rivers & Trudy Morse [Broadcast Recording] Orlando
  • 96.11.14 / Julian Priester/Sam Rivers: Hints on Light and Shadow (Postcards) + 96.11.15
  • 96.11.15 / Julian Priester/Sam Rivers: Hints on Light and Shadow (Postcards)
  • 96.11.22 / Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 97.02.08 (1) / The Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble with special guest Sam Rivers [Audience Recording] Hanover
  • 97.02.08 (2) / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Hanover
  • 97.02.23 / Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 97.03.29 / Noël Akchoté: Complete K7 Recordings (1996-1997) (Noël Akchoté Recordings)
  • 97.04.04 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording] Paris
  • 97.04.20 / Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra + Quartet and Duo with Chick Corea [Audience Recording] Gainesville
  • 97.06.29 / Reggie Workman Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Tornio
  • 97.07.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Washington, DC
  • 97.08.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Oakland
  • 97.08.09 / Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Recording] San Francisco
  • 97.08.17 / Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording & Audience Recording] Oakland
  • 97.09.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] NYC
  • 97.09.26 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 97.09.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] New York City
  • 97.11.08 / Sam Rivers & Alexander Schlippenbach: Tangens (FMP) + 97.11.09
  • 97.11.09 / Sam Rivers & Alexander Schlippenbach: Tangens (FMP)
  • 97.11.22 / Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording] St. Petersburg
  • 98.01.22 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Eight Day Journal (Nato) + 98.01.23; 98.01.24; 98.01.31
  • 98.01.23 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Eight Day Journal (Nato)
  • 98.01.24 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Eight Day Journal (Nato)
  • 98.01.31 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Eight Day Journal (Nato)
  • 98.02.22 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Live on the Internet [Web Broadcast] Winter Park
  • 98.03.27 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] Gainesville
  • 98.04.12 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 98.06.10 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Broadcast & Audience Recording] NYC
  • 98.07.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Vienne
  • 98.09.23 / Sam Rivers Trio: [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 98.09.26 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 98.09.27 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 98.09.28 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: Inspiration (BMG) + 98.09.29
    • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: Culmination (BMG) + 98.09.29
    • Various Artists: Jazziz On Disc, January 2000 Limited Edition (Jazziz Magazine + CD)
    • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] San Francisco
  • 98.09.29 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: Inspiration (BMG)
    • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: Culmination (BMG)
    • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] San Francisco
  • 98.10.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Philadelphia
  • 98.12.15 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Winter Garden (Nato) + 98.12.16; 98.12.17
    • Music Planet: Vier Tage mit Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas [TV Video Production] France
  • 98.12.16 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Winter Garden (Nato)
  • 98.12.17 / Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Winter Garden (Nato)
  • 99.03.26 / Julian Priester and Sam Rivers [Audience Recording] San Francisco
  • 99.07.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Video] Vienne
  • 99.07.03 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra featuring Hamiet Bluiett & Ray Anderson and Steve Coleman Double Band [Broadcast Video] Paris
  • 99.09.01 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Aurora (RivBea Sound Company) + 99.09.02
    • Various Artists: Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: 1999 Orlando Music Awards (Orlando Weekly)
  • 99.09.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Aurora (RivBea Sound Company)
    • Various Artists: Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: 1999 Orlando Music Awards (Orlando Weekly)
  • 99.09.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 99.09.04 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra featuring Hamiet Bluiett & Ray Anderson [Broadcast & Audience Recordings] Chicago
  • 99.11.20 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Orchestral Explorations for 30 Musicians [Broadcast Recording] Winter Park
  • 00.04.16 / Sam Rivers & Anthony Cole Duo [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 00.05.07 (1) / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] New Orleans
  • 00.06.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Warsaw
  • 00.08.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Caramoor
  • 00.11.04 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 01.03.16 / Jason Moran: Black Stars (Blue Note) + 01.03.17
  • 01.03.17 / Jason Moran: Black Stars (Blue Note)
  • 01.03.00 / Sam Rivers Trio: Firestorm (RivBea Sound Company)
  • 01.03.22 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] NYC
  • 01.03.23 / Sam Rivers Trio [WKCR Archival Recording & Audience Recording] NYC
  • 01.03.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] New York City
  • 01.03.25 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] New York City
  • 01.03.26 / Sam Rivers SOLO & Trio [Audience Recording] Boston
  • 01.04.16 / Various Artists: Visions / performances from the EMIT series (isospin labs)
  • 01.06.06 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] Orlando
  • 01.07.04 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] Orlando
  • 01.07.21 / Longineu Parsons: Tribal Disorder (Longineau Music)
  • 01.09.05 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording] Orlando
  • 01.10.06 / Jason Moran and the Bandwagon [Audience Recording] Minneapolis
  • 01.10.29 / Sam Rivers Trio [Television Broadcast Recording] Seixal
  • 02.01.03 / Fluid Motion: Fluid Motion (isospin labs)
  • 02.01.14 / Steven Bernstein: Diaspora Blues (Tzadik) + 02.01.15
  • 02.01.15 / Steven Bernstein: Diaspora Blues (Tzadik)
  • 02.04.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Austin
  • 02.04.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Houston
  • 02.07.14 / Jason Moran and the Bandwagon [Broadcast Recording] Netherlands
  • 02.08.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Video Recording & Audience Recording] Orlando
  • 02.00.00 / Junkie Rush: Junkie Rush II (Junkie Rush)
  • 02.10.08 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 02.11.14 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 02.11.15 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 03.05.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Vicenza
  • 03.05.24 / IMAGE: RivBea Orchestra in Orlando
  • 03.07.11 / Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording] Den Haag
  • 03.07.20 / Jason Moran Trio featuring Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] Gent
  • 03.07.22 / Nojo with Sam Rivers: City of Neighbourhoods (True North Records) + 03.07.23
  • 03.07.23 / Nojo with Sam Rivers: City of Neighbourhoods (True North Records)
  • 03.07.25 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Halifax
  • 03.08.29 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Broadcast & Audience Recording] Saalfelden
  • 03.09.24 / Sam Rivers º Adam Rudolph º Harris Eisenstadt: Vista (Meta Records)
  • 03.09.27 / Sam Rivers: Celebration (Posi-Tone Records) + 03.09.28
  • 03.09.28 / Sam Rivers: Celebration (Posi-Tone Records)
  • 03.11.20 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Broadcast Recording] Lugano
  • 03.11.25 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Digital Soundboard Recording] Vienna
  • 03.11.30 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Soundboard Recording] Amsterdam
  • 04.03.08 / Sam Rivers Trio + George Lewis and Anthony Davis [Broadcast Recording] San Diego
  • 04.10.14 / Rivers º Street º Osgood º Carrott: Purple Violets (Stunt Records) + 04.10.15
    • Rivers º Street º Osgood º: Violet Violets (Stunt Records) + 04.10.15
  • 04.10.15 / Rivers º Street º Osgood º Carrott: Purple Violets (Stunt Records)
    • Rivers º Street º Osgood º: Violet Violets (Stunt Records)
  • 04.10.20 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Stars Orchestra [Audience Recording] Orlando
  • 04.11.13 / Sam Rivers Trio & RivBea Orchestra U.K. [Broadcast Recording] London
  • 05.02.24 / Brian Groder [Rehearsal Recording and Video] Orlando
  • 05.03.05 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein's Diaspora Blues [Audience Recording] Philadelphia
  • 05.04.28 / Brian Groder: Torque (Latham) + 05.04.29
  • 05.04.29 / Brian Groder: Torque (Latham)
  • 05.05.13 / Sam Rivers and the Austrian Jazz All-Star Orchestra [Broadcast Recording] Diersbach
  • 05.05.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Seattle
  • 05.05.21 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] Tucson
  • 05.06.14 / WARM [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 05.06.18 / Sam Rivers Solo [Audience Recording] Chicago
  • 05.06.25 / WARM [Broadcast & Audience Recordings] Terni
  • 06.06.14 (1) / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording & Video] NYC
  • 06.06.14 (2) / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording & Video] NYC
  • 07.05.25 / Sam Rivers Trio: Reunion—Live In New York (Pi Recordings)
    • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording] NYC
  • 08.02.27 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Trilogy (Mosaic Records)
    + 08.11.12; 09.04.08
  • 08.09.12 / Sam Rivers Trio & the NEC Jazz Orchestra [Audience Recording] Boston
  • 08.08.13 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 08.09.15 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 08.11.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Trilogy (Mosaic Records)
    + 08.02.27; 09.04.08
    • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 08.12.10 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Orlando
  • 09.04.08 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Trilogy (Mosaic Records)
    + 08.02.27; 08.11.12
  • 11.12.26 / ... my friend is gone ...
  • 12.01.04 / "Sam Rivers (1923-2011) / A friend remembers the local legend" by Matt Gorney The Orlando Weekly January 5, 2012


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  • Pre-History

    Rivers' great grandmother was a house slave who listened to and memorized songs that the slaves sang in the fields while working. Her son, River's grandfather, Marshall W. Taylor, was born after the emancipation. His great-grandmother sang the plantation songs to him, Taylor wrote them down, and compiled them into a booked titled Plantation Melodies, which he published in 1862. This first slave book can be found in the Library of Congress. He later became a Bishop in the African Methodist Church.

    Rivers' father was a church musician, touring with a gospel quartet. Rivers was raised in Chicago and then Little Rock, AR, where his mother taught music and sociology at Shorter College. He began taking piano and violin lessons at about the age of five [1928]. [allmusicguide.com]

    His mother was politically active. Rivers recalls her protests against the poll tax in front of City Hall in Chicago in the 1930s. [blogs.orlandosentinel.com/community_altamonte_blog]
    ———

  • 1930-37:

    Sam Rivers' father sang with a group known as the Silvertone Quartet; his mother was a pianist. Naturally, he took to music early. Born September 25, 1923, in El Reno, Oklahoma, he was an infant when the family returned to Chicago, and it was there that he took violin and piano instruction starting in 1935. After two or three years he abandoned the violin to concentrate on piano.
    ["Liberty Records Press Office, Blue Note Records —Leonard Feather, 3/6/68," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

  • 1937-44:

    I was growing up in Chicago, but then my father had an accident, and he couldn't . . . He was helping somebody move some rugs or something, and he got knocked over the bannister and he cracked his skull, and he wasn't any more good after that. He wasn't able to really stand. He kept his sanity, but he really couldn't work. So my mother took a job at Shorter College in North Little Rock, and so we moved down there when I was about 10 or 11, I think [1933-34]. So I came up on the campus in North Little Rock, pretty much. I was going to Catholic school and coming up on the campus.
    ["Liberty Records Press Office, Blue Note Records —Leonard Feather, 3/6/68," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

  • 1937-39:

    SR: Yes. I was going to this Catholic school, St. Bartholomew's in Little Rock, and they had all these instruments. In those days, they had all these donated instruments, so if you wanted to play you could go in and choose whatever instrument you wanted to play. You didn't have to buy an instrument; they just had it there. First I took trombone, then the soprano saxophone, then I worked on the baritone horn, and then finally the tenor.

    ...it was a military band. But when I got in college at Jarvis Christian College... I graduated from high school at 15 and went to Philander Smith for the summer, and then went down to Jarvis Christian College for the year. That's when I started playing the tenor saxophone and so on.
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———

    After the death of his father in an accident in 1937, Sam's mother took a job as a music and sociology teacher in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Sam began to play trombone at the age of eleven in the marching band of a Little Rock school. Two years later he picked up a tenor saxophone, found it more to his liking than the trombone, and from then on it was his first love.
    ["Liberty Records Press Office, Blue Note Records —Leonard Feather, 3/6/68," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

  • 1946:

    After graduating from high school at fifteen, Sam enrolled at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. As a liberal arts major, Sam played the trombone in the marching band and the jazz combo. During his years at college Sam switched to tenor saxophone because he felt he could express himself more fluently on that instrument... When his college days were over Sam came West to join the Navy and while stationed in California, he played many small concerts and dances.
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

    After I got out of the Service during the Forties . . . When I entered the Navy, I was one of the first who didn't go in as a musician or a steward. Robert Smalls and I went in as regular Navy men. We had a choice of whatever field we wanted to go into, Bosuns, Mates . . . I chose music when I went in, but the band they wanted to put me in wasn't good. I'm very young and arrogant, so I said, "No, I'll learn something else." So I went in as Quartermaster, correcting charts and steering the ship and all that, but I never went on board ship. I knew I wasn't going on board if I took something like that. I was transferred to Vallejo, California, which was my musical experience. It was very good I didn't go into the band, because the band had to play in the officers quarters every night. I wasn't in the band, so I could take my horn and go out into the city and play. Vallejo is near San Francisco. That's where I met Jimmy Witherspoon. One of my first professional gigs was with Jimmy Witherspoon while I was in the Navy. We were playing at this club someplace in Vallejo where he was everything. He was the Master of Ceremonies, he was the maitre'd, he was the comedian and he was the singer, and I was part of the group. That's pretty much the playing I did when I was in the Navy. ...I got out of the Navy in 1945.
    [Ted Panken Interviews Sam Rivers, WKCR-FM New York, September 25, 1997 www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php]
    ———

  • 1947:

    Rivers moved to Boston in 1947...
    [allmusicguide.com]
    ———

    Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy, Sam entered the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition and played viola in the Conservatory's symphony orchestra. Later he transferred to Boston University, studying with numerous other young jazz musicians...
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

    There he fell in with a large 1950s community of like-minded, ambitious musicians including Jaki Byard, Quincy Jones and Charlie Mariano. "The level of musicianship was very high, man," Rivers emphasised. "By day I was studying at the conservatory, playing viola, and at night I was playing saxophone in this club. Seven nights a week! People lived and breathed music." ["Sam Rivers: Sax Symbol Blows On," The Independent November 19, 2004: www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/sam-rivers-sax-symbol-blows-on-533721.html] ———

    Boston Conservatory of Music: played in Herb Pomeroy's little big band, featured such players as Jaki Byard, Nat Pierce, Quincy Jones, and Serge Chaloff.
    ———


50.02.22 • Serge Chaloff [Broadcast Recording]

February 22, 1950 / The Hi Hat, Verona, Italy
 broadcaster title announcement [0:02]
1. Pennies From Heaven [4:10] (sound hiccups/cutouts from 2:38 through 3:20)
 club announcement [0:14]
2. Gabardine & Serge [1:44] (cuts off at ending, baritone solo over rhythm section only...)
Serge Chaloff (bs)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
unidentified (trumpet)
unidentified (trombone)
two unidentified players (violin)
two unidentified players (va)
unidentified (cello)
unidentified (piano)
unidentified (bass)
unidentified (drums)

Vladimir Simosko:
"...saw you noted under "confusing sources" about the "possible Hi-Hat broadcast" while Sam was in Serge's band in 1950. That info was via me direct from Sam when I was interviewing him about Serge a few years ago. As noted in my book "Serge Chaloff" (Scarecrow Press 1998), in 1950 Serge had a 12-piece group with the lineup of trumpet, trombone, tenor, bari, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, piano, bass, & drums. Serge's mother (Margaret) gave him $600.00 for special arrangements, which were mostly standards arranged by Nat Pierce, Sonny Truitt, & some others. They spent at least 6 weeks rehearsing and played 2 gigs (one at the Hi-Hat opposite Roy Eldridge, with a broadcast). The way Hi-Hat broadcasts have been turning up in recent years, perhaps it will turn up; sorry I never found the exact dates. There'd been rumors all along that there were recordings: some said rehearsal tapes, others a radio station recording for broadcast. Sam Rivers played tenor with that group; when I interviewed him about Serge and asked about that group, Sam said it was a very nice group & he was sorry there were no recordings, and mentioned that the Hi-Hat broadcast occurred but that he had no idea if it was preserved. Serge's booker said they were too sophisticated and wanted to book Serge with just a rhythm section, so Serge had to give up, and the charts went into a trunk...."

It's not clear that Rivers was on this date. The two tracks are limited to Chaloff solos, with no tenor audible. —RL

{Primary Source: CD-R; Rob Oudshoorn 05.06.05}

  • 1952-55:

    In Boston, during his student years, he worked from time to time with Gigi Gryce, Joe Gordon, Jaki Byard and Herb Pomeroy.

    During the 1950's Sam worked in a variety of jobs in and around the Boston area. In 1952, however, he dropped out of Boston University, and was ill for the next two or three years. During that time he composed but was more or less inactive as a performer.
    ["Liberty Records Press Office, Blue Note Records —Leonard Feather, 3/6/68," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

    Actually, the place I was working at the time in Boston was called Ort's (?) Grill, and it was across the street from the theater where they brought out all the musicians... RKO. It was across the street. So I didn't go to see the musicians; they came to see us! [LAUGHS] Stan Kenton came in and hired Charlie Mariano out of the place, and some other musicians got hired working out of there. Quincy was playing trumpet at the time; I'm not sure what happened to him. Jaki Byard was there. I was working with a pianist who ... There were so many different groups that played. It was one of those places where there was never a dull moment. It had like eight singers and stuff like this. So we just played the intermission. Our trio was me, Larry Willis on piano and Larry Winters on drums. That's a different Larry Willis, a stride pianist who knew all the tunes.

    ...I started writing for big bands, but I didn't have one really organized. But I was writing thematic material for it. I was working at a club called Club 47 around Harvard Square. I'm trying to get this pretty much in chronology. I spent ten or fifteen years before I came to New York, and it was through Tony that I went to New York. I really didn't think it was necessary for me to go to New York, because I'd been traveling all around the world, I had been traveling with any kind of groups that wanted it. I went out with T-Bone Walker for quite a long time, and I did some things with B.B. King. But I pretty much stayed around Boston, because I was working for this publishing company, which I never really ... I got a letter from some people the other day about this. It was "Send your poems up and we will put the music to it." I was very adept at doing that. I pretty much lived in Boston by writing music for lyrics.
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———

    Rivers remained in Boston, composing and performing in clubs in the area. While there, he performed with notable rhythm and blues artists including Wilson Pickett, Jerry Butler and Maxine Brown.
    [blogs.orlandosentinel.com/community_altamonte_blog]
    ———

  • 1955:

    A stint with a rhythm and blues band followed and when the group arrived in Florida [in 1955], Sam stayed for two years there composing and arranging music for various musicians and performers in the area.
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

  • 1955-58:

    "Jeroen de Valk is updating his Chet Baker bio, and we notice that Sam Rivers plays with Chet Baker around Miami, probably in the late '50s. This period isn't well documented and any information about venues or dates (month or year is good) is gratefully received.

    The club that Sam was talking about, in his interview with David Mittleman about Miami in the 50's, was in a hotel in the black section of Miami that is now called Overtown.&lrquo; It was the Sir John.’ I stayed there and there was a a big club (Billie Holiday appeared there for a minute) and a small lounge. The lounge was where everything happened. It did go till 7 in the morning. Musicans used to come over after their gigs and jam all night/morning... Unfortunately Sam never came down there that I know of. But people like Blue Mitchell and Grachan Moncur and others did. Just thought I'd fill in the name of the place..."
    —anonymous 05.12.29
    ———

  • ...returning to Boston in 1958 and joining Herb Pomeroy's band at the Stable. He continued to work with Pomeroy until 1962, in addition to gigging on his own. He recalls that as far back as 1959 he hired a brilliant 13-year-old drummer named Anthony Williams, for whom he rightly predicted a brilliant future.
    ["Liberty Records Press Office, Blue Note Records —Leonard Feather, 3/6/68," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

  • 1958:

    Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Connolly's Stardust Room, Boston, MA
    ["Lee Tanner's Jazz Photographs: A Book of Postcards," Pomegranate Artbooks]
    ———

  • 1959:

    John Ephland: You made important connections with Sam Rivers... Tell me about your experiences...
    Tony Williams: What happened was, Alan Dawson—the only person I took [private] lessons from, basically for reading—was teaching at Berklee. I was too young to go there, and never did, actually.
    JE: How long a period of time was that?
    TW: On and off for about a year, year-and-a-half. So, there was a club that he played at, the Mt. Auburn Club 47 in Boston, in Cambridge. My dad brought me out to the club and asked him to listen to me. Alan would let me, as part of his show, sit in on a couple of tunes each night. Then a guy named Leroy Fallana, a piano player asked me to join his band. I was about 14 or 15. He hired me, Sam Rivers, and a bass player named Jimmy Towles.
    JE: What kind of music did you play?
    TW: It was basically straightahead stuff. Leroy was more of a soul, kind of Horace Silver-type of piano player. That was when I started to go around Boston by myself. I didn't need my dad to take me around anymore. I started playin' dates, playin' casuals and things like that. Then around '62—to leap, 'cause there were a lot of things happening-- I had been playing in a club called Connelly's, as part of a house rhythm section; a club where they would hire a name horn player to come in from New York for a week...
    JE: ...you were doing some interesting things with Sam Rivers. Tell me about that.
    TW: When we had a band with Sam, we were doing a lot of Third Stream, which meant at the time a combination of jazz players playing avant-garde music. This was the late fifties, early sixties. We were playing with this chamber group [The Boston Improvisational Ensemble], doing things in the afternoons where they had cards and numbers and you're playing to time, watches, and big clocks; playing behind poetry, all kinds of stuff... My first record was in '64. It was the first record that Blue Note had ever made of free, avant-garde music (Life Time, 64.08.21).
    [Tony Williams: Still The Rhythm Magician, Down Beat 89.05.01, Down Beat Magazine Archive]
    ———

  • 1960:

    Mark Whitecage :::
    "While I was down there [in Texas], I met Maynard Ferguson and he liked my playing. I was a great reader and he wanted me to join; he'd had a fight with his tenor player. He wanted me to go up to Boston, when I got out of the army, and meet Claude Thornhill, get in his band and then he (Maynard Ferguson) would pick me up when he came through town.

    So I got out of the army and my car gave out and some guy offered to give me a ride to Chicago. Then after I loaded his car he pulled out a .38 [pistol] and took off with my horn and everything. I had just bought this old cigar cutter Selmer—it was beautiful—and I was going to stop in Elkhart, Indiana at the Selmer factory and have it redone. It was kind of embarrassing to come home with just the clothes on my back, no horns or anything. The Chicago police laughed at me when I reported it.

    So when I got back to New York I bought a new tenor with the army money and went up to Boston. I'm sittin' at the front table, Claude Thornhill's playing and I looked over at the second tenor chair that I was eyeing and who's sitting there but Sam Rivers. He'd stand up and play and it was worse than the 'Trane stuff. I said, Man, I'm not ready for this.’ I spent the whole night listening to Sam and he was fantastic. At the end of the night I picked up my horn, put it in the car and drove back to Litchfield, Connectucut, and started working on my own thing."
    [A great Mark Whitecage interview, Cadence Vol.23 no.10 October 1997, p.8]
    ———

    "THE place as far as I was concerned was Connolly's Stardust room on Tremont and Ruggles Streets in the South End. Maybe becasue it was the first place I was old enough to get into. I was eighteen in 1960. The only time I ever saw Eric Dolphy was there. Herbie Hancock played piano. Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver Quintet with Junior Cook and Blue Mitchell, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk (Horace Parlan on Piano) all played there regularly. Sam Rivers led a house band with a young, sixteen-year-old drummer, Tony Williams. I remember when Jackie McLean came in to play and Tony was on the gig. Jackie kept looking behind him to see where all of this music was coming from. He looked out at the audience and told us he was going to have to take this kid to New York. He did just that.
    [Steve Schwartz (WGBH in Boston) posting to Jazzcorner's Speakeasy, 03.11.19 www.jazzcornertalk.com/speakeasy/archive]
    ———

  • 1961:

    "...I had this gig with Sam Rivers at a place called Provincetown...."
    [Mike Nock, Interviewed by Alwyn and Laurie Lewis in Cadence Vol.18 No.7 July 1992 p.14]

    ———

    Rivers... started his professional life very much in the mainstream of black music, leading the house band as music director for a lively night spot in Roxbury, Louie's Lounge on Washington St. Headliners who came through included Gene Chandler, Wilson Pickett, Jerry Butler and a host of popular favorites, he remembers. Farrakhan was in the band, too, at Louie's. He was an excellent violinist then and he is now.’ T-Bone Walker hired Rivers to direct the band for his blues review, and Rivers would later also do a similar job for B. B. King.
    When was your first recording session?
    "I did one with J.C. Higginbotham, another with Paul Gonsalves. Then... Tadd Dameron in 1961." —Sam Rivers.
    ["Reed man Rivers recalls roots in Boston..." Kay Bourne, Bay State Banner 96.12.19]
    ———

    He formed his own quartet with pianist Hal Galper, and played on his first Blue Note recording session with pianist/composer Tadd Dameron.
    [allmusicguide.com]
    ———


61.12.14 • Various Artists: Tadd Dameron: Blue Note Records Presents The Lost Sessions

Blue Note Connoisseur Series 7243 5 21484 2 4 (CD) 1999
[This disc also includes tracks from sessions led by Charlie Rouse, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Ike Quebec, and Fred Jackson.]

December 14, 1961 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. The Elder Speaks (Rivers) [5:48]
2. Bevan Beeps (Dameron) [5:13]
3. Lament for the Living (Dameron) [4:06]
4. Aloof Spoof (Dameron) [6:22]
The Blue Note Discography has two takes of each title, no indication on BN 21484 which have been issued:
 The Elder Speaks / tk 5
 The Elder Speaks / tk 7
 Bevan Beeps / tk 18
 Bevan Beeps / tk 19
 Lament for the Living / tk 22
 Lament for the Living / tk 29
 Aloof Spoof / tk 31
 Aloof Spoof / tk 34
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Julius Watkins (french horn)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Cecil Payne (bar)
Tadd Dameron (piano, arrangement)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Philly Joe Jones (drums)

{Primary Source: Blue Note Connoisseur Series 7243 5 21484 2 4; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli}

  • 1964: (early)

    "While he was on the road with T-Bone, drummer Tony Williams, whom he'd nurtured when the Roxbury lad was 13 or so, called Rivers to join him playing with Miles Davis."
    ["Reed man Rivers recalls roots in Boston...," Kay Bourne, Bay State Banner 96.12.19]
    ———

    Featured with the Sam Rivers Quartet was a young talented 13-year-old drummer named Tony Williams. Tony left Boston with Jackie McClean to perform in New York and was later hired by Miles Davis. During Rivers' short stints out of Boston, he was performing with T-Bone Walker. In 1964, Tony sent a telegram saying Miles wanted to hire Rivers. "Come to New York right away," the telegram read. Rivers toured with Miles through the famous "Miles in Tokyo" recordings. After a tour with Miles Davis, Rivers joined the Andrew Hill Quartet and went to California for an extended tour. Rivers then moved to New York in September 1964 and had already composed over fifty compositions by that time.
    [blogs.orlandosentinel.com/community_altamonte_blog]
    ———

    SR: Tony Williams got me with Miles. He had these tapes that he had done with me in Boston, so he said, "Miles, I want you to hear this tape." Miles said, "Yeah, okay, later." He kept doing that. So finally, one day he trapped Miles. "Okay, go ahead, play it!" Tony said [Miles] heard the first track and he said, "Call him up. Get him up here right now." So he called me. I was on the road with T-Bone Walker, and he called me and said, "George quit; Miles wants you to join the band." I was out there on the road someplace. So I left T-Bone Walker to join Miles Davis.
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———


  • "My first choice to replace George was Wayne Shorter, but Art Blakey had made him musical director of the Jazz Messengers and he couldn't leave then. So we hired Sam Rivers." —Miles Davis
  • 64.00.00 - "According to Gary Giddins [in the liner notes of Miles Davis-Heard 'Round The World Columbia, C238506] Miles approached Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Heath and Eric Dolphy before hiring George Coleman. Big George left suddenly before the Japan tour and Miles hired Sam Rivers almost purely on Tony's recommendation." [Gordon Blewis posting to Miles-list 95.08.15]
  • "I believe that [Rivers] was music director for T-Bone Walker when Miles called him." [Peter Kaz posting to Miles-list 95.07.28]

Sam Rivers with the Miles Davis Quintet - 64.04.03 to 64.07.15

  • "George Coleman left the Davis Quintet in March or April 1964, leaving Davis once again without a saxophone player. Williams recommended Rivers, a fellow Bostonian, to Davis, and Rivers joined the Quintet in April. There were some American dates before the Quintet left for a short Japanese tour":

  • 64.04.03 - Miles Davis Quintet / Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
  • 64.05.07
    64.05.08
    64.05.09
    64.05.10
    64.05.11
    64.05.12 - Miles Davis Quintet / Village Vanguard, New York

    [Dan Plosin's Miles Ahead Sessions on the Web.]

On The Japan Tour dates :::

There have been unsubstantiated claims of additional sessions with Rivers during the Japan tour, but no research to back these claims :::

"This Japanese tour included six concerts with Sam Rivers at four cities.
July 10, Nagoya / July 11, Osaka / July 12, Tokyo / July 13, Osaka / July 14, Tokyo / July 15, Kyoto.
Three of these (July 13, 14 and 15) were recorded for radio broadcast. ...This information was acquired from the jazz magazine Swing Journal."

[Tosiyuki Nomoto 02.05.00; 02.06.02]

"Of course I have heard Miles Group 1964. (Nagoya)
I have concert tour book and flyer of 'World Jazz Festival in Japan'."
(See below.)
[Kuniharu Itoh 02.06.10]
(A- group) Modern Jazz
Miles Davis Quintet: Davis, Sam Rivers, Herbie Hancock, Ron Cartar, Anthony Williams
J.J.Johnson All Stars: Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb
Carmen McRae: McRae, Norman Simmons, Victor Sproles, Curtis Boyd
from Japan: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Charlie Mariano, Hidehiko Matsumoto & others

(B-group)
Gene Krupa All Stars, Red Nichols & his 5 Pennies, Dukes of Dixieland, Edmond Hall, Dakota Staton

(C-group)
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/ Frank Sinatra Jr., Pied Pipers, Jeanne Thomas, Louis Bellson

A-group only:
June, 1964
10 : Nagoya (Nagoya shi Koukaido)
11 : Osaka (Osaka Festival Hall)
12 : Tokyo (Hibiya -Yagai-Ongakudou)
13 : Osaka (Osaka Festival Hall)
14 : Tokyo (Tokyo Shinjuku Kousenenkin Hall)
15 : Kyoto ( Kyoto Maruyama Ongakudo)


"I'm sorry but Miles only played three days—July 12, 14 and 15! have from Japanese friends the information that Miles only played at the... 3 concerts. Miles Davis seems to have arrived in Tokyo on July 9th, so why he shouldn't have played any of the others days mentioned I don't know..."
[Jan Lohman, posting to Miles-list]

"Although several Japanese concerts were booked, the Quintet apparently performed only three: Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo (July 12), Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (July 14), and Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto (July 15)." [Dan Plosin's Miles Ahead Sessions on the Web.]

"I asked Yasuki Nakayama (a noted music critic and once the chief editor of the 'Swing Journal') on this issue, and he says although the Miles group basically travelled and appeared together with 'A-group', not all bands were supposed to play every time anyway. Therefore, it's not a mystery that Miles didn't have to play on some venues. As far as I know, there are no rumors about Miles' cancelling his concerts in Japan, 1964. Also I guess Miles didn't go to Osaka (and possibly Nagoya) at all. Nagoya is something like Chicago—a big, but somewhat provincial city and is halfway between Kyoto/Osaka and Tokyo. And Osaka is pretty close to Kyoto but a hundred miles away from Tokyo, so Nagoya -> Osaka -> Tokyo -> Osaka -> Tokyo -> Kyoto sequence doesn't make much sense. I think the tour started in Nagoya, then some bands went to Osaka while others went to Tokyo and did two concerts each, and finally met in Kyoto. Miles might just have stayed in Tokyo and then went to Kyoto directly."
[Masayuki Hatta 03.12.22]

"I do remember performing in Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto..."
[Sam Rivers 02.06.09] This would seem to tentatively place a small worm into the stew for either July 11 or July 13, but most probably NOT... I'm still working on it, not because I believe it, but, forgive me, because I wish there were more music to hear. —RL


  • There is no evidence for these two concert dates (64.07.10; 64.07.11) having occurred at all. I list them nonetheless simply to acknowledge the claims.

  • 64.07.10 - Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Davis (trumpet), Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums) / Nagoya shi Koukaido, Nagoya, Japan
    "My acquaintance [Mr. Kuniharu Ito] is introduced. he is actually hearing the concert of Nagoya on July 10th." [Tosiyuki Nomoto 02.05.00]

  • 64.07.11 - Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Davis (trumpet), Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums) / Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan [correspondence Tosiyuki Nomoto 02.05.00]

64.07.12 • Miles Davis Quintet [Soundboard Recording]

  • Miles Davis Quintet: Starlight In Black Live
    Mega Disc (no issue #) MD Lengendary Collection Series (CD) JAP
    This is an officially released factory pressed CD and NOT a CD-R.
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Moment / 1964 Japan Tour Definitive Edition
    Heavy Blow Records HB-001/002 (2CD) JAP (64.07.12 on HB-001; 64.07.15 on HB-002.)
July 12, 1964 / Hibiya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo, Japan
 band warming up [0:06]
1. Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert, J. Mercer, J. Kosma) [10:44]
2. So What (Davis) [8:23]
3. Stella by Starlight (N. Washington, V. Young) [10:29]
4. Walkin' (R. Carpenter) [8:52]
5. The Theme [0:19]
 closing announcement (Teruo Isono) [0:08]
Closing announcement does not appear on the Mega Disc release.

Miles Davis (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Tony Williams (drums)




Sam Rivers with Miles, Tokyo 64.07.12
Photo from Swing Journal
edition of December, 1991 p57.



{Primary Source: CD-R; Jan Strom and Tosiyuki Nomoto; www.plosin.com/milesAhead}


64.07.13 • Miles Davis Quintet [Unissued, Nonexistent / Broadcast Recording]

July 13, 1964 / Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan

"The tape on the 13th has still slept in the warehouse of a broadcasting station.
There is not a person whom heard."
—Tosiyuki Nomoto
/

Again: There is no evidence for this concert (64.07.13) having occurred at all. —RL

{Primary Source: Tosiyuki Nomoto 02.06.05} Not in anyone's collection.

64.07.14 • Miles Davis Quintet: Miles in Tokyo {1}

CBS Sony SOPL 162 (LP) 1964; SONX 60064-R (LP) JPN 1969; CBS Sony 25AP 762 (LP) 1977 JPN; CSCS 5146 (CD) JPN; Tristar 80873 (CD) 1994; Sony Mastersound SRCS 9112 (CD) 1996 JPN; Sony 65335 (CD) 1997




Sony Mastersound SRCS 9112


  • Miles Davis Quintet: Heard 'Round the World {2}
    CBS/Sony SONX 60064 [= 23AP 2564] 1969; Columbia Records C2 38506 (2LP) 1983; CBS/Sony 32DP 529; Sony Mastersound SRCS 9112 (SBM CD); Sony Mastersound SRCS 9746 (DSD CD)
    [The 1983 2LP issue includes The Miles Davis Quintet (w/ Wayne Shorter replacing Rivers) "Miles in Berlin" from 64.09.25]
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Title? {3}
    CBS/Sony SONE 70064-R (EP)
  • Miles Davis: Milestones: New York / Berlin / Tokyo
    Jazz Door Records JD 12113/4 (2CD) 1999 GER
    * This Jazz Door bootleg has the most absurdly wrong liner notes-- as if they had cut them into strips, tossed them into a hat, pulled them out and pasted them back together while blind-folded. As formatted, they have only an incidental and wholly inaccurate relation to the music at hand. If you know the people responsible, slap them.
  • Miles Davis: The Complete 63-64 Columbia Recordings
    Mosaic Records MQ10-226 Limited Edition 3,000 copies (10 Q-LPs) 2004
  • Miles Davis: Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964
    Sony B0002YCVSI (7CD Box-Set) 2004; Sony B0002TB7QK (7CD Box-Set) JAP 2004
  • The Best of Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964 {4}
    Sony B0007OP2B6 (CD) 2005




    Best of Seven Steps


July 14, 1964 / Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
 Introduction, Teruo Isono [1:11] {1}
1. Stella by Starlight [UNISSUED]
2. If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) [10:21] {1,2,4}
3. My Funny Valentine (L. Hart/R. Rodgers) [12:57] {1,2}
4. So What (Davis) [8:09] {1,2,3}
5. Walkin' (R. Carpenter) [9:21] {1,2,3}
6. All of You (C. Porter) / Go-Go (theme) [12:42] {1,2}
A few notes on the Miles Davis sessions in Japan.

Miles Davis (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Tony Williams (drums)

{Primary Source: CSCS 5146; JD 12113/4}

64.07.15 • Miles Davis Quintet [Audience Recording]

July 15, 1964 / Maruyama Ongaku do, Kyoto, Japan
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Moment / 1964 Japan Tour Definitive Edition
    Heavy Blow Records HB-001/002 (2CD) JAP (64.07.15 on HB-002; 64.07.12 on HB-001.)


    Cover and Back of Heavy Blow release, HB-001/002
1. If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) [10:35]
2. Oleo (S. Rollins) [5:25]
3. Stella by Starlight (N. Washington / V. Young) [9:00]
4. Walkin' (R. Carpenter) [7:20]
5. All of You (C. Porter) [9:40]
6. Seven Steps to Heaven (V. Feldman / M. Davis) [2:30] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
[49:41]
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Tony Williams (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; www.plosin.com/milesAhead}


Ebony October 1964 p. 127; text p.129

  • "Rivers left the Quintet as soon as the group returned to the United States. Wayne Shorter was hired as his replacement, and joined the Quintet at the Hollywood Bowl in early September"
    [Dan Plosin's Miles Ahead Sessions on the Web.]


64.08.21 • Tony Williams: Life Time {1}

Blue Note BLP4180 (mono LP); BST 84180 (stereo LP) 1964; CDP 7-84180-2 (CD) 1987; BNS40018 (LP) UK; GXK-8026 (LP) Jpn; BNJ 71043 (LP) Jpn; CP9534 (CD) Jpn; RVG Edition 7243 4 99004 2 4 (CD) 1999
  • Maiden Voyage: Modern Mainstream No. 2 {2}
    BN W-5513 (LP) Jpn
  • Various Artists: The Blue Note Years, Volume Five, The Avant Garde {3}
    Blue Note 7243 4 96384 2 6 (2CD) 1998 / 1st Session: [See also 64.12.11]
  • Various Artists: The Blue Note Years, 60 Years 1939 / 1999 {4}
    Blue Note 7243 4 96427 2 0 (14CD Boxed Set) 1998
August 21, 1964 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Two Pieces of One: Red / mstr #1417 / tk 5 [10:36] {1}
2. Two Pieces of One: Green / mstr #1418 / tk 7 [8:03] {1}
3. Tomorrow Afternoon / mstr #1419 / tk 9 [5:30] {1,2,3,4}
Tony Williams (drums, Compositions)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Richard Davis (bass-1,2) *
Gary Peacock (bass)

* The BN Discography has Davis on tracks 1 & 2. CDP 7 84180 2 erroneously lists Davis on track 3 only.

Three other tracks sans Rivers were recorded 64.08.24.

Tony Williams Interview:
Tony Williams: ...It was the first record that Blue Note had ever made of free, avant-garde music [Life Time]. I think they wanted me to make a record. I wanted to make a record, and by that time I guess, because I was so adamant about what I wanted to do, they were willing to take the chance.
John Ephland: You wanted to play free music, not the straightahead stuff?
TW: Yeah. I mean, what's been important to me is to show diversity in different things, and to show different colors of things. I mean, if I'm working with a band, it sounds one way; and then I'm recording with other people and it sounds another way, then why not—if I get the chance to do something of my own—do a third thing? That makes sense to me. That's logical because it gives me a chance to, number one, show that I can do that, and secondly, it brings a fresh sound to the ear of people who have heard me do the other two things.
JE: And it was consistent with some of the music you'd done before.
TW: Right, before that. And, you know, when I was in Boston, playin' with Sam, one of the things that really opened my ears was the first time I heard Ornette Coleman. That first record I heard—I think it was Change of the Century—was just unbelievable, the impact it made on me. This was about 1959, 1960.
JE: So it planted a seed?
TW: Yeah. That music was the way to go, for me, at that time.
["Tony Williams: Still The Rhythm Magician," Down Beat 89.05.01, Down Beat Magazine Archive]

{Primary Source: BST 84180; CDP 7-84180-2, RVG Edition 7243 4 99004 2 4; Blue Note 7243 4 96384 2 6}

  • 1964: (late)

    After a tour with Miles Davis, Rivers joined the Andrew Hill Quartet and went to California for an extended tour. Rivers then moved to New York in September 1964 and had already composed over fifty compositions by that time.
    [blogs.orlandosentinel.com/community_altamonte_blog]
    ———

    SR: But the thing is, there's always been this story out how much advanced I was, that Miles wasn't happy with my style. It wasn't that at all. Miles was right there with it. He understood. He could hear what I was doing. It wasn't a problem at all. The thing was that he had already been committed to Wayne Shorter. So the deal was that when Wayne left Art Blakey, I was supposed to go with Art Blakey, and it was supposed to be a trade like that. But I didn't want to go with Art Blakey. I went with Andrew Hill instead. So we went on tour with Andrew Hill, and that's the way it went down. It wasn't anything about me being much more advanced than Miles. Miles was just as advanced. In certain ways he wanted to produce his free stuff, which is what he did in Bitches Brew and everything. All these things are pretty much free over the static rhythm, like I mentioned before. So he wanted to make sure that I projected the music to the public, and reach a wider audience.
     As soon as I came to New York. That's what I came to New York for, to set up the band. I had a place, a rehearsal space downtown. A lot of musicians. I think I remember having the Brecker brothers in the band...
    Panken: Did you go to Bond Street right away?
    SR: No, that was much later [June, 1972]. I moved uptown. I had two six-room apartments on 124th Street. I had the whole top floor, 12 rooms, so I could do a lot of things up there. I did something for the Canadian Broadcasting System with Cecil McBee and a lot of other musicians up in my studio. But I was rehearsing at the Marion McCloud School up there, long before...
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———


  • 64.10.00 - Sam Rivers (reeds), Jimmy Stevenson (bass), Barry Altschul (drums), others? / The October Revolution, Cellar Cafe, New York City [Barry Altschul Interview, Sam Rivers Festival, WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974]
    Altschul: "I met [Sam Rivers] at Jimmy Stevenson's house in 1964... rehearsing a band [for the October Revolution]" —Bill Dixon's four-day festival which led to the birth of The Jazz Composers' Guild and the Jazz Composers' Orvhestra.

64.11.12 • Larry Young: Into Somethin' {1}

Blue Note BLP4187 (mono LP); BST 84187 (stereo LP) 1965; K18P 9235 (LP) 1965 Jpn; TOCJ-4187 (CD) JAP; TOCJ-9196 24-BIT (CD) JAP; Connoisseur CD Series CDP 7243 8 21734 2 7 (CD) 1998; Blue Note 4187 Limited Edition HQ-vinyl Reissue (LP)
  • Larry Young: The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Larry Young {2}
    Mosaic MD6-137 (CD) 1991; Mosaic MR9-137 (LP) 1991
  • Larry Young: The Art of Larry Young {3}
    Blue Note / Capitol CDP 0777 7 99177 2 3 (CD) 1992
  • Various Artists: Have Guitar, Will Travel, featuring {4}
    Blue Note BN-6067 (CD)
  • Grant Green: Retrospective 1961-1966 {5}
    Blue Note 7243 5 40851 2 3 (4CD) 2002
  • Various Artists: Blue Note's Six Vital Organs, Home of the Hammond {6}
    Blue Note (Blue Notable Series Volume 12) BN 7243 8 53234 2 3 (CD) England
    [Also includes tracks by Jimmy McGriff, John Patton, Jimmy Smith, Baby Face Willette, and Jack McDuff.]
  • Various Artists : BLUE NOTE Best 100 Vol.II {7} Blue Note TOCP-66272/3 (2CD) 2007 JAPAN; Blue Note RVG Edition 66383-TOCJ (2CD) 2007 Japan
November 12, 1964 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Plaza De Toros (Green) / mstr #1464 / tk 3 [9:35] {1,2,5,6}
2. Tyrone (Young) / mstr #1465 / tk 5 [9:36] {1,2,3,5,7}
3. Backup (Young) / mstr #1466 / tk 9 [8:35] {1,2,4}
4. Paris Eye (Young) / mstr #1467 / tk 10 [6:38] {1,2}
5. Ritha [quartet version] (Young) / mstr #1468 / tk 22 [6:52] {1 * ,2}
* CDP 7243 8 21734 2 7 only.

Larry Young (organ)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Grant Green (guitar)
Elvin Jones (drums)

{Primary Source: MD6-137; CDP 7243 8 21734 2 7; BN 7243 8 53234 2 3}

  • 1964:

    Panken: Bea Rivers, do you remember when Sam composed your tune, "Beatrice"?
    Bea Rivers: Yes, I do. It was one evening when Tony Williams came by to spend the evening, which he did...
    SR: Ron Carter, too, wasn't he there?
    Bea Rivers: Yeah, Ron Carter was there as well. But Tony Williams would come every day and play with Sam. One day he came in, and Sam said, "Tony, listen to this." Tony listened to it and he said, "Wow, what is the name of that?" He said, "I think I'll name it 'Beatrice.'" So that's how it came about.
    Panken: That was composed for the date, Fuchsia Swing Song. It wasn't one of your older tunes?
    SR: I had already composed it. I hadn't planned to put it on the album. I had different music for the album, but it was a little too advanced for Alfred. He said he was going to cancel the date, so I went back and got other music. Fuchsia Swing Song was music I had done four or five years earlier. I really hadn't planned on recording that music. I thought it was much too old to record.
    Panken: Was that the music you had recorded in that quartet with Hal Galper, Henry Grimes and Tony Williams?
    SR: Yes, that music.
    Panken: So the music performed on Fuchsia Swing Song was all music from 1959 and 1960.
    SR: Yeah, Fuchsia Swing Song was old music. I had other music, but Alfred... As a matter of fact, all the music that Tony did with Lifetime, he had big problems with Alfred Lion because Alfred didn't want to do it. He really couldn't hear it. It seems like the music that musicians have the hardest problem getting recorded is the music that withstands the ravages of time. It's the ones that last the longest. You know what I mean? So you have the hardest problem talking to the producers, and it ends up that this music twenty years later is still fresh-sounding. You still have to convince the producers, because they would prefer something that they heard yesterday...
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———


64.12.11 • Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song {1}

Blue Note BLP 4184 (mono LP) 1965; BST 84184 (stereo LP) 1965; BST 84184 (stereo LP) FR 1984; BN GXK8020 (LP) JAP; BN TOCJ-4184 (CD) JAP; BN 8704688 (CD) EUR; BNST 84184 (CD) JAP 1995; BN TOCJ-84184 (24 Bit RVG Ltd. Edition) (CD) JAP 2000; BN 90413 Connoisseur Series CD 2003
  • 40 Years of Jazz / History of Blue Note - Box 4 {2}
    BN Liberty/EMI 1A158-83395/8 (4LP) 1983 NED
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions {3}
    Mosaic MD3-167 (3CD) 1996; Mosaic MQ5-167 (5LP) 1996 / 1st Session [See 65.05.21; 66.10.11; 67.03.17]
  • Various Artists: The Blue Note Years, Volume Five, The Avant Garde {4}
    Blue Note 7243 4 96384 2 6 (2CD) 1998 / 1st Session: [See also 64.08.21]
  • Various Artists: The Blue Note Years, 60 Years 1939 / 1999 {5}
    Blue Note 7243 4 96427 2 0 (14CD Boxed Set) 1998 / 1st Session: [See also 64.08.21]
  • Various Artists: The Amazing Shoichi Yui, Volume 2 {6}
    Toshiba EMI SPCD1607 (CD Sampler) 1998 JAP


    [This promo sampler contains 43 tracks of excerpts from famed critic Shoichi Yui,
    offered in two sections titled "The Golden Age of Modern Jazz" and "Jazz in Transition".]


  • Various Artists: A Blue Conception {7}
    EMI 6991124 (CD) 2001 UK
  • Various Artists: Jazzanova Blue Note Trip {8}
    Blue Note 74461digipak (2CD) 2005 Netherlands
  • Various Artists: Blue Note Trip - Jazzanova Lookin' Back {8}
    Blue Note BTE 30594 (2LP) 2005; Blue Note 74617 (2LP) 2005 Netherlands
  • Various Artists : BLUE NOTE Best 100 Vol.II {9}
    Blue Note TOCP-66272/3 (2CD) 2007 JAPAN; Blue Note RVG Edition 66383-TOCJ (2CD) 2007 Japan
December 11, 1964 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Fuchsia Swing Song / mstr #1487 / tk 3 [6:00] {1,3,6}
2. Cyclic Episode / mstr #1488 / tk 6 [6:55] {1,3,7}
3. Luminous Monolith / mstr #1489 / tk 10 [6:28] {1,2,3,4,5,9}
4. Luminous Monolith / alt tk, tk 12 [6:36] {3}
5. Ellipsis / mstr #1490 / tk 15 [7:39] {1,3}
6. Downstairs Blues Upstairs / alt tk 1, tk 17 [8:06] {3}
7. Downstairs Blues Upstairs / alt tk 2, tk 18 [7:44] {3}
8. Downstairs Blues Upstairs / alt tk 3, tk 19 [7:46] {3}
9. Downstairs Blues Upstairs / mstr #1491 / tk 20 [5:31] {1,3}
10. Beatrice / mstr #1492 / tk 23 [6:10] {1,3,8}
{6} contains a brief 1:21 excerpt of track 1; BN 90413 Connoisseur Series contains all of the above tracks.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax / Compositions)
Jaki Byard (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Tony Williams (drums)

{Primary Source: MD3-167; MQ5-167; Blue Note 96384; BN 90413; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli; random}

65.04.03 • Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue {1}

Blue Note BNLP 4198 (mono LP); BST 84198 (stereo LP) 1965; BLJ 84198 (LP) 1987; CDP 46537 (CD); BMG D112556 (CD) 1987; TOJC 4198 (CD) JAP 1995; RVG Edition 35586 (CD) 2002
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral {2}
    Blue Note Classic LT-996 (LP); LBR1029 (LP) England; BN GXK 8178 (LP) Jpn
  • Blue Note Sampler Vol.3 {3}
    United Artists UALP21
  • Bobby Hutcherson: The Best of the Blue Note Years {4}
    Blue Note 31325 (CD) 2001
  • Various Artists: A Blue Conception {5}
    EMI 6991124 (CD) 2001 UK
April 3, 1965 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Catta (Hill) / mstr #1556 / tk 3 [7:15] {1}
2. Jasper (Hill) / mstr #1557 / tk 11 [8:27] {1,2,3}
3. Idle While (Chambers) / mstr #1558 / tk 18 [6:35] {1}
4. Ghetto Lights (Hill) / mstr #1559 / tk 24 [6:12] {1,4}
5. Les Noirs Marchant (Hill) / mstr #1560 / tk 29 [6:35] {1,5}
6. Dialogue (Chambers) / mstr #1561 / tk 30 [9:58] {1}
* 7243 5 35586 2 8 only.
Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba-6)
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2; soprano sax-4; bass clarinet-2,4,6; flute-3,5)
Andrew Hill (piano)
Richard Davis (bass)
Joe Chambers (drums)

{Primary Source: D112556; 7243 5 35586 2 8}

  • 65.04.09
    65.04.10
    65.04.11 - Jazz Composers Orchestra: Conflicting information exists regarding workshop performances/rehearsals held between April 9 and 11, 1965. Participation of Bob Zottola (t), Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax), Tony Williams (d) is uncertain, but mentioned by Ben Young in Dixonia p. 366. / Session on 65.04.10 released as Jazz Composers Orchestra: Communication, Fontana 661 011 ZY (LP); Recording personnel: Makanda Ken McIntyre (f, bass clarinet, alto sax), Perry Robinson (cl), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Robin Kenyatta, Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Bob Carducci (tenor sax), Fred Pirtle (bar), Ray Codrington, Michael Mantler (t), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Paul Bley (piano), Kent Carter, Steve Swallow (bass), Barry Altschul (d), Carla Bley, Bill Dixon (con) / Contemporary Center, New York City [www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/McIntyre/mkm-disc.htm]

65.05.10 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]
WGBH-TV Broadcast; WKCR-FM Broadcast, "Sam Rivers Festival" 07.05.21

May 10, 1965 / WGBH-TV, Boston
 announcement by host Randy Weston over 0:14 at start of track 1
1. H.I.T. (Galper) [6:52]
2. Beatrice (Rivers) [8:11]
3. Dance of the Tripedal (Rivers) [10:34] (incomplete, fades out)
 Interview with Hal Galper by WKCR's Ben Young on May 18, 2007 [25:38]
Track 3 is "Tripadoll" on the acetate label.

Date given during 2007 interview as "probably 1963, a Sunday afternoon...", but sound files posted later at Galper's website are dated May 10, 1965, which is a Monday.

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Hal Galper (piano)
Larry "Lanky" Richardson (bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; www.halgalper.com/18_interviews/riversinterview.htm; "unissued acetate in possession of Hal Galper," WKCR Radio Broadcast}

65.05.21 • Sam Rivers: Contours {1}

Blue Note BLP 4206 (mono LP) 1966; BST 84206 (stereo LP) 1966; BNJ-71044 (LP) JAP
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions {2}
    Mosaic MD3-167 (3CD) 1996; Mosaic MQ5-167 (5LP) 1996 / 2nd Session [See 64.12.11; 66.10.11; 67.03.17]
  • Various Artists: Out of the Blue: The Art of the Improvisers {3}
    Blue Note CDP8-35414-2 (CD) 1995 England
    [This disc also includes "Theme De YoYo" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago; "Old Gospel" by Jackie McLean; "Motystrophe" by Cecil Taylor; "Point Of Many Returns" by Sam Rivers; "Herzog" by Bobby Hutcherson; "Diddy Wah" by Andrew Hill; "Gazzelloni" by Eric Dolphy; "Majestic Soul" by Larry Young; and "We now interrupt for a commercial" by Ornette Coleman. Quite a nice mix, eh?]
  • Sam Rivers: Contours (Connoisseur 24-bit Remaster) {4}
    EMI Blue Note 7243 4 73163 2 6 (CD) 2004
May 21, 1965 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Point of Many Returns / mstr #1582 / tk 6 [9:18] {1,2,3,}
2. Dance of the Tripedal / mstr # 1583 / tk 10 [10:06] {1,2,}
3. Mellifluous Cacophony / mstr #1584 / tk 12 [8:57] {1,2,}
4. Euterpe / mstr # 1585 / tk 18 [11:42] {1,2,}
5. Mellifluous Cacophony / alt tk, tk 25 [9:00] {2,}
mstr #1584 is mis-spelled "...Cacaphony" on original issue.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2,3,5, soprano sax-1, flute-4 / Compositions)
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Joe Chambers (drums)

"I got my drums stolen on the way to that session. I was in a five-story walk-up in a not-too-high-class neighborhood. By the time I got my snare drum down, the rest of my set was gone. I had to scramble and get another set, which came from Jimmy Cobb..." —Joe Chambers [John Corbett, Down Beat January 1, 1997 Vol.64 No.1 p.59]

{Primary Source: MD3-167; MQ5-167; CDP8-35414-2; 7243 4 73163 2 6; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli}

  • 65.05.23 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams / Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD [Jeff Zeitz posting to MILES-LIST 98.01.10]

65.08.12 • Tony Williams: Spring {1}

Blue Note BLP 4216 (mono LP) 1965; BST 84216 (LP) 1965; BN 84216 (LP, Liberty Records, with BIEM mark) FR; KING GXK-8007 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" (LP) JAP 1977; CDP 7 46135 2 (CD) 1987; EMI B000007WMF (CD) JAP 1998; TOCJ4216 (CD) 1998; EMI B000053SQL RVG Limited Edition (CD) 2000
  • Blue Bossa (1963-1965) {2}
    K18P-9128 (LP) Jpn
  • Herbie Hancock: Blue Note {3}
    EMI 4789372, (Musica Jazz CD) IT / Supplement to Musica Jazz Magazine, issue no.12, Dec. 1993
August 12, 1965 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Extras / mstr # 1642 / tk 2 [8:07] {1}
2. Tee / mstr # 1643 / tk 4 [10:25] {1}
3. From Before / mstr # 1644 / tk 6 [6:50] {1,2,3}
4. Love Song / mstr # 1645 / tk 18 [8:22] {1}
Tony Williams (drums / Compositions)
Wayne Shorter (tenor sax-1,2,3)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Herbie Hancock (piano-3,4)
Gary Peacock (bass)

{Primary Source: CDP 7 46135 2; amicus.collectionscanada.gc.ca, AMICUS No. 33954657}

  • 66.00.00 - Andrew Hill Trio: Rivers, Joe Chambers / no venue or locale info [Musica Jazz June 1966 p.19, on-line index]
  • 66.01.09 - Sam Rivers (no personell listed) / Club 4, Cambridge, MA [ebay poster]

66.03.07 • Sam Rivers: Involution {1}

Blue Note BN-LA453-H2 (2LP) 1975; BST 84492 (2LP) Ger; See 67.03.17. This is an Andrew Hill quartet session issued on this double LP under Rivers' name.
"According to the Blue Note discography, 'Involution' was originally the title of the unissued Hill session. Catalogue number for this would have been BN BLP 4233, BLP indicating that [both] a mono and a stereo issue were planned." —G. Stolte

March 7, 1966 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Violence / mstr #1708 / tk 1 [11:04] {1}
2. Violence / alt tk, tk 3 [7:00]
3. Hope / mstr #1709 / tk 5 [7:15] {1}
4. Illusion / mstr #1710 / tk 7 [5:52] {1}
5. Desire / mstr #1712 / tk 16 [6:31] {1}
6. Desire / alt tk, tk 18 [8:30]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Andrew Hill (piano, harpsichord-1,2,3 under bass solos only, Compositions)
Walter Booker (bass)
J.C. Moses (drums)

{Primary Source: BN-LA453-H2; MD7-161; MD10-161}

66.07.02 • Bill Dixon [Audience Recording?]

July 2, 1966 / Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
1. Pomegranate Parts 1-6 (Dixon) [38:27]
Bill Dixon (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Ken McIntyre (alto sax, bass clarinet)
"Louis Brown or Sam Rivers" (tenor sax)
"Alvin Silva or Bob Cunningham" (bass)
"Sunny Murray or Tom Price" (drums)
Judith Dunn (dance)

I got this recording on a reel tape many years ago (1980?)... The info with the tape was Dixon, McIntyre, Brown, Cunningham, Price—which I think is inaccurate especially re: bass and drummer. I checked the date in Burt Goldblatt's book (Newport Jazz Festival / Illustrated History), and there are mistakes there as well: on p.132 briefly describing the session, B.G. writes "...one very extended number called 'Pomegranate'. Aside from Ken McIntyre on bass clarinet and alto sax nothing much seemed to happen..." In the program documentation part [on] p.271 the lineup is Dixon, Rivers (tenor sax and bass clarinet), Silva, Murray—that is, missing McIntyre. —Lukas Lindenmaier 05.09.11

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 66.08.21 - CANCELLED gig / "Due to absence of Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Richard Davis, Joe Chambers..." / Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD [home.earthlink.net/~eskelin/leftbank.html]

66.10.11 • Sam Rivers: A New Conception {1}

Blue Note BLP 4249 (mono LP); BST 84249 (stereo LP); BST 84249 (180-Gram Vinyl LP) 2012; Heavenly Sweetness HSV 054VL (180-Gram Vinyl LP) 2012 France
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions {2}
    Mosaic MD3-167 (3CD) 1996; Mosaic MQ5-167 (5LP) 1996
    3rd Session [See 64.12.11; 65.05.21; 67.03.17]

  • AFRTS Basic Musical Library, P Series {3}
    Shelf no.LPA 23967, 1 sound disc: 33-1/3 rpm, stereo 12-inch microgroove
    AFRTS P-10644 (LP) 1968
    Genre(s) Popular music - 1961-1970
    Armed Forces Radio and Television Service
October 11, 1966 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. I'll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe) / mstr #1783 / tk 5 [5:55] {1,2,3}
 The Touch of Your Lips [UNISSUED]
2. That's All (Haymes, Brandt) / mstr #1784 / tk 17 [5:37] {1,2}
3. When I Fall In Love (Heyman, Young) / mstr #1785 / tk 18 [5:48] {1,2,3}
4. What a Difference a Day Makes (Grever, Adams) / mstr #1786 / tk 21 [6:17] {1,2}
5. Detour Ahead (Ellis, Carter, Frigo) / mstr #1787 / tk 23 [5:08] {1,2}
6. Temptation (Brown, Freed) / mstr #1788 / tk 24 [7:36] {1,2}
7. Secret Love (Fain, Webster) / mstr #1789 / tk 25 [7:31] {1,2,3}
Discography section in Mosaic booklet lists Master #1875 as take 17 and omits Master #1784 alltogether.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,4,5,6,7; soprano sax-1,3,5,6,7; flute-6,7,8)
Hal Galper (piano)
Herbie Lewis (bass)
Steve Ellington (drums) / AFRTS P-10644 has "Ellinton".

{Primary Source: MD3-167; MQ5-167; Library of Congress Database}

  • 66.10.23 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax), Hal Galper (piano), Herb Lewis (bass), Steve Ellington (drums) / Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD [home.earthlink.net/~eskelin/leftbank.html]
  • 67.00.00 - Jay Clayton, together with her husband, percussionist Frank Clayton, presented Jazz at the Loft in their home in about 1967: Sam Rivers, Cecil McBee, Joanne Brackeen, Dave Liebman, Pete Yellin, Hal Galper, Jeanne Lee, Bob Moses, Junie Booth, John Gilmore, and Jane Getz were among the featured musicians.

67.02.10 • Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select #16

Mosaic Records Mosaic Select #16 MS-016 (Blue Note Sessions) (3CD) 2005

1st Session: [See also 67.10.31]

February 10, 1967 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Prevue / mstr #1834 / tk 2 [6:14]
2. Yomo / mstr #1835 / tk 5 [10:02]
3. I / mstr #1836 / tk 8 [7:30]
4. Awake / mstr #1837 / tk 9 [7:05]
5. Now / mstr #1838 / tk 11 [4:40]
Andrew Hill (piano-2,3,4,5; organ-1,2)
Robin Kenyatta (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2,3,4,5; flute-3; soprano sax-1)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Teddy Robinson (drums)
Nadi Qamar, aka Spaulding Givens (thumb piano-2; African drum-2,3; percussion-1,5)

{Primary Source: Mosaic Select #16 MS-016; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli}

67.02.20 • Nat Jones Quintet [Rehearsal Tape]

February 20, 1967 / Live At 9 Great Jones Street, New York City
Afternoon session:
1-2. Peyote / 2 takes
3-9. The Night Song / 7 takes
Evening session:
10-14. Complicity / 5 takes
15-18. You Had Better Listen / 4 takes
19-23. The Night We Called It a Day / 5 take
24-25. Torati Road / 2 takes
26-27. All For You / 2 takes
"...this was a rehearsal for the Jimmy Owens record that came out on Atlantic. Both sets were rehearsals for that record. ...not all the guys that were there for the rehearsals/jams did the record."

Nat Jones (piano)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Bennie Maupin (reeds)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Sonny Brown (drums)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

67.03.17 • Sam Rivers: Involution

Blue Note BN-LA453-H2 (2LP) 1975; BN 784261-2 (CD) EUR
  • Sam Rivers Sextet: Dimensions and Extensions
    Blue Note BST 84261 (LP) 1986; 4BN 84261 (CS) 1986; CDP 7 84261 2 7 (CD) 1995; Blue Note RVG Edition 50999 2 15364 2 7 (CD) 2008
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions
    Mosaic MD3-167 (1996) (3CD); Mosaic MQ5-167 (1996) (5LP) / 4th Session [See 64.12.11; 65.05.21; 66.10.11]
  • Various Artists: Blue Note Re-Issue Sampler
    Blue Note Records SP-128 (LP) 1976
See 66.03.07 [Issued 1975 on a double LP w/ an Andrew Hill quartet session]

March 17, 1967 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Paean / mstr #1858 / tk 10 [5:21]
2. Precis / mstr #1859 / tk 20 [5:18]
3. Helix / mstr #1860 / tk 25 [5:29]
4. Effusive Melange / mstr #1861 / tk 32 [5:47]
5. Involution / mstr #1862 / tk 33 [7:10]
6. Afflatus / mstr #1863 / tk 34 [6:25]
SP-128 has track 3 only.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2,3,4,6; soprano sax-1; flute-5 / Compositions)
James Spaulding (alto sax, flute)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Julian Priester (trombone)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: BN-LA453-H2; MD3-167; MQ5-167; 4BN 84261; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli}

67.10.31 • Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select #16

Mosaic Records Mosaic Select #16 MS-016 (Blue Note Sessions) (3CD) 2005

2nd Session: [See also 67.02.10]

October, 31 1967 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1. Oriba (first version) / #1977 / tk 3 [05:38]
2. Mother's Tale / #1978 / tk 7 [09:27]
3. Enamorado / #1979 / tk 14 [06:07]
4. For Blue People Only / #1980 / tk 15 [09:34]
5. Oriba (second version) / #1981 / tk 20 [06:12]
"Oriba (second version)" was listed in previous discographies as "Requiem for Truth," and has been corrected for the Mosiac Select release.

Andrew Hill (piano)
Woody Shaw (trumpet)
Robin Kenyatta (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax-2,3, tenor sax-1,2,4,5)
Howard Johnson (baritone horn-4, tuba-1,2,3,5)
Herbie Lewis (bass)
Teddy Robinson (drums)

{Primary Source: Mosaic Select #16 MS-016; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli}

  • 1968: (late)

    Sam then became one of the members of the Jazz Composers Guild, an organization composed of such giants as Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp. The association led to a spot with the Cecil Taylor group, a gig which once again changed many of Sam's conceptions of music. In 1969 the Taylor band members were Artists in Residence at the Maeght Foundation in St. Paul De Vence, France, where they worked with some of the top European musicians, including Karlheinz Stockhausen.
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———


68.00.00 (1) • Bill Dixon University of the Streets Orchestra [Audience Recording]

Date ?, 1968 / unknown venue, New York City
1. Large Orchestra Piece 1 [29:00]
2. V + VI rehearsal reel [17:50]
3. "XP" [18:00]
4. "XY" [17:20]
Bill Dixon (trumpet, leader, Compositions)
Leo Jones, Jacques Coursil (trumpet)
Clifford Thornton (cornet)
Richard Dunbar (french horn)
Sam Burtis, Wesley Whittaker (trombone)
John Buckingham (tuba)
Dave Chamberlain (flute, soprano sax)
Marzette Watts (bass clarinet)
Sonny Simmons (eng horn)
Monty Waters (bass-natural soprano sax)
Leopanar Witlarge (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax)
Arthur Doyle (tenor sax)
Sonny Clark (bar)
Warren Chiasson (vibes)
Susan Elrauch (mezzo-soprano voice)

{Primary Source: Dixonia, a Bio-Discography by Ben Young.} Not in my collection.

68.00.00 (2) • Bill Dixon University of the Streets Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]

unknown date, 1968 / unknown venue, New York City
1. unknown title [43:02]
 (possibly "Intents and Purposes," mentioned in interview)
 Dixon interview segment [3:12] (incomplete, cuts in, then out at end)
Bill Dixon (trumpet, leader, Composition)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
others, possibly as in 68.00.00 (1) above.

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 68.03.13 - The Purple Why: Steve Tintweiss (bass), Sam Rivers (reeds), Earl Cross (trumpet), Marty Cook (trombone), Lawrence Cook or Randy Kaye (drums) / Gallery 55, Brooklyn, NY [Steven Tintweiss 12.01.05]
    "Sam played one gig with my band the Purple Why in 1968 on a Friday the 13th concert at Gallery 55, which was a funeral parlor turned-art-gallery in Brooklyn. That was a one-time performance line-up... The concert was not recorded, but Shelly Rusten was present and took a lot of photos in his role as a professional photographer."

69.01.11 • Don Ayler Sextet with Albert Ayler: Albert Ayler—Holy Ghost

Revenant Records (9CD "Spirit Box")

January 11, 1969 / venue?, New York City
1. Prophet John [ : ]
2. Judge Ye Not [ : ]
[46:18]
Don Ayler (trumpet)
Albert Ayler (reeds)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Richard Johnson (piano)
Richard Davis, Ibrahim Wahen (bass)
Muhammad Ali (drums)

"...Disc 7 plunges into murky lo-fi with two live sessions, one from New York Town Hall (January 11th 1969) featuring a sextet led by Don Ayler and featuring his brother along with Sam Rivers on tenor, Richard Johnson on piano, Richard Davis and Ibrahim Wahen on basses, and Muhammad Ali on drums. At least so it says here... both Aylers are recognisable, but the rest of the band comes across as nothing more than an apocalyptic angry blur. The recording is of historical interest, as it documents Ayler's last appearance with his brother..." —uncredited quote from an on-line review.

{Primary Source: Spirit Box}

  • 69.00.00 - "Following the Free Music Meeting [Alan] Silva went to Paris and stayed for several months, playing with Sunny Murray, Bernard Vitet, François Tusques, and Michel Portal, before returning to New York in early 1969. The first incarnation of his mythic big band, The Celestrial Communication Orchestra (CCO), rehearsed in a loft on 14th Street (featuring horn players Sam Rivers, Marzette Watts, Frank Lowe, Perry Robinson, and drummers Barry Altschul and Lawrence Cook), though Silva considers his first real orchestral piece to be Solestrial,’ on the ESP-Disk record Skillfullness, on which he conducted." [WIRE #228 February 2003 p.40]


Sam Rivers with the Cecil Taylor Quartet

69.02.08 to 69.11.10, and beyond


    "Cecil Taylor Unit will be available to the entire campus for discussion, etc..." / Cecil Taylor Previewed: Uncompromising Artist Presents New Jazz, By Gary Giddins (article quoted in 69.02.08 session entry below) [Grinnell College Scarlet and Black, Vol.LXXVI Friday, February 7, 1969]

  • 69.02.06 - "Thursday at 4:00 p.m. there will be a lecture-discussion." / South Lounge, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
  • 69.02.07 - "Friday at 8:00 p.m. there will be a drum workshop and at 10 p.m. a poetry reading by Taylor." / South Lounge, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

69.02.08 • Cecil Taylor Unit [RivBea Archival Recording & Broadcast Recordings]

  • Cecil Taylor Unit [Broadcast Recording]
    Physical Item RGA 2835 B3 - 1 digital sound cassette (polyester)
    Recording Laboratory, William L. Ewell, Jr. Collection (Library of Congress)

  • Cecil Taylor Unit [Private or Broadcast Recording]
    Shelf no.RGA 2839 A2--RGA 2840 A1 - 2 digital sound cassettes (polyester)
    Recording Laboratory, William L. Ewell, Jr. Collection (Library of Congress)
    Marked "1965" / "May be a recording of a radio broadcast."

February 8, 1969, 8:00pm / Roberts Hall, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
RivBea Archive / Reel 16
1. unknown title [69]
2. unknown title [60:00]
[129:00]
A 7" reel, "#16" written and circled on box. "3 3/4 (ips) Cecil Taylor Grinnell College 8 Feb 1969 Side 1 collective piece #1 69 minutes Side 2 collective piece #2 60 minutes Personnel: Cecil Sam Rivers Jimmy Lyons Andrew Cyrille" also written on box. —Joe Washek, June 2008
RGA 2835 B3:
1. unknown title [68:24] (minor glitch at 48:07; another, possible split track at 48:50)
2. unknown title [31:23] (minor glitches at 27:20 and 28:42)
3. unknown title [59:41]
[159:28]
RGA 2839 A2--RGA 2840 A1:
1. unknown titles [no time given]
Note: There are two session recordings at this locale in The Library of Congress: the "1965" date on RGA 2839 A2--RGA 2840 A1 is an obvious error. The single tape listed as RGA 2835 B3 is probably an excerpted broadcast of the 2-tape version. —RL

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: RivBea 2CD-R, Reel 16; 3CD-R Broadcast; Library of Congress Database; Andrew Galloway 02.11.28} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.



"I received photo copies of the articles from the student newspaper The Scarlet and Black, describing Cecil Taylor's performance at Grinnell. Apparently, it was quite controversial (SURPRISE!!!)..."
—Andrew Galloway 02.11.28, posting to Cecil Taylor Research List.
  • Grinnell College Scarlet and Black, Vol.LXXVI / Friday, February 7, 1969

    Cecil Taylor Previewed

    Uncompromising Artist Presents New Jazz, By Gary Giddins:

    Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, poet, and all-around musical guru for the jazz advance guard, will be on campus February 6, 7, 8. Leonard Feather has written of him, "The freedom, complexity, harmonic innovation and emotional brilliance of Taylor's playing have established him as one of the truly original minds in American music... Taylor's fast and intricately structured lines, almost percussive in their intensity, have had a stirring effect on the new horn techniques of the 60's... A lack of acceptance by some musicians and critics and pitifully infrequent opportunities to record, have kept Taylor's reputation and following limited to a small but devoted group of admirers.

    That's not the half of it. Taylor has been screwed royally by club owners who were more interested in selling drinks then providing a free rein for artistic expression. Record companies have used him for a tax loss and don't bother to distribute. In this, Taylor is not unique. On the contrary, there are very few jazz musicians who have not suffered under a similar strain of capitalism. The new jazz is the bastard child of American music; it can't make it on a popular music level and it is not accepted by the classical elitists. Taylor, however, is an uncompromising artist who puts his craft first and refuses to kiss the asses of the money grabbing critics and hucksuckers who control the (gasp) "music business." Unfortunately, the payoff at times was one major gig a year supplemented by working at Macy's in the afternoons.

    And now—twelve years after his first major date in New York—the critics and the public who criticized him as being a charlatan and anti-jazz are coming around. Cecil Taylor is a virtuoso pianist who unlike many of his imitators—some of whom are better known than he—can express on the keys what's happening in his head. And that's what jazz is about—expression and communication. This doesn't mean that he is any more accepted by the public. Last August, he despaired as to whether he would ever record again. Those who have heard him, know that if in a hundred years some historian asks whether people in the 20th century could communicate, Cecil and some other musicians like him will serve as one of the new affirmative answers.

    Previously our ideas of time and space have been negated in favor of a collective sound emanating from individual musicians surrendering their individuality to a group feeling. This music is not intended for background music; it is a total music.

    During their stay here, the Cecil Taylor Unit will be available to the entire campus for discussion, etc. Thursday at 4:00 p.m. there will be a lecture-discussion. Friday at 8:00 p.m. there will be a drum workshop and at 10 p.m. a poetry reading by Taylor. All of these events will be in the South Lounge. The concert is in Roberts, Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.

    Open up your mind and give them some of your time. They're worth listening to.



  • Grinnell College Scarlet and Black, Vol.LXXVII / Friday, February 14, 1969

    Controversial Concert Defended

    By Molly McGuire:

    A new breed of music was introduced to Grinnell last weekend in the form of the Cecil Taylor Unit, an avante-guard jazz quartet. If nothing else, the concert became a topic of controversy on campus as the music was foreign and incomprehensible to the ears of most of the audience. Arguments raged over the quality or value of the music itself as well as the advisability of bringing this type of music to Grinnell.

    Comments ranged from the facetious Bandstand favorite, "Oh, it didn't have a very good beat and I couldn't dance to it," to the popular, "It stunk!" Those who liked it seemed overpowered by it—they were completely carried away emotionally: "I was intoxicated by it," was one of the more extreme comments on the positive side.

    Generally, however, there seemed to be unfavorable response from the campus. On this note, the S&B talked to Garry Giddins and Lee Shamberg of the Social Co-ordinating Committee to let them explain their reasons for bringing in Cecil Taylor, and also to let them comment on the student reaction.

    Their reason for presenting a concert of this type was two-fold. First, Giddins felt that "any controversy started in this conservative melange of apathy and lethargy would be beneficial." Shamberg added, "The concert was a result of a continuous attempt to make the concerts program an organic part of the education process. Education involves a challenge to one's standards and preconceptions."

    Secondly, they wanted to expose students to music they may never listen to on their own, or even realize existed. "The importance of the concert," stressed Giddins, "was that the students got a chance to hear this music, not whether they liked it or disliked it. One of my hopes in bringing in Taylor was that people would be moved to investigate the music more fully on their own."

    Those criticizing the quality of the music itself were severely chided by Giddins and Shamberg. They argued that to criticize from a position of total ignorance is "indefensible." Instead of judging the music by the standards of the familiar Western music, they stressed that one must realize that Taylor is working in a different medium, that of an Afro-American culture. Giddins stressed, "Whatever similarities there are between Taylor and Mozart are outweighed by similarities between Taylor and Ellington."

    Giddins was particularly disturbed by the fact that so much of the audience left before and during intermission. He said that if they would have stayed longer they very possibly would have ended up enjoying it (which is what did happen in several cases.) He said that Taylor wasn't playing for those who left, but for those who stayed long enough to enjoy listening to the music as much as he did playing it.


CECIL TAYLOR TOUR continues with session 69.07.28.



  • 69.04.06 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slug's, New York City [New York Magazine April 28, 1969 p.15]
  • 69.04.13 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slug's, New York City [ibid]
  • 69.04.20 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slug's, New York City [ibid]
  • 69.04.27 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slug's, New York City [ibid]



69.07.28 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Audience Recording]

July 28, 1969 / St. Paul de Vence, France
1. Was - Ethopie - More [92:51] (split track at 47:11)
"...am not certain the (July 28-29) are 2 different concerts or the same one. A note in my file claims the 28th consists of '3 linked pieces & an encore featuring Sam on soprano,' but that doesn't sound like the Shandar & Prestige set... sometimes a midnite concert (confuses) the date." —Vladimir Simosko

"There was one concert on 69-0728 afternoon/evening plus another one the next day/afternoon/evening. The recordings as on Shandar/Prestige are from 69-0729. The first concert is known from a private audience recording only, so far, and the music is very different from Second Act Of A’". —H. Lukas Lindenmaier 05.01.03

Cecil Taylor (piano, voice, composition)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax, voice)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, voice)
Andrew Cyrille (drums, perc, voice)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography; V. Simosko.}


69.07.29 • Cecil Taylor: Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vols. 1-3

Shandar SR 10.011 (3LP) FR; SR 83 507 (Vol.1), SR 83 508 (Vol.1), SR 83 509 (Vol.1)
  • Cecil Taylor: Second Act of A, vols. 1-3
    RCA/ RCA-6085(M) (LP) 1973 JAP
  • Cecil Taylor Quartet: The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor
    Prestige P-34003 (3LP) 1977
  • Cecil Taylor: Fondation Maeght Nights, Vols. 1-3
    Jazz View COD 001-003 (3CD)
July 29, 1969 / Fondation Maeght, St. Paul de Vence *
1. Second Act of A (pt 1) [21:17]
2. Second Act of A (pt 2) [20:51]
3. Second Act of A (pt 3) [18:08]
4. Second Act of A (pt 4) [16:11]
5. Second Act of A (pt 5) [12:45]
6. Second Act of A (pt 6) [20:38]
>

Image from Ed Mauer's Shandar Records Discography. [Click image to enlarge view]
"Each [of the individually packaged LPs] has a gatefold cover with same photo but different tint."

* Recording has locale as "Paris, France."

"...recorded in St. Paul de Vence which is about 30-40 km northwest of Nice in southern France, i.e. nowhere near Paris! ...an old error (started by Prestige.)" —Graham L. Rogers

Side 6 is an encore, as "it was apparently a complete piece in itself." —Vladimir Simosko

Jazz: America's Classical Music, a book by Grover Sales, has the title of the above piece as "Second Art of A." —Sales indicates he took this title from an LP release.

Cecil Taylor (piano, voice-4, Composition)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

"...met Miró at the Fondation Maeght in 1969. [Miró] gave each member of Taylor's group at that time... an original lithograph (Same design but different colours for each,’ says Taylor) and he left it in his will that the pianist should be the first to play at the [Miró Museum on the island of Majorca] when it was conmpleted." [WIRE #124 June 1994 p.23]



Cecil Taylor Quartet at Fondation Maeght, St. Paul de Vence.

Photo courtesy Sam Rivers. [Click image to enlarge view]

{Primary Source: P-34003; Jazz Records - The Specialist Labels, compiled by Ralph Laing and Chris Sheridan. Published in two volumes by Jazz Media APS, Denmark, 1981.}



CECIL TAYLOR TOUR continues with session 69.10.00.



  • 1969:

    Rivers was invited to a jam session that included Jimi Hendricks in the late 1960s. During that period, Rivers was performing with Cecil Taylor and recalls how jamming with Hendrix was almost the same as playing with Taylor. "Jimi wanted me to join his group while he was developing new directions," Rivers said.
    [blogs.orlandosentinel.com/community_altamonte_blog]
    ———

    "Anyway, the story with me and Jimi is that we met at a jam session. It was a session down on Broadway and Sixteenth Street. There was a loft up there, so I used to go there and play. So one time, I don't know how they got him there, but Jimi Hendrix was up there. We were jamming together, and he really liked my flute—man, his eyes brightened up when he heard it. So we used to go down to his place in Woodstock. We'd play down there in his studio. We used to play all the time down there and did a lot of stuff there, but I don't know what happened to it. He... had a nice house down there. We went down for dinner, Bea and myself. We were down there and were pretty much guests all the time when he was in town. He never asked me to play with him. I would have though." —Sam Rivers, Waxpoetics No.29 [prince.org/msg/8/275536]
    ———


69.08.00 • Jimi Hendrix with Sam Rivers [POSSIBLE Audience Recordings]

August, 1969 / Woodstock, NY

Jeff Evangelista, Jimi Hendrix researcher/archivist, correspondence 02.04.18 and 02.05.26:
"Sam has mentioned in interviews that Alan Douglas set up a jam with him and Jimi at the Woodstock retreat house (Jimi's rented house), and they had a play. Your session dates helped tremendously because I think I have narrowed the time-frame down to August 1969. From your notes, it looks like Sam was in Europe (Poland etc.) for most of the autumn of 1969. And he played in France with Cecil Taylor in late July. Jimi [was in] Morocco... July 30 through Aug, ...and was at the retreat for most of August. Of course Woodstock was held Aug 18.

...Anything that might rule out this time-frame? Do you know anything more about this supposed jam between the two musicians? ...We do have quite a bit of tapes from this Woodstock rehearsal’ period, but nothing I can identify with Sam. Jimi was definitely experimenting with playing with Free Jazz'ers at this time though, as we can hear from the house tapes and tapes recorded at the Tinker Street Cinema with Earl Cross on trumpet.

The Sam Rivers episode though is one mystery that needs to be solved. it would be wonderful to get a sense... about what they might have played together, personnel, ...etc. If tapes existed..."


Steve Lafayette, correspondence 09.03.21
"I've been researching this ever since I spoke with one of the session players, Stafford James (celloist). He said that others players were Jumma Santos, Billy Cox, Mike Ephron and maybe Jerry Velez. It was Fall time at Jimi's Woodstock house on a farm. He doesn't recall anyone taping it, but said it was like one long continous jam for four hours. Sorry I don't have anything more concrete, wish I did... Stafford also mentioned it was probably in August of '70, as he recalls Jimi died a month after their jam. Somebody needs to get on the horn to these other sessions players about this gig quick before all memory fails."

This latest throws the year off... I do have a reference for "Juma (congas)," most likely Jumma Santos, in a session with Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble in '71 (Down Beat October 28 1971 p.33, review by Bill Cole). Then again, we could be casting line in a lifeless pond... —RL

If anyone has any info to add to this, please contact Rick Lopez and/or Jeff Evangelista.

{Primary Source: Jeff Evangelista 02.04.18 and 02.05.26; Steve Lafayette 09.03.21} Not in my collection.

  • 69.00.00 - Burton Greene Quartet: Greene (piano), Sam Rivers (reeds), Steve Tintweiss (bass), Shelly Rusten (drums) / Bucknell College, Lewisburg, PA [Steve Tintweiss 11.12.31 and 12.01.05]
    ""Burton Greene, Shelly Rusten, and myself were working fairly steadily in the late 1960s with a series of saxophone players in the band. ...my stint with Burton started in 1966 or 1967 I believe. Adding to the trio was Byard Lancaster in 1968 and '69, then Sam Rivers in 1969." —Steve Tintweiss

69.10.12 • Burton Greene Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

October 12, 1969 / Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York City
1st Set [ : ]
2nd Set [ : ]
"...two sets...pending a double CD release on Porter Records."

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Burton Greene (piano)
Steve Tintweiss (bass)
Shelly Rusten (drums)

{Primary Source: Steve Tintweiss 11.12.31 and 12.01.05} Not in my collection.



  • 69.10.00 - Cecil Taylor Quartet / Late October, 1969, Warsaw, Poland

  • This ERRONEOUS listing is possibly the result of a citation ("Warsaw, 10/69") in:
    Mike Hames' Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, Cecil Taylor, Byard Lancaster & Kenneth Terroade: On Disc & Tape, photography by Val Wilmer, printed privately by the author with the financial assistance of the Arts Council of Great Britain, January, 1983 p. i-iv, p. 1-65.

    "That's all the publishing info. The book is typewritten, printed on one side of each page and bound with two staples. There is a full page photo of Ayler on the cover, and one of each of the other musicians at the beginning of their sections." [George Scala 03.04.11]

  • "In my opinion CT don't played in Warsaw on 1969, he played a year ago on 18 or 19 October 1968. Jazz Jamboree '68, Poland, Warsaw, Sala Kongresowa, Cecil Taylor - piano solo (USA) [Jazz Jamboree '68 was October 17,18,19, 1968] '69-- this is failure, mistake date of gig. comment: October is typicaly time of Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw Poland who started from 1958. It's mint probable if any (fame) artist who played live gig in Oct., Poland, don't play on JJ. Just check 'festival notes' from 1969 [October, 20-23]; result: CT is not present." [Darek Pietak to Cecil Taylor Research Group 03.04.11]

69.10.26 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Audience Recording]

October 26, 1969 / Teatro Lyrico, Milan, Italy
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke [49:54] (incomplete, split track at 47:02)
2. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke [41:48] (incomplete) *
[91:48]
I have this at 48:16, seems complete, if any time is missing it may be from the beginning, and I assume it's the first track. The noted second track is an erroneous citaton. (See below) —RL

* The LP excerpts from 69.11.09 "are also on a tape from 69.10.26 but most sources place the LP as a recording from De Doelen." —Jan Ström

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.}


  • 69.10.31 - Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor (piano), Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Andrew Cyrille (drums) / Hammersmith Odeon, London, England / (No known recording, unknown titles) [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.]

69.11.02 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast & Audience Recording]
BBC-TV

November 2, 1969 / Ronnie Scott's Club, London, England
 announcement by Ronnie Scott [0:26]
1. Fragments [6:58]
 announcement [0:18]
2. unknown title [10:21]
[18:06]
Also noted: Audience Recording at "1 track/8:00; November, 1969; London, fragments."

"It's all Fragments Of A Dedication To Duke,’ the 7:52 track announced as Extracts from Fragments’..."
—H. Lukas Lindenmaier to CTResearch-List 03.09.23

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R (Private & Broadcast); Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.}


69.11.03 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

November 3, 1969 / Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
First Concert:
1. Fragments Of A Dedication To Duke [27:12] (incomplete, fades in)
 Track above received as "Improvisaton 1 & 2"; "Improvisation 2"
 turns out to be the last section from the Second Concert below. All mis-titled by announcer as "Never Mind"
Second Concert:
2. Fragments Of A Dedication To Duke [48:50] (split track at 10:15)
"The LP Jazz-Connoisseur-JC 111 [69.11.09] in fact is a bootleg, at the time widely distributed in Europe, possibly in the US as well, but it has nothing to do with the 69.11.03 Paris concert(s) [as previously and repeatedly claimed —RL]. I do have on CD two transcriptions of the Paris 69.11.03 concerts: one is a 27:19 fragment said to be from the first concert, the other is (low audio fidelity) 49:30 said to be from the second concert. The music in both of these recordings is quite similiar, both being Fragments Of A Dedication To Duke,’ but none of these is identical to the music on JC-111. The recording from first Paris concert is mis-announced by the radio mc (André Francis?) as Never Mind,’ by the way."
—H. Lukas Lindenmaier to CTResearch-List 03.09.23

Cecil Taylor (piano, Composition)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.}


69.11.04 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

November 4, 1969 / Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark
1. excerpt [3:25] (fades in at beginning, out at end)
2. excerpt [11:45] (cuts in at beginning, fades out at end)
 announcement [0:15]
3. excerpt [12:10] (cuts in at beginning, ten seconds in level goes down, voice-over, music back up at 0:35, applause at end)
[27:49]
Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal}


69.11.05 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast & Audience Recordings]
Swedish Radio Broadcast

November 5, 1969 / Newport Jazz Festival, Folkets Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
Broadcast Recording:
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [55:27] (split track at 46:45)
Audience Recording:
1. Fragments [50:00]
Track one is also titled "Unit Structures" according to the Lyon's Sessionography.

"I have 55:00 mono radio broadcast recording, and I think this is the complete performance of the day ..."
—H. Lukas Lindenmaier to CTResearch-List 03.09.23

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: Broadcast CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons: A Sessionography.} Audience Recording not in my collection.

69.11.06 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording]
RBB Kulturradio, Broadcast June 19, 2009

November 6, 1969 / Berlin Jazztage 1969, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

* This Berlin session has also been erroneously dated as 69.11.11 and 69.11.30
 announcement Köhn [1:15]
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [63:25]
 applause
[64:47]
"The German radio station "RBB Kultur" did broadcast the Cecil Taylor concert... RBB Kultur, which stores the original tapes, played the complete Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington’, which had 63 minutes 25 seconds of music and didn't seem to be edited. Before there was the announcement of Dietrich Schulz-Köhn + applause (1 minute 15 seconds); afterwards applause fading into the broadcast announcement of 2009." —Holger Neuhaus 09.06.29

"After listening to the 1969.11.06 recording again [emphasis mine —RL], I do believe the 63:30 version we have from the 2009.06.19 broadcast (RBB Kulturradio) is the complete performance recorded. There is no cut/editing audible—not in my ears, at least—except for cutting short the final applause. Also, this version is of the best audio quality so far.

Longer versions of recordings from this same date result from—in my humble opinion—clumsy efforts combining (editing/pasting) fragments from earlier incomplete broadcasts (aired 1969, 1970, and later, by various German radio stations). All these pastiche versions (69 minutes, 75 minutes, some even longer) suffer from low audio quality, also harsh cuts and/or inexplicable fades, cross-fades, and overlappings. There is no private audience recording from this performance, as far as I know, documenting a much longer performance’ as rumourously reported by a few eye-/ear-witnesses.

Sidebar: Reading from contemporary (1969) festival reviews, 1969.11.06 was the opening night of Berliner Jazztage. Performing on this Piano For Duke’ night were:
1) Joe Turner [with Hans Rettenbacher (bass) and Stu Martin (drums)]
2) Steve Kuhn [with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass) and Aldo Romano (drums)]
3) Joachim KÜhn with Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, and Jacques Thollot
4) Thelonious Monk Solo, (with Joe Turner, Hans Rettenbacher, and Stu Martin sitting in for the last tune
5) Cecil Taylor Unit (Taylor, Lyons, Rivers, Cyrille)

Not having heard recordings from the first three sets, but the complete Monk set, which runs for some 30 minutes including applause, I guess the CT Unit started at about two and a half hours after the beginning of the program—and I don‘t think they played more than the 63:30 on the recording, when ...three-quarter parts of the audience derserted...’ (quote from Hans Harzheim‘s review in Jazz-Magazine (France) #175 (Feb. 1970) p.11).
—H. Lukas Lindenmaier

Other versions circulating:
  • [74:50] / Opening announcement [2:31]. Music [70:53] fades out and back in at 10:52 and again at 55:23. Closing applause [1:27].
  • [45:46] / Without announcements, clipped at the beginning.
    "...the 45:++ from radio broadcast is—most probably—the closing section of the performance."
  • [15:45] / Opening section.
... it seems most likely no Audience Recording of this concert exists." —H. Lukas Lindenmaier 05.01.03

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, voice)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R at 64:47 and 45:46(incomplete); Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; H. Lukas Lindenmaier and Florin Casura posting to the CTResearch list, 09.12.14}

69.11.09 • Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor Quartet in Europe
*UNAUTHORIZED*

Jazz Connoisseur JC 111 (LP) IT
  • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast & Audience Recordings]
November 9, 1969 / De Doelen Concert Hall, Rotterdam, Netherlands
 announcement
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [57:03]
An audience recording exists.
JC 111 excerpts the opening 44:30 of this concert. (see below) —RL

"Rumors were that the JC-111 is an edited version of the recordings from Rotterdam 69.11.09... [It] IS an edited portion of the Broadcast Recording from this performance."
—H. Lukas Lindenmaier to CTResearch-List 03.09.23; 05.01.03

"I've just gone headphones to CDR, speakers to turntablenote-for-note, trill-for-trill, cymbal-splash-for-cymbal-splash through the first 8 minutes, and there is no doubt in my failing little mind that they are one and the same."
—Rick Lopez

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: JC 111; CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.}


69.11.10 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

November 10, 1969 / Liederhalle, Mozartsaal, Stuttgart, Germany
 announcement [0:15]
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [78:27] (incomplete)
Also noted as "Parts 1-5" (20:26 / 41:25 / 4:00 / 1:48 / 9:21)

Cecil Taylor (piano)
Jimmy Lyons (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.}



69.11.11 / Berlin - See 69.11.06


69.11.30 / Berlin - See 69.11.06

"the 69.11.30 date possibly was the broadcasting date for the 69.11.06 recording"
—H. Lukas Lindenmaier to CTResearch-List 03.09.23

  • 69.12.31 - Burton Greene Quartet: Greene (piano), Sam Rivers (reeds), Steve Tintweiss (bass), Shelly Rusten (drums) / "...a New Years Eve club date." / NYC [Steve Tintweiss 11.12.31 and 12.01.05]



1960's

1970's

1980's

1990's

The 21st Century...


  • 1970: (early)

    In 1970, Rivers—along with his wife, Bea—opened a studio in Harlem where he held music and dance rehearsals. The space relocated to a warehouse in the Soho section of New York City. ["Named Studio RivBea..." allmusicguide.com continues, though that name would not be used until the Bond Street Loft would open in June, 1972. —RL]
    [allmusicguide.com]
    ———


  • 70.01.13-18 - Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor (piano), Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Andrew Cyrille (drums) / Slug's, New York City / (unknown titles) [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.]
  • 70.02.00 - Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor (piano), Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Andrew Cyrille (drums) / East 3rd Street Club, New York City / (unknown titles) [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.]

70.00.00 • Various Artists: New American Music, Volume 1
New York Section, Composers of the 1970's

Smithsonian Folkways Records Stereo FTS 33901 (LP) 1975; F-33901 (CD & CS) 1992

"Early 1970" (?) / unknown venue and place
1. Shadows [11:00] "for tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, and synthesizer."
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, synth / overdubs, Composition)

Liner notes and Rivers' composer's statement for this disc.

{Primary Source: FTS 33901; F-33901; date via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3966]; personnel Mr. Sam Rivers}

  • 71.00.00 (1) - McCoy Tyner Quintet: Sam Rivers, Charles Tolliver, Eric Gravatt / upcoming "in concert at Slug's," New York City [Musica Jazz January 1971 p.26, on-line index]
    "There were several great [Tyner] lineups in the '70s that never recorded, perhaps most notably an early '70s incarnation with Charles Tolliver, Sam Rivers, and Eric Gravatt." [Mark Rappaport posting to Miles-list 01.31.00]

    Some interviews describe this period with Tyner as a "six-month stint." —RL

On the P.S. 92 Recordings...

Rivers moved to New York City and opened his studio in Harlem in early 1970, and was there until moving to Bond Street (Studio RivBea) in June of '72. P.S. 92 is located at 22 W 134th Street in East Harlem, and if we assume that it wasn't until the RivBea days that there was enough of a facility available to rehearse any large ensembles, the P.S. 92 option during this time makes sense. The Harlem Ensemble Recording of 71.01.17 also suggests this.

71.01.17 • Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording]

January 17, 1971 / P.S. 92, New York City
RivBea Archive / Reel 12
1. Shades—rehearsal recording [55:29]
 fragment [1:12] (percussion, flute, tuba, chatter)
 fragment [2:37] (incomplete, cuts in)
 SR talking [0:44] "That was letter B..."
 fragments [2:19] (percussion, baritone sax lead; starts and stops)
 SR talking [0:22] "Start just before letter B..."
 fragment [4:40]
 SR talking [2:30]
 "...end of A" [7:36]
 SR talking [2:26]
 "B" [1:08]
 SR talking [2:47]
 "...beginning of B" [10:12] (several starts and stops, interspersed with SR talking)
 "B" [7:52]
 SR talking [0:41]
 "B" [9:44] (practicing fragments, with SR talking)
 "B" [4:02]
 "B" [4:30] (with a few brief hesitations, SR talking)
 SR talking [0:49]
2. Shades [31:29] (incomplete, cuts out)
[96:58]
Same composition as the ensemble is running on 71.00.00 (2) and 71.00.00 (3). Most of the fragments here are tentative (thought the final long run-through is much more assertive, and the recording itself is of higher quality than the rehearsal sections preceding it. The apparently later sessions on 71.00.00 (2) and 71.00.00 (3) are more masterful and roaring, and they are much better quality recordings than anything here. The Composition being worked is Shades, which would soon be performed by The Harlem Ensemble at Wesleyan University. See 71.00.00 (3). —RL

"This tape is in a TDK SD 150H-7 box. It is recorded at 7.5 ips on both sides. On the back in pen is written, 'Sam Rivers PS 92,' and beneath is written 'Side ['two' is crossed out] One #10 (app 30 min) Halem [sic] Ensemble Sun Jan 17 1971 First Set Letter I'
Tracking the first part of the rehearsal was very difficult due to the frequent breakdowns after short bits of music. I opted to track in no less than 4 or 5 minute increments." —Joe Washek 09.03.29

Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble: (personnel as listed for the Wesleyan concert)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Paul Jeffries (clarinet)
Harvey Lesene (soprano sax)
Rene McLean and Carlos Ward (alto sax)
Roland Alexander and Dave Young (tenor sax)
Kenny Rodgers (baritone sax)
Fred Kelly (flute)
Joe Gardner, Olu Dara, Ted Daniels, and Don Mcintosh (trumpet)
Grachan Moncur, Dick Griffin, David Haroom, and Jack Jeffers (trombones)
Ed Perry (french horn)
Bill Davis (tuba)
Hakim Jami (bass)
Warren Smith and Wilson Moorman (drums)
Jumma Santos (congas)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Joe Washek; Reel 12} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

71.00.00 (2) • Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording]

unknown date, probably early 1971 / Rehearsal, P.S. 92, New York City
RivBea Archive / Reel 15
1. unknown composition [20:31]
2. unknown composition [16:56] (incomplete, cuts in)
3. unknown composition [4:41] (incomplete, cuts in, cuts out)
[42:40]
This is a recording of a rehearsal of orchestral compositions. See notes on 71.01.17 above.

"This tape is in a Scotch 140 box. It is a 7-inch reel recorded at 7.5 ips. One side of the tape was blank. On the back is written in pen 'Sam Rivers P.S.92'. Also written in pencil is '2 compositions'. There is no other writing on the box." —Joe Washek 09.03.29

Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble
See personnel listed in 71.01.17 above.

{Primary Source: CD-R; Joe Washek; Reel 15} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

71.00.00 (3) • Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording]

unknown date, probably early 1971 / Rehearsal, unknown location, New York City
Possibly at P.S. 92 for the rehearsal segments...
RivBea Archive / Reel 20
1. Shades—rehearsal fragments... [22:45]
 Starts and brief stops, very confident, working sections, Sam simply saying "Okay." before moving immediately on to the next.
2. Shades [46:05] (split track)
 Lots of applause from a large crowd [0:34]
[60:02]
This is a recording of a rehearsal of orchestral compositions. See notes on 71.01.17 above.

"This tape is in a Scotch 290 box. It is a 7" reel recorded at 7.5 ips. One side of the tape is blank. On the front of the box Sam Rivers’ is written in pen. On the back, in pencil is written, Sam River's Harlem Ensemble’ and Shades’ JCOA’ and Workshop’. There are also a series of numbers in a column on the left and a corresponding column of letters on the right. I suspect that the numbers refer to digit counter readings on the tape recorder the tape was made on and that the letters refer to sections of a composition." —Joe Washek 09.03.29

Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble
See personnel listed in 71.01.17 above.

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Joe Washek notes, Reel 20} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

71.02.13 • Sam Rivers: Hues

Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP) 1975; IMP8007 (LP); YQ-8505AI (LP) JAP

1st Session: [See also 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]
    Recorded by Sam Rivers and Larry Villella.
February 13, 1971 / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
 Hues LP:
1. Amber [4:26]
2. Turquoise [4:01]
3. Rose [5:13]
RivBea Archive / Reels 53, 54, and 55
1. improvisation [63:26]
 (soprano sax section—13:12 / b+dr—2:31)
 (fl section—18:19)
 (p section—13:21 / b+dr—1:59)
 (tenor sax section—13:49)
Reels are 10" recorded at 15 ips ½ track. I believe that these are the master tapes of the complete performance from which 3 excerpts were drawn for the Sam Rivers LP Hues. Digitized, transferred to CDR, and edited to form one continuous performance... —Joe Washek, June 2008

"This LP is made up of selections from various Sam Rivers performances, some recorded by Impulse! and some from Rivers' own tapes... (titles are... given to sections of live performance after the fact, for LP purposes.)" —Impulse! session producer Ed Michel

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, flute-2, piano-3, Compositions)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Norman Connors (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Impulse! ASD 9302; RivBea CD-R, Reels 53/54/55; Producer Ed Michel; alternate LP issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3972].} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

71.02.14 • Sam Rivers: Hues

Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP) 1975; IMP8007 (LP); YQ-8505AI (LP) JAP

2nd Session: [See also 71.02.13; 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recordings]
    Recorded by Sam Rivers and Larry Villella.
February 14, 1971 / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
1. Chartreuse [3:17]

Impulse! session producer Ed Michel:
My work notes on these tapes indicate [9] recorded sets for February 14 as:
1. First set afternoon 58:00
2. First set evening 48:00
3. Second set evening 55:45
4. Reel A’ undated 57:2x
RivBea Archive / Reel 6
—1. improvisation [56:25]
 (ss section—15:13)
 (voc-fl section—17:32)
 (p section—14:24)
 (ts section—11:16)
 announcement [0:41]
[57:32]
"The tape is on 10-inch reel and is recorded at 7.5 ips, half-track. There is no notation on the box as to date or location. On the back of the box is written, Sam Rivers #1.’ (possibly the number is a 7 or a 9). In a different handwriting is written, soprano flute piano tenor 57:20’. The second handwriting is the same as that of similar notations on other tape boxes of Jazz Workshop tapes (Ed Michel). Box A’ and 7 1/2 ips prob 2 trk’ are also written on the back in a third handwriting. On the spine is written Sam Rivers 7 1/2 ORIGINAL’. On another side of the box is written HOT WATER/7 1/2 ORIGINAL/FATZWESS’.

...The tape box is a Scotch 206, and the tape appears to be as well, which was the brand used for the other Workshop recordings. The written notations on the box and ambient sound of the recording are consistent with the other Workshop recordings in the archive. Sam announces CM and NC at the end of the set, and says ...and that constitutes the evening’." —Joe Washek
5. Undated Live at The Workshop 47:00 + announcement
6. Reel Conceptualism’ 51:20  [See Session 71.02.21]
RivBea Archive / Reel 7
—1. Conceptualism [51:59]
 (ss section—12:34)
 (voc-fl section—20:06)
 (p section—15:09)
 (ts section—3:58)
[52:10]
"...A 10-inch reel recorded at 7.5 ips half-track. On the back of the box is written, 1. Conceptualism Time 51:20 Sam Rivers; piano, soprano, tenor & flute Norman Connors; Drums and percussions Cecil McBea (sic); bass’. On the bottom of the back is written, in the same handwriting, Sam Rivers Live at The Jazz Workshop’. On the spine is written, 7 1/2 ORIGINAL LIVE AT THE JAZZ WORKSHOP Sam Rivers Trio BASS Cecil McBee--Drums [illegible writing beginning with 'N']’. On another side of the outer box is written, in different handwriting, HOTWATER/7 1/2 ORIG/FATZWESS’." —Joe Washek
7. Box B’ undated, probably same 39:00
RivBea Archive / Reel 26 /  (Probably/Possibly "Box B")
 applause, tune up [0:24]
—1. improvisation [28:40]
 SR announcement [1:42]
—2. improvisation [6:05]
[37:02]
"A 10-inch reel, ...in an Agfa-Geveart box. Other than Sam Rivers’ written on the front in magic marker and 26’ written in pen, there is no info on the box. The tape was starting to squeak, as other German brands from the era seem to do. We got to it in time to get a decent transfer. Sam announces DH and BB." —Joe Washek
8. Box C’ undated, probably same 55:00
 "with sitters-in John Neve (piano), Gordon?’ (drums), unknown (alto sax, clarinet), unknown (soprano sax)"
9. Box D’ 42:20."
RivBea Archive / Reel 10
—1. improvisation [42:07]
 (ss section—22:23 ...with brief flute interlude from 15:09 to 15:26)
 (voc-fl section—8:47)
 (p section; dr solo—11:07)
 SR announcement [0:20])
[42:27]
"The tape is on a 10-inch reel, and is recorded at 7.5 ips half-track. It is in a Scotch 207 box. On the back, in blue pen, in the same handwriting (Ed Michel's?) as seen on the other boxes of Jazz Workshop tapes, is written, 42:40 soprano (tenor?) flute piano probably Workshop, Boston McBee, Connors’. At the bottom of the back, is written, Box D’. At the top in magic marker is written 7 1/2 IPS 2-TRACK (PROB.)’. On the spine is written, Sam Rivers - 7 1/2 ORIGINAL’. On another side of the box is the cryptic notation, HOT WATER/7 1/2 ORIGINAL/FATZWESS’.

Sam introduces CM and NC at the end. The type of tape, the recording method, the box, and the notations are the same as all the other tapes that are noted as recorded at the Jazz Workshop in 1971." —Joe Washek
Another source has "Rivers Trio" (personnel as below, w/ Rivers on soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano) "Private Recording, Jazz Workshop Boston, approx. 1971, one continuous set, 50:00"

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, Composition)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Norman Connors (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Impulse! ASD 9302; Producer Ed Michel; alternate LP issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3972].} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.


71.02.21 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording & Audience Recording]

February 21, 1971 / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
1. Conceptualism [ : ]
This is likely the same as Set #6 from 71.02.14.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Norman Connors (drums)

{Primary Source: Anonymous} Not in my collection.

  • 71.03.29
    71.03.30
    71.03.31 - "Impulses: A concert of improvisation conceived and directed by Margaret Beals, with Sheila Jordan, Joel Press, Sam Rivers, Gwendolyn Watson, and Bill Wood." / 8:00pm, Cubiculo, New York City [New York Magazine March 29, 1971 p.19]

71.04.08 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 8, 1971 / The Muse, Brooklyn, NY
1. unknown title [48:00]
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax)
Hakim Jami (bass)
Clifford Jarvis (drums)

{Primary Source: John S Wilson The New York Times April 11, 1971 p.57; Anonymous} Not in my collection.

  • 71.05.13 - Cecil Taylor Ensemble: The Mendota Players: Cecil Taylor (piano), Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute), Andrew Cyrille (drums), Steve Levi (trumpet), Karyl Wolfe (trumpet), Craig Putrumpetura, Herman Milligan, Douglas Harris, Bob Kaufman, Bob Zankel, Tom Lachmund, David Birkin (reeds), Karen Borca (bassoon), Carla Poole (fl), Sam Lobel (cl), Estelle Katz (cl), Jeff Crespi (bass), Clifford Sykes (tympani), Ken Miller (dance) / Hunter College, New York City / (Unknown titles) [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.]

71.06.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording & RivBea Archival Recording]

June 3, 1971 / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
RivBea Archive / Reel 8
"with one reel... [31:50] + announcements"
 chatter [1:32]
1. improvisation [31:01]
 (ts section—11:23)
 (b solo—3:35)
 (fl section—8:00)
 (p section—7:03)
 announcement [0:35]
RivBea Archive / Reel 9
"another... [46:0x]"
1. improvisation [45:12]
 (ss section—20:48)
 (fl, voc section, dr solo—14:03)
 (p section—10:21)
 SR announcement [0:21]
[79:18]
Rivers at the end of the 2nd Set: "We're going to come back in about fifteen minutes with some more music."

"There is also a trio... from Saturday night, June 3, 1971, presumably from The Workshop..."
—Impulse! session producer Ed Michel.

Tape 8: "This tape is in a Scotch 206 box. It is a ten-inch reel recorded at 7.5 ips, 2-track. On the back is written, 'Sam Rivers—Sat. Night June 3, 1971 Set 1 7.5 ips 2-track stereo.' Beneath is written in what appears to be different handwriting, '31:50 Tenor, Flute, Piano (bass off mike), McBee, Connors probably Workshop, Boston.' This is apparently the master tape of a recording of the first set on a different night from the performance excerpted on Hues.

Tape #9: "This tape is in a Scotch 206 box. It is a ten-inch reel recorded at 7.5 ips 2-track. On the back is written, 'Sam Rivers—Sat. Night June 3, 1971 Set 2 7.5 ips 2-track stereo. Beneath is written in what appears to be different handwriting ,"46:0x (sic) Soprano, Flute, Piano, McBee, Connors (probably Workshop, Boston). This is a very nice performance with a very long and inventive soprano section and some wild playing by all, especially Sam's vocalizing.

Unlike the other recordings from the Jazz Workshop in the archive, this one does not show any evidence of splicing or editing, leading me to believe that it was never considered for issue on Impulse!. This is the complete set and does not contain a soprano sax section. Having been in the Jazz Workshop many times and heard many more recordings from it, the ambiant sound of this recording leaves little doubt in my mind that it was recorded there." —Joe Washek, March 2009

RL: The other Boston Jazz Workshop gigs were on 71.02.13, 71.02.14 (both excerpted on Hues) and 72.02.21 (a probable Audience Recording).

Another source has "Rivers Trio, Private Recording, Jazz Workshop Boston, June 3, 1971, one continuous set, 48:00" ...Which would be the 2nd Set.

Sam Rivers (flute, tenor sax, piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Norman Connors (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Joe Washek 09.03.29; E. Michel} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    Sam Rivers: Visiting Artist, World Music Program, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

    [Down Beat August 19, 1971 p.11]

  • 71.00.00 (4) - Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble: Joe Gardner, Olu Dara, Ted Daniels, and Don Mcintosh (trumpet), Grachan Moncur, Dick Griffin, David Haroom, and Jack Jeffers (trombones), Ed Perry (french horn), Bill Davis (tuba), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano), Paul Jeffries (cl), Harvey Lesene (soprano sax), Rene McLean and Carlos Ward (alto sax), Roland Alexander and Dave Young (tenor sax), Kenny Rodgers (baritone sax), Fred Kelly (flute), Hakim Jami (bass), Warren Smith and Wilson Moorman (drums), Juma (congas) / Wesleyan University Chapel, Middletown, CT
    [Down Beat October 28 1971 p.33, review by Bill Cole:]

    "...this concert was in jeopardy because of non-communication and general uncooperativeness by those representng the University. The money for the concert had not been secured until the Tuesday before the Saturday concert, which for Wesleyan is unusual. A request by Rivers for advance money to pay for the bus was denied. In fact, he wasn't notified about the money until Thursday, when he took the initiative to call to see what was happening. Food was supplied for the band when they arrived but they had to eat in one of the dormitory lounges, most of them sitting on the floor. When they arrived the chapel was completely closed, the piano was locked, no music stands were on the stage (which was entirely too small for a 25-piece band), and none of the amplifying equipment had been set up.

    In other words, none of the courtesies afforded any other music performers on the campus were available to this band. But Rivers was determined to have his new work premiered.

    The piece is called Shades. It was introduced by a procession of the musicians entering the chapel ringing bells and playing an assortment of percussion instruments. Rivers was the last to enter. Bedecked in a long, elegant white robe with black trim, he resembled a soothsayer... When percussionists Moorman, Smith, and Jami readied themselves and began playing, Rivers emotionally recited a poem by Yusef Rahman, All Praise to Allah, while the other musicians moved onto the crowded platform. ...Rivers picked up his tenor and the musical extravaganza began. The material seemed to be in four parts... about 90 percent of the music was improvisation with Rivers juxtaposing his lines against the full band, then a section, then another individual player, and then the percussion. The energy level... was incredibly high and it was sustained for the hour and 45 minutes it lasted... The stage area was so small that every time someone would move, music parts would fall off the stands and microphones would be hit... ...at the end I was exhilarated. And I wasn't the only one, the whole chapel seemed to burst at the seams, as if it hadn't heard anything like that in its entire history..."

72.05.00 • Bill Evans & George Russell Orchestra: Living Time

CBS Columbia KC 31490 (LP) 1972; Columbia CG33672 (2LP); Sony SRCS 7134 (CD) Jpn; Sony SRCS 9357 (CD) Jpn; CBS/Sony 25DP 5306 (CD) Jpn

May, 1972 / Columbia Records 30th Street Studio, New York City
1. Living Time - Event I [3:50]
2. Event II [8:23]
3. Event III [2:49]
4. Event IV [5:31]
5. Event V [11:54]
6. Event VI [4:15]
7. Event VII [2:09]
8. Event VIII [5:41]
George Russell (Compositions; arrangement; conductor)
Carl Atkins (assistant conductor)
Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson (reeds)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, oboe)
Snooky Young, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams (trumpet, flgl)
Stanton Davis (trumpet)
Dave Bargeron (trombone; tu)
Dave Baker, Garnett Brown (trombone)
John Clarke (french horn)
Sam Brown (guitar)
Bill Evans (piano, electric piano)
Ted Saunders (electric piano, clarinet)
Webster Lewis (org; electric piano)
Ron Carter (bass-5,7)
Stanley Clarke (electric bass -1,3)
Herb Bushler (electric bass -4,6,8)
Eddie Gomez (bass)
Tony Williams, Marty Morell (drums)
Mark Belair (percussion)

{Primary Source: KC 31490}

  • 1972:

    Panken: Did you go to Bond Street right away?
    SR: ...I had two six-room apartments on 124th Street. I had the whole top floor, 12 rooms, so I could do a lot of things up there...
     But then I started looking around downtown, and then eventually I found Bond Street. There was a very beautiful woman, Virginia [Admiral], the mother of Robert De Niro, and she was very pleased that we made the whole building internationally famous.
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———



Photo by Lucia M. (with permission)
  • 72.06.00 - Sam Rivers opens Studio RivBea at 24 Bond Street in Soho, NYC / "...in a Soho building owned by Robert De Niro's mother, with artist Robert Mapplethorpe for an upstairs neighbor..."

    "I felt the mid-70s music scene in NYC was amazing. Somebody interesting was playing almost every night; certainly every weekend. RivBea was one of the best places to go—great music from 10PM-4AM, for $3.00!" —Peter Katz posting to Miles-list 95.07.29

    "I used to see Sam Rivers play in his basement studio, Studio RivBea (Bea was his wife) here in NYC in the 'loft' years (1970s). You'd pass through his living room and go downstairs to the performance space..." —Greg Masters posting to Miles-list 96.09.19


72.06.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]
WKCR-FM Broadcast, NYC

June 27, 1972 (also noted as 28th, probably Broadcast date.) / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
1. Statement of 3 Restless Musicians [40:14] (split track at 30:23, fades out and back in)
 (tenor sax section—11:02)
 (b solo—2:44)
 (fl section—8:08)
 (b solo—2:44)
 (p section—6:05)
 (dr solo—0:45)
 (soprano sax section—9:01)
 WKCR announcement [0:44]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, voice, piano, soprano sax)
Hakim Jami (bass)
Wilson Moorman (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Andrew Galloway; anonymous 06.01.01; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}

beginings One of the first schedules from Studio RivBea and Studio We.
—from Ed Hazell 09.06.14
  • 72.06.30
    72.07.01
    72.07.02
    72.07.03
    72.07.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice), others unknown / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City [Ed Hazell 09.06.14]

72.07.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

July 5, 1972 / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
0:33 video clip, This film was produced by Karma Stanley and Juma Sultan for the New York Musicians Organization. The full version of this film is interesting for more than just shots of the performers. It captures moments of Sams wife, Beatrice, the "Bea" of RivBea. It also captures moments when the band is setting up on stage. Sam is running the mic cables, and coming off stage is a very young Dave Holland, presumably from a preceding performance that night. While we have not yet found the audio recording of the concert, Juma does believe it will be found in his collection.

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Warren Smith (drums)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway; web2.clarkson.edu/projects/jumasarchive/video_pages/sam-rivers-vid.php} Not in my collection.

  • 72.07.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc), others unknown / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City [Ed Hazell 09.06.14]
  • 72.07.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc); Cecil McBee (bass); Jerome Cooper (drums, marimba, whooper, percussion) / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City [anonymous 03.12.13]
  • 72.07.08 (1) - Sam Rivers / "Fish Market Festival," 2:00 to 10:00pm, at the piers of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York City / 7:00pm [Billboard July 1, 1972 p.55]
    "The entire festival will be recorded for ater airing on FM stations thorughout then US."
  • 72.07.08 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc), others unknown / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City [Ed Hazell 09.06.14]
  • 72.07.08 (1) - Sam Rivers / "Fish Market Festival," 2:00 to 10:00pm, at the piers of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York City / 7:00pm [Billboard July 1, 1972 p.55]
    "The entire festival will be recorded for ater airing on FM stations thorughout then US."
  • 72.07.09 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc), others unknown / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City [Ed Hazell 09.06.14]

72.07.10 • Free Jam Session [Video & Audio Recording]

July 10, 1972 / Central Park Mall, New York City
1. improvisation [31:00]
"...The audience of young people seemed to understand exactly what the musicians were saying as they shouted encouragement, whistled and finally gave the performers a standing ovation." (Les Ledbetter, New York Times July 11, 1972)

This film was produced by Karma Stanley and Juma Sultan for the New York Musicians Organization.
This July 10, 1972 concert was the culmination of the first New York Musicians Jazz Festival.

"For 31 minutes last night the Central Park Mall was the scene..." —New York Times review
A sample video clip [0:30] (does not contain audio)

Alan "Juice" Glover and Frank Lowe (tenor sax)
Sam Rivers, Noah Howard, and Arthur Doyle (reeds)
Earl Cross and Ted Daniel (trumpet)
Sam Brown (guitar)
Art Jenkins, Jeanne Lee, and Joe Lee Wilson (voice)
Juma Sultan (bass)
Ali Abuwi and Harold Smith (percussion)
Barry Altschul, Steve Reid, and Art Lewis (drums)
many others...

{Primary Source: web2.clarkson.edu/projects/jumasarchive} Not in my collection.

72.10.27 • Sam Rivers: Hues

Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP) 1975; IMP8007 (LP); YQ-8505AI (LP) JAP
  • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions
    IMP IA 9352/2 (1978) / 1st Session: [See also 73.07.06; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]
3rd Session: [See also 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]

October 27, 1972 / Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Hues:
1. Mauve [4:17]
2. Indigo [1:28]
RivBea Archive / Reel 11
 sound check; SR talking [0:40]
1. improvisation [6:29]
 SR announcement [0:22]
2. improvisation [24:14]
 (ts section—10:50)
 (fl section—7:45)
 (ss section—5:39)
 announcements [3:10]
3. encore [5:02]
 announcement [1:13]
[41:06]
"The tape is on a 10-inch reel and is recorded at 7.5 ips. half-track. It is in a Scotch 206 box. On the back, top left, is written, #2 Sam Rivers Trio’. Below that notation, are two pieces of masking tape. Written on the masking tape is, SAM RIVERS HOLD FOR ED MICHEL’. On the back, at the right, in the same handwriting (Ed Michel's?) that is on the Jazz Workshop tape boxes is written, 40=39 [sic] notes inside (blank tape at end) 1972 University of Michigan (?) [the mark in the foregoing parentheses is mostly likely a '?" but it could be a '2' or a '7'] Rochester’. On the spine is written SAM RIVERS TRIO, U. OF MICH. ORIGINAL 7 1/2 / 1/2’. On another side of the box is the now familiar, cryptic notation, HOTWATER/7 1/2/ ORIG/FATZWESS’. There are no notes inside’ the box. —Joe Washek

"This is excerpted from a live performance, tape of which runs 40:20, and includes a section with Rivers on flute and soprano saxophone, and which has vibes, or possibly bell chimes played by the drummer, as well as raps on Spontaneous Creativity’ and Composition through Improvisation.’ —Impulse! session producer Ed Michel.

Recording by Phil Mendelssohn (WDET) / a Rivers tape. / Concert produced by Professor Marvin Holiday

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2, flute-2,3, soprano sax-2, voice-3, Compositions) —Tenor sax only on both Hues tracks.
Richard Davis (bass)
Warren Smith (drums, percussion, vibes)

{Primary Source: ASD 9302; IMP IA 9352/2; CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21; Producer Ed Michel; alternate LP issue #s from Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3972].}

  • 72.00.00 - "While working with Stan Getz, Holland also began to play with reedsman Sam Rivers and the players that assembled for [Holland's] first ensemble record as a leader. Conference of the Birds... comprised, he says, his ideal group... That group played some concerts together, but the contrasting approaches of Braxton and Rivers proved incompatible." [WIRE #50 April 1988 p.49]

72.00.00 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

unknown date, 1972 / Grendel's Lair, Philadelphia, PA

Some references show date as January 1, 1972, but I'm skeptical, seeing as how the comments above have Holland beginning his associaton with Rivers in late 1972... Any verification welcome.
1. improvisation [46:35] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax, inadequately amplified piano)
Thurman Barker (marimba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; www.plosin.com/milesAhead/Tapes.aspx?s=19720000}

  • 1972: (late)

    Panken: You spent a good chunk of the 1970's working with Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers after Circle broke up.
    Dave Holland: That's true. We had all been living in LA for about six months, actually, when the band broke up. Barry and I both came to New York, although first I went up to Seattle for a few months with my wife and daughter. My wife was expecting our second child, and we came back to New York basically to set up home and have our second baby. Anthony had gone to Paris for a while, and worked over there, but he'd been making trips back to New York, and it was during one of these trips that we did Conference Of The Birds. Three-quarters of the band was Circle, and we had already achieved an identity as a collection of people. Barry and I also started playing with Sam Rivers after we got back to New York. We were going over to Sam's loft, and playing two or three hours a day with him.
    [Holland, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, June 8, 1994, www.jazzhouse.org/files/panken4.php3]
    ———


72.11.30 • Dave Holland: Conference of the Birds

ECM Records ECM-1027 (LP) 1973; ECM PA7079 (LP) JAP; ECM 28MJ3505 (LP) JAP; ECM 78118-21027-2 (CD); ECM 829372-2 (CD)
  • Dave Holland: Selected Recordings {*}
    ECM Records (Rarum X series) (CD) 2004
November 30, 1972 / Allegro Studio, New York City
1. Four Winds [6:32] {*}
2. Q & A [8:34]
3. Conference of the Birds [4:34] {*}
4. Interception [8:20]
5. Now Here (Nowhere) [4:32]
6. See-Saw [6:40]
Dave Holland (bass, Compositions)
Sam Rivers (as-1,2; tenor sax-2,4,5,6; flute-2,3,5; soprano sax-2)
Anthony Braxton (soprano sax-1,3,5; as-2,5,6; flute-2; cl-2; bass clarinet-2; bs or cbs-2)
Barry Altschul (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: ECM 78118-21027-2; various alternate issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography H6914.}

72.12.01 • Dave Holland Quartet [Audience Recording]

December 1, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. See Saw [13:52]
2. Q & A [20:27]
3. Four Winds [5:26] (incomplete, cuts in after head during Braxton's solo)
 SR announcement [0:36]
4. Interception [14:48]
5. Now Here (nowhere) [13:08]
6. Billie's Bounce (C. Parker) [18:15]
 announcement by Sam Rivers [0:54]
[88:09]
Sam Rivers (reeds, flute)
Anthony Braxton (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; A. Galloway}

72.12.02 • Dave Holland Quartet [Audience Recording]

December 2, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. Four Winds [27:08]
2. Q & A [12:59]
3. Interception [25:23]
4. Now Here (nowhere) [11:39]
5. See Saw [17:49]
6. Conference of the Birds [3:56]
"At the end of 72.12.01, Sam says that they will be back tomorrow..."
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Anthony Braxton (alto sax)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

Note: Other sources list this as the SR and AB Septet, and include Monty Waters (alto sax), Earl Cross (trumpet), and Jerome Cooper (drums). Why? Is there a sextet session out there that's mis-dated?

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway; Patrick Clare 07.02.07 and 08.12.18}

  • 72.12.07 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble / Loeb Student Center, New York City "my 15-piece group... that will be playing some of my compositions." [Bill Barron Interviews Sam Rivers, 72.11.29]

72.12.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

December ?, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown title [53:41] (split track at 46:18)
Also circulating in a longer version at 91:07 (incomplete, cuts out at end).

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc)
Paul Bley (electric piano, ARP synthesizer)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

72.12.00 (2) • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording ?]

December ?, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Grachan Moncur III (trombone)
Stafford Osborn (trumpet)
Hank Lewis (drums)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway} Not in my collection.

  • 72.12.00 (3) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (reeds), Paul Bley (piano), Arild Andersen (bass), Barry Altschul (drums) / Studio RivBea, New York City / "...I think I did a gig at RivBea late '72 with Paul Bley, Sam, and Barry." —Arild Andersen 11.12.29

72.12.16 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording]

December 16, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Paul Bley (electric piano, ARP synthesizer)
Noah Howard (alto sax)
A. Freeman (bass?)
John Lewis (drums)

{Primary Source: Anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

72.12.30 • Sam Rivers / Karl Berger Group [Audience Recording]

December 30, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1st Set:
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
3. unknown title [ : ]
4. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers, Dewey Redman (reeds)
Karl Hans Berger (vibes)
David Izenzon (bass)
Ingrid Berger (voice, percussion)
Jerome Cooper (drums)

{Primary Source: confidential; date anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

    1973:

  • "...we eventually moved over to playing at Studio We in the daytime... and Sam Rivers' Studio RivBea for the night-time activity. ...about '73 was when he had his full schedule going, he had music seven nights a week." —William Parker, interview by Bob Rusch [Cadence Vol.16 No.12 December 1990 p.6]
  • Early to Late '70s, San Francisco, CA:
    "[Pianist George Duke] played at two local clubs, the Halfnote and the Both/And, where he and his trio were used as the rhythm section for such artists as Letta Mbulu, Bobby Hutcherson, and Sam Rivers." [Billboard January 14, 1978 p.21]

  • 73.00.00 - Seminar, moderated by Carman Moore, with Sam Rivers, Leonard Goine, Jimmy Owens, Mtume, and Edward Boatner / A dialogue on Black Music, "Black Music: Its Uses and Misuse" / Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City [Jet December 27, 1973 p.92]
  • 73.04.09 through 04.13 - Black Musician's Conference: Keynote Speakers: Max Roach, Archie Shepp, Donald Byrd, Sam Rivers, and Clifford Thornton / "Memorial concerts are planned for each night of the conference." / University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA [Black World/Negro Digest March 1973 p.49]

73.04.20 • Sam Rivers Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording]

April 20, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. "Jazz Opera" [64:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
other personnel unknown

{Primary Source: Martin Milgrim 05.02.17} Not in my collection.

73.04.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 27, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1st Set:
1. flute section, soprano sax section [ : ]
2nd Set:
2. piano section, soprano sax section [ : ]
3rd Set:
3. flute section, tenor sax section, soprano sax section [ : ]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Jerome Cooper (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway; Anonymous 03.12.13} Not in my collection.

73.04.28 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 28, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds; piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Jerome Cooper (drums)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway} Not in my collection.

73.06.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]

June, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
One Set [33:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
others ???

{Primary Source: Martin Milgrim 05.02.17} Not in my collection.

  • 73.06.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Ornette Coleman's Artist House, New York City / "The very first loft jazz gig I attended was at Ornette Coleman's Artist House space in the summer of 1973. Performing that day was the Sam Rivers Trio with Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums. It was about 100 degrees outside and not much better inside. I was just getting into jazz and had not heard anything like this before so I was both confused and excited at the same time." —Bruce Gallanter [Downtown Music Gallery mailing 11.12.30]
  • 73.06.23-24 - Solomon and Sheba: Sam Rivers (reeds, Composer), Joe Ferguson (piano), Bill Davis (bass), Vishnu Woods (oud), Om-be (percussion) with vocalists Jeanne Faulkner, Beverly Mason, Brenda Feliciano, Robert Donaldson, and Ed Taylor (Director) / "the Afro-American Singing Theater production of Sam Rivers' improvisational opera" Harlem Opera Society, Clark Center Auditorium, NYC [Peter G. Davis review, New York Times, date and page illegible]

73.06.30 • Don Cherry Octet [Audience Recording ?]

Shelf no.RGA 0190-0191 (RWD 6582-6583 A) - 2 digital sound cassettes, mono., digital (polyester)
Recording Laboratory 1995-7, Voice of America Music Library Collection (Library of Congress)

[Also on this LOC tape: Jam session group 1 (Archie Shepp, Ted Dunbar, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Tom Scott, Garnett Brown, Clifford Jordan, Cedar Walton, Howard Johnson, Marvin Peterson, Cecil McBee); Jam session group 2 (Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Roland Hanna, Sam Jones, Roy Haynes); Jam session group 3 (Roy Ayers, George Benson, Herbie Mann, David Newman, Jimmy Owens, Roland Hanna, Sam Jones, Roy Haynes)]

June 30, 1973 / Newport Jazz Festival, Radio City Music Hall, New York City
"Jam Session group 4"
1. unknown title [6:27] (incomplete, cuts in)
 announcement [1:14]
2. unknown title [38:14] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
[46:15]
"Some bad edits on the mylar tapes; some level fluctuation."

Don Cherry (trumpet, doson'gouni)
Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Robin Kenyatta (reeds)
Dave Burrell (piano)
David Izenzon (bass)
Milford Graves, Ed Blackwell (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R "Jam Session group 4" ONLY!; Library of Congress Database; Andrew Galloway}

73.07.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

July, 1973 / Studio RivBea Summer Festival, New York City

I have this from two sources. The session was dated 73.07.07 by an anonymous source, which is unlikely given Rivers was in Europe; Galloway had this only as "July, 1973."
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds; piano)
Barry Altschul and Norman Connors (percussion)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway; Anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

73.07.03 • Sam Rivers Orchestral Explorations Ensemble [Audience Recording]

July 3, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [45:55]
 announcement [0:52]
2. unknown titles [35:59]
 announcement [0:44]
[83:36
Sam Rivers (Conductor, tenor saxophone, flute)
Marty Khan (reds)
"and everyone else" (ensemble of brass and reeds)

{Primary Source: WKCR Archive; Very various very anonymous sources, who wish to remain so, 02.07.02, 03.12.13; Marty Khan 12.07.17} Not in my collection.

  • 73.07.04 (1) - Count Basie, Darius & Dave Brubeck, Cab Calloway, Cozy Cole, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Roy Eldridge Quintet, Ray Nance, Anita O'Day, Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Sarah Vaughan, Reggie Workman, others... / Newport Jazz Festival, 1:00pm, Singer Bowl, New York City [Billboard June 23, 1973 p.44]
  • 73.07.04 (2) - Sam Rivers Harlem Ensemble: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, conductor), "everyone else" (ensemble of brass and reeds) / Performance of two compositions, around 45 minutes each. / Studio RivBea, New York City [ibid]

73.07.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

Shelf no.RGA 0217 (RWD 6608 A2) - 1 digital sound cassette, mono., digital (polyester)
Genre(s) Live sound recordings / Jazz
Recording Laboratory 1995-7, Collection Voice of America Music Library Collection

[This tape also has tracks by Art Ensemble of Chicago; Archie Shepp was also on the bill.]

July 5, 1973, 1:00pm / Newport Jazz Festival, Wollman Amphitheater, New York City
1. unidentified works [ : ]
"some distortion on the acoustic"
"Performed by Sam Art’ (sic) Rivers Trio"
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Richard Davis (bass)
Norman Connors (drums)

There is a possible discrepancy here. This session is dated by anonymous 03.12.13, and by Library of Congress database info. How likely it may be that the recording session in Switzerland took place the next day (73.07.06), and that Rivers was back in NYC for a gig at RivBea on 73.07.07. Any help here?R. Lopez

{Primary Source: Library of Congress Database; Anonymous 03.12.13; Billboard June 23, 1973 p.44} Not in my collection.

  • 1973:

    The notoriety Sam gained with the Cecil Taylor group caught the eye of Impulse and we recently signed him to a recording contract. Sam's first album for Impulse was recorded live at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival held in Montreux, Switzerland. Sam, who currently works in a trio format, was backed up by two excellent musicians—Cecil McBee on bass and Norman Connors on drums.

    The addition of Sam to the ABC/Impulse artist roster is one of the strongest made in many years. With his background in multi-instrument playing plus a strong foundation in composition and improvisation, Sam will be a vital force on our music scene for many years to come.
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———


73.07.06 (1) • Sam Rivers: Streams

Impulse! AS 9251 (LP) 1973; A 8027-9251 (8Trk!) 1973; MCA-39120 (Promo/LP) 1973; IMP MCAD 39120 (CD) 1990; IMP-88143 (LP) JAP; MVCZ-123 (CD) JAP
  • Various Artists: The Saxophone
    IMP ASH 9253-3 (LP)
  • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions
    IMP IA 9352/2 (LP) 1978 / 2nd Session: [See also 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Various Artists: Fire Into Music - The Best of MCA/Impulse!
    MCA 8032 (LP) 1989; MCA 8032-2 (CD) 1989
  • Various Artists: Impulsively
    ABC Records/Impulse! AS 9266-2 (2LP) 1973; Impulse IMP-1973 (2LP / promo only) 1973
July 6, 1973 / Montreux Jazz Festival, Congrès Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland
1. Spoken Introduction [1:18]
2. Tenor Saxophone Section / Beginning of Flute Section [23:12]
3. Conclusion of Flute Section / Piano Section / Soprano Saxophone Section [25:14]
4. Encore [3:06]
Streams has tracks 1-3.
The Dedication Series/Vol.XII and The Saxophone have track 4.
Fire Into Music - The Best of MCA/Impulse! contain a 9:21 edit of soprano sax section from this concert.
Impulsively contains "Streams, Tenor Sax Section" (3:14) and "Streams, Flute Section" (3:48). Both are edits of the tracks above.

"The entire piece Streams, which is a continuous performance, was separated into sections to fit an LP, and divided for titling purposes for LP labeling." —Impulse! session producer Ed Michel
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax-4; flute, piano, Compositions)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Norman Connors (drums, gongs)

{Primary Source: MCAD 39120; IA 9352/2; AS 9266-2; ASH 9253-3; MCA 8032; A 8027-9251; Producer Ed Michel; Japanese issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3970]; Musica Jazz October 1973 pp.11-18 festival review, Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index; www.montreuxsounds.com/result2006.php?year=1973}

73.07.07 • Sam Rivers Ensemble [Audience Recording]

July 7, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. improvisation [50:00]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
unknown (guitar)
unknown (bass)
unknown (drums)

{Primary Source: Jan Ström 11.01.11} Not in my collection.

73.08.03 • Sam Rivers Trio: Hues {1} *

Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP) 1975; IMP8007 (LP); YQ-8505AI (LP) JAP
  • Various Artists: No Energy Crisis {2} **
    ABC Records/Impulse! AS-9267/2 (2LP) 1974
  • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions {3}
    IMP IA 9352/2 (LP) 1978 / 3rd Session: [See also 72.10.27; 73.07.06; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers: Trio Live {4}
    IMPD-268 (CD) 1998 / 1st Session: [See also 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]
4th Session: [See also 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.11.10]

August 3, 1973 / Molde Jazz Festival, Molde Kino, Molde, Norway
1. Suite for Molde - Part One [8:06] {1,2,3,4}
 a. Onyx (The Soprano Saxophone Section)
 b. Topaz (The Flute Section)
2. Suite for Molde - Part Two (The Tenor Saxophone Section) [11:27] {2,3,4}
RivBea Archive / Reels 48, 49
 announcement [1:04]
1. Improvisation [51:26]
 (tenor sax section—17:44)
 (flute-voc section—15:50)
 (p section—8:59)
 (soprano sax section—8:54)
 announcement [0:43]
* {1} has Onyx (4:04) and Topaz (4:02) as separate tracks.
** {2} gives the date (incorrectly) as March 8, 1973.

Two Scotch 206 10" Reels marked 48 and 49 in pen. On back of box 49 is written "Sam Rivers Molde Festival Recorded In Molde Finland (sic) MASTER/DOLBIED REEL 1 OF 2 'Suite For Molde 73' part one-tenor, fl." Below is written "info copied from original reel" and next to this note is "Molde-Jestivalgn Koncert Molde Kino 3-8-73 (sic) Sam Rivers Trio Molde Kino (Sam Rivers, Barry Altschul, Arild Andersen)." At very bottom is "STEREO/15IPS/1/2 TRK/ DOLBIED." Reel Box marked 48 has same info only "2 of 2" and "Part 2." Edited the two reels together to form one continuous performance. This is the entire performance. —Joe Washek, June 2008

Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1; flute-1; tenor sax-2; Compositions)
Arild Andersen (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums, percussion)

—Impulse! session producer Ed Michel also remembers Rivers playing piano at this concert.

The Molde archive lists another session after the Rivers Trio date: "Show, Poetry, Jazz:" Geirr Lystrup (guitar, vocals), Knut Ødegaard (piano, vocals), Arild Nyquist (piano, vocals), Bjørg Vik (piano, vocals), Georg Johansen (piano, vocals), Willie Mabon (piano, vocals), Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Arild Andersen (bass), Barry Altschul (drums) / "We never played with that band at the festival." —Arild Anderson

Sam Rivers Trio at Molde Jazz Festival

Photo courtesy Arild Andersen.



{Primary Source: ASD-9302; IMP IA 9352/2; IMP AS-9267/2; IMPD-268; RivBea CD-R, Reels 48/49; Producer E. Michel; alternate LP issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3972]; Arild Anderson 11.12.27; www.moldejazz.no/hoved/historie/list_musikere.php3}
RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

  • 73.08.00 (later in August) - Jazz Workshops "...several nights per week." / Studio RivBea, New York City [New York Magazine August 27, 1973 p.49]
  • 73.09.00 (1) - "September Jams" / Studio RivBea, New York City [ibid]
  • 73.09.00 (2) - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble (woodwinds) / Studio RivBea, New York City [ibid]

73.10.19 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording]

October 19, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Karl Berger (vibes)
Tom Schmidt (bass)
Barry Altschul, Jerome Cooper (percussion)

"I had the privilege of working with [Rivers] from late 1973 through 1976. I was the Creative Music Studio bass player, an understudy of Dave Holland and traveled throughout the continent with Karl Berger. I am credited in the Peace Church listing that follows in 1974. I am the unknown bass player in the listing [73.10.19]." —Tom Schmidt 05.04.20

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway} Not in my collection.

73.11.01 • Karl Berger & the Creative Music Studio, Music Universe [Broadcast Recording]

November 1, 1973 / Jazztage 1973, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
 announcement by Ronnie Scott [2:14]
1. Suite: Berlin - We Are You (K. Berger) [28:36]
 a) You
 b) We Are
 c) Now Is
 d) Time Is Going On
 e) We Are You
 f) Gone Out
 g) The End
2. unknown title [3:28]
 announcements by Berger and Ronnie Scott [0:53]
3. unknown title [1:17] (Berger piano solo)
[36:40]
 A less complete version of this set has also been broadcast:
 radio introduction by Achim Hebgen [0:40]
1. Suite: Berlin - We Are You (K. Berger) [21:52] (excerpts)
 We Are—2:08
 Now Is—5:25 (incomplete)
 Time is Going On—0:09 (closing fragment)
 We Are You—2:08
 Going Out—6:47
 The End—1:20
2. unknown title [3:55]
 radio announcement by Achim Hebgen [0:21]
Karl Berger (piano, vibes, balafon)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice)
Carlos Ward (alto sax, flute)
Frederick Rzewski (piano, electric piano)
Peter Kowald (tuba)
Albert Mangelsdorff (trombone)
Dave Holland (bass)
Makaya Ntshoko, Bob Moses, Klaus Hagl (drums, percussion)
Ronnie Scott (announcements)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Musica Jazz December 1973 p.26, on-line index; www.plosin.com/milesAhead/Tapes.aspx?s=19731101b}

  • 73.11.09 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel given) / Symphony Hall, Boston, MA [Billboard November 10, 1973 p.80]

73.11.10 • Sam Rivers: Hues {1}

Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP) 1975; IMP8007 (LP); YQ-8505AI (LP) JAP
  • Various Artists: Impulse! Artists on Tour {2}
    IMP AS-9264 (LP) 1974
  • Various Artists: The Drums {3}
    IMP ASH 9272-3 (3LP) 1974
  • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions {4}
    IMP IA 9352/2 (LP) 1978 / 4th Session: [See also 72.10.27; 73.07.06; 73.08.03]
  • Sam Rivers: Trio Live {5}
    IMPD-268 (CD) 1998 / 2nd Session: [See also 72.10.27]
5th Session: [See also 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03]

November 10, 1973 / Battell Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1. Hues Of Melanin - Part One (The Soprano Saxophone Section) [15:30] {2,4,5 *}
2. Hues Of Melanin - Part Two (The Flute and Vocal Section) [18:47] {3,4,5 *}
3. Hues Of Melanin - Part Three (Ivory Black: The Piano Section) [4:13] {1,4,5}
4. Hues Of Melanin - Part Four (Violet: The Tenor Saxophone Section) [5:48] {1,4,5}
* IMPD-268 has these two listed as a single [34:08] track.

Sam Rivers (piano-3; tenor sax-4; soprano sax-1; flute & voc-2; Compositions)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: ASD-9302; IMP AS-9264; IMP IA 9352/2; IMPD-268; IMP ASH 9272-3; Producer Ed Michel; alternate LP issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3972].}

  • 73.11.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers, McBee, Altschul / Amherst College, Amherst, MA [Billboard November 10, 1973 p.80]
  • 73.11.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers, McBee, Altschul / J.F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC [Billboard November 10, 1973 p.80]


73.11.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

November ?, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Wayne Dockery (bass)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

73.12.01 • Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
WBAI-FM Radio Broadcast

December 1, 1973 / WBAI Free Music Store, Studio C, BAI Church, New York City
"2 Sets" [82:00]
Jan Ström notes a recording dated 73.11.30, same place and line-up, but WBAI archives indicate that concerts were only being held on Thursdays and Saturdays, with the Saturday sessions broadcast live on WBAI-FM. —RL

Sam Rivers (reeds; piano)
Barry Altschul (drums, perc, voice)

{Primary Source: confidential; Jan Ström 11.01.11} Not in my collection.

  • 73.12.06 - Sam Rivers (no other personnel info) / Studio RivBea, NYC / "Ensemble Muntu made our first appearance at Studio RivBea opposite Sam Rivers in December 1973." —Jemeel Moondoc [Interview, CODA August 1980 #174 p.7]
  • 73.12.00 - "Then after the Molde festival I went back to New York just before Christmas and from then I was the bassplayer in Sam's trio, till I went back to Norway mid-March '74." —Arild Andersen 11.12.29

73.12.24 • Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [RivBea Archival Recording]

December 24, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
RivBea Archive / Cassette 144
1. improvisation [58:40]
 (tenor sax section—27:02, incomplete, fades out)
 (soprano sax section—0:56, incomplete, cuts in, split track, fades out)
 (soprano sax section—1:22, incomplete, fades in)
 (fl section—28:24, incomplete, fades out)
Labeled on tape case as "1977june17," but tape is labeled as "1973december24: sam rivers/altshul 24 dec 73 xmas eve." Only one channel... On 60 min TDK. Soundboard or FM. —Jason Hook 08.03.28

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 144} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

73.12.27 • Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [Broadcast Recording]

December 27, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway} Not in my collection.

    "...went back to New York late '73 and played at Studio Rivbea the winter of '74 with Sam. Barry brought me into the trio since I had worked with him and Paul Bley at some occasion." —Arild Andersen 11.12.27

  • 73.12.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Arild Andersen (bass), Barry Altschul (drums) / Studio RivBea, New York City / "We played a lot of weekends, including new Years Eve '73 at Rivbea Studio, and Sam came over to pick me up with the bass at 18st W. where I lived, on weekdays so we could just play for an hour or so with Barry. I do not know if any of this was recorded." —Arild Andersen 11.12.29

    "I played with Sam his first two visits to Keystone Korner in San Francisco in 1974 and 1975. It was a trio both times with myself on double-bass and Eddie Marshall on drums." —Chris Amberger 08.01.29

  • 74.01.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio: Chris Amberger (bass), Eddie Marshall (drums) / Keystone Korner, San Francisco / "On one night at Keystone a drummer named Augustus Collins played. The weather that day was cold and possibly precipitation in the air or fog in SF. I wore a brown leather dahshiki and Sam did too, and Eddie had a tee on. It was a hot, hot set that people to this day come up to me and talk about..." [Chris Amberger 08.03.17]
  • 74.01.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Chris Amberger (bass), Eddie Marshall (drums) / The University Theatre, Palo Alto, CA / "...we also played in Palo Alto ... the next week. The gig got great reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle by Thomas Albright (Wednesday, January 29th) and in the San Francisco Examiner by Phil Elwood (Tuesday, January 28th)" [Chris Amberger 08.03.17]

74.02.00 • Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy

Earthforms Records 1 / Seeds 5 (LP) 1975

February, 1974 / Sound Ideas Studio, New York City
1. Sundance (Lee/Hazelton) [4:37]
2. Jamaica (Lee/Gregg) [6:10]
3. Subway Couple (Lee/Gregg/Hampel/McCall/Rivers) [2:51]
4. Your Ballad (Hampel) [6:40]
5. Conspiracy (Lee/Gregg/Hampel/McCall/Rivers) [11:55]
Jeanne Lee (voice)
Gunter Hampel (vibes-5, bass clarinet-2,4,5, flute-1, alto cl-2, piano-3)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1,2,4, tenor sax-3, flute-2,5)
Jack Gregg (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)
Perry Robinson, Allan Praskin (cl-4)
Mark Whitecage (alto cl-4)
Marty Cook (trombone-4)

{Primary Source: Earthforms Records 1 / Seeds 5}

74.03.02 • Sam Rivers Ensemble [Audience Recording]

March 2, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
3. unknown title [ : ]
[88:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
others ???

{Primary Source: Martin Milgrim 05.02.17} Not in my collection.

74.03.04 • Sam Rivers: Crystals

Impulse! ASD-9286 (LP) 1974; IMP 3C 064-96430; IMJ-80014 (LP) JAP; Verve 314 589 760-2 (CD) 2002
  • Del The Funky Homosapien: No Need For Alarm
    Elektra Entertainment (CD) 1993
    "Samples include... Tranquility’ (as performed by Sam Rivers)."
  • Various Artists: Respekt!
    Universal Jazz Germany 06024 9817717 (CD digipak) 2004 Germany
    [This compilation also contains tracks from Steve Coleman Group; Cecil Taylor; William Parker Violin Trio; Archie Shepp; Ornette Coleman; Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers; Max Roach; John Coltrane; and Billie Holiday]
March 4, 1974 / Generation Sound Studios, New York City
1. Exultation [8:25]
2. Tranquility [8:58]
3. Postlude [2:31]
4. Bursts [6:51]
5. Orb [9:36]
6. Earth Song [4:09]
Universal Jazz Germany 06024 9817717 has track 3.

"These days, for this kind of music you have to go in the studio and you have to do it in one day. ...Crystals was done in like... five or six hours."  Sam Rivers

Sam Rivers (flute, tenor sax, soprano sax, arr; cond / Compositions)
Ted Daniel, Richard Williams, Sinclair Acey (trumpet, flgl)
Charles Stephens, Charles Majeed Greenlee (trombone)
Joe Daley (tuba, euph)
Joe Ferguson (alto sax, soprano sax, flute)
Roland Alexander (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, African flute)
Paul Jeffrey (tenor sax, flute, bassett horn)
Fred Kelly (soprano sax, baritone sax, piccolo, alto sax, flute)
Gregory Maker (bass, electric bass)
Warren Smith (drums)
Harold Smith (percussion)
ALL of above (percussion)

{Primary Source: ASD-9286; Verve 314 589 760-2; Japanese LP release issue # via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3973]}

74.03.27 • The Music Universe Orchestra [Audience Recording]

March 27, 1974 / Washington Square Church, New York City
Music of the Spirit [ : ]
Karl Berger (vibes)
Carlos Ward, Lee Konitz (alto sax)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Garrett List (trombone)
Frederic Rzewski (piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bob Moses (drums)
Gregory Reeve (per, viola)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01; Robert E. Sweet, Music Universe, Music Mind p.51} Not in my collection.

  • 74.04.07-09 - Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Barry Altschul / Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]

74.00.00 • The Music Universe Orchestra: The Peace Church Concerts

Creative Music Communication CMC 1 (2LP) 1974

date ?, 1974 / Washington Square Church, New York City

Rivers does not appear on this LP. There are citations that mistakenly include him in the personnel lists for this release. —RL

{Primary Source: Music Universe, Music Mind, Revisiting the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, New York, by Robert E. Sweet, p.51}

  • 74.03-05.00 - The Music Universe Orchestra: Karl Berger, Ingrid Berger, Ilene Marder, Larry Chernicoff, Frederic Rzewski, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Dan Carter, Garrett List, Dave Holland, David Izenson, Jonathan Kline, Tom Schmidt, Steve Haas, Bob Moses, Gregory Reeve, Richard Teitelbaum / Peace Church, NYC / "The Peace Church Concert series was another memorable New York highlight of 1974. The Music Universe Orchestra... performed ten concerts in a New York City church in March, April, and May. A live, double album resulted, as did a good deal of publicity." [Robert E. Sweet Music Universe, Music Mind p.51]

74.05.15 • John Lee Hooker: Free Beer and Chicken

ABC ABCD 838 (LP) 1974; Beat Goes on Records BGOCD123 (CD) 1991 England

May 15, 1974 / Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA
Five Long Years (Trad arr. Hooker) [5:59]
John Lee Hooker (g, voice)
Joe Cocker (voice, tamb)
Sam Rivers (flute overdub)
Clifford Coulter (piano, electric bass)
Jim Kahr, Wa-Wa Watson (guitar)
Ron Beck (drums)

"I had left a hole for a solo in this; while I was mixing at Westlake Audio [in LA] I was crossing hours with Stevie Wonder, who was working with some pals of mine; he agreed to put on a harmonica solo, but it never happened. Sam was in town, so I used him—I had planned a tenor solo, but he wanted flute, and that's what happened."
—Session producer Ed Michel.

{Primary Source: BGOCD123; Ed Michel}

74.06.00 • Dick Griffin: The Eighth Wonder

Strata East SES 19747 (LP) 1974; Sugar Hill SH-261 (LP); Strata East JC7508 (LP) JAP
  • Dick Griffin: The Eighth Wonder & More
    Konnex KCD 5059 (CD) 1994 GER
  • Various Artists: Strata-2-East {1}
    Universal Sound US LP6 (2LP) 1997; US CD6 (CD)
Early Summer, 1974 / Sound Ideals Studio, New York City
1. Eighth Wonder [6:02]
2. It Could Be [6:52]
3. Girl, I Really Love You So [6:45]
4. Jakubu's Dance [4:07] {1}
5. Flying Back Home [8:21]
6. Come Be With Me [9:32]
Dick Griffin (trombone, Compositions)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Ron Burton (piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Warren Smith (vibes, percussion)
Leopoldo F. Fleming (conga, bells, percussion)
Freddie Waits (drums)

{Primary Source: KCD 5059; US LP6; Dick Griffin}

74.06.09 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

June 9, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway} Not in my collection.

Studio RivBea Summer Festival

  • 74.06.28-74.07.07 - Studio RivBea, New York Musicians Organization, and Studo We / During the Newport New York Jazz Festival, a counter-festival with 30 concerts at Studio RivBea and Studio We's Harlem New York Centennial Jazz Festival in various theatres and at Carnegie Hall, New York City [Musica Jazz October 1974 p.27, on-line index]

74.06.29 • Sam Rivers Sextet [Audience Recording ]

June 29, 1974 / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (flute, tenor sax, soprano sax)
Joe Ferguson (flute, reeds)
Olu Dara (trumpet)
Joe Daley (baritone horn)
Hakim Jami (bass)
Doug Hammond (drums)

Anonymous tape information and another reference in Jazz Magazine (in French) by Chris Flicker on p.17, has Sinclair Acey and Charles Stephen on trumpets in place of Daley and Dara.

{Primary Source: CODA p.32, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

  • 74.07.01 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), "There are about 50 involved, 12 played this night. It was totally made up of wind instruments: two tenors, two altos, three sopranos (one Eb, two Bb), one trumpet, two flutes, one piccolo, two trombones, one clarinet, one bass clarinet." / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea Summer Festival, NYC [CODA, p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info]
  • 74.07.04 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Joe Ferguson, Paul Jeffrey, Danny Carter and Gene Ghee (reeds), Richard Williams, Ted Daniel and Norman Spiller (trumpet), Charles Stephen and Dick Griffin (trombone), Joe Daley (tuba), Meeker Gregg (bass), Warren Smith (drums) / "There are 35 or so people involved, this night it was a 12-piece band..." / Studio RivBea Summer Festival, NYC [CODA, p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; Jazz Magazine, report by Chris Flicker (in French) p.17, no issue info]

74.07.05 • Jazz Opera Ensemble [Broadcast Recording]
WNYU-FM Broadcast, 74.08.07

July 5, 1974 / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [:]
Ed Taylor (voice, Director)
Jeanne Faulkner, Beverly Mason, Lydia Payne (voice)
Sam Rivers (soprano and tenor sax, flute)
Kasa (electric piano)
Ronnie Boykins (bass)
Scoby Stroman (drums)

{Primary Source: CODA, p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; Billboard August 10, 1974 p.25} Not in my collection.

74.07.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience & Broadcast Recording]
WNYU-FM Broadcast, 74.08.21

July 6, 1974 / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
1. improvisation [:]
"Radio station WYNU taped the nights of July 5 and 6 for broadcast..."

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, voice)
Hayes Burnette (bass) "Due to the unavailability of Dave Holland and Cecil McBee..."
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: CODA, p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; Andrew Galloway; Billboard August 10, 1974 p.25} Not in my collection.

74.07.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

July 7, 1974 / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Hayes Burnette (bass)
Rashid Ali (drums)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

There is no mention of this session in either the CODA festival report by Randy Hutton or the Jazz Magazine report by Chris Flicker cited in the Festival entries above. Perhaps this was a late fill-in, or an after festival jam session. Looking for confirmation. —Rick Lopez

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

74.07.24 • Various Artists: Jazz In Piazza [Broadcast Video]
Sam Rivers Trio

This documentary film on the 1974 Umbria Jazz Festival also includes tracks by Charles Mingus; Keith Jarrett; Gerry Mulligan; Sonny Stitt; Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Sextet; etc. Documentary runs 66:00.]

July 24, 1974 / Umbria Jazz Festival, Piazza 4 Novembre, Perugia, Italy
1. improvisation [5:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds / Composition)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

"During the encore, which featured Rivers. on flute, pianist Don Pullen (who had performed earlier with the Charles Mingus group) unexpectedly came onto the stage and sat in with the trio." —Veniero Rizzardi

{Primary Source: Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.03; Broadcast Video}

  • 74.07.26 (1) - Dave Holland Quartet: Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland / Festival de Jazz d'Antibes, Palazzo dei Congressi, Juan les Pins, Antibes, France [Sam Rivers Interview, WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974; Braxton references this in Impetus 6 1977 p.249; Timo Hoyer 03.11.03; Musica Jazz October 1974 p.22-24 concert reviews, Andrea Puppo]

    European Tour "...started at Antibes." —Sam Rivers Interview, WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974
  • 74.07.26 (2) - After-hours jam session: Sam Rivers, others... / Late night, unidentified jazz club, Antibes, France [Sam Rivers Interview, WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974]
  • 74.07.27 - Sam Rivers "Freedom Trio": Holland, Altschul / Umbria Jazz 1974, The Fortress, Perugia, Italy [Musica Jazz October 1974, pp.9-13 concert reviews by Arrigo Polillo]
  • 74.07.28 - Dave Holland Quartet (minus 1): Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute), Dave Holland (bass), Barry Altschul (drums)... and Anthony Braxton was taken ill and missed the gig. / "We jumped from Perugia to... Molde, Norway, via five changes of planes... We had to be there the next night." —Sam Rivers Interview on WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974 / Molde Kino, Molde, Norway [www.moldejazz.no/hoved/historie/list_musikere.php3]

    "Went on to Italy..."

74.10.05 • Sam Rivers Interview [Broadcast Recording]
WKCR-FM, Live Broadcast; Re-Broadcast during the "Sam Rivers Festival", May 22, 2005, at 8:04am

October 5, 1974 / WKCR Studios, NYC
 Interview [66:19]
Sam Rivers

{Primary Source: CD-R of Broadcast 07.05.22}

74.11.01 • Sam Rivers Reeds of Harlem [Audience Recording]

November 1, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. Shadows [ : ]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Marvin Blackman, Joe Ferguson, Gary Gordon (soprano sax, flute)
Danniel Carter, Hillary Schmidt (alto sax, flute)
Keshauan Maslik, Paul Jeffrey, Lauren Brown (soprano sax)
Trevor Kohler, Ron Scott (bar, flute)

{Primary Source: Andrew Galloway} Not in my collection.

  • 74.11.15
    74.11.16 - Sam Rivers Sextet: Rivers (flute, tenor sax, soprano sax), Joe Ferguson (alto sax, tenor sax), Olu Dara (trumpet), Joe Daley (baritone horn), Ronnie Boykins (bass), Doug Hammond (drums) / Studio RivBea, New York City [Sam Rivers Interview on WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974]

74.11.28 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

November 28, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. improvisation [65:45] (split track at 45:52, incomplete)
 tenor sax section—26:04 (incomplete)
 flute and vocal section—22:54
 flute section—16:37 (incomplete)
This recording is circulating mis-dated 74.11.29, but the Rivers interview puts the Trio + 1 gig ("...and a surprise addition.") on the 28th. —RL.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, voice)
Olu Dara (trumpet)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Sam Rivers Interview on WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974}

  • 74.11.29
    74.11.30 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: (no personnel given) / Studio RivBea, New York City [Sam Rivers Interview on WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974]

  • 74.12.08 - Cancelled! / Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo / Annex Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [CODA December 1974 #134 pg.26, "Around the World" column]

    Braxton, Holland, and Altschul: "Details from Coda 1/75 pp.26, 35-36. This trio was a replacement for the scheduled duo of Sam Rivers and Altschul." [Anthony Braxton Discography: www.jazzdiscography.com/]

  • 74.12.27-75.01.05 [New Year's Studio] - "Guiding Artists include... Sam Rivers" / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY, "Group and orchestra workshops..." / Rivers was in residence at various times throughout these periods. [CODA December 1974 #134 p.27]

74.12.29 • Sam Rivers Trio + Karl Berger [Audience Recording]

December 29, 1974 / Live At Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock, NY
1st Set (Trio):
 crowd murmurs, murmuring [0:17]
1. unknown title [24:39]
2. unknown title [13:01]
3. unknown title [14:54]
4. unknown title [10:48]
2nd Set (Quartet):
5. unknown title [9:22] (fades in)
6. unknown title [2:49]
7. unknown title [11:36]
8. unknown title [2:06]
9. unknown title [3:58]
10. unknown title [9:43]
 After-show Interview With Sam Rivers [3:28]
[106:37]
I have this at 75:21. At 41:50 in there is a cut in the flute section, and the abrupt start of the soprano sax section. The performance is a trio session with Berger entering around 57:00 in. —RL]

Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax)
Karl Berger (electric piano, 2nd Set)
Dave Holland (bass)
Stu Martin (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; Heinrich Smejkal}

75.00.00 (1) • "Sam Rivers Piano Solos" [Audience Recording]

"Mid '70s" / Public Theatre, New York City
1. unknown title (incomplete) [13:00]
2. unknown title (incomplete) [16:10]
This recording is actually two excerpts of Rivers' piano work with the quartet. The first 13:00 piece is from 78.03.30; the second 16:10 piece is unidentified...

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 75.01.15 through 03.15 [Winter Term] - "Guiding Artists include... Sam Rivers" / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY, "Group and orchestra workshops..." etc. / Rivers was in residence at various times throughout these periods. [CODA December 1974 #134 p.27]

  • 75.01.22
    75.01.23
    75.01.24
    75.01.25 - Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse": Seiji Ozawa conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with a gospel quartet led by Cissy Houston, and a small ensemble featuring soprano saxophonist Sam Rivers / San Francisco, CA [Billboard January 18, 1975 p.38]
  • 75.03.08 - George Russell: Sam Rivers, Jimmy Giuffre, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Bert, Tony Williams / New York Jazz Repertory Company presents..., Carnegie Hall, New York City [Musica Jazz May 1975 p.28 concert reviews, Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index]
  • 75.04.01-05.31 [Spring Term] - "Guiding Artists include... Sam Rivers" / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY, "Group and orchestra workshops..." etc. / Rivers was in residence at various times throughout these periods. [CODA December 1974 #134 p.27]

  • 75.04.04
    75.04.05
    75.04.11
    75.04.12
    75.04.18
    75.04.19
    75.04.25
    75.04.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Barry Altschul / Sets at 10:00pm and 12:00am, Studio Rivbea, NYC [Ed Hazell 12.01.02; Studio Rivbea flyer]


  • 75.05.01 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul; Double-bill with Roscoe Mitchell Quartet / McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI [Henry Kuntz, Copyright © 2009 bells / Network: free-jazz.net]
    "...two concerts a night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the kiva (a small circular auditorium in the M.S.U. dormitory complex)." —Henry Kuntz
  • 75.05.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul; Double-bill with Roscoe Mitchell Quartet / McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI [Henry Kuntz, Copyright © 2009 bells / Network: free-jazz.net]

75.05.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

May 3, 1975 / McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

"We caught the earlier performance on Saturday night..." —Henry Kuntz
Early Show:
 tenor sax section
 bass solo
 piano section
 flute and voice
 drum solo
 soprano sax section
 standing ovation from the crowd
 "2 unknown medleys" [71:46] —No indication whether this as both sets, or just a single set.
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: Confidential; Henry Kuntz at free-jazz.net} Not in my collection.

75.06.01 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording]
WKCR-FM, New York / Loft Jazz Festival

June 1, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City
 announcement [0:22]
1. unknown title [59:30]
 announcement [0:15]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
other personnel unidentified

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 75.06.03-07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Barry Altschul / Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]

75.00.00 (3) • Sam Rivers & Rashied Ali Duo [Broadcast Recording]
WKCR-FM Broadcast 07.05.22, "Sam Rivers Festival"

unknown date, 1975 -or- 1976 / Ali's Alley, New York City
unknown title [15:57] (incomplete, fades in, fades out)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Rashied Ali (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

75.06.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast & Audience Recordings]
WKCR-FM, New York / Loft Jazz Festival

June 22, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City
Broadcast dated 75.06.22 (shorter version, better sound quality):
1. improvisation
 (soprano sax section—12:32, incomplete, fades in)
 (b solo—4:21)
 (flute-voice section—22:10)
 (dr solo—4:39)
 (tenor sax section—10:02, incomplete, split track...)
 (announcement—0:31)
[54:15]
Audience is dated "1975 or 1976:"
2. improvisation
 (soprano sax section—29:58, split track at 18:52)
 (b solo—4:21)
 (flute-voice section—22:10)
 (dr solo—4:30)
 (tenor sax section—10:00, followed by applause, no announcement)
[68:46]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: Broadcast & Audience CD-Rs}

  • 75.07.00 - Sam Rivers & Roscoe Mitchell Duo / unknown venue and locale [Reviews by David Wild, BELLS Magazine July '75, p.1; CODA #144 August 1975, p.38 / listed at http://home.att.net/~dawild/dave_in_print.htm]

75.07.01 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording]

July 1, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [88:00]
Sam Rivers, Larry Nothington, Bill Saxton, Will Connell, Kay Shaven, Fred Kelly (reeds)
Hamiett Bluett
Gary Gordon (soprano sax, flute)
Lauren Brown, Paul Jeffrey (soprano sax)
Ron Scott (bar, flute)

{Primary Source: Anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

75.07.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]
WKCR-FM, New York / Loft Jazz Festival (06.26-07.27)

July 5, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City

The DJ first gives the date as June 5, then later as July 5. The Trio was in Edmonton 07.06.03-07.—RL
1st Set:
1. improvisation
 (fl section—4:50)
 (tenor sax section—26:00)
 (b solo—3:15)
 (fl section—24:25)
 (dr solo—3:35)
 (soprano sax section—6:45)
 announcement [1:10]
2nd Set:
1. improvisation
 (soprano sax section—18:45)
 (b solo—4:10)
 (tenor sax section—21:30)
 (dr solo—4:20)
 (fl section—11:55)
 announcement [0:50]
[131:35]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; James Lindbloom}

  • 75.07.07 - On this day Studio RivBea is the venue for the first performance of the Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange: for Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide / when the Rainbow is Enuf ...I think that's worth mentioning. —RL

75.07.08 • Sam Rivers Solo [RivBea Archival Recording]
WKCR-FM, New York / Loft Jazz Festival

July 8, 1975 / Live at WKCR, New York City
RivBea Archive / Unnumbered Reel
 Interview [38:08] (program breaks at 15:22 and 23:28)
1. Composition on a Rainy Day for the Rain God [4:11]
 SR announcement [0:44]
2. Composition on a Sunny Day for the Sun God [8:28]
 (soprano sax section—3:13)
 (voc and flute section—5:15)
 Interview [1:17]
Also circulating without interview segments at 13:05.

Transfer of an unnumbered Scotch 10" Reel of 1950s vintage, recorded ½ track at 15 ips. Written on back is "Copy of Op 59 FM 26 Event 46 (7-15-57) Copy on 10-21-58 by J.O.L & F.M.C," etc. The reel contains a recording of a radio interview of Sam Rivers during the Studio RivBea years and two short solo pieces. Digitized and transferred to CDR. —Joe Washek July 2008.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, soprano sax-2, flute-2, voice-2)

{Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Reel unnumbered; CD-R at 13:05} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

  • 75.07.19 - Sam Rivers Sextet: (no personnel details) / Studio RivBea, New York City [Rivers Interview segment from 75.07.08]

75.08.01 • Bill Cole º Sam Rivers º Warren Smith: The First Cycle

Music from Dartmouth D100 (LP) 1980

August 1, 1975 / Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
First Cycle [20:48] (A-side)
First Cycle [21:52] (B-side)
Bill Cole (Ghanian flute, Chinese musette, Indian shenai, voice)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano)
Warren Smith (drums, kettledrum, marimba, percussion)

This LP is available for $20.00 postrumpetaid from: Bill Cole / 184 Pinebrook Blvd. / New Rochelle, NY 10804.

{Primary Source: D100}

75.09.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]

September 6, 1975 / Paris, France

Possibly 75.09.26 mis-dated?
1. improvisation [80:00]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: Michael McLaughlin} Not in my collection.

75.09.26 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]
ORTF-FM Broadcast

September 26, 1975 / Eglise des blancs Montreux, Paris, France
Shapes for Paris [61:48] (incomplete, cuts in at beginning, out at end)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Musica Jazz January 1975 pp.45-46 concert reviews, Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index}

75.10.16
75.10.17 • Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising

Black Saint BSR 0004 (LP) 1976; BSR 120004-1 (LP); BS 120004-2 (CD); BS 12004-4 (CS) 1976 IT
  • Don Pullen: The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note
    C.A.M. Jazz BlackSaint/Cam BXS 1017 (7-CD Set—Remasters; with original covers and credits) 2012 Italy
    [Set also includes Healing Force; Warriors; Milano Strut; The Magic Triangle; Evidence of Things Seen; and The Sixth Sense]
October 16 & 17, 1975 / Generation Sound Studios, New York City
1. Break Out (Rivers) [12:35]
2. Capricorn Rising (Pullen) [11:48]
3. Joycie Girl (Pullen) [6:36]
4. Fall Out (Rivers) [15:04]
Don Pullen (piano)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Alex Blake (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums, tamb)

{Primary Source: BSR 0004; BS 120004-2; www.camjazz.com/boxsets/don-pullen.html}

75.09.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]

October 25, 1975 / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
Unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31} Not in my collection.

  • 75.10.30 - Sam Rivers (no personnel given) / 9:00pm, WBAI's Studio C, New York City [New York Magazine November 3, 1975 p.30]

75.12.09 • Sam Rivers: Sizzle

Impulse! ASD-9316 (LP) 1976; YQ-8509AI (LP) JAP

December 9, 1975 / Generation Sound Studios, New York City
1. Dawn [12:38]
2. Flare [8:53]
3. Flame [12:20]
4. Scud [9:59]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
Ted Dunbar (guitar)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (drums)
Warren Smith (drums, vibes, tympani)

{Primary Source: ASD-9316; Japanese issue# via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3974]; Special shout-out to Randy Aranson of MCA for walking through the vaults while on the phone with me and nailing the long lost session date.}

75.00.00 (2) • Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording]

unknown date, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City
First Set:
1. Composition No.1 [24:42]
2. Composition No.2 [20:11]
 announcement [0:51]
[45:49]
Different personnel than the sessions below, so this may be an engagement from earlier in the year. —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
Ronald Prince (guitar)
Dave Holland (cello, bass, electric bass)
Warren Smith (drums, vibes, percussion)
Barry Altschul (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 75.00.00 - Sam Rivers: Billy Bang, others... / Five Spot, NYC / "Sam Rivers was playing at the Five Spot, and I went down to see him one night... Look Sam, I'm coming back tomorrow night with my violin..." [Down Beat September 1981, Billy Bang feature p.28]

75.12.12 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

December 12, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City
1. improvisation [60:21] (split track at 44:38)
 (piano section—34:21)
 (drum solo—2:47)
 (tenor sax section—23:13)
2. encore [11:21] (incomplete, cuts out)
[71:59]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, piano-1, voice-1,2, flute-2)
Leo Smith (trumpet, percussion)
Karl Berger (vibes-1,2. electric piano-2)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

75.12.14 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

December 14, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
3. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Leo Smith (trumpet) [Some sources inexplicably have "Lawrence" Smith]
Woody Shaw (trumpet)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

75.12.18 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

December 18, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
3. unknown title [ : ]
4. unknown title [ : ]
5. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Leo Smith (trumpet, percussion)
Peter Warren (bass)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

75.12.21 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

December 21, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Leo Smith (trumpet, percussion)
Peter Warren (bass)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

76.00.00 (1) • Joe Cocker: Stingray

A&M Records SP4574 (LP) 1976; A&M 394 574-2 (CD); L35811 (LP) NZ 1976;
  • The Jealous Kind b/w You Came Along
    A&M AMS 7243 1830 (7" single)
  • Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits
    A&M Records 3257 (LP) 1977; A&M SP-4670 (LP) 1977
  • Joe Cocker: The Anthology
    A&M Records (2CD) 1999
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Joe Cocker
    A&M Records 541 606 (CD) 2000
  • Joe Cocker: Greatest Love Songs
    Hip-O Records 440-069-887-2 (CD) 2003
  • Joe Cocker: Gold
    UMVD UNI 9879848 (2CD) 2006
Date? probably January or February, 1976 / New York City
1. The Jealous Kind (Bobby Charles) [3:48]
The LP has Dynamic Sounds Studio in Kingston, Jamaica for the main session locale, but Rivers recorded his part in NYC (confirmed in conversation with Sam Rivers). Cocker was touring with this band (sans Rivers) in early '76 to promote it. Earliest date I have is a performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 76.03.28, playing "material that would appear on his Stingray LP the following month."

Very early on in 1976 the group Stuff was formed... toured with Joe Cocker among others. The LP was released April 1, 1976. [The Great Rock Discography by Martin C. Strong]

Joe Cocker (voice)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax)
Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale (guitar)
Richard Tee (keys)
Gordon Edwards (bass)
Flaco (cng)
Steve Gadd (drums)

{Primary Source: A&M SP-4670; A&M 394 574-2; Mr. Sam Rivers; concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/joe-cocker-concert/20051191-3408.html}

  • 76.00.00 - "While working with Stan Getz, Holland also began to play with reedsman Sam Rivers and the players that assembled for [Holland's] first ensemble record as a leader. Conference of the Birds (1972), comprised, he says, his ideal group... That group played some concerts together, but the contrasting approaches of Braxton and Rivers proved incompatible. Holland didn't want to play with anyone else; so, because he couldn't have them both in his group, he split his time between the groups that they led. Then, in 1976, when the double-bookings became impossible, [Holland] devoted his time exclusively to the Rivers band: a decision related... to the pull of free improvisation. Sam's thing was wide open, we never played a note of music that was written in the small group. Sam used to say, play all the music, play vamps, play free, play everything. I said, well, this is the finishing school for me]’" [WIRE #50 April 1988 p.49, Dave Holland feature]
  • 76.01.30-31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [Patrick Clare archive, RivBea flyer]
  • 76.02.00 (1) - "early February" / George Coleman, Sam Rivers, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins / city ?, Italy [Musica Jazz January 1976 p.22, on-line index]
  • 76.02.10
    76.02.11
    76.02.12
    76.02.13
    76.02.14
    76.02.15 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel details) / "Sam Rivers, who is appearing through Sunday at the Village Vanguard, plays some of the longest tenor saxophone solos imaginable. He began his first set Tuesday evening with a 35-minute workout that would have left most younger saxophonists exhausted; then he performed on the flute and soprano saxophone for another half hour..." / 10:00pm, Village Jazz Club, NYC [New York Times February 12, 1976, p.37]

76.02.18 • Sam Rivers: Sam Rivers / Dave Holland {1}

Improvising Artists Inc. IAI 37.38.43 (LP) 1976; IAI 123843-2 (CD); IAI RJ-7143 (LP) JAP
  • Sam Rivers: Sam Rivers / Dave Holland Vol.2 {2}
    Improvising Artists Inc. IAI 37.38.48 (LP) 1977; IAI 123848-2 (CD)
February 18, 1976 / Big Apple Studio, New York City
1. Waterfall [17:08] {1}
2. Cascade [21:19] {1}
3. Ripples [23:49] {2}
4. Deluge [23:23] {2}
For those, like me, aesthetically inclined and hopelessly fastidious, the CD cover art may be escaped by opening the booklets, turning them inside out, and reinserting them into the jewel box, thus exposing the studio photos within, which are, we must hope, to be preferred to the horrifying and amateurish cover art outside. The LP versions offer no such solace. Sorry. —RL

Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1; tenor sax-2; flute-3; piano-4; Compositions)
Dave Holland (bass)

{Primary Source: IAI 373843, IAI 373848, IAI 123843-2 & IAI 123848-2; Japanese issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3975].}

  • 76.02.19 - The Sam Rivers Quartet, with Dave Holland (no other personnel listed) / "Eclipse Jazz" event, at the Residential College Auditorium, University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI [Session eBay poster dated "February 19," with no year indicated. This date fits the universal calendar’ for 1970, 1976, and 1981, and Rivers' activities eliminate the former and the latter. —RL]

76.02.29 • Carman Moore: Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon, Tone Roads to Hong Kong '76

February 29, 1976 / Port Authority, Hong Kong

"This is an LP produced by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and released in celebration of the American Bicentennial. The music was first presented at the 9th Hong Kong Ready-to-Wear Festival... The music was composed by Carman Moore and performed by members of the American Symphony Orchestra with... soloists"
—Anthony B. Rogers
1st Movement - Pastorale [13:29]
2nd Movement - Urban Walk [14:16]
3rd Movement - Colours [13:48]
4th Movement - Folk Energy [12:15]


A Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon.

LP Cover.



Carman Moore (Composer)
The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Isaiah Jackson

Soloists:
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, flute, tenor sax)
Elliott Randal (electric guitar; pí pa)
Kenneth Bichel (piano, hrpschrd, electric piano, synth)
Richard Davis (bass, el b)
Warren Smith (drums, percussion)

The rather unusual Liner Notes from this disc.

In addition to the "regular" LP produced for this event, there is this:
"I found a copy... Very attractively bound in a red silk book with a show program. ...I found it where I get most of my records, Goodwill. It has a gold dragon, on a red silk background, with pinkish clouds. Well Sam's playing has never really been for me, but I am a very big fan of Jazz Music. And this has such unusual packaging, so I spent $1. The Record was in a V.R.P. Sleeve so somebody must have thought something of it."
—Mark Frederick 08.02.27 / Images below courtesy Mark Frederick 08.12.12

A Red Silk Book.

A Show Program.

The Label.

{Primary Source: HKTDC-A1; session date from Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography, compiled by Aaron Horne, Greenwood Press}

  • 76.03.11 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan (no details) / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [Patrick Clare archive, RivBea flyer]

76.03.12
76.03.13 • Sam Rivers: The Quest

Red Record VPA 106 (LP) 1976 IT; PAUSA PR-7015 (LP) 1977
  • Various Artists: I Grandi del Jazz: L'Avanguardia
    GdJ-15 (LP) 1981 IT

    "...part of a series of more than one hundred LPs sold not in record stores but in newspaper stands in the '80s. The name of the series, and the name of the label, is I Grandi del Jazz,’ The Bigs of Jazz.’ Every record was issued weekly and packaged as a booklet of LP size + record. The publisher was Fratelli Fabbri Editori (Fabbri Brothers Press), a very well known publisher in Italy that works in the field of serial encyclopedias’ sold in stands. They started the series in late 1979. It was laid out in several [embossed linen and fiberboard slipcases] of eight records each. The second box was entitled L'Avanguardia’ (The avantgarde.) The seventh record of the box (the 15th from the start, so its catalogue number is GdJ 15) was the Rivers one, and was issued probably in late 1979 or early 1980. [actually '81 —RL] The Fabbri published these records licensed by several labels. The Rivers record is the *exact reprint* of the Red Records The Quest,’ with same tunes, personnel, etc. ...recorded after a concert with the trio in Bergamo, near Milan, where there was a jazz festival."
    —Stefano Zenni

    "...there's no catalogue numbering on the slipcases for the Fabbri Editori records. This appears to me an American, Canadian or perhaps British marketing project wherein the records were collected six at a time in the slipcovers as a sales approach, since all the record jackets and sleeves are in Italian while the slipcases are in English."
    —Rick Wallach

  • Sam Rivers: Vision
    Tobacco Road B2512 (LP)

  • Sam Rivers: SAM RIVERS con SCHIANO, ALTSCHUL e HOLLAND {2}
    GONG Supplemento Al N° 6 Anno 4° di (magazine and vinyl 7"EP)
    * Also includes tracks from session 77.04.28.
    Gong is "an Italian 70's avant garde magazine..."
    —Lukas Notaras / Athens, Greece


    GONG
    Supplemento Al N° 6 Anno 4° di.

    Photos courtesy Lukas Notaras
    reproduced with permission.


    [Click images to enlarge view]
March 12 & 13, 1976 / 8a Rassegna Internazionale Jazz, Palazzo dello Sport, Milan, Italy
1. Expectation [6:35]
2. Vision [12:20] {2}
3. Judgement [10:15] {2, titled "Tudgement" (sic)}
4. Hope [6:55] {2}
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

[Note: On PAUSA PR 7015, the tracks are reversed. Side A contains titles 1 & 2, with times at 10:10 and 6:51 respectively; Side B contains titles 3 & 4, with times 6:28 and 12:15.]

{Primary Source: GdJ-15; PAUSA PR-7015; VPA 106; S. Zenni, R. Wallach, Lukas Notaras, and Giovanni Zanoni; venue and references via Musica Jazz March 1976 p.20, April 1976 p.25, May 1976 pp.13-16 (concert review), on-line index}

76.03.16 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

March 16, 1976 / Bergamo, Italy
1. improvisation [42:52] (incomplete, fades in)
 (soprano sax section—8:46)
 (p section—9:36)
 (fl+voc section—15:28)
 (tenor sax section—9:02)
2. encore [4:10] (incomplete, cuts in)
[47:18]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 76.03.18 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan (no details) / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [Patrick Clare archive, RivBea flyer]
  • 76.03.25 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan (no details) / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [Patrick Clare archive, RivBea flyer]

76.04.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 3, 1976 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01} Not in my collection.

76.04.10 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 10, 1976 / The Empty Foxhole, Philadelphia, PA

Also circulating dated April 19, 1976.
1. unknown titles [68:12]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 10.07.16; Anonymous 06.01.01; Patrick Clare 13.03.28} Not in my collection.

76.05.15 • Various Artists: Wildflowers I: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions

Douglas NBLP 7045, 7046, 7047, 7048, & 7049 (5LP) 1977; Douglas NBL-87045 (8TRK) 1977; Gravity/Douglas Music 30 00 332 / ARC 384 (CD) FR 1995
  • Various Artists: Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions Complete
    Knitting Factory Knit Classics KCR-3037 (3CD) 1999; Douglas 10 (3CD) USA 2009
  • Various Artists: New York City Jazz volume 1
    (LP) French re-issues of the original Wildflower series issued on Douglas.
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Reel 24
May 15, 1976 / Studio RivBea, New York City
Wildflowers:
1. Rainbows [10:00]
RivBea Archive / Reel 24
 (no track or time info available)
"This a 10-inch reel in an Ampex box. The tape is 1-inch wide and is probably multitrack. On The spine of the box is written, Loft Jazz 5/15/76 SAM RIVERS 1 DBX’. There are no other notations on the box. Most unfortunately, I do not have multi-track equipment to play this tape. DBX was a noise reduction system that was used in the mid 70-80s. To play the tape, it would be necessary to find the proper model DBX machine." —Joel Washek

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, Composition)
Jerome Hunter (bass)
Jerry Griffin (drums)

REWIND column, May/June 1999 issue of SIGNAL to NOISE, by Peter Gershon, "May, 1976, The 'Wildflower' Sessions: ...the loft jazz era preserved." w/ Michael Cuscuna interview.

Chuck Berg review of the Wildflowers series, (Down Beat 8/11/77) and info on both the 5-Volume LP and 3-Volume CD configurations.

{Primary Source: NBLP 7045; NBL-87045; KCR-3037; Joel Washek 10.10.21} RivBea Archival Recording not in my collection.

76.00.00 (2) • Sam Rivers and Rashid Sinan [Audience Recording]

"mid 1976" / unknown venue, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"Further details not known"

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Rashid Sinan (drums)
others ?

{Primary Source: WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.21} Not in my collection.

  • 76.07.04 - Sam Rivers: Rivers (flute, soprano sax, piano), Joe Daley (baritone horn, tuba, percussion), unknown drummer (Does anyone recognize that set?) / Muntu Ensemble and David Murray Quartet were also on the bill. / Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's Muntu Sessionography, from MUNTU Recordings booklet]


    Photos by Tom Marcello
    Who also helped to clear up the session date.




  • 76.07.07-08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sidney Smart, Joe Daley / Arti e Mestieri Camarillo Brillo, Festival Internazionale del Jazz, Torino, Italy [Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25; October 1976 pp.17-19 concert reviews, Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index]

76.07.11 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording]

July 20, 1976 / Pescara Jazz Meeting '76, Unità Musicale, Penne, Italy
1. improvisation [46:56]
"This concert was taped the last evening of the Pescara Festival (07.11), but was held in Penne, a little town near Pescara." —inconstantsol.blogspot.com

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Sidney Smart (drums)

{Primary Source: inconstantsol.blogspot.com/2009/11/sam-rivers-trio-live-in-pescara-76.html; Musica Jazz October 1976 pp.12-13 concert reviews, Marcello Piras; June 1976 p.25; July 1976 p.2 (on-line index mistakenly has Festival dates as 76.07.08-10); Poster image from www.pescarajazz.it/html/page12/files/1976.html}

Pescara Jazz

76.07.11 (2) • Various Artists: After Hours 2° / The Great Pescara Jam Sessions

Ecamlab Produzioni Musicali Ports Song CD L1006 (CD) 2000 Italy

July 11, 1976 (or July 12, if after midnight) / Pescara Jazz Festival, Pescara, Italy
1. African Call (traditional / Rivers) [3:25] *
2. Blue Moon (R. Rodgers) [1:55]
Rivers is mis-credited in the liners as playing tenor on the second track.

* "The best of the piece is sung by someone in the public(!)"
—Lucio Fumo (translated by Diego Conti)

This is a CD with after hours jam sessions during the Pescara Jazz Festival. The Rivers tracks, according to Lucio Fumo's liner notes (Fumo is the producer of the festival), are from a rehearsal.
—Stefano Zenni

The first track is a weak percussion vamp (no offense, I've been playing myself for over 40 years) with an African vocal over it. The vocal is indeed the "best of the piece." The second track sounds as if it were played at the tail end of a very long party, perhaps around 5:15 a.m., after much drink and merriment. Very loose, sloppy, and plodding, with much laughter, conversation, and miscellaneous noise. Both are, if I may be so bold, "unusual" choices for release. —RL

This CD is available from Ecamlab, and contains additional tracks by Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Gerry Mulligan, Cat Anderson, Paul Gonsalves, Kenny Drew, and others.

Sam Rivers (soprano sax-2; percussion-1; voice-2)
Joe Daley (tuba-2; percussion-1)
Sidney Smart (drums, percussion)
"unknown" (piano-2)

{Primary Source: CD L1006; Stefano Zenni; session date via Angelo Valori of Ecamlab.}

  • 76.00.00 - Sam Rivers: Sidney Smart, Joe Daley / Festival del Jazz, Arles, Italy [Musica Jazz October 1976 p.37, on-line index]
    This may have been later in the month (the trio is in Spezia on the 26th or 27th), but it also makes sense being on the road between Pescara and Pisa. —RL
  • 76.07.15-08.30 - Sam Rivers Trio / Rassegna Internazionale del Jazz di Pisa, Italy [Musica Jazz July 1976 p.27, on-line index]
  • 76.07.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sidney Smart, Joe Daley / "1976 manifestzione organizzata dal giornale Fronte Popolare,"Festival di MLS, Parco Ravizza, Milano, Italy [Musica Jazz August-September 1976 p.28; October 1976 p.39; November 1976 pp.20-23 concert reviews, Arrigo Polillo, on-line index]
  • 76.07.17-18 - Sam Rivers Trio / Festival di La Spezia, Italy [Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25, on-line index]

76.07.20 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

July 20, 1976 / Festival di Verona, Verona, Italy
1. improvisation [57:08]
 (flute section—15:15, incomplete, cuts in)
 (tenor section—8:30)
 (piano section—12:05)
 (flute section—6:35)
 (soprano section—11:40)
 (flute section—2:30)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Sidney Smart (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25; July 1976 p.27; October 1976 pp.14-17 concert reviews, Giancarlo Roncaglia, on-line index}

76.07.23 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

July 23, 1976 / Festival del Jazz di Ravenna 1976, Rocca Branca Leone, Ravenna, Italy
1. improvisation [64:34]
 (tenor section—10:08)
 (tenor section—6:19)
 (piano section—13:43)
 (flute section—9:46)
 (flute section—4:33)
 (soprano section—8:08)
 announcement [0:34]
 (flute section—11:21)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Sidney Smart (drums)

{Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 07.08.09; Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25; July 1976 p.27; October 1976 pp.17-19 concert reviews, Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index}

76.07.24 • Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Villalago

Horo HDP 3/4 (2 LP) 1977 Italy; 2CD-R with original cover art, 2008; Probable bootleg: Horo/Atomic EEC (CD) 2009

(See 76.07.25)

July 24, 1976 / Umbria Jazz Festival, Villalago, Italy
1. Black Africa / soprano section [19:54]
2. Black Africa / piano & flute section [19:56]
3. Black Africa / flute & tenor section [19:58]
4. Black Africa / Villalago encore [11:04]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (tuba, euphonium)
Don Pullen (piano-3)
Sidney Smart (drums, percussion)

"Umbria Jazz certainly has got to be one of the most unique jazz events in the world. Taking place in the Umbria region of central Italy, this festival is a mini tour by both participating musicians and the public of the little towns in the region. The performances take place in the piazzas or parks of the village, and no entrance fee is charged. A nominal charge is made for bus transportation to the villages. These two double albums document the performances by the Sam Rivers tour: the villages of Villalago and Perugia."
—Carl Brauer, Cadence Vol.4 no.4, June 1978

{Primary Source: HDP 3/4; Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25; July 1976 p.27; October 1976 pp.8-12 concert reviews, Pino Candini, on-line index; DMG mailing 09.11.20}

76.07.25 • Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Perugia {1}

Horo HDP 5/6 (2 LP) 1977 Italy; ; 2CD-R with original cover art 2008

(See 76.07.24)
  • [Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Villalago] {2}
    Horo HDP 3/4 (2 LP) 1977 Italy
  • Sam Rivers [Audience Recording]
July 25, 1976 / Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy
1. Black Africa / tenor section [19:55] {1}
2. Black Africa / piano section [19:47] {1}
3. Black Africa / flute & soprano section [16:26] {1}
4. Black Africa / flute & tenor section [21:04] {1}
5. Black Africa / Perugia concert: finale [11:03] {2}
Audience Recording:
 announcement [0:17]
1. improvisation [51:20]
 (tenor section—16:12)
 (piano section—11:59)
 (flute section—17:02)
 (soprano section—5:54)
[51:37]
I've yet to run a comparison on these. —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (tuba, euphonium)
Sidney Smart (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: HDP 5/6; CD-R}

  • 76.07.25-26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sidney Smart, Joe Daley / Festival del jazz di Palermo, Italy [Musica Jazz August-September 1976 p.26, on-line index]
  • 76.07.26-27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sidney Smart, Joe Daley / Festival Internazionale del Jazz di La Spezia, Spezia, Italy [Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25; October 1976 pp.19-20 concert reviews, Emanuele Di Matteo, on-line index]

76.08.08 • Sam Rivers Trio [Private Video Recording]

August 8, 1976 / Hammerveld Jazz Festival, Roermond, Netherlands
1. An Evening in Roermond (part of flute section) [4:00]
 (complete session lasted about an hour)
Sam Rivers (fl)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Sidney Smart (drums)

{Primary Source: Video; date and session time from Peter Verhagen}

  • 76.08.10-14 - Sam Rivers: Daley, Smart / Festival del Jazz Moderno, Anversa, Italy [Musica Jazz October 1976 p.38, on-line index]

76.08.23 • Sam Rivers Solo [Audience Recording]

August 23, 1976 / Jazz Festival, Chateauvallon, France
1. improvisation [11:14]
 (soprano sax solo—2:31)
 (piano solo—3:32)
 (tenor sax solo—2:56)
 (flute, voice solo—2:14)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

76.08.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

August 27, 1976 / Willisau Jazz Festival, Willisau, Switzerland
1. improvisation [108:56]
 (soprano sax section—34:00)
 (piano section—26:00, split track)
 (tenor sax section—27:30)
 (flute section 1—10:00)
 (encore / flute section 2—11:20)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Warren Smith (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

  • 76.08.25-29 - Sam Rivers Trio: Daley, Smith / Festival del Jazz d’Avanguardia, Rimini, Italy [Musica Jazz June 1976 p.25, on-line index]

76.09.02 • Sam Rivers: The Tuba Trio, Vol.I {1} / Essence - The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz

Circle Records RK 2976/1 (LP) 1976 Germany
  • Sam Rivers: The Tuba Trio, Vol.II {2} / Essence - The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz
    Circle Records RK 2976/2 (LP) 1976 Germany
  • Sam Rivers: The Tuba Trio, Vol.III {3} / Essence - The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz
    Circle Records RK 2976/3 (LP) 1976 Germany
  • Sam Rivers / Earl Cross: Jazz of the Seventies {4}
    Circle Records RK 7376/6 (LP) 1976 Germany
  • Sam Rivers/James Newton: Flutes! {5}
    Circle Records RK 7677/7 (LP) 1977 Germany
September 2, 1976 / Live in the Bim Huis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 1. Essence - Part I [3:20] {1}
 2. Essence - Part II [3:15] {1}
 3. Essence - Part III [4:20] {1}
 4. Essence - Part IV [11:10] {1}
 5. Essence - Part V [16:25] {1}
 6. Essence - Part VI [20:20] {2}
 7. Essence - Part VII [19:30] {2}
 8. Essence - Part VIII [18:05] {3}
 9. Essence - Part IX [14:10] {3}
10. Essence - Part X [8:05] {4}
11. Essence - Part XI [13:07] {5}
Part IV has an unidentified "dramatic intrusion of second tenor sax."
* Matt Gorney of RivBea: "I spoke with Joe Daley about Mr. Dramatic Intrusion. He laughed and recalled it was an African-American/European who popped out of the crowd or wings to play on stage. It doesn't seem like anyone recalls this guy being a "name" musician. Joe said that he continued playing while trying to limit the tenor player's real estate and move him off the stage."
* I also asked Mr. Rivers about this, and his recollection of a name sounded like "Rob Schneider,"but when I wrote it this way he said "No, it was some strange European spelling..." —R. Lopez.

A fleshed out accounting of how this detail search unfolded is included on pp. 82-83 of Bimhuis 25, Stories of twenty five years at the Bimhuis (edited and compiled by Kevin Whitehead, with Herman te Loo and John Corbett). The book is available from Cadence stateside, or by mail order from BIMHUIS.

Parts I through V are also circulating as a "Audience Recording" with an ERRONEOUS date of 76.11.23, with track 1) improvisation (incomplete, cuts in at beginning) [11:52]; and track 2) improvisation (incomplete, cuts out at end) [27:39].

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,4,8,10; soprano sax-6; piano-7,9; flute-5,11; voice)
Mr. Dramatic Intrusion (tenor sax-4)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn; french horn-11; perc, pipe)
Warren Smith (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: RK 2976/1; RK 2976/2; RK 2976/3; RK 7376/6; RK 7677/7; CD-R and Heinrich Smejkal}

76.10.10 • Kazuko Shiraishi: Dedicated to the Late John Coltrane

Musicworks 3001 (LP) 1977; Bridge "OTOKO TACHI YO!" Series 024 (CD) 2004 JAP

October 10, 1976 / New York City
1. My Tokyo [12:10]
2. Dedicated to the Late John Coltrane [13:10]
3. Once Again the Season of the Sacred Lecher [24:22]
Kazuko Shiraishi (voice, Compositions)
Sam Rivers (reeds; flute, piano, percussion)
Andrei Strobert (percussion)
Buster Williams (bass)
Abdul Wadud (cello)

Notes on this recording.

{Primary Source: Musicworks 3001; CD info KC White 05.08.22}

76.11.13 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

November 13, 1976, 9:00pm & Midnight / Union Auditorium, Student Union Building, SUNY at Stony Brook, Long Island, NY
1. improvisation [ : ]
"The concert was in a room like a large tiered lecture theatre with a stage at the bottom... It was used quite a lot for concerts at the time. (Robert Palmer performed there two weeks later, on 9 Dec 76.) The entry in my 1976 diary has 12:00pm written alongside it, which, assuming it relates to that concert, I take to mean mid-day. If so, I've no idea why it was a daytime gig. It was, however, a full concert... I also vaguely remember Sam Rivers playing with Mingus at some point during that concert..." —Christopher Smith 07.05.27

"Metamorphosing, pulsing, live JAZZ exploded at Stony Brook Saturday night. The Sam Rivers Trio and the Charles Mingus Quintet gave high quality performances in their contrasting styles for two full-house audiences in the Union Auditorium...

In the opening act, reedsman Rivers appeared with a new group featuring Joe Daley on tuba and bass horn and Bobby Battle on drums... Rivers directed his trio... wailing on soprano sax (his primary instrument), pounding out complex piano solos, playing both haunting and piercing flute lines, and yelping and chanting vocal parts.
—Tom Vitale, The STATESMAN November 17, 1976, Proscenium Page 1A

"There's no mention in the Statesman review of any musicians being shared between Rivers and Mingus, so I must have been wrong about that, but I'm pretty sure that Rivers returned to the stage to play with Mingus at some point." —Christopher Smith 09.02.15

"And I have the tapes to prove it..." —Ralph Pantuso 06.02.24 Stereophile Forums

Sam Rivers (reeds, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (tuba, bass horn)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: Christopher Smith 07.05.27; dspace.sunyconnect.suny.edu/bitstream/1951/28203/1/Statesman,%20V.20,%20n.%2026.pdf} Not in my collection.

Error Listing!
76.11.23 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

November 23, 1976 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
1. improvisation (incomplete, cuts in at beginning) [11:52]
2. improvisation (incomplete, cuts out at end) [27:39]
This is an incorrect session date! See 76.09.02.

{Primary Source: CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal}

  • 76.12.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Altschul, Tom Varner (french horn) / "late December" Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY [Anonymous correspondence]
  • 77.00.00 (1) - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY / "Jazz insegnato a Woodstock" [Musica Jazz January 1977 pp.28-29, on-line index]

77.00.00 (2) • Various Artists: Sam Rivers Solo: Silver Burdett's PIPELINE

Pipeline Volume 5 Number 5 (7-inch vinyl EP) 1977

[This disc also contains tracks from Alvin Lee; John Handy; Paul Winter; Weather Report; Philadelphia Orchestra]

1977 / No Session venue or place given.
"sounds of Saxophones and Improvisations"
1. tenor sax improv [1:21]
 (tenor fades to background, presenter announcement begins at 0:31—"You are listening to the saxophone music
 of Sam Rivers, one of the world's greatest masters of improvisation. Although he also plays flute, piano, and viola,
 as well as saxophones, today Sam Rivers will demonstrate three instruments of the saxophone family, and his unique
 approach to improvisation..." and ends at 0:51, tenor back to volume.)
 Rivers: "This is the sound of the B-flat soprano saxophone..." [0:05]
2. soprano sax improv [0:20]
 Rivers: "The E-flat alto saxophone sounds like this..." [0:03]
3. alto sax improv [0:31]
 Rivers: "The B-flat tenor saxophone, the one I learned on, and my favorite, sounds like this..." [0:07]
4. tenor improv [0:43]
 Rivers: "I'm going to improvise for you, on the B-flat tenor saxophone, but first, before I begin, I shall play
 the melody for you, so that you will recognize when I improvise..." [0:11]
5. melody on tenor [0:27]
6. tenor improv on melody [0:18]
 Rivers: "You will notice of course, that I stayed very close to the melody, when improvising..." [0:05]
 Rivers: "This time, I will stay close to the melody and do a rhythmic improvisation..." [0:10]
7. tenor improv [0:22]
 Rivers: "And finally, I am going to improvise, by going further away from the melody.
 see if you can still recognize the tune..." [0:09]
8. tenor improv [1:47]
 tenor fades to background, presenter announcement begins at 1:17 "We have heard the saxophone
 improvisations of Sam Rivers, and we thank him for sharing his artistry with us today..."
 and ends at 1:24, when Rivers' tenor swells as it ends and plays out.)
[7:23]
Sam Rivers (tenor, soprano, and alto saxes, narration as above)

{Primary Source: CD-R; WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31; Library of Congress Database, "Shelf no. Pipeline BVS-13335—1 sound disc: 33 1/3 rpm; 7-inch"}

77.01.00 • Sam Rivers [Audience Recording / Interview]

January, 1977 / New York City
1. interview [2:12] (!)
Sam Rivers

Transcription of this interview.
This is obviously an excerpted section, with two Rivers statements bracketing a single statement by the interviewer.

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 77.01.25
    77.01.26
    77.01.27
    77.01.28
    77.01.29 - Sam Rivers Quintet / 10:00pm to 2:30am, Storyville, New York City [New York Magazine January 31, 1977 p.19]
  • 77.02.06 - Noel DeCosta's "Ceremony of Spirituals": DeCosta (violin, composition), The New World Symphony, Sam Rivers, soprano Barbara Grant, and The Howard University Choir / Carnegie Hall, New York City [Billboard February 26, 1977 p.40]

77.02.08
77.02.09 • Barry Altschul: You Can't Name Your Own Tune

Muse MR 5124 (LP) 1977; 32 Jazz 32192 (CD) 2000

February 8 & 9, 1977 / Rosebud Studio, New York City
1. You Can't Name Your Own Tune (Altschul) [7:52]
2. For Those Who Care (Altschul) [4:53]
3. Natal Chart (Altschul) [3:42]
4. Cmbeh (Abrams) [6:13]
5. Hey Toots! (Altschul) [5:07]
6. King Korn (Carla Bley) [4:40]
Barry Altschul (drums, percussion, gong-5; waterphone-5)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax & soprano sax-1,3,6; flute-2)
George Lewis (trombone-1,2,3,6)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano-1,3,4,6)
Dave Holland (bass-1,3,4,6; cello-2)

{Primary Source: MR 5124}

  • 77.02.00 - Sam Rivers / Storyville, New York City [Review by Robert Palmer New York Times February 23, 1977 Sec.3 p.18]
  • 77.04.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Dave Holland (bass), Barry Atschul (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 77.04.13-16 (See 77.04.16 Broadcast below.) - CODA #156 July-August 1977 p.29 mistakenly has the Sam Rivers Trio (Rivers, Holland, Altschul) in Vancouver on these dates. They were in fact in Europe.

77.04.16 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Broadcast Recording]

April 16, 1977 / Studio Radio France, Paris, France
 interview fragment [0:10]
1. improvisation [37:55]
 announcement [0:20]
[38:25]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

77.04.18 • Sam Rivers: Paragon

Fluid Records Fluid-101 (LP) 1977 FR

April 18, 1977 / Davout Studio, Paris, France


Fluid-101.


1. Ecstasy [5:38]
2. Bliss [6:23]
3. Rapture [5:10]
4. Tingle [7:28]
5. Paragon [12:15]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,5; flute-2,5; soprano sax-3,5; piano-4,5; Compositions)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Fluid-101}

77.04.28 • Sam Rivers & Mario Schiano: Rendez-vous

Red Records / Vedette VPA 8375 (LP) 1977 IT
  • [Sam Rivers: SAM RIVERS con SCHIANO, ALTSCHUL e HOLLAND] {2}
    GONG Supplemento Al N° 6 Anno 4° di (magazine and vinyl 7"EP)
    * Also includes tracks from session 76.03.12.
    Gong is "an Italian 70's avant garde magazine..."
    —Lukas Notaras, Athens, Greece

GONG Supplemento Al N° 6 Anno 4° di.

Photos courtesy Lukas Notaras,
reproduced with permission.


April 28, 1977 / Sciascia Sound Studios, Milano, Italy
1. Rendez-vous (Rivers/Schiano) [2:55]
2. Brother Sam (Rivers/Schiano) [9:48] {2}
3. Lover Man (Ramirez/Davis/Sherman) [11:58]
4. Earth Dance (Rivers/Schiano) [8:33] {2}
5. Sunrise (Rivers/Schiano) [6:21]
6. Cross Current (Rivers/Schiano) [6:23]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano)
Mario Schiano (alto sax)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (d, vb)

{Primary Source: VPA 8375; Lukas Notaras and Giovanni Zanoni.}

  • The following Trio tour dates in Canada during the first few weeks of May were previously listed with Holland and Altschul as sidemen, which was incorrect.

    "I was at the gig, Wadud and Battle are the correct sidemen—Holland and Altschul were definitely not in town for the gig or workshop. Trust me!!" —Norm Westbrook, Kamloops, BC

  • 77.05.04
    77.05.05
    77.05.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Abdul Wadud (cello), Bobby Battle (drums) / Vancouver Jazz Society "Spring '77 Concert Series,"Old Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (also afternoon Workshop, 77.05.07 only.) [CODA #154 April 1977 p.28; CODA # 156 August 1977 p.29; vancouverjazz.com/vjs/index.php; Norm Westbrook 09.10.19]
  • 77.05.07 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio: Abdul Wadud (cello), Bobby Battle (drums) / Afternoon Workshop / Old Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [ibid]

77.05.07 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

May 7, 1977 / Vancouver Jazz Society, Old Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1. improvisation [90:00]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: Brian Nation; Norm Westbrook 09.10.19} Not in my collection.

  • 77.05.13
    77.05.14
    77.05.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Abdul Wadud (cello), Bobby Battle (drums) / Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm; Norm Westbrook 09.10.19]


    Amazingly, this poster was hanging on my wall for about five years
    before I realized I hadn't entered the session dates. —RL

    Holland and Altschul did not make this tour



77.05.24 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

May 24, 1977 / The Cellar Door, Washington, DC
Early Show:
1. improvisation [71:24]
 tenor sax section
 piano section (split track)
Late Show:
2. improvisation [79:38]
 soprano sax section
 flute section (split track)
[151:02]
The Cellar Door was a very small, but great room that held about 200 people packed in like sardines. Years later the DC Fire Marshall forced to club to reduce their capacity to about 125 people. The club tried to continue, but financially couldn't do it... This was the third concert I ever taped. It was something I never would have gone to see if it hadn't been for my friend Paul, who was a jazz musician... Paul and I had come to The Cellar Door the previous night, but there had been transportation problems,’ and Sam didn't make his scheduled appearance for his two-night stand. Luckily, the group was able to salvage one night..."
—"bpthree"

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: Eric Devin 09.12.17} Not in my collection.

  • 77.05.27 - "The Harlem Opera Company presented Sam Rivers' (music) and Emory Taylor's (libretto) opera "Solomon and Sheba" on May 27 at the Beacon Theatre" (Sam Rivers not in ensemble) [CODA #156 August 1977 p.32]
  • 77.05.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Battle / Moers Festival, Germany [Musica Jazz June 1977 pp.25-26 (on-line index); www.moers-festival.com/history/chronik1976_78.html]

77.06.04 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]
German Radio Broadcast

June 4, 1977 / Gemeindehalle, Feldburg-Altglashütten, Germany
1. Sketches 1 [7:55]
2. Sketches 2 [10:21]
3. Sketches 3/4 [21:01]
4. Traces [8:55] (incomplete)
5. encore [8:05] (incomplete)
[61:22]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 77.06.10-12 - Sam Rivers: Dave Holland, Bobby Battle (Julius Hemphill noted on this gig, Musica Jazz August-September 1977 pp.40-41) / Jazz d'avanguardia a Lovere, Bergamo, Italy [Musica Jazz June 1977 p.27, on-line index]

77.06.13 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

June 13, 1977 / Jazz Festival 1977, Lovere, Italy
1. improvisation [48:08]
2. encore [11:42]
[59:51]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 11.02.19}

77.06.15 • Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording]

June 15, 1977 / Orpheum, Haus der Jugend, Graz, Austria
1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

"A soundboard recording exists on a music cassette..."


Photos courtesy Dietrich Heinz Kramer, reproduced with permission.
[Click images to enlarge view]

{Primary Source: Dietrich Heinz Kramer 02.07.14; 08.08.20} Not in my collection.

77.06.17 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]
German broadcast, originally broadcast from Yugoslavia

June 17, 1977 / Ljubljana Jazz Festival (06.17-20), Laibach, Slovenia
1. Earth Dramas [55:47] (incomplete, fades out)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

77.00.00 (3) • Sam Rivers & Stanley Duo [Street Fight]

"Summer, 1977" / Soho, New York City
1. smooth uppercut [0:01]
Sam Rivers (probably a right)
Stanley Crouch (on the chin)

"I saw Stanley Crouch get decked by Sam Rivers one time, that was a great experience, Sam Rivers laid him out cold right on the stage." —Eugene Chadbourne [WIRE #117 November 1993 p.40]

"The book begins with thumbnail sketches of the various jazz styles that have evolved over the past century—bop, boogie-woogie, cool, free Improv, etc.—and concludes with longer essays on history and genre, the earlier ones mostly by Scott Yanow and some excellent later ones by Eugene Chadbourne including 'Loft Jazz', the 'NYC Scene 1980-2000' and the 'Chicago Scene 1980-2000'. Chadbourne explains how tension rose as critic Stanley Crouch and saxophonist Sam Rivers organised rival loft festivals in Summer 1977; in a fight on the streets of SoHo, Rivers got the better of Crouch, which some believe began the latter's dislike of avant garde jazz." All Music Guide To Jazz reviewed by Andy Hamilton [WIRE #232 p.82]

"What some considered the death knell of the loft jazz scene came in the Summer of 1977, which found Sam Rivers and Stanley Crouch organizing festivals scheduled for the same time, on the same street. Rivers noticed that many of the same musicians he was presenting were advertised for Crouch's surprise event, and delivered an ultimatum that anyone participating in Crouch's festival would be cancelled from RivBea. Since Crouch's was strictly a door-money deal (no guarantees), many musicians bowed out of Crouch's festival. At least one musician opted for RivBea, not because of the ultimatum, but upon learning of plans to tape his show & possibly make a record (without working out pay for the musicians who'd be recorded). Tensions heightened, and finally climaxed on the streets of Soho when a fight broke out, and Sam Rivers purportedly delivered a "smooth uppercut" to the competition; an event that some believe to be the source of Crouch's dislike of avant-garde jazz." —Eugene Chadbourne [www.allmusic.com]


"Let's set the record straight. I was there, in front of Joe Lee Wilson's The Ladies Fort, taking photos. Sam did come hustling up 2nd Street and confronted Crouch, but no punches were thrown by either party. Sam was particularly mad that Crouch had decided to put on a festival at the Tin Palace in conflict with the one Sam had going on around the corner at Rivbea. Joe Lee was also booked. The problem was not only the temporal overlap, but the musician overlap. Crouch was trying to take over the scene. He was succeeding. That night at Sam's, Hamiett Bluiett came out solo, dressed in a dashiki, and angrily lectured the audience on 'free music.' 'My music ain't free; you got to pay,' he insisted. He then blew away the house. That was the death knell for Rivbea." —William Ellenberg 12.12.24

{Primary Source: Eugene Chadbourne; WIRE #117 November 1993 p.40; WIRE #232 p.82; www.allmusic.com} Not in my collection.

77.06-07.00 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Broadcast Recording]
WKCR-FM

Late June or July, 1977 / Storyville, New York City
1. unknown titles [:]
Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Joe Daley (baritone horn, tuba)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: Patrick Clare 09.11.24; CODA #157 October 1977 p.29} Not in my collection.

  • 77.07.22-23 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel details) / WKCR Benefit, Wollman Auditorium, Columbia University, New York City [CODA #157 October 1977 p.29]
  • 77.08.09
    77.08.10
    77.08.11
    77.08.12
    77.08.13 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Joe Daley, Abdul Wadud, Holland, Altschul / Village Vanguard, NYC / "I am holding in my hands a flyer I saved from 26 years ago—August of 1977 I was in NYC (saw Pharoah Sanders at the Village Vanguard on Aug.13th/14th—I remember because I turned 16 that evening). This flyer has Sam Rivers Quintet Aug 9 thru 13... I saw one night of this run." [Graham Connah 03.03.10; New York Magazine August 8, 1977 p.20, which only names Holland, Altschul, and Mike Nock (piano)]

77.08.19 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Tape]

August 19, 1977 / Jazz Festival, Chateauvallon, France
1. improvisation [82:49]
 (soprano sax section—15:48)
 (piano section—14:28)
 (flute section—17:42)
 (tenor sax section—21:51)
 (flute, voice section—11:07)
[82:51]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, ce)
Oliver Johnson (drums)
*No information on why Altschul was absent on this date.

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

  • Studio RivBea's Summer Festival of New Music, 77.08.30 through 09.04 [CODA #157 October 1977 p.29]

77.09.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

September 6, 1977 / Modena, Italy
1. improvisation [67:04]
 (soprano sax section—16:00)
 (p section—17:00)
 (fl section—32:00)
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums, vbs)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

77.09.24 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

September 24, 1977 / Southeastern Massachussetts University, Darthmouth, MA
1. improvisation [88:55]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    Studio RivBea Fall Festival



  • 77.09.30 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers, Dave Holland (bass, cello), Joe Daley (tuba), Barry Altschul (drums) / Fall Festival, 11:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [Studio RivBea flier from Ed Hazell, 10.09.25]
  • 77.09.30 (2) - Sam Rivers Orchestra: Rivers, George Adams, Byard Lancaster, Kalaparusha McIntyre, and Rene McLain (reeds), Joe Daley and George Lewis (baritone horn and tuba), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Youseff Yancy (trumpet and flugelhorn), Dave Holland (bass, cello), Abdul Abdud (cello), Brian Smith (bass), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (drums) / Fall Festival, Midnight, Studio RivBea, NYC [Studio RivBea flier from Ed Hazell, 10.09.25]
  • 77.10.01 (1) - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Dave Holland (bass, cello) / Fall Festival, 9:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid; CODA December 1977 #158 p.32]
  • 77.10.01 (2) - Sam Rivers Orchestra: Rivers, George Adams, Byard Lancaster, Kalaparusha McIntyre, and Rene McLain (reeds), Joe Daley and George Lewis (baritone horn and tuba), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Youseff Yancy (trumpet and flugelhorn), Dave Holland (bass, cello), Abdul Abdud (cello), Brian Smith (bass), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (drums) / Fall Festival, Midnight, Studio RivBea, NYC [Studio RivBea flier from Ed Hazell, 10.09.25]
  • 77.10.02 (1) - Sam Rivers Solo (piano) / Fall Festival, 9:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 77.10.02 (2) - Sam Rivers Orchestra: Rivers, George Adams, Byard Lancaster, Kalaparusha McIntyre, and Rene McLain (reeds), Joe Daley and George Lewis (baritone horn and tuba), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Youseff Yancy (trumpet and flugelhorn), Dave Holland (bass, cello), Abdul Abdud (cello), Brian Smith (bass), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (drums) / Fall Festival, Midnight, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

77.10.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast & Audience Recording]

French Radio Broadcast

October 12, 1977 / Festival Jazz Pulsations, Nancy, France
1. Image [42:45]
An Audience Recording also exists.

Sam Rivers (reeds, Composition)
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Byard Lancaster, George Adams, Rene McLean (reeds)
Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah (trumpet)
George Lewis (trombone, tuba)
Charles Stephens (trombone)
Yousef Chauncey (french horn)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Don Pullen (piano)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Brian Smith (bass)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul, Charlie Persip (drums)

Another source had Charles Defense (tuba) and Chico Freeman (reeds)—and omitted George Adams, Charles Stephens, Ahmed Abdullah, Yousef Chauncey, and Barry Altschul—and noted Brian Smith on piano. Personnel above from a festival report in the German magazine JAZZ PODIUM, December 1977, pp. 18-20. —HS

{Primary Source: Broadcast CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal}

77.10.13 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording]

October 13, 1977 / Festival Jazz Pulsations, Nancy, France
1. improvisation [25:41]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
Dave Holland (bass)

{Primary Source: inconstantsol.blogspot.com/} Not in my collection.

77.10.19 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Soundboard Recording]

October 19, 1977 / Centré Culturel Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels, Belgium
1st Set:
1. unknown titles [46:11]
2nd Set:
2. unknown titles [46:14] (incomplete, cuts out)


Sam Rivers, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Byard Lancaster, Chico Freeman, Rene McLean (reeds)
Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, Youseff Yancey (trumpet)
George Lewis (trombone, tuba)
Charles Stephens (trombone)
(french horn)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Don Pullen (piano)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Brian Smith, Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul, Charlie Persip (drums)

On the recording in circulation, "Youseff Chauncey" is incorrectly credited on french horn, and George Adams is incorrectly listed on sax instead of Chico Freeman. "How do I know? I was very fortunately there." —Ahmed Abdullah

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Poster image from Patrick Clare 10.09.01; Ahmed Abdullah at bigozine2.com/roio/?p=720 on 11.04.09}

  • 77.11.02-06 - Sam Rivers: Joe Daley (Duo? or same as 77.11.06 below?) / Giornate del Jazz, Berlin, Germany [Musica Jazz January 1978 pp.6-8 concert reviews, Joachim Ernst Berndt, on-line index]

77.11.06 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Broadcast Recording]

November 6, 1977 / Jazztage 1977, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
 Broadcast announcement
1. Universal Message, Rivers announcement [36:15]
2. unknown title, Broadcast announcement [17:39]
[53:54]
"Are you sure that the second drummer besides Altschul was Persip and not Warren Smith?" —Bettina Bogumil 04.05.05

Persip is confirmed on percussion at the festival archives. —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Dave Holland (bass)
Charles Persip (percussion)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R (incomplete at 44:54); Jakob Blumenthal 09.09.18; archiv.berlinerfestspiele.de/jazzsuche/}

77.11.13 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

November 13, 1977 / unknown venue, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1. Waves (piano section) [19:03]
Radio announcement mentions a "4 part composition"—duration of the complete performance about 68:00, but only the piano section was broadcast. —HS

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, piano)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; H. Smejkal}

  • 77.11.25 - "...Two Nights of New Music Festival," Ukraine / "Dave Holland announced they'd be out in fifteen minutes, yet the removal of their equipment foreshadowed the next announcement: Two Nights of New Music would not continue due to lack of ticket sales." / Sam Rivers Trio cancelled [CODA #160, April '78 p.30]
    On this same evening, D.C. Space is born.
  • 77.00.00 (4) - Sam Rivers, unknown dates / Creative Music Studio 1977-78 Season, Fall Session (77.09.26 through 77.12.17) / Woodstock, NY [CODA #157 October 1977 back cover]

  • 77.00.00 (5) - Sam Rivers / Creative Music Studio 1977-78 Season New Year's Intensive (77.12.28 through 78.01.06) / Woodstock, NY [CODA #157 October 1977 back cover]

78.01.01 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording]

January 1, 1978 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
George Lewis (trombone)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: anonymous 06.01.01}

78.00.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

unknown date, 1978 / Studio RivBea, New York City
1. improvisation [4:28] (excerpt, fades out)
 Interview segment [0:43]
2. improvisation [4:12] (excerpt, cuts in, fades out)
Received as "Interview, Music, 13:00."

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, flute-2, piano-2,)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 78.00.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Barker / Left Bank Jazz Society, Baltimore, MD ["Recent performance..." CODA October 1978 #163 p.29]

78.01.00 • Sam Rivers Trio: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
The World of Sam Rivers, National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" [Aired 79.12.09 & 81.07.19]

1st session: [See also 78.06.30; 78.10.02; 78.10.00 (1)]

January ?, 1978 / University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
 radio announcement [0:20]
1. improvisation (soprano sax section) [18:19] (incomplete, fade out by radio announcer)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Ed Hazell; Down Beat July 1981 p.12; Norbert Kreutzer 05.10.31}

  • 78.01.10
    78.01.11
    78.01.12
    78.01.13
    78.01.14
    78.01.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [Billboard January 14, 1978 p.32]
  • 78.01.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX [Michael Kelly 07.05.25; Poster, eBay listing]
  • 78.02.01-04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL


78.02.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

February 5, 1978 / Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL
1. improvisation [8:29]
2. improvisation [11:25]
3. improvisation [9:02]
4. improvisation [10:17]
5. improvisation [6:04]
6. improvisation [19:51]
7. improvisation [8:00] (incomplete, fades at end)
[74:05]
Another Recording noted: 12 tracks at 78:50
"I don't know if this is another set, or a more extented version of the same set..." —Jakob Blumenthal

Contrary to rumors, "Kevin Eubanks was NOT there. ...I recorded the whole thing." —Michael McLaughlin

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21 and 09.07.01; Michael McLaughlin 13.03.10}

78.02.10 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

February 10, 1978 / Eclipse Jazz Winter 1978 Series [see 78.02.11], Power Center, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, MI
1. improvisation [:]
 (soprano sax section)
 (p section)
 (tenor sax section)
 (fl section)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: Patrick Clare archive; confidential; CODA #160 April '78 p.28]} Not in my collection.

  • 78.02.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Winter Jazz Series 1978 poster (16" x 26") Eclipse Jazz Winter 1978 Series, Power Center, Ann Arbor, MI / "Sam Rivers Trio & Leroy Jenkins Trio, Feb 10 & 11" [Patrick Clare archive; eBay posting of concert poster; CODA February 1978 #159 p.31]
  • 78.03.06-05.27 - Sam Rivers / Creative Music Studio 1977-78 Season Spring Session / Woodstock, NY [CODA #157 October 1977 back cover]

78.03.30 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]
Broadcast by WKCR-FM, NYC

March 30, 1978 / Public Theatre, New York City
 WKCR announcement [1:12]
1. improvisation [68:05]
 (tenor sax section 19:44)
 (b solo 4:40)
 (soprano sax section 16:24)
 (dr solo 4:02)
 (p section 15:09)
 (fl section 7:42, incomplete, fades out)
 WKCR announcement [0:33]
75.00.00 Another tape in circulation noted as "Sam Rivers piano solos, Mid '70s, Public Theatre, NYC, 28min." This tape is actually two excerpts of Rivers' piano work with the quartet. The first 13:00 piece is from this 78.03.30 session (at around 44:00 in); the second 16:10 piece is unidentified. Possibly from the "2nd reel" noted below.

Announcer identifies this (on my tape copy) as "first reel" of this concert performance, and suggests that the 2nd may be aired in the future. Does anyone have a tape with this date that is identified as the 2nd reel? —RL

Also noted as "Audience Recording: 54:00," although it is also clearly 70:00 long.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; CODA #161 June 1, 1978 p.33; WKCR-FM Archive}

  • 78.03.31
    78.04.01 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Daley, Holland, Altschul / Public Theatre, New York City [CODA #161 June 1, 1978 p.33]
  • 78.05.10-13: Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Barry Altschul / Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]
  • 78.05.16
    78.05.17
    78.05.18
    78.05.19
    78.05.20 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [CODA #162 August 1, 1978 pp.30-31]
  • 78.05.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / "Improvisation Workshop," Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [CODA #162 August 1, 1978 pp.30-31]
  • 78.05.22
    78.05.23
    78.05.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Canada [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23 (notes 78.05.22 only); www.yardbirdsuite.com/index-shows.htm has 78.05.22-24]
  • 78.06.18 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / South Lawn, The White House, Washington, DC [Down Beat November 16, 1978 p.21; Musica Jazz August-September 1978 p.26, on-line index]
  • 78.06.22
    78.06.23 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo / DC Space, Washington, DC [Down Beat July 13, 1978 p.62; CODA #161 June 1, 1978 p.34]

78.06.24 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording]

June 24, 1978, 9:00 and 11:00pm / DC Space, Washington, DC
1st Show:
1. Improvisation [58:08] (split track)
2nd Show:
1. Improvisation [61:44] (split track)
[119:52]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; CODA October 1978 #163 p.28}

78.06.30 (1) • Sam Rivers Quintet: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
78.06.30 (2) • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
The World of Sam Rivers, National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" [Aired 79.12.09 & 81.07.19]

2nd Session: [See also 78.01.00; 78.10.02; 78.10.00 (1)]

June 30, 1978 / 25th Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, New York City
Sam Rivers Quintet / 1st Program
1. Hong Kong Suite [See 76.02.29]
 Joy—Sophistication—Serenity—Fun
Four of the eight sections of this composition commissioned by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
See 76.02.29. This Suite was written for the event the year after the Carman Moore / American Symphony recording.

Sam Rivers (reeds, Composition)
Mike Nock (piano, synth)
Ted Dunbar (guitar)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)
Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / 2nd Program
1. Evocation (four sections)
Sam Rivers (reeds, Composition)
Hamiet Bluiett, Ricky Ford, Chico Freeman, J.D. Parran (reeds)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Ray Anderson (trombone)
Jack Walrath, Malachi Thompson, Oliver Beamer, Frank Gordon (trumpet)
Dave Holland (bass)
Warren Smith (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: NYC sessions info from Sam Rivers feature article Down Beat November 16 1978 p.39; Hong Kong Suite conversation with Mr. Sam Rivers; Down Beat July 1981 p.12; CODA #162 August 1, 1978 pp.30-31} Not in my collection.

78.06.00 • Sam Rivers & Sonny Rollins Quintet [Broadcast Recording]
Polish Radio Broadcast

June ?, 1978 / Carnegie Hall, 25th Newport Jazz Festival (06.23-07.02), New York City
 introduction [2:05]
1. Sunnymoon for Two [8:20]
Double-bill with Sonny Rollins Quintet (with Mark Soskin, Jerome Harris, Al Foster, and Sam Figueroa)
—also listed as "July, 1978," probably July 1 or 2.
Anyone with knowledge of the schedule for the 1978 Newport Jazz Festival, please let me know! —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Max Roach (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 78.07.01-06 - Studio RivBea's Early-Summer Festival, NYC [CODA October 1978 #163 p.25]

78.07.14-16 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

July 14, 15 or 16, 1978 / Northsea Jazz Festival, Palazzo dei Congressi, Den Haag, Netherlands
RivBea Archive / Reel 23
1st Set:
 tune-up [0:56]
1. improvisation [43:25]
 (ts section—13:27)
 (p section—21:08)
 (fl section—8:50)
 announcement [0:50]
2nd Set:
2. improvisation [43:25]
 (ss section—18:10)
 (p section—27:22, split track, incomplete, fades out)
 (fl section—0:47, incomplete, cuts in)
 SR announcement [0:42]
3. encore [7:08]
 SR announcement [0:47]
[100:20]
Locale (and subsequently the dates) determined by an audience member speaking during the closing announcement. Jakob Blumenthal: "...the singsong’, I believe it is a Danish saying." [I had play dates for this lineup in Genoa, Italy, and Den Haag, Netherlands. —RL]

"The tape is on 10-inch reel and is in an Ampex box of the type used for 1-inch multitrack tapes. The tape is recorded 2-track at 7.5 ips. All that is written on the box is Sam Rivers’ and 23’. There are apparently two sets on this reel. At the end of... Set 1, Sam can be heard saying, We'll be back soon’. There is then a break in the recording and it starts up again with about five minutes of tuning and mic checking, which I have eliminated, before... Set 2 begins. Side 1 of the tape runs out during a bass solo. Side 2 begins after what must have been a considerable gap, with Sam on flute accompanied by the whole group. The set comes to an end and Sam introduces everyone, there is a break in the recording and an apparent encore follows." —Joe Washek

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, soprano sax-2, flute, piano-1,2)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21; CODA October 1978 #163 p.31; Musica Jazz October 1978 pp.13-16 festival review, Luciano Federighi, on-line index; Jakob Blumemthal 11.01.11} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

  • 78.07.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel details) / Teatro Comunale dell'opera, Genoa, Italy [Musica Jazz August-September 1978 p.29, on-line index]

78.07.22 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

July 22, 1978 / Festival Internazionale del Jazz, Nervi, Italy
1. improvisation: "Una Giornata a Genova" [77:47]
 (soprano sax section—16:19, incomplete, fades in)
 (dr solo—5:27)
 (p section—11:05)
 (b solo—4:36)
 (fl section—14:48, split track at 5:18, section missing, incomplete, cuts out at end)
 (tenor sax section—23:53, incomplete, cuts in at beginning)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, piano, tenor sax, flute)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Musica Jazz August-September 1978 pp.32-33 festival review, Giorgio Lombardi, on-line index}

78.07.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

July 23, 1978 / Festival del Jazz, Auditorium del Parco Marsaglia, San Remo, Italy
1. untitled improvisation [46:12]
 announcement [0:40]
 (ts section—4:17)
 (b solo—4:33)
 (ss section—15:05)
 (dr solo—6:43)
 (p section—7:19)
 (fl section—8:16)
[46:57]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, piano, tenor sax, flute)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Dave Holland (bass, ce)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Musica Jazz October 1978 p.36 festival review, Arrigo Polillo, on-line index}

  • 1978:

    Panken: And later that year you recorded with Sam Rivers.
    Thurman Barker: That's right. What happened was that the AACM gave its first concert on New York territory in 1976, right here at Columbia University. We were able to perform our first jazz festival right here in New York. And in the audience, of course, was Mr. Sam Rivers. I had performed with some of the groups and with the Big Band. So Sam was in the audience—and this was in '76.

    A few years later, I get this call right out of the blue. It was Sam Rivers, and he was asking me to come to New York and to make a record. Of course I was floored! I said, "Sure, when are the rehearsals and when can we get together, because I need to learn your music." He said, "Look, we'll just rehearse in the studio. But can you be here by this particular date?" I said, "No problem." So my very first contact with Sam Rivers was in the studio, and we made the record that we are about to hear called Waves on Tomato Records. Of course, I am now very familiar with Sam Rivers in terms off what he's done, and all the Blue Note records that he appeared on with Andrew Hill and Tony Williams—the early Blue Note dates.
    Panken: Not to mention that he had used Braxton's previous bass and drums.
    TB: Exactly. Now here I go, I'm beginning to think that I'm in a circle here, because somehow Anthony Braxton's rhythm section went with Sam Rivers—and we're speaking of Barry Altschul and Dave Holland. At the time I joined Sam, Dave Holland was still there. This recording features Joe Daley on brass, Dave Holland on bass and cello, and myself on drums and percussion, and Sam Rivers. Like I say, I was really back, because this was my first contact with Dave Holland and Sam, and here I am getting ready to make a record. So it was quite a special event for me.

    [Music: S. Rivers, "Surge"]

    TB: ...after the Waves record, we went on tour.
    [Barker, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, November 18, 1985, www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php?read=panken13]
    ———


78.08.08 • Sam Rivers: Waves {1}

Tomato Records TOM 8002 (LP) HOL; TOM 2696491 (LP) 1989 GER; TOM 2696494 (CS) 1989; TOM 2696492 (CD) 1989; Affinity 186 (LP) EUR; TOM 2030 (CD) 2002
  • Various Artists: The Tomato Sampler {2}
    Tomato Records 2696162 (2CD) 1989 HOL
Tomato!

The Tomato Sampler 2696162.

[Includes tracks by Townes Van Zandt; Lightnin' Hopkins; Albert King; Jon Hassell; Heiner Stadler; Melanie; Linda Cohen; Johann Sebastian Bach; Haans Eisler and Bertolt Brecht; Magma; A Tribute To Monk & Bird; Harry Partch; Leroy Jenkins; Louisiana Red; Johnny Shines; Rocky Hill; Asleep at the Wheel; Robert Cray; Dave Brubeck; Frederick Chopin; John Cage; Johann Sebastian Bach / Myra Hess; Mississippi Fred McDowell; Brownie McGhee; Ruben Y Alfonso Ramos and the Texas Revolution; Dick Gregory; John Lee Hooker; A Tribute to Leadbelly; and Leadbelly.]

August 8, 1978 / Big Apple Studio, New York City
1. Shockwave [14:41] {1}
2. Torch [6:56] {1,2} *
3. Pulse [10:22] {1}
4. Flux [6:03] {1}
5. Surge [5:13] {1}
* 2696162 contains a 5:13 excerpt of this track.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,5; soprano sax-3; flute-2; piano-1,4; Compositions)
Dave Holland (bass; cello-4)
Joe Daley (tuba-2,3,4; baritone horn-1,5)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

Robert Palmer's liner notes for this disc.

{Primary Source: TOM 2696492; 2696494; TOM 2030; Session date via Down Beat November 16, 1978 p.49 / Sam Rivers feature}

  • Studio RivBea's Mid-Summer Festival 78.08.18 through 08.26, NYC [CODA October 1978 #163 p.25; Down Beat November 16 1978 p.48]

  • 78.08.22 - Sam Rivers & the Studio RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel given) / Harlem Jazz Festival, Vincent's Place, New York City [Billboard August 28, 1978 p.29]
  • 78.08.26 - "Leroy Jenkins, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Sam Jones Quartet..." / Harlem Jazz Festival, Small's Paradise, New York City [Billboard August 28, 1978 p.29]

78.09.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

September 23, 1978 / International House, Philadelphia, PA
1. improvisation [52:61] (split track at 28:49)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, piano, tenor sax, flute, percussion)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

78.10.02 • Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
The World of Sam Rivers, National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" [Aired 79.12.09 & 81.07.19]

3rd Session: [See also 78.01.00; 78.06.30; 78.10.00 (1)]

October 2, 1978 / The Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX
 unrelated nonsense [6:12]
1. tenor sax section [16:28] (fade-out by Radio announcer)
Recording is circulating with a first track at 6:12—a rather lame piano quartet lead-in, tenor sax in at 4:09, over the piano quartet. This is absolutely NOT part of this Sam Rivers session, but something that must have been tagged on years ago with the broadcast track.

Sam Rivers (piano, tenor sax)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

Ticket!

A ticket to the event...

Courtesy Rick Barrett.

"We do indeed house the archives for the Armadillo World Headquarters and we actually have a finding aid for the collection available online at: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00031/cah-00031.html

I searched through this finding aid and found two boxes that contained information on Anthony Braxton: Box 2U217 and Box 2U221. I looked through the boxes themselves and this is what I found:

...Box 2U221 includes a Daily Texan article from October 4, 1978 commenting on his performance at the Armadillo World Headquarters in a concert shared with Sam Rivers. It also includes an article from Friday September 29, 1978 talking about the performance that was going to occur on that Monday and a number of other articles on Braxton..."
—Amelia Brunskill / Reference Services, The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

{Primary Source: CD-R; Ed Hazell; Down Beat July 1981 p.12; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.06}

78.10.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
The World of Sam Rivers, National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" [Aired 79.12.09 & 81.07.19]

3rd Session: [See also 78.01.00; 78.06.30; 78.10.02]

October, 1978 / unknown venue, New Orleans, LA
1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, piano, tenor sax, flute, percussion)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Down Beat July 1981 p.12} Not in my collection.

  • 78.10.07 - Sam Rivers (no personnel info) / Acrosanti Festival '78 (78.10.05-08), Cordes Junction, AZ [CODA October 1978 #163 p.34; date from Jonathan, AnthonyBraxtonProject Group]

78.10.15 • Sam Rivers Quartet & Anthony Braxton [Broadcast & Audience Recordings]
KPFA-FM Broadcast during the week following the session.

October 15, 1978 / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
Broadcast:
1. unknown titles [57:40] (split track, fades out at 28:03, back abruptly at 28:16)
 announcement [0:54]
Audience:
1. unknown titles [53:46] (split track at 46:36)
The Audience Recording, horrid in quality, must be another set. None of it matches the broadcast material. —RL

"Came across a very old trading list that provides what are I think previously unknown live recordings of [Braxton]. A few gigs were known but weren't confirmed as taped: '1977 San Francisco, CA / Braxton, Anthony private tape: Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, quintet.' Now, be aware that I have found numerous errors elsewhere in this list, so..." —Michael Fitzgerald to AnthonyBraxtonProject Group 06.03.04

Holland's statement here: 76.00.00, indicates that the two reed players were no longer performing together. The last known date preceding this was a Holland 4tet date on 74.07.26 (1), and I've found no mentions of any west coast gigs by Rivers in '77 (yet, and I've been looking). "1977 San Francisco, CA" is likely a mis-dated recording of this session.—RL



Photo by Kathy Sloane (with permission)
Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club.


Sam Rivers (soprano sax, piano)
Anthony Braxton (alto sax)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Broadcast CD-R; Audience CD-R}

  • 78.10.22 - Sam Rivers Quartet: David Holland, Joe Daley, Thurman Barker / Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [vancouverjazz.com/vjs/index.php; CODA October 1978 #163 p.24]

Holland, Daley, Barker, and Rivers in Vancouver, 78.10.22-23
—photo courtesy Brian Nation

78.10.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

October 23, 1978 / Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1. unknown titles [:]
"I generally didn't record performances. After the first night's gig Sam asked if i'd recorded it and i said no. ‘Why not?’ he asked. So I had the second night recorded, probably by Tinker, the sound guy. There was a cassette which I eventually gave to Sam." —Brian Nation

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: Brian Nation 11.12.30; vancouverjazz.com/vjs/index.php; CODA October 1978 #163 p.24} Not in my collection.

78.10.25 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

October 25, 1978 / Egyptian Moore Theater, Seattle, WA
 announcement [0:12]
1. improvisation [61:06]
 (soprano sax section—10:10)
 (b solo—4:14)
 (p section—13:51, tuba solo in at 6:44)
 (tenor sax section—8:53)
 (dr solo—3:19)
 (fl section—3:33)
 applause & band intro [0:48]
 (fl section—16:04)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 05.10.31}

  • 78.10.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Big Band / "Professional recording engineer Michaël W. Huon did one recording around 1978 with the Sam Rivers Big Band on Oct 78 Woluwe St Pierre, Centre Culturel in the Brussels area" [Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg 04.11.29]
  • 78.10-11.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Thurman Barker / "completed, in November, a long tour through Italy:" Bergamo, Brescia [78.10.31], Varese, Saronno, Vercelli, Palermo [78.11.11], Milano [78.11.13], Lugano [78.10.28-29] / [Musica Jazz November 1978 p.22; Rivers interview-- December 1978 pp.8-10, on-line index]

  • 78.10.28-29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Thurman Barker / "Festival L'improvvisazione," Aula Magna Trevano, Lugano, Italy [Musica Jazz December 1978 pp.39-40, on-line index]

78.10.31 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

October 31, 1978 / Supercinema, Brescia, Italy
1. Tides (Maree) Suite [80:07]
2. encore [9:18]
[89:25]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Joe Daley (tuba, euphonium)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Pat Clare 11.07.13}

  • 78.11.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Thurman Barker / Nel 24° Festival Viottiano, Vercelli, Italy / "Encounter with Jazz" 3 evenings of concerts and introductory conference [Musica Jazz December 1978 p.14, on-line index]

78.11.06 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording & RivBea Archival Recording]

November 6, 1978 / Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università di Padova, Padova, Italy
RivBea Archive / Reel 17
1. improvisations [120:00]
"This tape is in a Revox box. The only notation on the box is on the spine, which reads: 'Sam Rivers Padova Nov 6 1978'. It is a ten-inch reel recorded at 15 ips, 2-track stereo. The recording runs approximately 34 minutess and is of only the soprano and part of the piano sections of a set. It cuts off abruptly a minute or two into the piano section. ...[Not sure if] the rest of the show is in the archive. Given that the recording cuts off with plenty of tape left on the reel, I'm not optimistic." —Joe Washek, March 2009

"A recording from the mixing table exists in the archive of the promoter, the Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università di Padova. It used to be on a reel-to-reel tape (so this may explain the archival copy of the Rivbea Studio), now on CDR. At that time our archival recordings were made sometimes on a Revox reel-to-reel machine, sometimes with a 'pro' cassette machine (Nakamichi), but eventually transferred on reel." —Veniero Rizzardi

"120' private audience recording exists." —Heinrich Smejkal

Sam Rivers (reeds; soprano sax and piano on the Archival Recording)
Dave Holland (bass)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Joe Washek 09.03.29; Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.03; Heinrich Smejkal 04.01.12} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

78.11.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

November 7, 1978 / Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università di Padova, Teatro Tenda, Padova, Italy
1. improvisations [120:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Dave Holland (bass)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.03} Not in my collection.

  • 78.11.11 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Thurman Barker / Brass Club di Palermo, Auditorium SS. Salvatore, Palermo, Italy [Musica Jazz January 1979 p.17, on-line index]
  • 78.11.13 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Thurman Barker / Cinema Teatro Ciack, Milano, Italy [Musica Jazz January 1979 p.20 concert reviews, Arrigo Polillo, on-line index]

  • 78.11.29
    78.11.30 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Thurman Barker / Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [Horseshoe Tavern November schedule; The Globe and Mail October 28, 1978 p.31]
  • 78.12.00 - "RivBea closed after a landlord/tenant dispute..." [Down Beat March 22, 1979 Sam Rivers Blindfold Test p.29]

78.12.11 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Broadcast Recording]
Broadcast on CKCU-FM 93.1 Ottawa, Ontario / "In a Mellow Tone" host Ron Sweetman

December 11, 1978 / Theatre de L'lle, Hull, Quebec, Canada
1. improvisation [27:37]
2. improvisation [50:10] (incomplete, split track, fades at 30:55, back in at 31:10)
3. improvisation [14:41] (incomplete, fades in, fades out)
This session is circulating with 4 tracks (56:10) of non-Rivers filler assumed to be Rivers with a larger ensemmble, same date. Rivers is not present on these tracks. —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2; piano-1,2; soprano sax-3; flute-1,2)
Dave Holland (bass)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; CODA #166 April 1979 p.30; stommel.tamu.edu/~baum/}

  • 78.12.15
    78.12.16 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (soprano sax, piano, tenor sax, flute), Joe Daley (tuba), Dave Holland (bass, cello), unknown (drums, percussion) / 10:30pm, Public Theatre, New York City [New York Magazine December 18, 1978 p.42]
  • 79.00.00 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Altschul / "Professional recording engineer Michael W. Huon did one recording around 1978 with the Sam Rivers Big Band on Oct 78, Woluwe St Pierre, Centre Culturel in the Brussels area. He did also one trio concert the year after in Antwerpen with Barry and Dave...." [Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg 04.11.29]

79.01.24 • Sam Rivers Big Band [Audience Recording]

January 24, 1979 / Storyville, New York City
unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
No personnel info. Perhaps close to 79.02.04 below?

{Primary Source: 2CD-Rs in WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31} Not in my collection.

  • 79.01.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel info) / Hartford Jazz Society, Hartford, CT [CODA #166 April 1979 p.36]
  • 79.01.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano), Joe Daley (tuba, euphonium), Dave Holland (bass, cello) / / "The trio played but one piece... Eighty minutes..." / Great Black Music Series, Town Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [Mark Miller review The Globe and Mail January 31, 1979 p.F10]
    "Opening the series... Unfortunately percussionist Thurman Barker chose an African tour in preference to the inclement winter." —CODA #166 April 1979 p.29
  • 79.02.03-04 - Sam Rivers / "...including musicians' workshops, an open jam session in the Student Center Rathskellar, and other special events." / Kent Winter Jazz Festival, Kent State University, Kent, OH [Billboard February 3, 1979 p.65 + 90]
  • 79.02.04 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers, Holland, Daley, Barker / "...followed by the Chico Freeman Quartet, the Hammiet Bluiett Trio, and the entire Rivers' Jazz Festival Orchestra."/ 7:00pm, Kent Winter Jazz Festival, Kent State University, Kent, OH [ibid]

79.02.04 • Sam Rivers' Orchestra [Audience Recording]

February 4, 1979 / Kent Winter Jazz Festival, Kent State University, Kent, OH
1. unknown title [10:49]
2. unknown title [11:17]
3. unknown title [16:05]
4. unknown title [15:36]
 announcement [0:21]
[54:10]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Chico Freeman (reeds)
Ricky Ford (reeds)
Hamiett Bluiett (reeds)
Frank Gordon (trumpet)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Jay Hoggard (Vibes)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Don Pullen (piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Warren Smith (percussion)

[Also, sort of:]
  • Hamiet Bluiett / Muhal Richard Abrams: "Saying Something for All"
    Just a Memory Records JAM 9134-2 (CD) 1998 CAN

    Contrary to the liner notes and credits on this disc, there is not a single note played by OR with Sam Rivers OR his Big Band. The track noted below, "...recorded with the Sam Rivers Big Band on February 4th, 1979...,"is a Bluiett solo without any accompaniment. Nor is the fellow doing the introduction Sam Rivers, as a fellow researcher has suggested. The only reason this release is included in this document is to alert anyone buying this for the supposed Rivers content. If Rivers and the Big Band did perform this day, there's no audio evidence of it here. That being said, this is a fine recording, including five other tracks, all Abrams / Bluiett duets, and a cover I really like, which I've included below just for the hell of it. —RL
    • Requiem for Kent State (Bluiett) [10:49]

    Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax SOLO)

BOGUS ALERT!


Saying Something for All

{Primary Source: Audience CD-R; Kevin Skotnicki; JAM 9134-2; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; Billboard February 3, 1979 p.65 + 90}

  • 79.02-03-00 - "Some dates with an 18-piece group, and toured in duo with [Dave] Holland" [Down Beat March 22, 1979 Sam Rivers Blindfold Test p.29]
  • 79.02.25 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / New Music Festival, Punch & Judy Theatre, Gross Pointe, MI / "tentative" [Down Beat March 8, 1979 p.47]
  • 79.03.04 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Daley, Holland, Battle / Grenoble Jazz Festival, Grenoble, France [Info from festival web-site]
  • 79.03.08 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Joe Daley (tuba), Dave Holland (bass), Barry Atschul (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]

79.04.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

April 7, 1979 / Den Haag, Netherlands
RivBea Archive / Tape 59
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"This is a 10-inch reel in a Pyral Professional box. The tape is 3 inches wide and is definitely multitrack. On the back of the box is written, RivBea Orchestra 4/7/79 The Hague’. It is also marked on the back as Reel No. 3’. There are no other notations on the box. Unfortunately, I do not have multitrack equipment to play this tape." —Joe Washek

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Hamiett Bluiett (reeds)
Frank Gordon (trumpet)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Dave Holland (bass)
Warren Smith (percussion)
others...

{Primary Source: Joe Washek 10.10.21} Not in my collection.

79.04.20 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

April 20, 1979 / DC Space, Washington, DC
1. improvisation [58:20]
 (tenor sax section 14:02)
 (b solo 8:48)
 (p section 15:50, Daley solo begins 4:40 in)
 (dr solo 5:08)
 (fl section 14:17,(incomplete, fades out)
Sam Rivers (piano, tenor sax, flute)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn, euphonium)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; WKCR-FM Broadcast 07.05.22}

  • 79.04.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Daley, Holland, Battle / DC Space, Washington, DC [Ben Young, WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31]

79.04.00 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]
The World of Sam Rivers, National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" [Aired 79.12.09 & 81.07.19]

April, 1979 (late April through early May) / New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
 radio announcement (Billy Taylor) [0:24]
1. improvisation [28:19]
 (p and tenor sax sections; drum solo; fl+voc section)
 Rivers announcement [0:24]
 radio announcement (Billy Taylor) [0:15]
 Rivers interviewed by Michael Cuscuna [5:14]
 radio announcement (Billy Taylor) [0:41]
[35:52]
This is the first or second section of this broadcast, which, as Billy Taylor says in the final announcement, will continue with "quartet and orchestra performances". The next segment of the program is Session 78.10.02, the quartet in Austin, TX.

Sam Rivers (piano, tenor sax, flute, voc)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn, euphonium)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Martin Milgrim 05.02.17; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.06}

  • 79.05.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Daley, Holland, Barker / 20:00, Hotel Mohren, Willisau, Switzerland, "as illustrated on the Niklaus Troxler poster in my ; OREOS Collection Jazz - Niklaus Troxler Jazz Posters, p.95." [Kevin White 02.10.21; www.troxlerart.ch/pages/posters.php]

79.05.15 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]
NDR JAZZ WORKSHOP Nr.:145 (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Radio/TV Broadcast

May 15, 1979 / Studio 10, Hamburg, Germany
 announcement [0:21]
1. An Evening In Hamburg, Part I [18:39]
 announcement [0:26]
2. An Evening In Hamburg, Part II [37:55]
 announcement [1:10]
3. Blossoms Part I + II [56:33] (incomplete, fades at end)
 announcement [0:26]
[115:49]
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax, piano)
Joe Daley (tuba, baritone horn)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; confidential}

  • 79.06.01
    79.06.02
    79.06.03 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Battle / Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, CA [CODA August 1979 #168 p.32]
  • 79.06.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Holland, Daley, Battle / Probably the weekend of the 8th and 9th. / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [Billboard June 2, 1979 p.66]


79.06.12 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

June 12, 1979 / Olympia, WA
First Show:
1. improvisation [79:24]
 (tenor sax section—16:32, incomplete, cuts in)
 (dr solo—6:11)
 (p section—15:22)
 (b solo—10:47)
 (fl section—17:57)
 applause, announcement [1:48]
Second Show
 warming up [0:32]
2. improvisation [78:18]
 (soprano sax section, tuba solo at 19:05 in—24:18)
 (p section—15:02)
 (b solo—10:32, split track at 7:12)
 (fl section—5:50)
 (voc + flute section—7:43)
I need to comment ::: Around 9:00 into this section Rivers goes off with his multiphonics
 and is accompanied by a carnivalesque chorus of euphonium, slide-whistles, bird-calls,
 whistles, and kazoos that sounds like a Three-Ring Psychotic Duck Circus with the insane
 uncle of Tom Waits as the ring-master. The crowd laughs out loud, and I did too.
 (dr solo—7:17)
 (fl section—16:54)
 applause / band intro [1:10]
[158:14]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voc)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: 3CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.01}.

79.06.17 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

June 17, 1979 / Carver Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX
RivBea Archive / Reel 8A
 announcement; soundcheck [4:37]
1. improvisation [87:10]
 (ts section—23:41)
 (p section—15:37)
 (ss section—20:14)
 (fl-voc section—15:29)
 SR announcement; MC announcement [2:11]
2. encore [5:36] (incomplete, cuts out)
[97:31]
"3,600 ft. 10-inch reel at 7.5 ips, half-track. This was apparently the closing set of a jazz festival. I tracked the intro and tuning as one track. The music was continuous and ran over 80 minutes, and I had to make the flute section and the encore a second disc. The tape runs out before the encore is finished." —Joe Washek

Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21}

79.06.22 • Sam Rivers & The Studio RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]
The World of Sam Rivers, National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" [Aired 79.12.09 & 81.07.19]

June 22, 1979, 8:30 and 11:30pm / New Jazz at the Public Theatre, New York City
 radio announcement [0:09]
1. "...an excerpt from his orchestral suite." [28:58]
 band intro [0:56]
"Played one movement from a larger work by the leader... a march-like feel in the ensemble sections... alternating looser soloistic sections"

Sam Rivers (reeds, Composition)
Jimmy Vass, John Stubblefield, Lee Rozie, John Purcell, Hamiet Bluiett, Ron Bridgewater, Steve Coleman,
Bill Cody, James Ware, James Stewart (reeds)
Jack Walrath, Oliver Beamer, Frank Gordon, Ted Daniel (trumpet)
Ray Anderson, George Lewis, Charles Deffinitz, Richard Harper (trombone)
Vincent Chancey, John Clark, Greg Williams (french horn)
Abdul Wadud, Pat Dixon, Muneer Abdul Fatah (cello)
Joe Daley, Bob Stewart (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker, Warren Smith (percussion)

{Primary Source: CD-R; CODA August 1979 #168 p.34; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.06; Anonymous 06.01.01}

  • 79.06.23 - Sam Rivers & The Studio RivBea Orchestra: personnel as above / 8:30 and 11:30pm, New Jazz at the Public Theatre, New York City [New York Magazine June 25, 1979 p.28]
  • 79.06.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Studio RivBea Festival, Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, New York City [Robert Palmer New York Times June 25, 1979 Sec.3 p.14]
  • 79.07.00 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, New York City [Robert Palmer The New York Times June 28, 1978 p.18; Robert Palmer review The New York Times July 9, 1978 p.40]

79.07.05 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]
"Reel Live Music," WCBN-FM Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan

July 5, 1979 / Kent State University Jazz Festival, Kent, Ohio
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Don Pullen (piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Others?

{Primary Source: confidential} Not in my collection.

  • 79.07.13 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Daley, Holland, Battle / 6:30pm, North Sea Jazz Festival, Carrousel Zaal, Congresgebouw, Den Haag, Netherlands

79.07.13 (2) • Archie Shepp & Sam Rivers Double Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

July 13, 1979, 8:15 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Carrousel Zaal, Congresgebouw, Den Haag, Netherlands
1. improvisation [37:56]
"According to the searchable archive (concert schedules in PDF-Format), from the festival website (www.northseajazz.nl), the exact date would be July 13, 1979 (so not the 14th). The venue was called Carrousel Zaal, Congresgebouw, Den Haag (Carrousel Hall, Congress Center, The Hague). That evening, on 6:15 PM the Sam Rivers Quartet played in that hall, followed at 7:15 PM by the Archie Shepp Quartet. On 8:15 PM both groups were joined together on stage." —Sander Piek 07.02.08

Archie Shepp (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Siegfried Kessler (piano)
Dave Holland, Yon Takahashi (bass)
Clifford Jarvis, Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Franz Herzog 06.03.23; Billboard June 2, 1979 p.61}

  • 79.07.13 (3) - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Northsea Jazz Festival, Congress Center, Amsteradm, Netherlands [Billboard August 18, 1979 p.39]
  • 79.08.08 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / 1:00pm, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, New York City [New York Magazine August 13, 1979 p.25]
  • 79.08.20
    79.08.21
    79.08.22 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Dave Holland, Joe Daley, Thurman Barker / Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA ["in residence... to conduct workshops," CODA August 1979 #168 p.37]

79.08.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet with The Seattle Composers & Improvisers Orchestra [Audience Recording]

August 23, 1979 / Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA
1. unknown title [60:39] (split track at 46:35)
 applause, announcement [1:24]
2. unknown title [51:38] (music fades out and back in at 43:16)
[113:43]
Sam Rivers (reeds-1; tenor sax-2, piano-2, flute-2)
Joe Daley (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)
others unknown (track #1 only)

{Primary Source: Norbert Kreutzer 06.01.16; CODA August 1979 #168 p.37} Not in my collection.

  • 79.08.24 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Dave Holland, Joe Daley, Thurman Barker / Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA ["in residence... to conduct workshops," CODA August 1979 #168 p.37]

79.11.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Audio & Video]

November 6, 1979 / Teatro CIAK, Mailand, Italy
1. Evening Breeze [31:00]
 (tenor sax section—9:57, excerpt)
 (p section—8:29)
 (fl section—12:34, incomplete)
The Broadcast Video is a "Schlegge/Raitre" TV Broadcast, a tenor and piano excerpt of 15:45. —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass))
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Video}

  • 79.11.13 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Dave Holland, Joe Daley, Thurman Barker / al Cinema Teatro Ciack, Milano, Italy [Musica Jazz January 1979 p.20 concert reviews, Arrigo Polillo, on-line index]

79.11.15 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording & Video]

November 15, 1979 / Loft, München, Germany
1st Set:
1. improvisation [70:10]
 (tenor sax section—27:05)
 (dr solo—7:00)
 (p section—11:45)
 (b solo—8:05)
 (fl + voc section—16:15, incomplete)
 (2nd Set:
2. improvisation [76:30]
 (soprano sax section—24:30)
 (b solo—14:10)
 (p section—16:55)
 (dr solo—5:55)
 (fl + voc section—15:00)
[148:17]
Video is of 1st Set at 59:36.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano, soprano sax, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Thurman Barker (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; DVD}

79.11.20 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

November 20, 1979 / Turin, Italy
1. unknown title [32:22]
2. unknown title [40:41]
3. unknown title [22:12] (incomplete)
[94:16]
 My copy truncated at 89:43
Sam Rivers (Conductor, reeds, flute, piano)
Chico Freeman, Steve Coleman, Hamiet Bluiett, Duane Armstrong (reeds)
Malachi Thompson, Jack Walrath, Oliver Beamer (trumpet)
Malachi Thompson (crnt)
Charles Stevens, Craig Harris (trombone)
Richard Ancell or Pincell (name uncertain) (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; inconstantsol.blogspot.com/; Patrick Clare 13.04.04}

  • 1979:

    Thurman Barker: ...after the Waves record, we went on tour. Contrasts was also done while we were on tour...
    [Barker, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, November 18, 1985, www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php?read=panken13]
    ———


79.12.00 • Sam Rivers: Contrasts {1}

ECM 1-1162 (LP) 1980; ECM 1162 (LP) GER 1980; ECM PAP-9227 (LP) JAP
  • Various Artists: ECM Sampler 7 {2}
    ECM PRO-E-895 (LP) 1980
    [This was a promo item, not available for retail.]
  • The Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Contemporary Currents {3}
    Franklin Mint Record Society / Jazz 097A, 098A, 099A, 100A (4LP) 1986
    (The Rivers track is on 098A)
December, 1979 / Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany
1. Circles [4:10] {1}
2. Zip [4:42] {1,2}
3. Solace [6:54] {1}
4. Verve [7:09] {1}
5. Dazzle [9:12] {1}
6. Images [3:48] {1,3}
7. Lines [7:15] {1}
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2,5; soprano sax-1,3,6,7; flute-4,6, Compositions)
George Lewis (trombone)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums, marimba)

{Primary Source: ECM 1-1162; ECM PRO-E-895; Franklin Mint Jazz 098A ; other issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3989].}



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1970's

1980's

1990's

The 21st Century...


  • 80.02.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Steve Ellington / 9:00pm, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX [Patrick Clare 08.11.05]

    Ticket!

    A ticket to the event...

    Courtesy Patrick Clare

80.02.16 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]

February 16, 1980 / Albuquerue, NM
RivBea Archive / Reel 40
1. improvisation [44:24]
 (tenor sax section—20:14)
 (dr solo—5:41)
 (flute-voc section—11:23)
 (b solo—5:01)
 (flute-voc section—2:04)
 announcement [1:13] (and applause from a very large and enthusiastic crowd)
A ½ track recording at 7.5 ips, 10.5" reel. "#40" written on box and circled, "Sam Rivers Trio Reel II 2/16/1980 Albuquerue, NM." It was spliced about half way through and the splice was broken. —Joe Washek, June 2008

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, voice)
Dave Holland (bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Reel 40} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

80.02.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

February, 1980 / Gluepot Tavern, Auckland, New Zealand
1. improvisation [71:40] (incomplete, fades in)
 (tenor sax section—15:35)
 (b solo—8:35)
 (electric piano section—14:50)
 (dr solo—7:40)
 (ce solo—6:00)
 (flute-voc section—18:45)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, electric piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 80.02-03.00 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Ellington / Praxis Jazz Festival, Athens, Greece "mid-February to mid-March..." [CODA #190 June 1983 p.33]
  • 80.03.21-23 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Ellington / "Urban Jazz in the Ballroom,"Wiener Jazz Frühling, Germany [www.lps.at/festivals/wrjazz.html]

80.03.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

March 22, 1980 / Jazzclub Schlachthof-Geststätte, Karlsruhe, Germany
1. improvisation [66:45]
 (tenor sax section)
 (dr solo)
 (soprano sax section)
 (b solo)
 (flute-voice)
2. improvisation [28:31]
 (soprano sax section)
 (b solo)
 (tenor sax section)
[96:18]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, ce)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

80.03.28 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

March 28, 1980 / Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany
1. improvisation [35:14] (incomplete, faes in, cuts out)
 (tenor sax section)
 (dr solo)
 (p section)
[35:14]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano, voc)
Dave Holland (bass, ce)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

80.04.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 1, 1980 / Basel, Switzerland
1st Set:
1. improvisation
 (tenor sax section—18:25)
 (dr solo—4:40)
 (p section—13:20)
 (b solo—7:50)
 (fl section—17:00)
 (2nd Set:
2. improvisation
 (soprano sax section—13:35)
 (ce solo—9:05)
 (p section—5:15)
 (dr solo—7:25)
 (fl section—21:05)
3. (encore) p section [13:30]
[132:47]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano, flute, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

  • 80.04.00 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Ellington / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA / "[beginning] in April... Spring 1980" [CODA August 1980 #174 p.34]

80.04.11 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

April 11, 1980 / Public Theatre, New York City
1. improvisation [87:00]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: Jan Ström 11.01.11; CODA #173 June 1980 p.34} Not in my collection.

80.04.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

April 12, 1980 / Public Theatre, New York City
1. unknown title [22:42]
 announcement [0:51]
Most tape copies (but not mine) are followed by:
Title / faded-in [17:56]; Title [07:10]
"[These additional titles]...misinterpreted as Sam Rivers Orchestra but in my opinion is additional material from..." George Russell Orchestra, NYC 78.05.08 at Village Vanguard. —Norbert Kreutzer 05.12.26

Sam Rivers (reeds, flute)
Chico Freeman, John Purcell, Marty Ehrlich, Bobby Eldridge (reeds)
Oliver Beamer, Malachi Thompson, Stanton Davis (trumpet)
Charles Stevens, Craig Harris (trombone)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Dave Holland (bass)
Freddie Waits (drums)

"...one of the first jazz concerts that I attended." —George Scala correspondence 03.10.26

{Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 05.12.26}

  • 80.05.06
    80.05.07
    80.05.08
    80.05.09
    80.05.10 - Sam Rivers (no personnel details) / 9:30 and 11:30pm + 1:15am Fri. and Sat., Fat Tuesday's, New York City [New York Magazine May 12, 1980 p.117]
  • 80.05.17 - Sam Rivers Solo / On a triple bill with Jaki Byard (Solo) and Muhal Richard Abrams Trio / New Jazz Benefit Concert Series, Public Theatre, NYC [Flyer from Patrick Clare archive; CODA #173 June 1980 p.34 has this as April 17.]

80.05.24 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Audience Recording]

May 24, 1980, 9:00 and 11:00pm / DC Space, Washington, DC
1st Show:
1. Improvisation [58:31] (split track)
2nd Show:
1. Improvisation [66:38] (split track)
[125:09]
This Session is also circulating mis-dated as 78.06.24.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)

{Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 10.10.12; 2CD-R; CODA October 1978 #163 p.28; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05} My copy is only [119:52]

  • 80.06.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Steve Ellington / The Showbox, Seattle, WA [Patrick Clare 12.01.26; show flyer]
  • 80.06.10
    80.10-11
    80.10-12
    80.10-13
    80.10-14
    80.10-15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Dave Holland, Steve Ellington / Fat Tuesdays, NYC / "Tuesday through Sunday, I went Friday and Sunday." —Patrick Clare 09.11.18

80.06.28 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [Soundboard Recording]

June 28, 1980 / Pisa, Italy
1. improvisation [52:40]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano, soprano sax, flute)
Dave Holland (bass)

{Primary Source: CD-R; CODA #175 October 1 1980 p. 37}

  • 80.08.11-14 - Carman Moore with Sam Rivers, others... / Democratic National Convention, Madison Square Garden, New York City [Billboard August 30, 1980 p.94]



80.10.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]

October 2, 1980 / The Cellar, Brisbane, Australia
RivBea Archive / Reel 36
 introduction [0:18]
1. improvisation [44:14]
 (tenor sax section—9:58)
 (b solo—8:47)
 (electric piano section—12:49)
 (d solo—7:02)
 (soprano sax section—5:19, incomplete, cuts out)
A 10.5" reel, "#36" written on box and circled, "Sam Rivers 2 Oct 2 80 [?] Brisbane The Cellar Compliments," and a man's name and address, also written on box. —Joe Washek, June 2008

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, electric piano, soprano sax)
Dave Holland (bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Reel 36} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

80.10.00 • Sam Rivers [Audience Recording / Interview]

October, 1980 / Stockholm, Sweden
1. Interview segment [7:10]
Sam Rivers / Interview given in conjunction with a session or tour by Rivers, Dave Holland, and Steve Ellington.

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 80.10.29-11.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Holland, Ellington / Paris Jazz Festival, at the Dreher, Paris, France [CODA February 1981 #177 p.36]

80.11.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

November 3, 1980 / Athens, Greece
1. improvisation [121:23]
 (tenor sax section—15:37)
 (b solo—8:05)
 (p section—11:20)
 (dr solo—7:20)
 (soprano sax section—10:25)
 (ce solo—8:20)
 (fl + voc section—16:00)
 (soprano sax section—13:40)
 (dr solo—7:05)
 (dr section—4:10)
 (b solo—7:45)
 (fl section—4:15)
 applause [1:10]
 (fl section / encore—6:35)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

  • 80.11.15 - Sam Rivers' Studio RivBea Ensemble / Hopkins Center, Dartmouth, NH [CODA #176 December 1, 1980 p.38]

80.11.16 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

November 16, 1980 / Club Fashing, Stockholm, Sweden
1. unknown titles [60:00]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Dave Holland (bass, cello)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: Jan Ström 11.01.11} Not in my collection.

80.11.27 • Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording]

November 27, 1980 / Caveau Des Trinitaires, Metz, France
RivBea Archive / Tapes 27 and 30
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"...10-inch reels in an Agfa-Gevaert box. On the back of the box [Tape #30] is written, Enregistrement Stereo 2 Pistes Vitesse 38 cm/s Sam Rivers Caveau Des Trinitaires Metz 27 Nov 1980 Fin De La 1 Partie Partie’; [Tape #27] Enregistrement Stereo 2 Pistes Vitesse 38 cm/s Sam Rivers Caveau Des Trinitaires Metz 27 Nov 1980 Debut 2 Partie’.

[Registration Stereo 2-Track Speed 38 cms, Sam Rivers, Tomb of Trinitarians, Metz]

There are no other notations on the box. Unfortunately, the tape is not wound on a standard reel but is instead wound around steel disc. Apparently, the steel disc is designed to be clipped into a specially made reel which I do not have. The tape is already starting to come off the disc and it would be a very difficult and time-consuming job to transfer it manually to a standard reel. Also the chances of manually winding 2,400 feet of tape without reversing it or breaking it are slim. Unless I can find a clip-in reel, the tape cannot be played (at least by me)." —Joe Washek

Sam Rivers (reeds)
No personnel details, though probably the Trio with Holland and Ellington

{Primary Source: Joe Washek 10.10.21} Not in my collection.

  • 80.12.01-19 - Sam Rivers ("Resource Staff" with George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Edward Blackwell, others; Artistic Director Karl Berger / The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada "The Winter Cycle 1980-81 Advanced Studies in Improvisational..." [Advertisement, CODA August 1980 #174 p.37]

  • [0riginally 81.12.00] - Karl Berger: Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, others... / "[my] involvement here at Banff started in 1981. I came here with a pilot program that actually became the Creative Music Studio... [Berger] ...put together a collection of people... and we came up here and did about ten days around Christmas time." —Dave Holland interview w/ Bill Smith [CODA #229 December 1989 p.6]

    "I'm sure you got Dave's quote right, but what he said is wrong. Yes, Dave was at the pilot program in Banff, but that was in 1980, not '81. He actually was referring to another entry on your webpage..." (80.12.01-19) "I know this, because I was one of the people Karl Berger brought to the program. And technically, this was not part of Creative Music Studios (although many of the people there were from CMS, myself included). CMS was founded in the early '70s and was located near Woodstock, NY; and I have no idea what Dave meant by saying the Banff pilot project actually became the Creative Music Studio.’" —Bob Selcoe 04.06.29

  • 80.12.27-01.04 - "Creative Music Studio... The 1980/1981 New Year's Intensive with Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, and special guests" [CODA #176 December 1, 1980 p.34] "...that concert with Sam, Dave, and Barry did take place at Creative Music Studios sometime during the New Years' Intensive within a couple days of New Years, 1981—(you do have an entry for the Intensive, but no concert is mentioned). Maybe it was a trio, not a quartet—I'm not 100 percent sure." —Bob Selcoe 05.08.18

81.01.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

January 1, 1981 / Woodstock, New York
1. improvisation [15:00]
"For the New Years' concerts at Karl Berger's Creative Music Studio, Dave Holland also played with Lee Konitz, and was very ill afterwards. He had a tooth infection that traveled into his heart and required life-threatening open-heart surgery and put his career temporary on hold." —Patrick Clare

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Barry Altschul (drums)

{Primary Source: info from Ed Hazell; Patrick Clare 09.11.24} Not in my collection.

81.01.06 • Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording]

January 6, 1981 / Zelda Bloomdido's, Northampton, MA
RivBea Archive / Reel 35
 unknown titles [ : ]
10.5" reel "#35" written on box, "Bloomdido Set 1/1 01 06 81 DBX 155 7.5 ips Quadrophonic 4 tracks," and an illegible name also written on box. Apparently a quadrophonic recording using DBX noise reduction. —Joe Washek June 2008

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Barry Altschul (percussion)

{Primary Source: Joseph Washek June 2008, Reel 35} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

  • "...in 1976, ...[Holland] devoted his time exclusively to the Rivers band: a decision related... to the pull of free improvisation. 'Sam's thing was wide open, we never played a note of music that was written in the small group. Sam used to say, play all the music, play vamps, play free, play everything. I said, well, this is the finishing school for me.' The finishing school finished in 1981." [WIRE #50 April 1988 p.49, Dave Holland feature]
  • "Rivers, Holland, and Steve Ellington will be touring mid-Western Universities in February..." [CODA #176 December 1, 1980 p.38]

    This tour apparently ended up as a quartet to-do with Bey on bass instead of Holland, who moved on at some point during the first two months of '81.
  • 81.02.08 (?) - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo / Children's Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN [Down Beat January 1981 p.70]

    Possibly a day-time concert, possibly cancelled. Holland left Rivers around this time, and RivBea Archives has Rivers in Minneapolis, but with the new quartet noted below. —Rick Lopez

81.02.08 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

February 8, 1981 / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
 RivBea Archive / Tape Reels 44 and 47:
 crowd noise [0:49]
1. improvisation [79:56] (SR announcement over vamp during final 3:50)
 crowd noise [0:38]
Reels are 10" Scotch 250 recorded at 7.5 ips ½ track...
Digitized, transferred to CDR, and edited to form one continuous performance. —Joe Washek, June 2008

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, flute and voice)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Skip "Crumby" Bey (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Reels 44/47} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

81.02.10 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

February 10, 1981 / Tut's, Chicago, IL
1. improvisation [92:43]
A shorter version is circulating at 73:18.
(tracks at 8:29; 11:25; 9:02; 10:1; (15 sec silence); 6:04; 19:51; 8:00)

"About the beginning of the various guitar bands in the 80s after the break-up of the great Holland/Altschul trio." —Fredito

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Skip "Crumby" Bey (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

"Occasional jazz one-nighters, recently including... Sam Rivers." [Down Beat April 1981 p.69; http://huppeshyalites.blogspot.com]

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}

  • 81.02.15 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Skip Crumby Bey (bass), Jerry Byrd (guitar), Steve Ellington (drums) / Gilly's, Dayton, OH [CODA #185 August 1982 p.4]
  • 81.02.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Skip Crumby Bey (bass), Jerry Byrd (guitar), Steve Ellington (drums) / Eclipse Jazz, University Club, Ann Arbor, MI [CODA #177 February 1981 p.32; Down Beat February 1981 p.72]
    *Both publications have this mistakenly announced as a trio with Holland and Ellington. —Rick Lopez

  • 81.02.24-28 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (reeds), Jerry Byrd (guitar), Skip Crumby Bey (bass), Steve Ellington (drums) / Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]
    Yardbird Suite has this quartet mistakenly listed with Holland on bass. —Rick Lopez

  • 81.03.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Skip Bey (bass), Jerry Byrd (guitar), Steve Ellington / Music Hall, San Francisco, CA [CODA #179 June 1981 p.35]
  • 81.03.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Skip Bey (bass), Jerry Byrd (guitar), Steve Ellington / University of California, San Francisco, CA [ibid]

81.03.13 • Sam Rivers Solo [Audience Recording]
WKCR-FM, Broadcast 07.05.22, "Sam Rivers Festival"

March 13, 1981 / DC Space, Washington, DC
1. improvisation [57:12]
 (soprano sax section—10:47)
 (tenor sax section—13:03)
 (piano section—13:29)
2. Wind Song [13:52]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute-2, piano, voice-2)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05}

81.04.04 • Sam Rivers: Crosscurrent

Blue Marge 1005 (LP) 1981 FR; DIW DIW-1055 (CD) JAP; Blue Marge 1005 (CD) 2009 FR
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]
April 4, 1981 / Live at Jazz Unité, Paris, France
Crosscurrent:
1. Swirl [3:51]
2. Crosscurrent [5:32]
3. Rapture [3:17]
4. Riptide [5:33]
5. Breeze [5:45]
6. Eddy [8:38]
7. Sunbeams [3:45]
8. Serenity [1:55]
RivBea Archive / Reels 32, 33, and 38
 (no track or time info available)



Blue Marge 1005 CD cover.


Two BASF reels "#33" and "#38" written on boxes. "Sam Rivers 4-4-81 # I" written on one, and same notation with "#2" written on the other. #2 has additional notation "Banded." These are both 1" wide tapes, apparently multitrack. —Joe Washek, June 2008

"[Tape 32] is a 10-inch reel in a BASF box. The tape is 1-inch wide and is probably multitrack. On The back of the box is written, SAM 4/4/81 V [Roman numeral 5]’. There are no other notations on the box. I do not have multi track equipment to play this tape." —Joe Washek, September, 2010

DIW reference from Tom Lord Jazz Discography R3990: I find no other evidence that the DIW re-issue exists. —RL

Sam Rivers (piano, flute, soprano sax, tenor sax, Compositions)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: Blue Marge 1005; Joel Washek 10.10.21}

81.05.17 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

May 17, 1981 / Florence, Italy
1. improvisation [139:21]
Recording is also circulating incorrectly dated as 81.03.17.

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

  • 81.06.10 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Jerry Byrd (guitar), Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass), Steve Ellington (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 81.07.00 "mid July" - Sam Rivers (no personnel) / World Stage Cafe, Detroit Jazz Center, Detroit, MI [Cadence June 1981 p.63]

81.08.28 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

August 28, 1981 / 20:00, Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland
1. An Evening in Willisau [19:50] (incomplete, excerpt)
Following Barry Altschul Trio Brahma.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; OREOS Collection Jazz - Niklaus Troxler Jazz Posters p.119}

  • 81.09.00 - Sam Rivers: (no personell details) / Jazz Unite Club, Paris, France [CODA October 1981 #180 p.38]

81.09.04 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

September 4, 1981 / Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Austria
1. unknown titles [71:34] (continuous performance, split track at 30:00-ish and at 45:15)
"...a smoking show. As they say, never a dull minute." —Stefan Hautke

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)

{Primary Source: Franz Herzog 06.03.23; Stefan Hautke 07.09.01}

  • 81.10.00 - Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra: Marvin Horne (guitar), Eddie Gomez (bass), others... / Benefit for Dave Holland, Mike Morganelli's Loft, NYC / "I was unable to attend, but a close friend was able to go." —Patrick Clare 09.11.24

81.12.18 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience & Broadcast Recordings]
WBGO-FM

December 18, 1981, 10:00pm / New Jazz at the Public Theatre, New York City
Audience Recording:
1. improvisation [46:26]
Broadcast Recording:
 announcement [0:32]
1. improvisation [57:56] (split track at 48:42)
 announcement [0:37]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano)
Marvin Horne (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Newman Baker (drums)

Some recordings and on-line sources incorrectly note Skip "Crumby" Bey on bass, Jerry Byrd on guitar, and Steve Ellington on drums.

"I was at this one, and it was also broadcast at a later date on WBGO-FM. The guitar player was Marvin Horne... [The Broadcast] starts with the WBGO DJ giving the line up as: Sam Rivers, Marvin Horne, Rael Grant, Newman Baker..." —Patrick Clare

{Primary Source: Audience and Broadcast CD-Rs; Patrick Clare 09.11.24; New York Magazine December 21, 1981 p.98}

  • 81.12.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Marvin Horne (guitar), Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass), Newman Baker (drums) / 10:00pm, New Jazz at the Public Theatre, New York City [New York Magazine December 21, 1981 p.98]
  • Incorrect session detail ::: 81.12.00 - Karl Berger: Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, others... / "[my] involvement here at Banff started in 1981... —Dave Holland interview w/ Bill Smith [CODA #229 December 1989 p.6]
    See corrected entry 80.12.01-19.

  • 82.01.01 & 01.03 or 01.15 & 17 ("Early to mid-January") - Sam Rivers Tuba Trio: Joe Daley (baritone horn, tuba), Newman Baker (drums) / Gullivers, West Paterson, NJ / "They played two nights: Friday and Sunday... I asked Sam how Dave Holland was doing, and he said he was getting better. Sam also said that he was auditioning guitar players. (Sam was living in Teaneck, NJ at this time, which was less than a half-hour car ride to West Paterson.)" [Patrick Clare 09.11.18]
  • 82.01.07-09 (festival duration) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Jazzfestival, Stadthalle, Hofheim, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.11 p.33, 1982]

82.02.05 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]
SWF Jazz Session

February 5, 1982 / Theater am Ring, Villingen, Germany
 intro, Joachim Ernst Berendt [1:48]
1. An Evening in Villingen [57:14]
 (tenor sax section—13:58)
 (b solo—6:47)
 (soprano sax section—12:13)
 (dr solo—3:56)
 (p section—13:00, split track at 44:18)
 (g solo—5:22)
 (fl section—2:07, incomplete, fades out, announcement over last 0:24)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, piano)
Kevin Eubanks (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Newman Baker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}

82.02.06 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

February 6, 1982 / Club Ranch, Saalfelden, Austria
1st Set:
1. improvisation [62:11] (split track at 46:24)
2. improvisation [22:52]
3. encore, intermission [2:18]
2nd Set:
4. improvisation [81:34] (split track at 4:57 and 51:16)
5. encore [16:14] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
[185:09]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, piano)
Kevin Eubanks (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Newman Baker (drums)

{Primary Source: 3CD-R; Franz Herzog 06.03.23}

  • 82.02.07 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Bazillus, Zürich, Switzerland [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.02.08 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Amerikahaus, München, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.02.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Kulturforum, Bonn, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.02.13 - "The New" Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / JazzClub Luxembourg, France [www.jazzclub.lu/historique_concerts81-82_FR.htm]
  • 82.02.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Marvin Horne * (guitar), Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass), Steve Ellington (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
    * Not sure why the difference in personnel, but Horne is listed at the Bimhuis archive instead of Eubanks... Was anyone present? —RL

82.02.21 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Soundboard Recording]

February 21, 1982 / Florence, Italy

Incorrect date, or venue, on this circulating recording. Quartet is in the Netherlands this day and the day before. —RL
1. unknown title [28:41] (incomplete, fades out)
1. unknown title [4:33] (incomplete, fades in, cuts out)
1. unknown titles [13:50] (incomplete, cuts in, fades out)
1. unknown titles [11:15] (incomplete, fades in, fades out)
[57:28]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3, flute-2, soprano sax-4)
Jerry Byrd (guitar)
Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
Steve Ellington (drums)
(It's possible that Marvin Horne or Kevin Eubanks is on this date playing guitar instead of Byrd.)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 82.02.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Den Haag, Netherlands [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.03.08 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Amerikahaus, München, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.51, 1982]
  • 82.03.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Schweizerbund, Bern, Switzerland [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.41, 1982]
  • 82.03.18 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.46, 1982]
  • 82.03.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.46, 1982]
  • 82.03.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Eubanks, Wesley-Grant, Baker / Jazz Studio, Nürnberg, Germany (these sessions usually were broadcasted, but I don't have a tape of this ... ) [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.51, 1982]
  • 82.03.06 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (sax, flute, piano), Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Real-Wesley Grant (bass), Newman Baker (drums) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]

82.05.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

May 5, 1982 / Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA
(In correspondence in December '06, Rivers had no recollection of ever playing this venue in Orleans.)
1st Set:
1. improvisation [53:53] (incomplete set)
 (tenor sax section—6:38, incomplete, fades in)
 (dr solo—2:55)
 (soprano sax section—10:07)
 (b solo—3:12)
 (fl section—17:48)
 announcement [1:05]
2nd Set: (incomplete ?)
2. improvisation [8:52]
 (duo—1:54, bass and what sounds like a baritone sax, but not Rivers)
 (fl section—6:03)
3. encore [3:28] (rhythm vamp without Rivers)
 announcement [0:15]
[66:33]
Announcement at end of 1st Set says that they'll be back for "a medium-length set."

A partial recording is also in circulation at 41:40. It's missing the first 13:31 of the 1st Set, and the entire 2nd Set.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax)
John Vidacovich (drums)
unknown (bass, cello) Announcement has an indistinguishable "David ...Moblette"??? on bass, introduced as a "special guest."
Steve Masakowski (electric guitar-2)
Herlin Riley (drums-2)
unknown (steel pans-3)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 82.05.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: probably with Vidacovich and unknown bass player from 82.05.05 / "tomorrow at the fairgrounds, in the tent," New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA [From 1st Set announcement on 82.05.05 Audience Recording]

82.06.06 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience & Broadcast Recordings]
WKCR-FM Broadcast of an Audience Recording, Sam Rivers Festival, 07.05.22

June 6, 1982 / Baird Auditorium, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Broadcast Recording:
1. Evocation [21:12]
2. Piece for Flutes [24:14)
 broadcast announcement [1:04]
[46:30]
Audience Recording:
 announcement [1:37]
1. Evocation [22:04]
2. Piece For Flutes [25:06]
3. unknown title [21:45]
4. unknown title [16:46]
[87:35]
"Smithsonian Institution's 10th Anniversary Concert Series. ...12-piece big band. What a Spring this has been... Smithsonian Institution celebrated their tenth year of excellent jazz concerts... Sunday evening." —CODA #185]

"Performance commentary and interviews with 16 jazz greats will be part of a four-program videotape series being prepared for the 10th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institute's Performing Arts program." —Billboard October 10, 1981 p.68

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, compositions)
Chico Freeman, Bobby Watson (reeds, flute)
unidentified, perhaps Patience Higgins? (bar)
Jack Walrath, Ken Rogers, Jack Walrath, Wallace Roney (trumpet)
Vincent Chauncey (french horn)
Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, Doug Purviance (trombone)
Anthony Cox (bass) listed as "Hopps"
Cindy Blackman (drums)

{Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 10.10.12; WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31; CODA #185 August 1982 p.29; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05; CODA #182 February 1982 pp.36-7} Not in my collection.

82.06.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]

June 12, 1982 / Bundesakademie, Trossingen, Germany
1. Evocation Suite, part 4 [17:50]
2. Evocation Suite, part 2 [11:13]
3. Roses (from "Flower Suite") [20:10]
4. Evocation Suite, part 3 [22:38]
[80:50]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, compositions)
Carlos Ward (tenor sax, flute)
Bernd Konrad (tenor sax, alto sax)
Patience Higgins (bar, flute)
Jack Walrath, Oliver Beener (trumpet)
Vincent Chauncey (french horn)
Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, Doug Purviance (trombone)
Anthony Cox (bass)
Eli Fountain (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

82.06.13 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Jazzbühne Berlin '82, Vol.10 {1}
*UNAUTHORIZED*

Repertoire Records RR 4910-CC (CD) 1990 GER; PRECD4910-CC (CD); 33WD-1015 (CD) JAP
  • Various Artists: Jazz Highlights Live in Berlin {2}
    Amiga Records Amiga 8 56 468 (LP) 1989 GER


    [Disc includes tracks by Art Farmer Quintet;
    Thad Jones and Radio Big Band Berlin;
    Chris Barber; and Family of Percussion.
    Sessions between 1981 and 1986.]


June 13, 1982 / Rundfunk der DDR, Live at Volksbühne, East Berlin, Germany
1. Evocation Suite, part 4 [19:35] {1}
2. Evocation Suite, part 3 [23:10] {1}
3. Roses (from "Flower Suite") [12:59] {1,2 *}
4. Evocation Suite, part 2 [10:23] {1}
* The Amiga LP has an excerpt of this track at 9:17.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)
Jack Walrath, Oliver Beener (trumpet)
Vincent Chauncey (french horn)
Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, Doug Purviance (trombone)
Anthony Cox (bass)
Eli Fountain (drums)

Note: Lord has the track sequence as Part 2, 3, 4, Roses.

{Primary Source: RR 4910-CC; random; alternate issue #s via Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R3991]}

82.08.26 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording]

August 26, 1982 / Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland
 soundcheck [2:50]
1. unknown title [23:10]
2. unknown title [17:40]
 announcement [1:47]
3. unknown title [15:12]
 announcement [4:12]
4. unknown title [6:05]
 announcement by Rivers [2:04]
[71:10]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
Marvin Blackman (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Talib Kibwe (soprano sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Chris Roberts (soprano sax, flute)
Steve Coleman, Bobby Watson (alto sax, flute)
Nat Dixon (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Bill Cody (tenor sax, oboe)
Eddie Alex (tenor sax, picollo)
Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25}

  • 82.08.30 or 08.31 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel info) / Greenwich Village Jazz Festival, NYC (probably opening day (08.30) if at all, considering he's in Germany on 09.01. —RL) [CODA #185 August 1982 p.36; Billboard July 17, 1982 p.74]

82.09.01 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]

September 1, 1982 / Nürnberg, East Berlin, Germany
1. unknown title [7:14]
2. unknown title [9:34] (incomplete, cuts at end)
3. unknown title [2:56]
4. unknown title [24:03] (incomplete, fades out at end)
5. unknown title [9:31]
 Rivers' announcement [0:48]
[54:24]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)
Jack Walrath, Oliver Beener (trumpet)
Vincent Chauncey (french horn)
Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, Doug Purviance (trombone)
Anthony Cox (bass)
Eli Fountain (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

82.09.05 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Soundboard Recording]

September 5, 1982 / Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Saalfelden, Austria
1. unknown title [5:14]
2. unknown title [13:34]
3. unknown title [12:39]
4. unknown title [11:59]
5. unknown title [12:31]
 intro by Rivers [0:40]
6. unknown title [21:21]
7. unknown title [11:27]
8. unknown title [6:51]
[96:16]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
Marvin Blackman (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Talib Kibwe (soprano sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Chris Roberts (soprano sax, flute)
Steve Coleman, Bobby Watson (alto sax, flute)
Nat Dixon (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Bill Cody (tenor sax, oboe)
Eddie Alex (tenor sax, picollo)
Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; track detailing Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}

82.09.13 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan: Colours

Black Saint BSR 0064 (LP) IT; BSR 0064 120 064-2 (CD) IT

September 13, 1982 / Cine Music Studio, Milano, Italy
1. Lilacs [5:44]
2. Colours [5:01]
3. Spiral [8:36]
4. Matrix [7:53]
5. Revival [1:58]
6. Blossoms [11:24]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
Marvin Blackman (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Talib Kibwe (soprano sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Chris Roberts (soprano sax, flute)
Steve Coleman, Bobby Watson (alto sax, flute)
Nat Dixon (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Bill Cody (tenor sax, oboe)
Eddie Alex (tenor sax, picollo)
Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)

Liner Notes by Lee Jeske from this release.

{Primary Source: BSR 0064 120 064-2}

82.09.16 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Audience Recording]

September 16, 1982 / Freie Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
unknown titles [73:00]
"Tape exists, about 73 minutes"

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
Marvin Blackman (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Talib Kibwe (soprano sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Chris Roberts (soprano sax, flute)
Steve Coleman, Bobby Watson (alto sax, flute)
Nat Dixon (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Bill Cody (tenor sax, oboe)
Eddie Alex (tenor sax, picollo)
Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)

{Primary Source: Bettina Bogumil 04.05.05} Not in my collection.

  • 82.09.18 - Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan: Rivers, Steve Coleman, Bill Cody (archive says "Coby"), Rene McLean, Patience Higgins, Marvin Blackman, Nat Dixon, Kenny Garrett, Jimmy Cozier, Bobby Watson, Eddie Alex (reeds) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 82.09.19 - Tuba Spectacular II: A New Work by Sam Rivers: Bob Stewart, Howard Johnson, Joe Daley, Dave Bergeron, and Ray Draper (tuba), Bill Paxton and Alan Givens (tenor sax), Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Stanton Davis and Lew Soloff (trumpets), Don Pate (bass), Charles Persip (drums) / Conducted by Sam Rivers, the program includes pieces by Gershwin, Monk, Parker, and Hendrix conducted and arranged by Gil Evans / 7:00pm, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, New York City [Jon Pareles The New York Times September 17, 1982]
    Not sure if Rivers was actually present for this... —RL
  • 82.10.01 - Publication date of Issue #186 of CODA Magazine, where, on page 39, the following classified ad appears: "SAM RIVERS / RivBea Productions, 1276 Lorraine Avenue, Teaneck, N.J. 07666. Telephone (201) 837-5175." ...We should all make the pilgrimage, sit on the front stoop, and get the neighbors wondering what's going on. —RL
  • 82.10.09 - Sam Rivers Solo (sax, flute) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]

82.10.14 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

October 14, 1982 / Willi's Rumpelkammer, Wien, Austria
 announcement [0:34]
1. Evening Breeze in Wien Part 1 [52:58] (split track at 47:00)
 announcement [0:30]
2. Evening Breeze in Wien Part 2 [15:02]
 announcement [1:04]
3. Soft Winds Part 1 [77:21] (incomplete, cuts in at beginning, split track at 42:43)
 announcement [0:58]
[149:30]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Alain Chinape (guitar)
Santi DeBriano (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; venue info ("a long extinct jazz club") via Wolfgang Kraus}

    "...The article about [Poland-tour] you can find in JAZZ FORUM Polish Edition nr 79 (6/1982), pages 14/15 with a photo from the Aquarium gig. I saw the Riviera concert in Warsaw." —correspondence 02.12.14 Sergiusz Lipnicki, editor, journalist and (Pharoah Sanders discographer.
  • 82.10.17 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Jay Oliver, Steve McCraven, Alain Ginape / Warszawa, Aquarium Club [as above]
  • 82.10.18 October - Sam Rivers Quartet: Jay Oliver, Steve McCraven, Alain Ginape / Wroclaw, unknown venue [ibid]
  • 82.10.19 October - Sam Rivers Quartet: Jay Oliver, Steve McCraven, Alain Ginape / Kraków, unknown venue [ibid]
  • 82.10.20 October - Sam Rivers Quartet: Jay Oliver, Steve McCraven, Alain Ginape / Warszawa, Riviera Club [ibid]

82.11.14 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

November 14, 1982 / Musikhochschule, Köln, Germany
1. improvisation [75:57] (incomplete set)
 (soprano sax section—16:02)
 (tenor sax section—15:40)
 (p section—20:51, split track at 12:33)
 (fl & voc section with Band intro—15:17)
 (fl section with Band intro—8:05)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, piano, voice)
Joe White (guitar)
Kevin Harris (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

{Primary Source: Norbert Kreutzer 05.10.31} Not in my collection.

  • 82.11.19-21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano, voice), Billy White (guitarra), Kevin Harris (bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / III Festival Internacional de Jazz de Sevilla, University of Seville, Caja San Fernando, Seville, Spain Radio Cadena-La Voz del Guadalquivir (Radio 16) / Probably broadcast, but I have no proof. —RL [www.actidea.com/actidea_100/exp_enlace3.htm]

82.12.03
82.12.04 • Steve McCraven Quartet Featuring Sam Rivers: Intertwining Spirits

Freelance FRL 005 (LP) 1983 FR

December 3 & 4, 1982 / Ramses Studio, Paris, France
1. Intertwining Spirits (McCraven) [5:20]
2. Urges (McCraven/B. Ross) [3:37]
3. Love, Dance, Freedom, Trance (Kibwe) [5:19]
4. Pigalle sale (McCraven) [4:45]
5. Jack the Riffer (Kibwe) [4:41]
6. Care de l'Est Orient Express (McCraven/Kibwe/Zsigmondi) [2:14]
7. Silhouette of Eric (Kibwe) [4:58]
8. Chocolate (McCraven) [5:40]
Stephen McCraven (drums, perc, conch shell)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano)
Talib Qadir Kibwe (alto sax, flute, sanza)
Steve Neil (bass)
Agnes Zsigmondi (Hungarian flute-6)

{Primary Source: FRL 005}

  • 82.12.18
    82.12.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Marvin Horne (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Newman Baker (drums) / New Jazz at New York Public Theatre, New York City [CODA #182 February 1, 1980 pp.33-4]

    "a Rivers gig from the Public Theater ca. 81-82, with Marvin Horne, Rael Wesley Grant and Newman Baker. originally broadcast on WBGO. Horne spent almost a year with this group. Also, around the same time Rivers used Dave Moreno on guitar, for gigs both in the states and Europe." [anonymous correspondence] Any confirmation on these names? I know of no sessions with Mareno; I have Horne 82.12.18-19 —RL


83.01.25 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

January 25, 1983 / Manchester, UK
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano, soprano sax, flute)
Santi DeBriano (bass)
Steven McCraven (drums)

{Primary Source: WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31}

  • 83.01.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Debriano, McCraven / Jazzkeller Jazzforum Mödling, B&uunl;hne Mayer Theatre, Mödling, Austria [www.jazzforum.eu/jazzforum_chronologie.php]

83.02.00 • Peter Sonntag Quartet featuring Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]
WDR Studio Production

February (?), 1983 / Koln, Germany
 radio announcement [0:49]
1. Upfast [10:14]
2. Binary Bop [13:38]
3. You Really Got Me [7:50]
 radio announcement [0:18]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
Axel Petry (tenor sax, bass clarinet, alto sax)
Peter Sonntag (bass, Compositions)
Jurgen Dahmen (drums)

{Primary Source: Norbert Kreutzer 06.04.13}

  • 83.02.04 - Sam Rivers + Axel Petry Quintet: Rivers (reeds), Axel Petry (reeds), Georg Gristoff (g, melodica), Jochen Schmidt (vibes, marimba), Peter Sonntag (bass), Jürgen Dahmen (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 83.00.00 - Sam Rivers Trio: (no personnel details) / Salt Peanuts Club, Florence, Italy [Cadence Vol.9 No.5 May 1983 p.92]
  • 83.02.22 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo / Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università di Padova Presents... / Teatro Pio X, Padova, Italy / "No archival recording was made." [Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.02]

83.02.24 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

February 24, 1983 / Milan, Italy
1. unknown title [24:13] (incomplete, fades in at beginning)
2. unknown title [27:53]
3. unknown title [27:17] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, p, soprano sax-2,3, flute-2,3)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; personnel details via Paul Bastien 03.09.11}

83.04.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Video]
LIVE Broadcast of Jazz On Four: 4 Up 2 Down, BBC Channel 4

April 2, 1983 / Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK
1. unknown titles & interview segments [41:38]
"While clearing out my videos I came across a Sam Ram Rivers Trio broadcast from the Band On the Wall club in Manchester UK. This was broadcast mid 80's... on Channel Four. Sam plays tenor, flute, and piano. The set is interspersed with interviews with Sam." —Andrew Wilson

"I was interested to hear about your tapes. I set up these gigs and remember them well. Sam Rivers Trio did two dates... I shall try to find out the dates, but it might take a little while (hunting through old files!). I suspect the year might be 1984 but am not sure." —Ian Croal (Band on the Wall) correspondence to Andrew Wilson 03.05.13

This was a one-hour program shared with the Stan Tracey Sextet.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano)
Santi DeBriano (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

{Primary Source: Videotape; CD-R; Andrew "Andy" Wilson 03.05.15; ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/636069?view=synopsis}

  • 83.04.08-09 or 04.15-16 "Mid-April" - Sam Rivers Quartet: Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano, voice), Kevin Eubanks (electric guitar), Rael Wessley-Grant (bass), Newman Baker (drums) / Gullivers, West Paterson, NJ / "Friday and Saturday night... They were in top form, I wish I had been able to record this." [Patrick Clare 09.11.18]
  • 83.04.22 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Sam Rivers (reeds), others / "Meet the Moderns concert," Cooper Union, New York City

    "Lukas Foss conducts the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with composers/performers Ron Carter, Anthony Davis, Leroy Jenkins, Oliver Lake, Carman Moore, Paul Schonfield; alto flutist James Newton, saxophonist Sam Rivers, cellist Abdul Wadud..." —New York Magazine April 25, 1983 p.131

    "...Foss conducted various subgroups of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and guest composer-soloists in pieces that mixed—or, more often, juxtaposed—composed and improvised music. ...Carman Moore's "Blue Cubes," theoretically an exploded blues, mostly made space for improvisation by members of an updated ragtime orchestra while occasionally interrupting the solos with full-group blasts. It was by no means bluesy, although the soprano saxophonist Sam Rivers nearly transformed it when given the chance." ["Classical vs. Jazz," Jon Pareles, New York Times April 24, 1983]

  • 83.04.23 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Sam Rivers (reeds), others / Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York ["Classical vs. Jazz," Jon Pareles, New York Times April 24, 1983]

83.04.30 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

April 30, 1983 / Snug Harbor, New Orleans, LA
 announcement
1. unknown titles [52:36]
This is one HOT set. —RL

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano, flute)
Steve Robinson (guitar)
Ramsey McLane (bass)
John Vidacovich (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 83.05.24
    83.05.25
    83.05.26
    83.05.27
    83.05.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, flute), Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass), Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Billy Hart (drums) / Sweet Basil, NYC [CODA #190 June 1983 p.37; New York Times 83.05.27]

    "The Sam Rivers Quartet that is appearing through Saturday at Sweet Basil shares a few habits with Mr. Rivers's previous small groups. Like them, it plays long, uninterrupted, eclectic sets—about 75 minutes in its opener on Tuesday—in which Mr. Rivers moves from tenor saxophone to soprano saxophone to piano to flute. But where Mr. Rivers's 1970's groups leaned toward free jazz, his new quartet—with Rael Wesley Grant on electric bass, Kevin Eubanks on electric guitar and Billy Hart on drums—seems more comfortable with be-bop-style tunes, bossa novas and funk. The quartet played like a jazz jukebox, with three-to-five minute segments—a free-time section, an uptempo tune, an unaccompanied solo, a stretch of fast walking bass under Mr. Rivers's free-ranging angularities, a funk vamp. In chordal tunes, there was a piquant contrast between Mr. Eubanks's fluently conventional solos and Mr. Rivers's harmonic tangents. Mr. Rivers warmed up as the set progressed; his tenor and soprano saxophone workouts were overshadowed by a piano solo that went from jackhammer dissonances to a sultry ballad and by his urgent, bluesy flute finale."
    —JON PARELES, New York Times May 27, 1983

  • 83.06.22-29 - "Seminar conducted by Sam Rivers ... The course for... musicians from all over Italy, will conclude on Wednesday 29 with a concert, bringing together teachers and pupils and that will be offered free..." / "We also did a one-week workshop in Rovereto... I remember teaching 5 guitarists together." —Barry Wedgle 09.11.14 / Civic Music School, Rovereto, Italy ["Great Jazz opens the Meetings International" Rovereto Daily, Rovereto, Italy; www.barryexit.org/]
  • 83.06.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet / "Yesterday at noon ... a ceremony during which Sam Rivers and his collaborators were presented with an elegant book published by the International Meetings of Rovereto, which collects the unpublished music composed by Rivers for the seminar dedicated to the City of Oaks / Rovereto, Italy [Rovereto Daily, Rovereto, Italy; www.barryexit.org/]
  • 83.06.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Barry Wedgle (guitar), Steve Neil (bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Outdoor Theatre, Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, Trent, Italy [Rovereto Daily, Rovereto, Italy; www.barryexit.org/]
  • 83.07.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Barry Wedgle (guitar), Steve Neil (bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Berlin, West Germany [Barry Wedgle 09.11.14; www.barryexit.org/]
  • 83.07.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Barry Wedgle (guitar), Steve Neil (bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Paris, France [Barry Wedgle 09.11.14; www.barryexit.org/]
  • 83.08.04 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Seattle Kool Jazz Fest '83 [Down Beat August 1983 p.54]
  • 83.08.27 - Herb Pomeroy Band: "alumni Sam Rivers and Jaki Byard are expected,"others? / Sandy's Jazz Revival, Boston, MA / Can anyone confirm that this actually took place? —RL [Cadence Vol.9 No.8 August 1983 p.4]

83.09.02 • Beaver Harris Trio [Soundboard Recording]

September 2, 1983 / Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria
 announcement [0:40]
1. Well Kept Secret [22:26]
 announcement [0:40]
2. Land of the People [12:40]
 announcement [1:22]
3. Negcaumungus [16:56] (split track at 7:36)
 announcement [2:21]
4. God Bless the Child / Summertime [5:36] (Haynes solo)
 announcement [2:33]
5. Calypso[3:14]
 announcement [1:00]
[70:46]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Francis Haynes (steel drum)
Beaver Harris (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

83.10.08 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

October 8, 1983 / Leverkusen, Germany
1. unknown title [9:13]
2. unknown title [27:12]
3. unknown title [7:06]
[43:32]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
Charlie Mariano (alto sax, soprano sax, flute)
Santi DeBriano (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

Same day as play-date below. Locales are less than an hour apart. Does anyone have any additional info?

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 83.10.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Santi DeBriano (bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]

83.10.15 • Sam Rivers & Köln Workshop Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]
SWF Jazz Session

October 15, 1983, 8:30pm / Donaueschingen, Germany
 introduction by Joachim E. Berendt [2:10]
 intro by Sam Rivers [0:25]
Spectrum [52:20] (split track)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, conductor & arranger)
Norbert Stein, Michael Heupel, Armin Tretter, Cornelia Rienhard, Friedrich Kullmann (reeds)
Tobias Netta, Theo Schotten, Karl Farent (trumpet)
Meinold Humpert, Peter Feil, Joachim Gellert (trombone)
Paul Shigihara (guitar)
Ulla Oster (bass)
Andreas Terhoven, Matthias von Welk (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: CD-R; www.swr.de/swr2/donaueschingen/programme/1921-1997/-/id=2136956/nid=2136956/did=3459952/1okblsy/index.html}

84.01.00 • [Audience Recording]

"Early January," 1984 / New York City
1. unknown titles [180:00 +]
"...at a loft on Broadway in lower Manhattan. Part of the Jazz Track Series produced by a man named 'Kwami' This was a stellar performance, three hours long. The loft had a nice, peaceful, relaxed vibe, they played some tunes of Sam's ("Fun" was the only one I could identify) and some very extended improvisational sections. I know this was recorded, but I don't know who has the recording." —Patrick Clare

Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
Kevin Eubanks (electric guitar)
Kevin Harris (acoustic and electric bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: Patrick Clare 09.11.24} Not in my collection.

84.01.19 • Max Roach Quartet + Sam Rivers [Unissued Session]
NDR JAZZ WORKSHOP Nr.:186 (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Radio/TV Broadcast

January 19, 1984 / Studio 10 des NDR, Hamburg, Germany
 introduction by Max Roach [1:10]
1. Evening In Hamburg [7:31]
2. "Five for All" [22:20] (This is actually a medley of Straight No Chaser & Giant Steps)
3. Now's the Time [20:47]
[107:08]
This tape also includes "Scott Free," "Six Bits Blues," and "Jordu", all sans Rivers.

Another version of this tape has track 2 as "Straight no Chaser incomplete 6:40"; and track 3 as "Five for All."
Audience Recordings for this date at "6 tracks/stereo/102:00" and "1 track/mono/24:00."

Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet-2,3)
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax)
Odean Pope (tenor sax-2,3)
Tyrone Brown (bass-2,3)
Max Roach (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

84.01.30 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

January 30, 1984 / Salt Peanuts, Cologne, Germany
1. tenor section [16:10]
2. soprano section [11:44]
3. flute section—announcement [15:11]
4. tenor section [11:36]
[54:08]
"I knew Sam was coming to play here, so I call him up at around noon. He says: ‘Are you coming over tonight?’ I say: ‘Yes, sure...’ He says: ‘Good, bring your axe.’" —Paul Shigihara

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, flute, conch shell-3)
Paul Shigihara (g)
Santi DeBriano (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

{Paul Shigihara 14.02.11; soundcloud recording}

84.02.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

February 2, 1984 / Gasthof Berg Isel, Bregenz, Austria
1st Set:
1. unknown title [48:16]
2nd Set:
2. unknown title [44:42]
3. unknown title [11:49]
[105:47]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, flute, conch shell-3)
Santi DeBriano (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

{Primary Source: John Chacona 08.08.20} Not in my collection.

  • 84.02.15 - Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron / Teatro Toniolo, Mestre, Italy [Associazone Culturale Caligola, www.caligola.it/about.html]

84.02.19 • Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [Audience Recording]

February 19, 1984 / Club Dunois, Paris, France
1st Set:
1. unknown title [35:23]
2. unknown title [9:07] (cuts out during ending)
2nd Set:
3. unknown title [21:12]
4. unknown title [11:14]
5. My Funny Valentine [11:53]
[90:57]
Mal Waldron (piano)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1; flute-3; tenor sax-1,2,4,5)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R}

84.02.20 • Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [RivBea Archival Recording]

February 20, 1984 / unknown place, venue
RivBea Archive / Tape 57
1. unknown title [21:54]
2. unknown title [9:15]
 noodling around [1:39]
3. unknown title [8:48]
4. unknown title [7:07]
 more noodling around [2:03] (clearly a casual setting)
5. unknown title [8:52]
6. unknown title [7:38]
7. My Funny Valentine [8:36]
8. unknown title [8:12]
[86:47]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,5,7, flute-3,8, soprano sax-4,6)
Mal Waldron (electric piano and bass pedals)

{Primary Source: RivBea 2CD-R, Tape 57} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

84.03.21 • Sam Rivers & Abdullah Ibrahim Duo [Audience Recording]

March 21, 1984 / Logan Hall, London, England
1. Rivers tenor solo [5:10]
2. Rivers flute/voice solo [5:20]
3. Ibrahim solo [26:45]
4. unknown standard [21:58] (split track at 9:52)
5. encore [7:20]
[68:11]
Private tape also in circulation at 35:12.

"We begin talking about his Camden Jazz Week concert of the previous evening. A planned duo with Max Roach had been cancelled the day before the gig when Roach was taken ill, and reedsman Sam Rivers flew in as a last-minute replacement.
Ibrahim and Rivers had not played together before and had little time to rehearse. Was this not a problem? I ask.
Ibrahim frowns for a moment, then smiles.'What did Ben Riley ask Monk? "Hey Monk, when are we going to rehearse?" Monk said, "Why? You wanna learn how to cheat?"' He breaks into delighted guffaws, as he will do throughout the afternoon.
—Graham Lock, Chasing The Vibration, Stride Publications, England, 1994, p.53)

Abdullah Ibrahim (piano-3,4,5,6; voice-3)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,4; flute-2,5,6; soprano sax-5; voice-2)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

84.05.25 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

May 25, 1984 / Village Gate, "On Time" Series, New York City
1. unknown title [12:09]
2. unknown title [22:03]
 announcement [1:00]
[35:12]
"I was present at the concert. There were no additional tunes." —Norbert Kreutzer 05.07.04

"...there was a play at the Village gate that ran late, so the concert started late—first Billy Harper 4tet, then Reggie Workman solo—Sam's first set started at 1:00 am." —Patrick Clare 07.02.07

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, voice)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
Kevin Harris (bass, electric bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: Norbert Kreutzer 05.07.04; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; CODA #197 August 1984 p.28}

  • 84.06.30 - All-Star Alliance: Sam Rivers, John Stubblefield, John Purcells, Sonny Fortune (reeds)... others? "...double bill with poet Amiri Baraka." / 10:30pm & 1:00am, Village Gate, New York City [The New York Times June 30, 1984]

84.07.05 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [Broadcast Recording]

July 5, 1984 (early July) / Montreal Jazz Festival, Theatre St. Denis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1. unknown title [5:40]
1. unknown title [27:30]
1. unknown title [1:30] (incomplete)
"...80 minutes including an intermission, a 15-minute second half, and an encore..."

Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
Al Gibbons (reeds)
Bill Cody (tenor sax, oboe)
Jimmy Cozier (baritone sax, flute)
Patience Higgins (baritone sax, flute)
Jean Toussaint (tenor sax)
6 others (reeds)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Mark Miller The Globe and Mail July 7, 1984 p.E7}

84.07.28 • Sam Rivers & Reggie Workman Duo [Audience & Broadcast Recordings]
WKCR-FM, Broadcast 07.05.00, "Sam Rivers Festival"

July 28, 1984 / DC Space, Washington, DC
Broadcast Recording:
 radio announcement [0:55]
1. unknown title [42:42]
2. unknown title [14:33]
3. unknown title [47:21]
4. unknown title [9:40]
 SR announcement [1:45]
[116:57]
Audience Recording:
1. unknown title [43:05]
2CD-R Broadcast noted in WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31.

Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano)
Reggie Workman (bass)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 10.10.12; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05; W. Royal Stokes Washington Post July 25, 1984} Broadcast Recording not in my collection.

  • 84.08.31 - Sam Rivers (no personnel info) / Fifth Montreux Detroit International Jazz Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts Recital Hall, Detroit, MI [CODA #199 December 1984 p.33; Cadence Vol.10 #8 August 1984 p.75]
  • 84.09.21 - Alice Coltrane, Roy Haynes, Sam Rivers, Reggie Workman / Artist Alliance Fundraiser, 9:00pm, Village Gate, New York City [New York Magazine September 24, 1984 p.140; Patrick Clare 10.02.09]
  • 84.10.13 - Reggie Workman & Friends: Workman (bass), Sam Rivers (reeds), Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet), John Blake (violin), Stanley Cowell (piano), Milford Graves (drums) / New Jazz Series, 8:30pm, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City [Robert Palmer The New York Times October 10, 1984]
  • 85.03.05 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel details) / Teatro Toniolo, Mestre, Italy [Associazone Culturale Caligola, http://www.caligola.it/about.html]

85.03.08 • Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [Audience Audio & Broadcast Video Recordings]

March 8, 1985 / Wackerhalle, Burghausen, Germany
1. unknown title and intro Harris [9:20]
2. A Well Kept Secret [9:15]
3. Black Robert [12:00]
4. Abel's Blissed Out Blues [13:22]
5. I Wish I Knew [5:20]
6. African Drums [10:35]
7. Boogie on Down [16:00]
8. unknown title [2:35] (drum solo-encore)
Broadcast Video has tracks 4 and 5.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Vincent Chancey, Guntram Burger (french horn)
Dave Burrell (piano)
Steve Neil (bass)
Ghene Kwado Larbi (cng)
Beaver Harris (drums)

{Primary Source: Video; CD-R}

  • 85.03.17 - Beaver Harris' French-Horn Connection: Vincent Chancey (french horn), Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Kenny Johson (steel drums), Dave Burrell (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Babafumi Akunyun (congas), Beaver Harris (drums) —Web-site also had Ronnie Burrage listed on drums... / IV Festival Internacional de Jazz, Club de Musica y Jazz, San Juan Evangelista, Madrid, Spain [www.sanjuanevangelista.org]

  • Jazz Fest Poster

85.03.21 • Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [Broadcast Recording]
BBC Radio London

March 21, 1985 / Camden Jazz Festival, Logan Hall, London, England
1. Sahara suite (Harris) [52:15]
"The recording was broadcast on BBC Radio London programme "Jazz on Saturday,"3rd August 1985. The master tapes are now held at the British Library National Sound Archive. ...Harris announced the group from the stage as 'the Beaver Harris-Sam Rivers Connection', although it was billed as the Beaver Harris French Horn Connection." —Paul Wilson correspondence 02.10.18

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Vincent Chancey (french horn)
Dave Burrell (piano)
Walter Schmocker (bass)
Ghene Kwado Larbi (cng)
Kent Johnson (steel drums)
Beaver Harris (drums, percussion)

{Primary Source: Paul Wilson, British Library National Sound Archive} Not in my collection.

  • 85.04.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (sax, flute, piano), Alain Ginape (guitar), Santi de Briano (bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]

85.04.19 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Recording]

April 19, 1985 / unidentified museum, Basel, Switzerland
1. unknown titles [98:17]
"The bass player for this concert was Walter Schmocker from Switzerland... I remember this concert vividly because Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron were opening the evening before we played... This concert was part of a tour of which to my regret I forget the exact details. We played Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Halfway through the tour Sam changed bass players... He hired Tim Wells, who's an american expatriate living in London..." —Paul Shigihara

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Paul Shigihara (guitar)
Walter Schmocker (bass) [Paul Ramsey is credited wrongly on the circulating audience recording.]
Doug Hamond (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; Paul Shigihara 07.10.08 }

  • 85.04.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Debriano, McCraven, Shigihara (website incorrectly has Alain Ginape on guitar) / Jazzkeller Jazzforum Mödling, B&uunl;hne Mayer Theatre, Mödling, Austria [Paul Shigihara 11.01.08; www.jazzforum.eu/jazzforum_chronologie.php]

85.04.27 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

April 27, 1985 / Baden, Switzerland
RivBea Archive / Reel 22
1st Set:
 1. Sun Song [7:01]
 SR announcement [1:26]
 2. Sophistication [8:56]
 SR announcement [0:42]
 3. Fun [11:00]
 4. bass solo [4:55]
 SR announcement [0:41]
 5. unknown title [15:02]
 SR announcement [0:27] (incomplete, cuts off)
 6. unknown title [10:52] (a few gaps within first half-minute)
 7. guitar solo [4:58]
 8. unknown title [3:36]
 SR announcement [0:20]
2nd Set:
 SR announcement [1:45]
 9. unknown title ... Beatrice [5:16 ... 7:27]
10. unknown title ... unknown title [7:53 ... 4:15]
11. drum & voice solo [7:24]
12. guitar solo [5:37]
 SR announcement [0:41]
13. Fade Away [6:39] (flute and bass duet / bass solo)
 SR announcement [0:28]
14. unknown title [10:12]
 SR announcement [2:19]
15. encore [7:20]
 SR announcement [1:02]
[141:05]
"This show was on two tapes on 10-inch reels, recorded two-track at 7.5 ips. The tapes were in BASF boxes. One had 22’ written in pen inside a circle on the front. The other box was unnumbered. Both boxes listed the date, personnel, and the speed and recording format. One box also has, Daniel Rotzinger Staditurustra AA CH-5400 Baden SWitzerland’ (?) written on the back. Sam announces the personnel.

When I edited this show, I noticed that the wave forms were flat across the top. This is an indication of compression or some form of limiting. I suspect that this recording was made using Dolby or DBX." —Joe Washek

Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,3,9,10, soprano sax-5, flute-6,8,13,14,15, voice-6,15, piano)
Paul Shigihara (guitar)
Tim Wells (bass)
Doug Hammond (drums, voice)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21}

85.09.02 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

September 2, 1985, 6:00pm / Dewar's Jazz Festival, "Music Is an Open Sky," Sweet Basil, NYC
1st Set:
1. unknown titles [49:01]
2nd Set:
2. unknown title [8:08]
3. unknown title [6:06]
4. unknown title [9:19]
"...13-piece RivBea Orchestra."

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Kenny Garrett (alto sax)
Chico Freeman (tenor sax)
Bobby Eldridge (bar)
Stanton Davis (trumpet)
Robin Eubanks, Alfred Patterson (trombone)
Joe Daley (tuba)
others ?
Ed Cherry (guitar)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Freddie Waits (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; John Pareles, New York Times September 4, 1985; Javier de Cambra El Pais Spetember 6, 1985}

  • 85.10.24
    85.10.25
    85.10.25 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor, soprano, flute, piano), Joe Daley, Steve McCraven / Kimball's, San Francisco, CA [CODA #205 December 1985 p.30; Cadence Vol.11 #11 November 1985 p.91]

  • 1985:

    Ted Panken: Thurman, you played a gig this past weekend in Boston with Sam Rivers as guest artist.
    Thurman Barker: Exactly. It was my gig. I was able to get two nights at a club in Boston called Charlie's Tap, Friday [8th] and Saturday [9th], the Thurman Barker Trio featuring Sam Rivers.
    [Barker interview, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, November 18, 1985, www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php?read=panken13]
    ———


85.11.08 • Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [Audience Recording]

November 8, 1985 / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA
1. unknown title [30:41]
2. unknown title [5:20]
3. unknown title [8:50]
4. unknown title [34:06] (split track at 2:06)
[78:57]
My copy has last two tracks only.

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Rod Williams (piano, synth)
Dan O'Brian (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Christopher Carville 10.08.16}

  • 85.11.09 - Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers: Dan O'Brian, Rod Williams / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA [Cadence Vol.11 #11 November 1985 p.2]

85.11.11 • Thurman Barker: Voyage

UpTee Productions UPTEE103 (CD) 1999

November 11, 1985 / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA
Impulse [13:66]
Sam Rivers (soprano sax)
Rod Williams (piano)
Dan O'Brian (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: UPTEE103}

  • 85.11.00 (festival 21-24) - Sam Rivers... also Anthony Braxton, Elton Dean... others / 2nd European Salon de Jazz, Paris, France [Billboard December 14, 1985 p.44]
  • 85.12.29 - (Rivers not present...) - Solomon Sheba: Harlem Opera Society, Bobby Watson (reeds), Donald Smith (piano), Anthony Cox (bass), Eli Fountain (drums)Jeanne Faulkner (soprano voice), Hugh Harrell III (tenor voice), Elaugh Butler (mezzo-soprano voice), Von Ray and Robert Donaldson (voice) / Written by Ed Taylor; Composed by Sam Rivers / Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City [Jon Pareles review, The New York Times January 1 1986]

86.00.00 • Chaka Khan : Destiny {1} *

Warner Brothers Records 1-25425 (LP) 1986; 925 425-1 (LP) GER; 4-25425 (CS); 925 425-4 (CS) GER; 2-25425 (CD); 925-425-2 (CD) GER
  • Chaka Khan: Love of a Lifetime / Coltrane Dreams {2} **
    Warner Brothers Records WB 28671-7 (45RPM) 1986; 928 671-7 (45RPM) GER; WB-28671 (12" single / extended version / 45rpm); WB 9 20487-0 A (12" maxi-single 45rpm) USA; WB9204870 (12" single 45rpm) GER
  • Chaka Khan: Perfect Fit {3}
    Warner Brothers Records WARNER661884 (CD) (EUR?)
  • Chaka Khan: Perfect Fit {4}
    Warner Brothers Records 28XD-664 (CD-Single) JPN
unknown date, 1986? / Atlantic Studios, New York City
1. Coltrane Dreams (Arif Mardin/Julie Mardin/Chaka Khan) [4:59]
* LP contains a 1:38 edit; and ** 45RPMs a 2:30 edit of this track.]

Chaka Khan (voice, including drum, percussion, and bass sounds created by processing Khan's voice samples through a Synclavier)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Cengiz Yaltkaya (keyboards)
John Mahoney (Synclavier programming, with Ken Cummings)
Steve Ferrone (drums)
Thomas Oldakowski (Roland Drum programming)

{Primary Source: 1-25425; 28671-7; 928 671-7; 9 20487-0 A; venue and locale from conversation with Mr. Sam Rivers}

86.02.01 • Rivers & Pullen Quartet [Audience Recording]

February 1, 1986 / Jimmy Lyons Benefit, Public Theater, New York City

Performance included Don Pullen Trio; Anthony Davis Solo; Sun Ra Orkestra; others...
1. Capricorn Rising [15:46]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Don Pullen (piano)
Cameron Brown (bass)
Bobby Battle (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; CODA #207 April 1986 p.29; John Chacona 09.08.05}

  • 86.04.25 - Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers: Barker (drums, marimba, glockenspiel), Rob Schwimmer (keys), Dan O'Brian (bass), "and special guest" Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute) / "...Rivers raised the energy level several notches when he joined the band for the second half.." "Barker, apparently still charged up from two weeks in Europe and New York with the Cecil Taylor Unit..." Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA [CODA #208 June 1986 p.31]

86.04.26 • Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [Audience Recording]

April 26, 1986 / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA
1. unknown title [12:12]
2. Hocus Pocus [14:20]
3. You Get To [9:01]
4. tenor saxophone improvisation [16:02]
5. flute improvisation [7:38]
6. Stella By Starlight [8:30]
7. unknown title [2:09]
[
My copy has only last 36:00: announcement [1:09]; unknown title [33:41] (split track at 11:09, announcement over vamp from 31:47 to end)

Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Rob Schwimmer (piano, synthesizer)
Dan O'Brian (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Christopher Carville 10.08.16}

  • 86.05.06 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel listed) / Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA [CODA #209 August 1986 p.36]
  • 86.05.19 - Jimmy Lyons succumbs to cancer... [CODA #208 June 1986 p.33]

86.05.28 • MEMORIAL SERVICE for JIMMY LYONS [Audience Recording & Video]
Rivers-Pullen Quartet

May 28, 1986 / St. Peter's Church, New York City
1. unknown title [ : ]
Audio and Video Recordings at 225:00.

Sam Rivers (reeds)
Don Pullen (piano)
unknown (bass)
unknown, posibly Bobby Battle (drums)

Also present:
Rev. John Gensel
Cecil Taylor (piano, voice)
Raphe Malik (trumpet)
Jemeel Moondoc, Marco Eneidi (alto sax)
Joseph Jarman (reeds)
Michele Rosewoman (piano)
William Parker (bass)
Rashid Bakr, Andrew Cyrille, Sunny Murray, Denis Charles (drums)
Ellen Christi (voice)
Thulani Davis Jarman, Brenda Bakr, Patsy Parker, Jeanne Phillips, Joan Thornell (dancers)
Anthony Davis
Sun Ra
Archie Shepp All Stars
Walt Dickerson
"...and others..."

{Primary Source: Jan Ström Jimmy Lyons - a Sessionography} Not in my collection.

  • 86.06.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Joe Daley (baritone horn, tuba), Thurman Barker (drums, marimba) / 9:30 & 11:00pm, Jazztrack at Greenwich House, New York City
    "I remember when Sam announced that that they were going to play Beatrice, Sam said ‘My friend and colleague Joe Henderson just recorded this song, so I decided to play it as well tonight’" —Patrick Clare 09.11.10 (Henderson recorded The State of the Tenor at The Village Vanguard in November of 1985.) [Patrick Clare archive, Jazztrack flyer; New York Magazine June 16, 1986 p.95]
  • 86.10-11.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet and The RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel listed) / Festival des Musiques Mutantes, Dejazet Theater, Paris, France [CODA #212 February 1987 p.7]

86.10.14
86.10.15 • Hilton Ruiz: Something Grand {1}

RCA Novus 3011-1-N (LP) 1987; 3011-2-N (CD) 1987; 3011-4-N (CS) 1987
  • Various Artists: American Beauty / Feature Film Soundtrack {2}
    Dreamworks 85382 (DVD) 1999
October 14 & 15, 1986 / 39th Street Music, New York City
1. Home Cookin' [4:52] {1}
2. Puerto Rican Children [7:23] {1}
3. Four West [6:29] {1}
4. Something Grand [6:40] {1,2}
5. Sunrise Over Madarao [9:04] {1}
6. One Step Ahead [6:58] {1}
The title track Something Grand appears near the end of Chapter 8 of the American Beauty DVD at 29:52 in, and runs through the end of the party scene to 33:44.

Hilton Ruiz (piano, Compositions)
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax)
Lew Soloff (trumpet)
Steve Turre (trombone; seashells)
Russell Blake (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums, tmbl-1)
Daniel Ponce (cng)
Charlie Santiago (tmbl; guiro; cng-6)

{Primary Source: RCA Novus 3011-1-N; 3011-4-N}

  • 87.01.30 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra (see 87.01.31 below) / 10:00 and 11:30pm, Sweet Basil, NYC ["Pop and Jazz Guide," by Jon Pareles, New York Times January 30, 1987 C-21]

87.01.31 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

January 31, 1987 / Village Jazz Festival, "Music is an Open Sky," Sweet Basil, NYC
1st Set:
 announcement [0:37]
1. Fun [15:39]
 announcement [7:58]
2. Ten [31:12] (split track at 22:28)
 announcement [0:55]
3. Beatrice [9:47]
 announcement [1:28]
[Total 68:52]
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Greg Osby (alto sax)
John Purcell (tenor sax)
Hamiett Bluiett (bar)
Jack Walrath (trumpet)
Stanton Davis (flgl, trumpet)
Al Patterson (trombone)
Vincent Chancey (french horn)
Joe Daley (baritone horn)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
David Gilmore (guitar)
Kevin Harris (bass)
Steve McCraven (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; CODA #212 February 1987 p.38}

  • 87.00.00 - Dizzy Gillespie: Sam Jones, ???, Sam Rivers / "He came in Brazil (Canecão Show House, Rio de Janeiro City, RJ, Brazil) as a sideman in a Show named 'Dizzy Gillespie And James Moody', 1987 probably. This Jazz Show was exhibited on TV Manchete and I have it on a VHS tape. It is a bad record but very important for me. Thereat, I knew the STAR Mr. Sam Jones on tenor sax." [correspondence]
  • 87.00.00- "Ed Cherry played with Rivers before going with Dizzy and helped get Sam into the band... This Cherry told me at a Dizzy gig in 1989 with Ron Holloway on sax. He said he had been playing with Sam off and on for several years before [he] went with Dizzy. But he wasn't any more specific." [Michael McLaughlin correspondence 04.01.01]
    —any further information welcome! —RL
  • 87.02.25 - "Chet Baker says at the end of a 40-minute audio recording attributed to Fabrik, Hamburg 25/02/87 that Dizzy Gillespie and Sam Rivers will be onstage in a few minutes." [Peter "NovaSpeech" 06.01.02]

87.02.27 • Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [Broadcast Video]
Broadcast by ZDF [Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen - Second German Television Network] on October 26, 1987

[This program also includes tracks with various side groups including J. Griffin, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Hank Jones, Eddie Gomez, Ed Thigpen, etc.]

February 27, 1987 / Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
1. Tanga [11:30]
Complete Broadcast was 90:00 long.

This session is circulating with the erroneous date 87.10.28 and locale Mainz: "The Gillespie birthday concert was not recorded in Mainz on that day but at 'Theaterhaus', Stuttgart, February 27, 1987. Mainz is only the headquarter of ZDF ('Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen'). The program was screened by ZDF on October 26, 1987."
—Dietrich Heinz Kraner, correspondence 02.07.15.

Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (reeds)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: Video; DH Kraner}

  • 87.02.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / "I do have [them] in Banff, Alberta, on February 28." [Chris Sheridan 06.07.20]
  • 87.03.01 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, Calgary, Alberta, Canada [CODA #213 April 1987 p.36]

87.04.00 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Recording]
KERA FM Radio, Live Broadcast

April, 1987 / Caravan of Dreams, Fort Worth, TX
1st Set:
 announcements, banter, jokes, etcetera... () [5:34]
1. Land of Milk and Honey [15:08]
 radio call letters... [0:16]
 Gillespie banter [0:42]
2. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to Ya? [10:10]
 radio call letters... [0:13]
3. Fiesta / Mojo [8:25]
4. Night in Tunisia [15:28]
5. Birk's Works [14:04]
2nd Set:
6. Manteca [7:03]
7. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You [12:47]
8. Birk's Works [13:28]
9. High Fly [13:05]
10. Night In Tunisia [15:23]
[91:30]
Also noted: partial tape in circulation with first two tracks only, at 32:22.

Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R of 1st Set only; venue Tosiyuki Nomoto; 2nd Set info Michael McLaughlin 08.06.22}

87.06.06 • Dizzy Gillespie: Wolf Trap Salutes Dizzy Gillespie, An All-Star Tribute to the Jazz Master
Maryland Public Television / WNET New York

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1988
Telecast: PBS, February 26, 1988; "Great Performances" Series (Laserdisc?)

WKCR-FM notes a Laserdisc release, but no details.

Library of Congress Off-Air Taping Collection 90 mins., color, 3/4" videocassettes, VBF 2852-53

The Guide to Jazz in Film Bibliography [Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/findaid/jazz/g-j.html] "...tribute concert to Gillespie ...interviews with the participating jazz artists and film excerpts. Words from David Amram, Jon Faddis, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, James Moody, Mickey Roker and Sonny Rollins supplement those of Gillespie himself."

June 6, 1987 / Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
 Program intro by Willis Conover
1. Toccata from Gillespiana Suite [ : ]
2. Fiesta Mojo [ : ] (includes Rivers solo)
3. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [ : ]
4. Happy Birthday to You (Lalo Schifrin, arr) [ : ]
Complete Broadcast at 90:00.

Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Jon Faddis, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Vaughan Nark (trumpet-1,3,4)
Jimmy Owens (trumpet)
Slide Hampton, Douglas Purviance, Angel Rangelov (trombone-1,3,4)
Steve Turre (trombone)
David Amram (French horn-1,3,4, penny whistles-2)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Mike Crotty, Ron Holloway, James Moody, Cecil Payne (reeds-1,3,4)
Arnie Lawrence (alto sax)
Dave Valentin (flute-2)
Lalo Schifrin (piano, arr., cond.-1)
Walter Davis Jr. (piano-2,3,4)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass-2,3,4)
Rufus Reid (bass-1,3)
Airto Moreira (percussion-1,3,4)
Nickey Marrero (timbales-2)
Mongo Santamaria (congas-2)
Candido Camero (congas-2,3,4)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)
Additional personnel on track 4: "other unspecified artists from the concert joined them on stage."

"...this gala, filmed last summer... airing tonight on Channels 22 and 26, from 9 to 10:30pm"... The 65 musicians who participated constitute a virtual Who's Who of jazz... The concert itself lasted more than five hours... At the end, everyone swarms onto the Wolf Trap stage as a 70-candle birthday cake is brought out. Gillespie does some lively improvising while the big band offers a rollicking version of "Happy Birthday".
—Richard Harrington 88.02.26

{Primary Source: WKCR-FM Archive CD-R; Library of Congress Archive (has broadcast date incorrectly as "January 26"); Richard Harrington, "Doing Dizzy Proud," Washington Post Friday, 88.02.26; brandenburgproductions.com/fri_apr_15d_036.htm} Not in my collection.

  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet at Michaels' Pub
    87.06.08
    87.06.09
    87.06.10 - "...judging from last Wednesday's first set..." 1) Tanga 2) The Land of Milk and Honey 3) The Blues (Lalo Schifrin) 4) Ooo-Pop-Pa-Da (Gillespie) / Gillespie (trumpet, vocals-2,4), Rivers (tenor sax-4, soprano sax-2), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Michael's Pub, NYC [Lee Jeske, "Gillespie: Powerful at the Pub" New York Times (no date), p.29, newspaper clipping from Patrick Clare archive]
    87.06.11
    87.06.12
    87.06.13
    87.06.15
    87.06.16
    87.06.17
    87.06.18
    87.06.19
    87.06.20 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers (reeds), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Michael's Pub, NYC [Lee Jeske, "Gillespie: Powerful at the Pub" New York Times (no date), p.29, newspaper clipping from Patrick Clare archive; "Dizzy Goes Broadway," John S. Wilson, New York Times 87.06.13]

  • 87.06.23 - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: "a 19-piece big band... featuring Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Sam Rivers, Bill Easley, Britt Woodman and James Williams..." (others), Daniel Ponce (congas), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, NYC ["The Pop Life; Jazz festival Lineup Set," Robert Palmer, New York Times 87.04.01; "A Pair of Still-Jumping Jazz Giants Take Stage Tonight During Festival," John Pareles, New York Times 87.06.23]
  • 87.06.00 ("...after JVC.") - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Gillespie, Glenn Drewes, Virgil Jones, Earl Gardner, and Jon Faddis (trumpet), Steve Turre, Britt Woodman, Frank Lacy, and Bob Stewart (trombones), Sam Rivers, Frank Wess, Ralph Moore, Bill Easley, and Howard Johnson (reeds), James Williams (piano), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Daniel Ponce (congas), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Washington, DC [Newsday June 14, 1987 p.17]
  • 87.06.26-07.05 (festival dates; performance date uncertain) - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Sam Rivers, others... (no personnel info) / "Blowing Up a Storm in Glasgow,"Glasgow International Jazz Festival '87, Glasgow, Scotland [CODA #214 June 1987 p.38]

87.07.02 • Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Live at the Royal Festival Hall {*}

BBC Music BBCJ 7002-2 (CD) 2000 England
  • Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording]
    BBC Television
July 2, 1987 / Royal Festival Hall, London, England

"The programme as broadcast was as follows (I watched it):" —Chris Sheridan 06.07.20
1. Prelude & Toccata [ : ] (unreleased, broadcast only)
2. Emanon (Gillespie) [5:04] {*}
3. Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg / Hammerstein) [5:44] {*}
4. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [9:23] {*}
5. Things to Come [ : ] (unreleased, broadcast only)
6. Manteca (Gillespie / Pozo) [14:38] {*}
7. Without You, No Me (Jimmy Heath) [9:29] {*}
8. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [15:53] {*}
9. The Champ (Gillespie) [9:48] {*}
10. Olinga [ : ] (unreleased, broadcast only)
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Glenn Drewes (trumpet)
Steve Turre (trombone; conch shells)
Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Jukka Perko, Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
Ralph Moore (tenor sax)
Howard Johnson (bar)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: BBCJ 7002-2}

87.07.04 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Recording]

July 4, 1987 / Stockholm Jazz Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
1. Manteca [11:25]
2. Emanon [8:15]
3. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [12:10]
4. Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [15:45] (split track at around 10:00 in)
5. unknown title [13:45]
[61:20]
Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner (trumpet)
Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Jukka Perko, Arnie Lawrence (alto sax)
Ralph Moore (tenor and soprano sax)
Howard Johnson (bar)
Glenn Drewes (cl)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 87.07.05 or .08 or .10 (Festival 87.04-12) - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Sam Rivers, others... (no personnel info) / Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland [CODA #214 June 1987 p.38; Cadence Vol.13 no.3, March '87 p.93]

87.07.06 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Video Recording]

July 6, 1987 / Rome, Italy
1. unknown title [13:10]
2. unknown title [4:45]
3. unknown title [11:15]
4. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [15:40]
5. unknown title [4:20]
6. unknown title [11:30]
[63:00]
Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Glenn Drewes (trumpet)
Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Jukka Perko, Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
Ralph Moore (tenor sax, soprano sax)
Howard Johnson (bar)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: Videotape}

87.07.07 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording]
Vintage Radio 20

July 7, 1987 / Teatro della Fiera, Cagliari, Italy
 program announcer [0:52]
1. Dizzy's intro [1:05]
2.'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [11:20]
 program announcer [0:22]
3. Dizzy's intro [0:25]
4. A Night in Tunisia [13:15]
 program announcer [0:08]
[27:30]
Personnel unverified on this session —RL

Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Glenn Drewes (trumpet)
Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Jukka Perko, Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
Ralph Moore (tenor sax, soprano sax)
Howard Johnson (bar)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

  • 87.07.09 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Sam Rivers, Jukko Perko, others... (no personnel info) / 'Round Midnight; Emanon; "...other classic arrangements." / JVC Grand Parade du Jazz, Cimiez Park, Nice, France [CODA #216 October 1987 p.39]

87.07.09 (2) • Sam Rivers Jam Session [Audience Recording]

July 9, 1987 / JVC Grand Parade du Jazz, Cimiez Park, Nice, France
1. Birdlike [ : ]
"On July 9th, 1987 in Nice (France) I found myself in a special circumstance; at the time I was learning to play double bass, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band performed in Turin (Italy) just before the Nice concert. Dizzy Gillespie forgot a 'souvenir' (a kind of African wooden stick) in the hotel and the local management asked me to do the favour to drive to Nice to return it to Dizzy. In exchange I have been hosted at the Nice Festival and in the same hotel the musicians were staying. After the concert of the Big Band, I was with some of the musicians at the hotel bar and they wanted to play. No other bassist was there and in the bar a piano and a double bass were available. So I had the chance to play with these masters, and I have been able to record one track (Birdlike, a blues in F), which was quite a long one." —Giorgio Dini

Earl Garner (trumpet)
Sam Rivers, Ralph Moore (tenor sax)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
Giorgio Dini (bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Giorgio Dini correspondence 05.06.19, 05.06.26; web.tiscali.it/giorgiodini}

87.07.11 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Recording]

July 11, 1987/ Den Haag, Netherlands

Also listed as 87.07.01, but "the North Sea Jazz Festival was held on July 10, 11 & 12, 1987" —Chris Sheridan 06.07.20.
 announcement [2:41]
1. unknown title [15:36]
2. unknown title [18:02]
3. unknown title [10:56]
 announcement [1:15]
4. unknown title [8:57]
[57:27]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R}

87.07.12 (1) • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording]

July 12, 1987 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands
1. unknown [11:40]
 DG announcement
Lover Come Back to Me [6:19]
 DG announcement
1. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius [11:44]
 announcement [0:49]
Things to Come [8:55]
 announcement [1:46]
A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [17:02]
 Gillespie solo intro and announcement
Whisper Not (Benny Golson) [6:23]
The Champ [11:21]
 announcement [1:30]
[77:31]
Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Glenn Drewes (trumpet)
Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Sam Rivers, Ralph Moore (tenor sax)
Jukka Perko, Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

"Arturo Sandoval appears as a guest. He was playing at NorthSea with his own Cuban band." —Chris Sheridan 06.07.20

{Primary Source: CD-R}

87.07.12 (2) • Sam Rivers & Friends [Audience Recording]

July 12, 1987 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Toneel-Zaal, Den Haag, Netherlands
First Set:
1. unknown title [10:42] (Piano-Trio without SR)
 announcement [1:08]
2. unknown title [10:05]
3. unknown title [19:54]
Second Set:
 announcement [0:20]
1. unknown title [12:41]
unknown title [12:41]
unknown title [12:01]
unknown title [5:14]
unknown title [9:45]
 announcement
1. unknown title [5:54] (encore, Piano-Trio)
 applause [1:21]
[89:12]
Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Dado Moroni (piano)
Reggie Workman (bass)
John Engels (drums)

{Primary Source: Norbert Kreutzer 05.07.20; 05.11.03} Not in my Collection.

87.07.13 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording]

July 13, 1987 / Montreux Jazzfestival, Casino Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland
1. Toccatta [13:09]
2. Emanon [10:55]
3. Birk's Works [5:36]
4. Lover Come Back To Me [4:47]
5. Round About Midnight [12:17]
6. Manteca [11:36]
7. Blues For Emily [3:40]
8. Things To Come [8:19]
9. A Night In Tunisia [14:04]
[84:24]
Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Glenn Drewes (trumpet)
Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Sam Rivers, Ralph Moore (tenor sax)
Jukka Perko, Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
Howard Johnson (baritone sax)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Emily Hadda (voice-7)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Jay Hoggard (vibes)
"guest star" Milt Jackson (vibes)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: San Diego Union-Tribune July 21, 1987 p.C7; WIRE #41 July 1987, p.4} Not in my collection.

87.07.17 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Broadcast Recording]

July 17, 1987 / Arkadenhof, Rathaus, Wien, Austria
1. Manteca [13:14]
 announcement DG
2. Whisper Not [5:18]
 announcement DG
3. I Remember Clifford [6:29]
 announcement DG
4. Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [17:45]
5. unknown title [12:18]
6. unknown title [13:04]
 announcement DG
7. Things to Come [9:00]
8. unknown title [11:01]
[88:09]
Personnel below not confirmed, but tentatively assumed to be same as the (87.07.04) previous date from same tour. —RL, who doesn't remember who told him this, but who knows that it was before receiving info on the in-between 87.07.12 gig, which truly gums things up. Can anyone help?

Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner (trumpet)
Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Jukka Perko, Arnie Lawrence (alto sax)
Ralph Moore (tenor sax, soprano sax)
Howard Johnson (bar)
Glenn Drewes (cl)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
James Williams (piano)
Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Daniel Ponce (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}

  • 87.07.19 - Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band: as above / 3rd International Jazz Festival (87.07.17-19), Andorra, Germany [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03]

87.07.25 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Video] *
NJN TV Broadcast

July 25, 1987 / Live at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan (Freehold), NJ
  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Summer Jazz Live at New Jersey 1987
    Alpha Centauri Entertainment (DVD) 2005
    "There are some technical shortcomings to this DVD. The audio has some anomalies in it. The video looks quite grainy which can happen when an NTSC video becomes a PAL video. This is a PAL DVD. The video quality is almost bootleg in nature... hmmm..."
The bootleg...
Broadcast Recording:
1. Blues from "Gillespiana" (soundcheck)
2. Prelude (1st Movement, Toccata from Gillespiana) (Lalo Schifrin) [11:05] *
3. Birk's Works [9:03] *
4. The Blues from "Gillespiana" [14:30] *
5. Manteca [9:11] *
6. 'Round Midnight [ : ]
7. Night in Tunisia & announcements (Gillespie) [11:08] *
8. untitled blues jam encore [ : ]
Alpha Centauri DVD:
1. First Movement, from Gillespiana (Lalo Schifrin) [11:05]
2. Birk's Works [9:03]
3. The Blues (from Gillespiana) [14:30]
4. Manteca [9:11]
5. Night in Tunisia [11:08]
"New Jersey Network videotaped the whole thing and broadcast it at a later date. It was a beautiful afternoon/evening. Behind the stage was a gorgeous view that went on forever. The sunset was spectacular." —Michael Fitzgerald

Also noted: FM Broadcast Recording [40:00]

Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, percussion-2; piano-4; congas-5)
Sam Rivers (soprano sax-2,3; tenor sax-4,5,6)
Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

"I saw Sam but didn't get to speak with him. This was the first time I saw him with Dizzy. I think I had heard they were playing together and I was a bit surprised. Or maybe this was the first I found out about it..." —Michael Fitzgerald

{Primary Source: Video; Michael Fitzgerald posting with session date to RivBea_Research Group 05.12.26; random sources.}

  • 87.08.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band "Groovin' High": Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff(trumpet), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, Frank Wess (reeds), Bob Stewart (tuba), Mike Longo (piano), Ed Cherry (electric guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Daniel Ponce (percussion), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]
  • 87.08.06 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band "Things to Come": Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff(trumpet), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, Frank Wess (reeds), Bob Stewart (tuba), Mike Longo (piano), Ed Cherry (electric guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Daniel Ponce (percussion), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]

  • Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.07 (1) - Mal Waldron Sextet: Waldron (piano), Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Arne Lawrence (reeds), Larry Coryell (guitar), Reggie Workman (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00pm to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]
  • 87.08.07 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Special Guests James Moody (tenor sax), and Bireli Lagrene (guitar) "Manteca": Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff(trumpet), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, Frank Wess (reeds), Bob Stewart (tuba), Mike Longo (piano), Ed Cherry (electric guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Daniel Ponce (percussion), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]
  • 87.08.08 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Special Guests Terence Blanchard (trumpet), and Donald Harrison (tenor sax) "A Night in Tunisia": Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff(trumpet), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, Frank Wess (reeds), Bob Stewart (tuba), Mike Longo (piano), Ed Cherry (electric guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Daniel Ponce (percussion), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]
  • 87.08.09 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Special Guests James Moody (tenor sax), Branford Marsalis (tenor sax), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Ernestine Anderson (voice), and many more... "Grand Finale": Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff(trumpet), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Britt Woodman (trombone), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, Frank Wess (reeds), Bob Stewart (tuba), Mike Longo (piano), Ed Cherry (electric guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Daniel Ponce (percussion), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]
  • 87.08.09 (2) - "Chasin' the Trane": Sam Rivers, Branford Marsalis (tenor sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums) / Newport Jazz Festival, Evening Jam Session Program (8:00 to 10:00pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]
  • 87.08.09 (3) - "10th Anniversary Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie": Gillespie, Jon Faddis, and Lew Soloff (trumpet), Kenny Kirkland (piano), Delbert Felix (bass), and many more... probably Sam Rivers among them... / Newport Jazz Festival, Evening Jam Session Program (8:00 to 10:00pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]

  • 87.08.19
    87.08.20
    87.08.21
    87.08.22
    87.08.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie, Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL [Chicago Sun-Times August 21, 1987 Sec.2 p.45]
  • 87.09.12-13 - Hilton Ruiz Quartet: Rivers, Jimmy Rowser (bass), Steve Berrios (drums) / 1987 Lake George Jazz Weekend, Lake George, NY [CODA #217 December 1987 p.36; www.lakegeorgearts.org/lakegeorge-jazz.htm]
  • 87.10.04 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, others... / 21:30, New Morning, Paris, France
  • 87.10.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, others... / 22:00, New Morning, Paris, France
  • 87.10.10 - Dizzy Gillespie: (no personnel details) / Marin Center, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.13 no.10, October '87 p.4]

87.10.15 • Hilton Ruiz: El Camino (The Road) {1}

RCA Novus 3024-1-N (LP) 1988; 3024-4-N (CS) 1988; RCA CDPD83024 (CD)
  • Various Artists: Novus Sampler '88 {2}
    RCA Novus 3039-1-N (LP) 1988
  • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz {3}
    RCA 68706-2 (CD) 1999
October 15, 1987 / Uptown Chelsea Sound, New York City
1. West Side Blues (Ruiz) [6:42] {1,2*,3}
2. Come Dance With Me (Griffin) [8:25] {1}
3. Sometimes I (Griffin) [6:26] {1}
4. El Camino (The Road) (Ruiz) [6:19] {1,3}
5. Message From the Chief (Ruiz) [1:54] {1}
6. Eastern Vibrations (Ruiz) [14:55] {1}
* 3039-1-N contains a 4:00 edit of this track.

Hilton Ruiz (piano, arrangement)
Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax)
Lew Soloff (trumpet)
Dick Griffin (trombone; arr-2,3)
Rodney Jones (guitar)
Andy Gonzalez (bass)
Steve Berrios (drums, guiro)
Jerry Gonzalez (conga, percussion)
Endel Dueno (tmbl)
Jose Alexis Diaz (percussion, cng)

{Primary Source: RCA Novus 3024-1-N; RCA Novus 3039-1-N; 3024-4-N}

87.10.00 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII [Broadcast Video]
WJCT-TV Jacksonville, 1988

October 16 or 17, 1987 (festival duration 15-17) / Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Jacksonville, FL
Broadcast:
1. 'Round Midnight [ : ]
2. A Night in Tunisia [ : ]
3. Oop-Pop-A-Da [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/466716/Jacksonville-Jazz-Festival-VIII; Orlando Sentinel May 24, 1987}

  • 87.10.21 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL [Ernie Santosuosso review The Boston Globe October 23, 1987 p.LS49]
  • 87.10.22 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Gillespiana, Tenor Song, New Faces, 'Round Midnight, Birk's Works, Rain On The Roof, Ooh-Pa-Pa-Da; encore: Happy Birthday / Nightstage, Cambridge, MA [Ernie Santosuosso review The Boston Globe October 23, 1987 p.LS49; Cadence Vol.13 no.10, October '87 p.2]
  • 87.10.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Nightstage, Cambridge, MA [Ernie Santosuosso review The Boston Globe October 23, 1987 p.LS49; Cadence Vol.13 no.10, October '87 p.2]

Error Listing!
87.10.28 • Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [Broadcast Video]

[This program also includes tracks with various side groups including J. Griffin, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Hank Jones, Eddie Gomez, Ed Thigpen, etc.]

October 28, 1987 / SEE: 87.02.27

  • 87.12.00 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / "...I later saw the [quintet] at the Blue Note in NYC—I believe George Benson sat in that evening." [Michael Fitzgerald posting to RivBea_Research Group 05.12.26]

87.12.16 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with John Faddis [Audience Recording]

December 16, 1987 / Blue Note, New York City
1. unknown title [16:36]
2. unknown title [8:44]
3. unknown title [11:42]
 announcement [0:27]
4. 'Round Midnight [9:30] (cuts out at end)
5. unknown title [15:43]
[65:55]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, voice)
John Faddis (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor & soprano sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}

87.12.18 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with John Faddis [Audience Recording]

December 18, 1987 / Blue Note, New York City
1. unknown title [16:53]
2. unknown title [9:12]
3. unknown title [12:13]
4. unknown title [10:35]
5. unknown title [14:53]
6. unknown title [19:32]
7. unknown title [14:43]
[98:39]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, voice)
John Faddis (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor & soprano sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: 2CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}

87.12.20 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with John Faddis [Audience Recording]

December 20, 1987 / Blue Note, New York City
1. unknown title [18:42]
2. unknown title [16:19]
3. unknown title [10:15]
4. unknown title [13:45]
[59:40]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, voice)
John Faddis (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor & soprano sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}

88.01.07 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast]

January 7, 1988 / IDe Thor club, Enschede, Netherlands
1. Tango [13:42]
2. unknown title [16:34]
3. unknown title [10:06]
4. Oop-pop-a-da [8:13]
 announcement [0:45]
5. The Tenor Song [7:34]
6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [16:56]
[78:09]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, voice)
Sam Rivers (tenor & soprano sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)

{Primary Source: CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25}

  • 88.01.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / 19:00 and 22:00, New Morning, Paris

88.01.11-12 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet w/ special guests Tony Scott and Gege' Telesforo [Broadcast Video]
RAI 2 TV broadcast

January 11 or 12, 1988 / International DOC club, RAI TV Studio, Rome, Italy
1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [9:20]
2. unknown title [4:40]
3. Oop-pop-a-da [4:20]
[21:00]
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
Ed Cherry (guitar)
John Lee (electric bass)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)
Tony Scott (voice)
Gege' Telesforo (voice)

{Primary Source: Video; Giovanni Zanoni}

  • 88.01.26 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie, Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Yoshi's, San Francisco, CA [San Francisco Chronicle January 28, 1988 p.E1]
  • 88.03.15
    88.03.16 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Catalinas Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92]

  • 88.03.17 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Audience Recording]

    March 17, 1988 / Catalinas Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    The recording that exists is long; 3CD-Rs worth.

    Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Ed Cherry (guitar)
    John Lee (electric bass)
    Ignacio Berroa (drums)

    {Primary Source: Sergiusz Lipnicki correspondence 04.07.08; Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92} Not in my collection.

    • 88.03.18 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Catalinas Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92]
    • 88.03.19 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie and his All-Star Band: Gillespie, Snooky Young, Oscar Brashear, Jon Faddis, and Conte Candoli (trumpet), Sam Rivers, Teddy Edwards, Jack Nimitz, Jerome Richardson, and Jackie Kelso (reeds), Charlie Loper, Garnett Brown, and Jimmy Cleveland (trombones), Mike Daigeau (tuba), Gerald Wiggins (piano) + Lalo Schifrin "if schedule permits", Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Victor Pantoja (percussion), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / 11:00am to 2:00pm, Rehearsal + Interviews after 2:00pm, Musician's Union Rehearsal Room 3, Los Angeles, CA [PR Newswire March 14, 1988]
    • 88.03.19 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie and his All-Star Band: (as above) / Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA [PR Newswire March 14, 1988]
    • 88.03.19 (3) - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Catalinas Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92]
    • 88.03.20 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Catalinas Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92]
    • 88.03.18
      88.03.19
      88.03.20 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Catalinas Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92]
    • 88.03.26 (1) - Sam Rivers: Interviewed for the Afro-American music collection by Darryl Duncan / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI [www.umich.edu/˜afroammu/index.html]
    • 88.03.26 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Ann Arbor, MI [www.umich.edu/~afroammu/index.html]
    • 88.04.05
      88.04.06
      88.04.07
      88.04.08
      88.04.09
      88.04.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Rivers, Cherry, Lee, Berroa / Blues Alley, Washington, DC [Cadence Vol.14 no.4 April 1988, p.90]
    • 88.05.28 - Dizzy Gillespie "regular quartet", which must mean his Quintet: Gillespie, Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / 1:00pm, Newton North Football Field, Newton, MA [The Boston Globe May 27, 1988 p.82

    88.06.03 • [Audience Recording]

    June 3, 1988 / Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Vienna, VA
    1. Tanga (Gillespie) [ : ]
    2. No More Blues (Jobim/DeMoraes/Cavanaugh/Hendricks) [ : ] (lyric version of Chega De Saudade)
    3. Con Alma (Gillespie) [ : ]
    4. Lorraine (Gillespie) [ : ]
    Rehearsal recording exists of track 1 only.

    Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis (trumpet)
    James Moody (flute, tenor sax)
    Paquito D'Rivera (clarinet, alto sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Slide Hampton (trombone)
    Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)
    Ed Cherry (guitar-1,2,4)
    Monty Alexander (piano-1,2,4)
    Flora Purim (voc-1,2,4)
    John Lee (eb-1,2,4)
    Ignacio Berroa (drums-1,2,4)
    Giovanni Hidalgo (cga and percussion-1,2,4)
    Airto Moreira (percussion-1,2,4)

    {Primary Source: www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Hampton/lwh-disc.htm}

    • 88.06.05 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band: (15-piece) Gillespie and Jon Faddis (trumpet), Sam Rivers and Paquito D'Rivera (reeds), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (trombone), two other unidentified horn players—probably James Moody and Doug Purviance, Monty Alexander (piano), Airto Moreira (percussion), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Con Alma, Jaminto, Partida Alto, Tin Tin Deo, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac / Wolf Trap, Washington, DC [Geoffrey Himes review The Washington Post June 6, 1988 p.C7]
    • 88.06.09 - The Jazz Composer Alliance / "performs four new compositions by guest composer and saxophonist Sam Rivers" / 8:00pm, Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe 88.06.05]
    • 88.06.12 - Sam Rivers & The Jazz Composer Alliance / "...returns to the area Sunday the 12th... The event, the second such collaboration between Rivers and the JCA, will feature new works by Rivers, Darrell Katz, Duane Johnson, Ken Sharporst, Andrew Hurlbut and Bruno Raberg. ...Rivers, who premiered several pieces in his first concert with the JCA, is one of these people who writes on a daily basis and has piles and piles of music that has never been played,’ Ken Sharphorst. In fact, Sam has brought up five pieces.’ Originally the program called for four pieces but he just finished this new piece that he wants to do also.’" / 8:00pm, Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe 88.06.10]
      Also in the article on the 10th: "Rivers, who premiered several pieces in his first concert". I'm not entirely certain that these two concerts occured in the same week, but that is how the newspaper references work out. —RL
    • 88.06.19 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band "directed by Jon Faddis" / 10th Annual Playboy Jazz fest, Hollywood Bowl, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4 April 1988, p.92]
    • 88.06.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: (17-piece) Gillespie, Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Jon Faddis (trumpet), and 14 others... + four unknown french horns on Toccata / Toccata, Emanon, Night In Tunisia, 'Round Midnight, Things To Come... / JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, NYC [Mary Campbell Associated Press June 28, 1988; CODA #223 December 1988, p.39]
      "...saw Sam with Dizzy's big band (a real big band, not the United Nations band) ...on John Lee's birthday (June 28, 1988)." [Michael Fitzgerald posting to RivBea_Research Group 05.12.26]
    • 88.06.30 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Big Band: Gillespie, Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Sam Rivers, James Moody, Moe Koffman, and Paquito D'Rivera (reeds), Slide Hampton (trombone), Monty Alexander (piano), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / And Then She Stopped, Samba for Carmen, 'Round Midnight, A Night In Tunisia, Caravan, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac, others... / du Maurier Downton Jazz Festival, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [The Globe and Mail July 2, 1988 p.C9; A scathing review by Jim Foster Toronto Star July 1, 1988 p.D18]
    • 88.07.01 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: "featuring, among others, Paquito D'Rivera, Sam Rivers and James Moody on sax; Steve Turre and Slide Hampton on trombone; Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditti on trumpet; Monty Alexander on piano; and Flora Purim and Airto." / 8:00pm, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe 88.07.01]
    • 88.07.02 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Big Band: Sam Rivers, James Moody, Moe Koffman, and Paquito D'Rivera (reeds), Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Slide Hampton (trombone), Monty Alexander (piano), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / unknown venue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada [The Globe and Mail June 30, 1988 p.C5]
    • 88.07.00 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (see 88.07.15 below) / Copenhagen Jazz Festival (88.07.01-10), Copenhagen, Denmark [Jazzpodium 7/1988, S.48 (Festival schedule)]
    • 88.07.08 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (see 88.07.15 below for approximate personnel) / Kongresshalle Luisencenter, Darmstadt, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1988, S.42 (Festival schedule); 9/1988, S.32,33 (Festival report)]
    • 88.07.09 or 88.07.10 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (see 88.07.15 below) / Northsea Jazz Festival (88.07.08-10), Den Haag, Netherlands [Jazzpodium 7/1988, S.49 (Festival schedule)
    • 88.07.12 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (see 88.07.15 below) / JVC Capitol Radio Music Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London, England [WIRE #52 June 1988 p.5; WIRE #53 July 1988 p.40]

    88.07.15 • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band [Broadcast Video & Audio Recordings]

    July 15, 1988 / Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz 88, Perugia, Italy
    Radio Broadcast:
    1. Emanon [10:30]
    2. A Night in Tunisia [18:36]
    3. Lover Come back to Me [5:02]
     announcement
    4. Gillespiana [13:44]
    [47:53]
    Broadcast Video:
    1. unknown title [3:40] (incomplete)
    2. unknown title [5:00]
    3. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) [12:40]
    [22:00]
    Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, John Marshall, Jon Faddis, Byron Stripling, one unidentified (trumpet)
    Garnett Brown, Doug Purviance, Dennis Wilson (trombone)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Nat Otter, Jukka Perko, Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
    Marvin Halliday (bar)
    Keith O'Quinn (tuba)
    James Williams (piano)
    Ed Cherry (guitar)
    John Lee (electric bass)
    Daniel Ponce (percussion)
    Ignacio Berroa (drums)

    Alternate Radio Broadcast:
    Adds Lew Soloff, drops Jones and Stripling (trumpet)
    Adds Phil Woods, drops Otter (alto sax)
    Adds flute to Jerry Dodgion
    Drops Brown, Purvinance, Wilson, Halliday, O'Quinn, Cherry, and Ponce

    {Primary Source: Video; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}






    Dizzy Gillespie and Sam Rivers, 1988.

    [Photo courtesy Sam Rivers]



    • 88.07.18 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers, Jerry Dodgion (alto), Jon Faddis (trumpet), Byron Stripling (trumpet), John Marshall (trumpet), Virgil Jones (trumpet), Bill Cosby (yes, on cowbell), others... / Manteca; Lover Come Back to Me; 'Round Midnight; Night in Tunisia; Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac / JVC Grand Parade du Jazz (88.07.09-19), Arenes de Cimiez, Nice, France [CODA #223 December, 1988 pp.39-40; Jazzpodium 7/1988, S.48 (Festival schedule)]

    88.07.23 • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band [Audience Recording]

    July 23, 1988 / San Sebastian Jazz Festival, San Sebastian, Spain
    1. Manteca [13:58] (incomplete, cuts in at beginning)
     announcement [1:15]
    2. Lover Come Back to Me [4:45]
    3. One Bass Hit [10:22]
     announcement [2:25]
    4. Jessica's Birthday [4:20]
    5. Things to Come [7:42]
     announcement [0:30]
    6. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [13:30]
     announcement [1:20]
    7. Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [17:45]
    8. unknown title [13:30]
    [91:48]
    Dizzy Gillespie, Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis (trumpet)
    Garnett Brown (trombone)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Marvin Halliday (reeds)
    Jerry Dodgion (alto sax)
    Frank Marabi (bass)
    Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
    James Williams (piano)
    Ignacio Berroa (drums)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

      • 88.07.25 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Monty Alexander, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Flora Purim, Airto, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ignacio Berroa... / "...a boat launched from South Street Seaport into the East River, that cruises around the Statue of Liberty, then up and down the Hudson, for about two hours." / 7:00 and 10:00pm, The S.S. Dewitt Clinton, South Street Seaport, Pier 16, NYC [New Yorker July 29, 1988 p.C15]
    • 88.08.04 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Monty Alexander, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Flora Purim, Airto, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ignacio Berroa... / 8:00pm, Sea World's Nautilus Amphitheater, San Diego, CA [San Diego Union-Tribune July 29, 1988 p.C15]
    • 88.08.05 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Monty Alexander, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Flora Purim, Airto, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ignacio Berroa... / "two concerts"... Humphrey's, San Diego, CA [San Diego Union-Tribune July 1, 1988 p.D15]
    • 88.08.06 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers... / Robert Mondavi's Summer Music Festival, Oakville, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.6, June '88 p.92]
    • 88.08.07 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Monty Alexander, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Flora Purim, Airto, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ignacio Berroa... / 7:00pm, Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA [Orange County Register August 5, 1988 p.O8]
    • 88.08.14 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Sam Rivers, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, Steve Turre, Slide Hampton, Monty Alexander, Flora Purim, Airto, Ignacio Berroa... (17-piece) / Tin Tin Deo, Samba for Carmen, 'Round Midnight, A Night In Tunisia... / Elliot Bay Jazz Festival, Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA [The Seattle Times August 13, 1988 p.C1]
    • 88.09.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / Montreux Atlanta International Music Festival, 7:00pm, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA [Bo Emerson Atlanta Journal and Constitution September 2, 1988 p.C1]
    • 88.09.30 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / 8:00pm, Hensel Hall, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA [Lancaster Patriot-News September 29, 1998 p.C3]
    • 88.10.04-09 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL [Chicago Post Tribune 88.10.03]
    • 88.10.00 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie + Sam Rivers / "day one," 11:15pm, Checkers Lounge, Norwegian Cruise Line's S.S. Norway Jazz Cruize, "into the Caribbean" off the coast of Miami, FL / "...an SRO crowd." [Down Beat February 1989, pp.48,53-54]
    • 88.10.00 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie, Sam Rivers, Red Rodney / "Round Midnight, Autumn Leaves, Bebop, Indian" / "day four," 10:10pm, Saga Theater, S.S. Norway Jazz Cruize, off the coast of Miami, FL [ibid]
    • 88.10.00 (3) - "JATP style:" Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Flip Phillips, Buddy Tate, Red Holloway, Sam Rivers, Benny Carter (alto), Totti Bergh / "Perdido, The Nearness of You, Jumpin' at the Woodside" / "day six," 2:30pm, Saga Theater, S.S. Norway Jazz Cruize, off the coast of Miami, FL [ibid]

      Down Beat August 1984 has "Floating Jazz Fest I and II departing 10.20 and 10.27, week-long tours."
      Possibly more sessions during this week, but these were the only three mentioned. —RL

      "Of the hundreds of festivals Bourne has attended as a critic and jazz radio host, nothing stands out like the Floating Jazz Cruise festival aboard the SS Norway in 1988. The highlight was when the elder statesmen of jazz launched into a battle of the saxes on ‘Jumpin' At The Woodside.’

      As Bourne tells it, they were all standing in a row. Arnett Cobb, on crutches at the time, got to the mike first and gave the others a look as if to say, I'm going to cut you up! ‘He played this solo, the whole place went nuts,’ Bourne said. ’Then I thought, Oh this will be interesting. And Illinois Jacquet came up next, and it was as if 40 years fell away. It was like Jazz at the Philharmonic again. He had people screaming.’

      Then it was Flip Phillips' turn. Infamous for his tenor battles with Jacquet back in the JATP days, he showed he could still bring a crowd to its feet. Buddy Tate had just recovered from heart surgery, so the rhythm section cooled down for him. Later, Red Holloway made a bluesy statement, then Sam Rivers stepped up. ‘And Sam Rivers just took the Woodside to the moon,’ Bourne said. He went so far outside that when Benny Carter's trun came, he said ‘NO!’ and brought them back into the head. It would ave been an impossible act to follow."

      From "25 Great Moments in Jazz Festival History" by John Janowiak Down Beat May 1, 2005 Vol.72 Issue #5, p.94

    • 88.10.29 - Alex Elin Quartet with featured artist Sam Rivers / Highland Jazz, Newton, MA [Boston Globe September 11, 1988 p.B8]
    • 88.11.04 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: Gillespie and Jon Faddis (trumpet), Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Jerry Dodgion (alto sax), Mario Rivera (reeds), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (trombone), Flora Purim (voice), Airto Moreira, Ignacio Berroa, and Giovanni Hidalgo (percussion) / 1. Manteca; 2. Tin Tin Deo; 3. Swing Low Sweet Cadillac ... others / Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia [Andrew Ford The Sydney Morning Herald November 5, 1988 p.94; Gail Brennan review The Sydney Morning Herald November 16, 1988 p.22]
    • 88.11.12 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble (no personnel details) / World premiere of "Waves in the Piano Room" / Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City [New York Magazine November 14, 1988 p.128]

    88.11.30
    88.12.01 • Hilton Ruiz: Strut

    RCA Novus 3053-1-N (LP) 1989; 3053-2-N (CD) 1989; PD83053 (CD) 1989 GER
    • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz {1}
      RCA 68706-2 (CD) 1999
    November 30 & December 1, 1988 / Studio B, RCA Studios, New York City
    1. The Sidewinder (Lee Morgan) [6:17] {1}
    2. Goin' Back to New Orleans (Ruiz) [10:43] {1}
    3. Bluz (Rivers) [4:55]
    4. Aged in Soul (William Allen) [4:17]
    5. All My Love Is Yours (Griffin) [8:05]
    6. Soca Serenade (William Allen) [5:52]
    7. Why Don't You Steal My Blues (Bradley Cunningham) [2:31]
    Hilton Ruiz (piano)
    Lew Soloff (trumpet)
    Dick Griffin (trombone)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Rodney Jones (guitar, bass-7)
    Francisco Centeno (electric bass)
    Robby Ameen (drums, tmbl & percussion-4,5)
    Steve Barrios (tmbl & perc, d-4,5,7)
    Mongo Santamaria (cng)

    {Primary Source: RCA Novus 3053-1-N}

    • 88.12.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / 19:30 and 22:30, New Morning, Paris
    • 89.01.00 - "Dizzy and the band spent January in the Near East and Africa thanks to the USIA" [Down Beat March '89, p.59]
    • 89.02.14 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / 'Round Midnight, Night In Tunisia, others... / Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX [Michael Point review Austin American-Statesman February 16, 1989 p.D5]
    • 89.03.06 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Arturo Sandoval (trumpet), Sam Rivers (soprano and tenor sax), Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / Berlin Night Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [Toronto Star March 8, 1989 p.C8]
    • 89.03.07 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Arturo Sandoval (trumpet), Sam Rivers (soprano and tenor sax), Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa / Berlin Night Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [Toronto Star March 8, 1989 p.C8]

    89.04.01 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [Broadcast Recording]

    April 1, 1989 / Tokyo, Japan
     Radio announcement [1:15]
     announcement DG
    1. Tanga [12:55]
    2. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You [9:08]
     announcement [1:07]
    3. Night in Tunisia [14:52]
    4. Oop-Bop-She-Bam (or) One More Blues [6:49]
    [46:08]
    Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, voice)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Ed Cherry (guitar)
    John Lee (electric bass)
    Ignacio Berroa (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}

    • 89.04.11
      89.04.12
      89.04.13
      89.04.14
      89.04.15 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Sam Rivers, Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (electric bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / Night In Tunisia, Birk's Works, Manteca, 'Round Midnight, Brother K, others... / Kimball's East, San Francisco, CA [Jesse Hamlin review San Francisco Chronicle April 13, 1989 p.E3; Down Beat April '89, p.12]

    • 89.05.06 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (trumpet, vocal), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums) / 19:30 & 23:00, Dos Díos con la World Music, Club de Musica y Jazz, San Juan Evangelista, Madrid, Spain [www.sanjuanevangelista.org]


    • 89.05.24 - "As we go to press we have received the sad news that Steve McCall has died of a heart attack." [CODA # 227 August 1989 p.27]

    • 89.06.02 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (no personnel details) / Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland [WIRE #64 June 1989 p.6]
    • 89.06.03 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (no personnel details) / Bath International Jazz Festival, Bath, UK [WIRE #62 April 1989 p.5]
    • 89.06.10 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: (no personnel details) / Royal Festival Hall, London, UK [WIRE #64 June 1989 p.6]
    • 89.07.00 (Festival duration 89.07.14-16) - Dizzy Gillespie "Super Band": (no personnel details) / JVC North Sea Jazz Festival, Congresgebouw, Den Haag, Netherlands [WIRE #65 July 1989 p.67]
    • 89.07.15 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Carman Moore (conductor, composer), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax), Naomi Itami (voc), Ruby Shang (choreographer) / a stage next to the fountain at Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City / "Tales of Exile" / "Lincoln Center's salute to the bicentennial of the French Revolution ended a day late when rain forced the postponement to Saturday afternoon..."

      "The heart of Tales of Exile was a confrontation between two strong performers and characters—the lithe Mr. Cayler as an idealistic young Marco Polo, and the monumental Lawrence Goldhuber as a world-weary Kublai Khan. The piece might best be described as a pageant, given the hoisting and manipulating of white and black fabric panels and pale silk flags (designed by John Toth) by a chorus of 14 dancers as they made their way through the plaza crowds and climbed onto the open-air stage. Moving those panels, the dancers ably created an illusion of mountains and rivers and of the cities described by Marco Polo to the emperor, sometimes breaking away to illustrate the text spoken by the two actors. Carman Moore's instrumental score, played by his Skymusic Ensemble with singing by the sweet-voiced Naomi Itami, provided a fresh and shimmering aural landscape.

      The competition of a busy backdrop of buildings and a wide open, sunny sky was best overcome by Mr. Cayler and Mr. Goldhuber in their wary verbal duels. Miss Shang used them well. Dressed at one point in a sumptuous robe, Mr. Goldhuber glided across the stage in a way that captured the exotic symbolism of the emperor and his lands. Later, after he had been stripped of his robe and left in a black shirt and pants, his quick-footed and rolling partnering symbolized a very different kind of governance in a trio with two female dancers. Mr. Cayler circled the globe, or so it seemed in his circling trips about the emperor, pausing, in one amusing passage, for a dance of gestures designed to tell in the common language of movement of all the cities he had seen in his travels.

      Tales of Exile will be performed again on August 5 at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors festival."

      [New York Times July 18, 1989; www.johntoth.net/performance/performance.htm]

    • 89.08.05 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Carman Moore (conductor, composer), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax), Leroy Jenkins (v), Naomi Itami (voc), Ruby Shang (choreographer), Gilbert Tsai (performance director), John Toth (dancer manipulated fabric sculptures) / "Tales of Exile" Adapted from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino / Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, New York City ["The City Sings, Dances and Acts Up In Alfresco Mode" Andrew L. Yarrow New York Times, June 23, 1989; www.johntoth.net/performance/performance.htm]

    • 89.08.00 (Festival duration 89.08.31-09.03) - "A legion of players sat in at a tribute to the late Steve McCall at the South side's New Apartment Lounge..." (No personnel, but Rivers would likely have taken part.) / Chicago Jazz Festival, New Apartment Lounge, Chicago, IL [Down Beat December 1989, p.58]

    89.09.02 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    September 2, 1989 / 3:10pm, Jackson Stage, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
    1. improvisation [30:35]
     (soprano sax section)
     (tenor sax section)
     (p section)
     (fl section)
    2. improvisation [16:05]
     (b solo)
     (dr solo)
     (soprano sax section, incomplete, cuts out at end)
    3. improvisation [11:55]
    4. improvisation [12:45]
    [73:14]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, soprano sax-1,2, flute-1,4, piano-1,3)
    Malachi Favors (bass)
    Hamid Drake (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; "Chicago Jazz Fest will hit the key Blue Notes," Lloyd Sachs Chicago Sun-Times 89.09.01}

    89.09.02 (2) • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Super Band [Broadcast Recording]

    September 2, 1989 / 9pm, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
     Broadcast announcement
    1. Manteca [13:58]
     announcement DG
    2. Kush [15:42]
     announcement DG
    3. The Latin-American Suite *
     a) Seresta
     b) Samba for Carmen [12:03]
    4. And Then She Stopped [8:58]
     announcement DG
    5. Moody's Mood for Love [4:34]
     announcement DG
    6. Tanga [18:56]
    7. untitled (Turre solo on conch shells) [8:34]
     announcement DG
    8. Birk's Works [10:18]
     announcement DG
    9. A Night in Tunisia [18:11] (incomplete, cuts in)
     Broadcast announcement
    [112:26]
    Rivers is guest soloist on this track only

    Also noted: Audience Recording of the complete concert is in circulation.

    * "...after the second piece, Dizzy introduces Paquito D'Rivera. I seem to remember that the third piece was played by a small group from within the big band, led by Paquito. ...Paquito says something like 'we'll play a medley of a piece by Chicago harmonica player, Howard Levy, called SERESTA and a piece by me called SAMBA FOR CARMEN and we call this medley THE LATIN AMERICAN SUITE.'" —Mark Ladenson

    Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Claudio Roditi (trumpet)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax: track 8 only)
    Mario Rivera (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    James Moody (tenor sax, alto sax, flute, voice)
    Paquito D'Rivera (alto sax, clarinet)
    Steve Turre (trombone; conch shell-7)
    Slide Hampton (trombone)
    Danilo Perez (piano)
    Ed Cherry (electric guitar)
    John Lee (bass)
    Giovanni Hidalgo, Airto Moreira (percussion)
    Ignacio Berroa (drums)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; M. Ladenson; "Chicago Jazz Fest will hit the key Blue Notes," Lloyd Sachs Chicago Sun-Times 89.09.01; Michael McLaughlin 08.06.22}

    • 89.09.02 (3) (Festival duration 89.08.31-09.03) - "Sam Rivers and Hank Crawford jammed at one of the traditional after-hours meetings at The Jazz Showcase." / Chicago Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase, Chgicago, IL [Down Beat December 1989, p.58; jazzinchicago.org/files/chicagojazzfestival1979-2008.pdf]
    • 89.09.00 - "No quintet can easily recover from the loss of a veteran talent like Sam Rivers, who has returned to pursuing his own projects. But in Holloway, who hails from Washington, DC, Gillespie has found a fluent, strong-minded replacement..." [Chicago Sun Times 89.09.28]

    89.10.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Audience Video]

    October 7, 1989 / Jazztage 1989, The Forum, Leverkusen, Germany
    1. Sprung [6:03]
    2. Beatrice [8:36]
    3. Streams [13:38]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    Darryl Thompson (guitar)
    Rael Wesley Grant (electric bass)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    {Primary Source: Video; Down Beat September 1989 p. 45}

    89.10.09
    89.10.10 • Sam Rivers Quartet: Lazuli

    Timeless CD SJP 291 (CD) HOL

    October 9 & 10, 1989 / Studio 44, Monster, Netherlands
    1. Swirl [3:51]
    2. Dominant [2:17]
    3. Lazuli [4:51]
    4. Chant [2:25]
    5. Coral [6:58]
    6. Lapis [6:29]
    7. Ripples [4:55]
    8. Dandelions [3:33]
    9. Devotion [4:31]
    10. Beatrice [4:19]
    11. Desire [5:00]
    12. Sprung [3:27]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-7 thru 12; soprano sax-2,4,6; flute-1,3,5, Compositions)
    Daryll Thompson (guitar)
    Rael Wesley Grant (bass)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD SJP 291}

    • 89.10.11 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Grant, McCraven, Thompson / Paris, France / FM Broadcast Recording may exist. [Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05]

    89.11.27 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Soundboard & Audience Recordings]

    November 27, 1989 / Linz, Austria
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 67 (Audience), 68 (Soundboard)
    1st Set:
    1. Waves [18:01]
     SR announcement [2:51]
    2. Ripples [12:21]
     crowd chatter [1:20]
    3. Dandelions [9:32]
     SR announcement [0:36]
    4. Lazuli [9:24]
     SR announcement [0:17]
    2nd Set:
     SR announcement [1:16]
    5. Sprung [8:21]
     SR announcement [0:46]
    6. Beatrice [8:16]
    7. Interlude [5:13] (bass solo)
    8. Bone (Mockingbird) [9:26]
    9. Willows [2:37] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
    [92:46]
    Tape 67: "4tet, no other info. Audience recorded. Normal bias TDK. Set list taken from tape cover: Waves, Ripples, Dandelions, Lazuli, Lazuli Spring, Beatrice, Interlude, Bone, Willows." —Jason Hook 07.11.01

    Tape 68: Normal bias tape, date seems to be in conflict with Tape 67. This one is a Soundboard. —Jason Hook 08.03.28

    "This is the first time these compositions are being played. ...just finished recording..." —Rivers

    Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1,8; tenor sax-2,3,5,6; flute-4,9)
    Daryll Thompson (guitar)
    Rael Wesley Grant (bass, voc-7)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    {Primary Source: RivBea 2CD-R, Tape 67/68} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 89.12.28-30 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Carman Moore (Conductor, Composer), Sam Rivers (reeds), Charles Burnham (v), Marianna Rosett (piano), Ken Bichel and Eric Johnson (synthesists), Gordon Gottlieb (percussion), Angela Verdurmen (coreography, dance), Hugh Murphy and Maria Rubinate (dance), Caterina Bertolotto (slide projections) / South Street Theater, NYC / 1. Magical Circles (three movements: Autumn, Winter, Early Spring) 2. Righteous Heroes (1987) [James A. Oestreich, "Sound, Dance, and Art Mix To Create 'Magical Circles'" New York Times 89.12.30]


    1960's

    1970's

    1980's

    1990's

    The 21st Century...


    • 90.03.01-11 - CANCELLED - Hilton Ruiz featuring Sam Rivers / Half-page ad for a CMN tour (90.03.01-11) by Hilton Ruiz featuring Sam Rivers. [WIRE #72 p.23] "In the very next issue, however, #73, p.4, col.3-4, it was stated that Sam Rivers would not be in the eight-piece touring group. The full revised line-up appeared in a box ad elsewhere. I would hazard a guess that a BBC Radio 3 two-part concert broadcast of Hilton Ruiz on 90.06.30 + 90.07.07—advertised in #76 p.4 col.4—would feature the above group without Sam Rivers." —Kevin White 02.11.04
    • 90.04.29 - World Saxophone Quartet: Oliver Lake, Arthur Blythe (replacing "the ailing Julius Hemphill"), Sam Rivers ("filling in for David Murray"), Hamiet Bluiett / For The Love Of Money, Love Like Sister's, I Heard That, Sophisticated Lady, others... / Reed College Commons, Portland, OR [Marty Hughley review The Oregonian May 1, 1990 p.D5]

    90.07.12 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast & Audience Recording]

    July 12, 1990 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands
    1. unknown title [12:10] (incomplete, fades in)
    2. Ripples [9:05]
    3. Lazuli [10:30] ("...Lazuli. Whatever that means..." —Rivers, announcing the title)
    4. Beatrice [7:40]
    The Broadcast Recording has tracks 2 and 3 [21:17], and is preceded by a radio announcer. Audio quality is excellent.
    The Audience Recording has all four tracks above [42:00], and contains a great deal of distortion and audience chat.

    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Paul Shigihara (guitar)
    Rael Wesley Grant (bass)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    * Tapes are circulating with the drummer incorrectly identified as "Gene Jackson".

    {Primary Source: Broadcast & Audience CD-Rs; WIRE #76 p.19}

    • 90.08.26 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rael Wesley Grant (bass), Steve McCraven (drums), Ricky Ford (reeds-1st set only), Ron McWhorter (bass) / 7:45 and 10:45pm, Middle East Restaurant, Central Square, Cambridge, MA [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe Friday, August 24, 1990]
    • 90.11.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (sax, flute, piano), Rael Wesley Grant (6-string bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
    • 90.11.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (sax, flute, piano), Rael Wesley Grant (6-string bass), Steve McCraven (drums) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]
    • 90.12.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Grant, McCraven / Jazz Club Franco Borrini, Aversa, Italy [www.assmav.com/jazzclub/incontri.htm; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23]
    • 90.12.14
      90.12.15 - Sam Rivers Trio (no personnel) / Jazz Café, London, England / These two concerts were among the first at the new Jazz Café in Camden, London. Its opening was delayed twice, and Sam Rivers was originally booked to appear on 90.11.26-27 —Kevin White 02.11.13 [Wire #81 November 1990 p.4; #82/3 New Year 1991 p.2]

    91.00.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]

    date?, 1991 / Lokeren, Belgium
    1. unknown title [9:08]
    2. Willows [9:40]
    Sam Rivers (flute, piano)
    Rael Wesley Grant (bass)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    • 91.03.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Grant, McCraven / JazzClub Luxembourg, France [www.jazzclub.lu/historique_concerts90-91_FR.htm]
    • 91.03.11 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details, probably the Trio) / Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, Netherlands [on-line resource via Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23 (Concert schedule, no details)]

    91.04.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    April 1, 1991 / Club La Trompetilla, Zaragoza, Spain
     1. unknown title [3:37]
     2. unknown title [7:30]
     3. unknown title [4:10]
     4. unknown title [5:01] (bass solo)
     5. unknown title [3:46]
     6. unknown title [6:16]
     7. unknown title [5:31] (drum solo)
     8. unknown title [7:38]
     9. unknown title [6:51] (split track, cut at 3:53)
    10. unknown title [4:11]
    11. unknown title [6:52]
     applause [2:09]
    12. first encore [7:08]
    13. second encore [6:52]
    [78:00]
    "...dark sound. Barely audible. This is a really only for fans and completists. ...a very old cassette tape recorder with an awful built-in microphone, placed into a bag laid on the floor among the audience. You can hear the engine clearly. Incomplete, cut... one of my worst recordings ever."
    —P. Fonz-Garcés

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax)
    Rael Wesley Grant (six string electric bass)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    • 91.04.03
      91.04.04
      91.04.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Grant, McCraven / Sunset Jazz Club, Paris, France [JAZZMAGAZINE (France) No.403, April 1991, S.8 (Concert schedule)]
    • 91.04.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Grant, McCraven / Club Marie-Guedon, Paris, France [JAZZMAGAZINE (France) No.403, April 1991, S.8 (Concert schedule)]
    • 91.04.10 - Sam Rivers Trio: Grant, McCraven / Jazzhaus, Freiburg, Germany [Jazzpodium 4/1991, S.52 (Concert schedule)]

    91.04.12
    91.04.13 • Sam Rivers Quartet [Broadcast Recording]

    April 12 & 13, 1991 / "Martini Monday," Jazz Café, London, England
     Program leads with two tracks from Lazuli: "Dominant" and "Coral".
     Broadcast announcement [0:29]
    1. Impulse [3:47]
    2. unknown title [5:39]
     Rivers announcement [0:16]
    3. Glimpse [6:00]
    4. unknown title [7:28]
     Broadcast announcement [0:16]
    5. unknown title [14:32]
    6. unknown title [5:28]
     Broadcast announcement [0:50]
    [45:16]
    "FM broadcast on Jazz FM just after it started up in 1990... It was taped on a cheap portable thing, and the sound is therefore fairly distorted—there will doubtless be better versions around somewhere. [Please advise! —RL] Rivers played two nights at the Jazz Café... so it's one of [the dates above], but I can't be more specific." —Peter Hulsen, 02.06.00

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,3, piano-4,5, flute /Compositions)
    Darryl Thompson (guitar)
    Wesley Grant (bass)
    Steve McCraven (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Peter Hulsen; session dates from WIRE #86 April 1991 p.8}

    • 91.04.19 - Sam Rivers Trio: Grant, McCraven / 5th International Jazz Festival (91.04.19-20) / Stadthalle, St. Ingbert, Germany [Jazzpodium 4/1991, S.43 (Festival schedule)]

    91.00.00, Spring or early Summer...
    • "We moved from New York because I was getting tired of the cold, and nothing else." Rivers relates over the phone in late ’99. "We came to Orlando for a vacation, and discovered a talented pool of musicians who work at the theme parks and studios, can’t leave because the money is so good, and have no new music to play. To me it’s a lesson not to get trapped by a financial situation; it takes away your freedom. I posted a sign that said, ‘Sam Rivers is forming an orchestra; be at the union at such-and-such time.’ Everyone was there before I arrived."
      [Interview, Ted Panken, Downbeat, unknown issue, 1999; wordpress.com/2011/12/27/sam-rivers-1923-2011-r-i-p-a-downbeat-article-from-1999-and-interviews/]
      ———


    91.07.26 • Sam Rivers & Michael Leasure Duo [RivBea Archival Recording]

    July 26, 1991 / Michael Leasure's Studio, Winter Springs, FL
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 92
    1. 2nd View of an Ocean [54:37] (split trck at 51:32)
    Soundboard, low generation, silence from tape flip at 51:32. Tape labeled with date and "A View of an Ocean." Recorded in Dolby C (no dolby during transfer). One long track. —Jason Hook 07.12.06

    "In the summer of 1991 I began a series of sketches/compositions/recordings that featured great soloists living in the Orlando area. My contract with Calico Productions and my relationship with Dr George Butler (Columbia Jazz) ended in August of that year and so all future plans to continue this project were scrapped. Views Of An Ocean was the orignal title for an eventual CD release, maybe even a box set.

    Sam and Bea had just moved to Orlando... Sam had been over to my studio for a session and I had mentioned to him that I had some ideas for a work. He agreed to get together, and so I began sketching the background guitar synth part that would become "2nd View Of An Ocean. "3 Views Of An Ocean got recorded that summer:
    One for Myself — 1st View
    One with Sam — 2nd View
    One with Mark Pisczcek — 3rd View

    These titles are chronologically correct. All 'live' 1st takes—No rehearsals.

    ...I challenged my own creativity to it's limit to come up with a setting for Sam that he had never been in before.
    I knew Sam would be his usual brilliant self—He floated effortlessly, staying with the singular ocean concept for 50+ minutes. Amazing!!! Most musicians drown within minutes - Ha!

    There were no performances.
    ...neither one of us had a record deal at the time and there was no real demand for the avant garde.
    It's all hard work—and had Sony not bought CBS during my contract much would be different..."
    —Michael Leasure 08.10.27

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax)
    Michael Leasure (guitar-synth)

    {Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 92; www.michaelleasure.com; Michael Leasure 08.10.27} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 91.10.15 - Rick Drexler Quartet: Drexler (piano), Sam Rivers (reeds), Eric Hochberg (bass), Paul Wertico (drums) / "A Tribute to Miles Davis" 8:00pm, Westbrook Auditorium, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL [Bloomington Pantagraph October 12, 1991 p.B6]
    • 91.10.00 - ROOTS is the brainchild of jazz writer Mike Hennessey... an all-star jazz repertory group assembled to pay tribute to some of the great jazz saxophonists. The band... made its debut [in] October at the Leverkusen Jazz Festival, 91.10.19. [CODA #244 July 1992 p.13]

    91.10.18 • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone

    IN&OUT Records IOR 7016-2 (CD) 1992 Ger
    • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 1
      IOR 7016-1 (LP) 1992 Ger
    1st Session: [See also 91.10.19]

    October 18, 1991 / Dierks Studio, Pulheim, Germany
    1. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) [8:44]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: IOR 7016-2; IOR 7016-1}

    91.10.19 (1) • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone {1}

    IN&OUT Records IOR 7016-2 (CD) 1992 Ger
    • [Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 1] {2}
      IOR 7016-1 (LP) 1992 Ger
    • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 2 {3}
      IOR 7016-3 (LP) 1992 Ger
    • Roots [Soundboard Recording] {4}
    2nd Session: [See also 91.10.18]

    October 19, 1991 / Afternoon / Live at the Forum, Leverkusen, Germany
    Soundboard Recording:
    1. Cottontail (Duke Ellington) [7:18]
    2. Parker's Mood (Charlie Parker) [8:53]
    3. Impressions (John Coltrane) [10:12]
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye / DePaul) [7:43]
    5. unknown title [7:28]
    6. Body And Soul (Green) [5:38]
    7. St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins) [10:23]
    8. Red Top (Kynard) [8:31]
    9. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [5:13]
    IOR 7016-2 deletes track 5.
    IOR 7016-1 has tracks 1, 3, 7, and 9.
    IOR 7016-3 has tracks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: IOR 7016-1; IOR 7016-2; IOR 7016-3; CD-R}

    91.10.19 (2) • Roots [Broadcast Recording]
    NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Radio/TV Broadcast

    October 19, 1991 / Evening / Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
    1. St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins) [14:48]
    2. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul) [9:03]
    3. The Panther (Ellington) [10:46] (incomplete)
    4. Cotton Tail (Ellington) [13:00]
    5. Red Top (Kynard) [9:45]
    6. Impressions (John Coltrane) [11:09]
    7. Body and Soul (Green/Heyman/Sour/Eaton) [8:35]
    8. Parker's Mood [10:18] (incomplete)
    [87:22]
    Also in a shorter version which at 66:20 omits tracks 3 and 8, somehow;
    and in a still shorter version at 53:16 which has tracks 4 through 8 and is mistakenly dated 91.10.20.

    "This session took place late in the evening of October 19th while the Leverkusen recordings of the same day were made in the afternoon." —D.H. Kraner, correspondence 02.07.14

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (tenor sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: Dietrich Heinz Kraner; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31} Not in my collection.

    92.01.12
    92.01.13 • Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra with Julius Hemphill and Sam Rivers: Flux

    Northeastern / Popular Arts NR 5010-CD (CD) 1992

    January 12 & 13, 1992 / Newbury Sound, Boston, MA
    1. Flux (Rivers) [8:22]
    2. Out Looking for Onions, Potatoes and Bread (Johnson) [11:24]
    Julius Hemphill (as-1)
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1; tenor sax-1,2; flute-1)

    The JCA Orchestra:
    Susan Calkins (fl)
    Jay Branford, Douglas Yates (alto sax, clarinet)
    Rob Scheps (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Kathy Halvorson (bar, oboe)
    John Carlson, Mike Peipman, Walter Platt (trumpet)
    Marshall Sealy (french horn)
    David Harris, Bob Pilkington (trombone)
    Jim O'Dell (tuba)
    Diana Herold (vibes)
    John Dirac (guitar)
    John Medeski (piano, synth)
    Howard Britz (bass)
    Jerry Leake (percussion)
    Grisha Alexiev (drums)

    Additional Musicians:
    Joel Springer (tenor sax-1)
    Bob Levy (trumpet-1)
    Russell Jewell (trombone-1)
    Duane Johnson (synth-2)

    {Primary Source: NR 5010-CD}

    92.03.24 • Roots: Salute to the Saxophone [Video]

    VideoArts VALJ-3326 (Laser Disk) JAP; VAVJ-326 (VID) JAP; VAJ ROO-020LD (Laser Disk) 1992; DVD 1999; Double Time Jazz Collection, Volume 5 DVD 2004
    • Various Artists: Double Time Jazz Collection Volume 5
      Eagle Eye Media (DVD) 2004
      [This DVD contains two programs "THE GADD GANG: Digital Live" and "ROOTS: Salute to the Saxophone" on one DVD, featuring on-screen notes about the concert, full biographical details and extensive background information on the artists and songs.]
    March 24, 1992 / Live at Brew House Theatre, Taunton, London, England

    "Roots returned to Europe in March/April during which a special concert in England was videotaped for future release..." [CODA #244 July 1992 p.13]
     Introductions [0:35]
    1. Never, Always (Freeman) [8:30]
    2. Parker's Mood (Charlie Parker) [10:00]
    3. Body and Soul (Green) [5:30]
    4. After Dark (Von Freeman) [8:55]
    5. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul) [6:10]
    6. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [9:30]
    Arthur Blythe (as-1,2,6)
    Chico Freeman (tenor sax-1,4,6)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3,6)
    Nathan Davis (as-1,6; soprano sax-5)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: VAJ ROO-020LD; A.J. Rogers; session date and issue #s via Tosiyuki Nomoto, from Swing Journal September, '92.}

    • 92.03.25 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums) / 21:30, New Morning, Paris [Jazzpodium 3/1992, S.68 (Concert schedule)]

    92.03.26 • Roots [Broadcast Video]
    Bayerischer Rundfunk/Fernsehen, Bavarian Radio & Television

    March 26, 1992 / Burghausen, Germany
    1. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [18:05]
    2. Misty (Garner) [5:35]
    3. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye/Paul) [4:15]
    4. My One and Only Love (Mellin/Wood) [4:05]
    5. Body and Soul (Heyman/Sour/Eyton/Green) [4:25]
    6. Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) [4:20]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (reeds)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums) (drums)

    {Primary Source: Video; venue Dietrich Heinz Kraner}

    • 92.03.29 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums) / Vienna, Austria [Jazzpodium 3/1992, S.68 (Concert schedule)]

    92.04.01 • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    April 1, 1992 / Jazzclub Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
    1. Never, Always (Freeman) [16:04]
    2. Mr. P.C. (Coltrane) [19:21]
    3. Impressions (John Coltrane) [21:02]
    4. Cottontail (Ellington) [17:45]
    5. Lester Leaps In (Young) [26:25]
     announcement Pullen
    6. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) [7:48]
    7. Over The Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg) [6:52]
    8. Jana's Delight (Pullen) [12:21]
    9. Solace (Rivers) [6:34]
    [134:11]
    Also circulating in a shorter version with tracks 3, 1, 8, and 2 in that order at 69:15.

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammed (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}

    • 92.04.02 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums) / Gütersloh, Germany [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03]
    • 92.04.03 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums) / (6th Jazz Festival 92.04.02-04) St. Ingbert, Germany [Jazzpodium 4/1992, S.67 (Concert schedule)]

    92.04.04 (1) • Dave Holland Trio + Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]

    April 4, 1992 / Jazz Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
     Broadcast announcement [1:07]
    1. The Winding Way [23:15]
    2. Dream of the Elders [12:20]
     Broadcast announcement [0:25]
    [37:08]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano)
    Kevin Eubanks (guitar)
    Dave Holland (bass)
    Marvin Smith (drums, percussion)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    92.04.04 (2) • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    April 4, 1992 / SJU Jazz Festival, Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
     announcement [0:38]
    1. Rhythm-a-ning (Monk) [9:02]
    2. Over the Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg) [6:58]
     announcement [0:58]
    3. Requiem For A Rabbit (Freeman) [9:40]
    5. Body and Soul (Green) [7:55]
    6. Mr. P.C. (Coltrane) [5:30] (incomplete, fade-out)
     announcement [0:27]
    [41:03]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}

    92.04.05 • Roots [Audience Recording]

    April 5, 1992 / Lindenbrauerei, Unna, Germany
     announcement [1:04]
    1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise [15:05]
    2. unknown title [6:52] (Pullen piano trio)
    3. unknown title [13:09]
    4. Rhythm-A-Ning [9:41] (fade-out)
    5. Parker's Mood [12:58]
    6. Impressions [20:05]
    7. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) [8:30]
    [87:26]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31; Jazzpodium 4/1992, S.63 (Concert schedule)} Not in my collection.

    • 92.06.20 - ROOTS: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Idris Muhammad or Tommy Campbell (drums) / "...made its US debut June 20th at Philadelphia's Mellon Festival..." [CODA #244 July 1992 p.13; WIRE #100 June 1992 p.4]

    92.06.25 (1) • Roots [Audience Recording]

    June 25, 1992 / Town Hall, New York JVC Festival (92.06.19-27), New York City

    "...before leaving for a tour of the European Summer festivals."
     announcement [0:40]
    1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [19:58]
    2. Indigo Gitano (Pullen) [9:50]
    3. My One and Only Love [6:26]
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is [7:11]
    5. Misty [6:00] (split track at 3:45)
    6. Body and Soul [5:28]
     announcement [0:22]
    7. Cottontail (Duke Ellington) [6:45]
     announcement [0:40]
    8. out music [2:25]
    [66:55]
    "I was at that concert (front row seats!!!) and have short notes in my log of what they played. Here's what I wrote at the time: 'Blowing session in the JATP tradition. All in great form, especially Pullen. Opened with Trane's Impressions, with everyone soloing, then a Pullen trio piece from the Random Abstracts album, and a ballad set with each horn getting rhythm support: My One and Only Love (Freeman), You Don't Know What Love Is (Davis), Misty (Blythe), Body and Soul (Rivers). Closed with Cottontail, with all 4 saxes playing in unison like a strong sax section on the opening and closing segments.'" —Bill Hery

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (tenor sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Nathan Davis (alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; track detailing Bill Hery 07.06.03; CODA #244 July 1992 p.13; WIRE #100 June 1992 p.4; Jazz Magazine No.416 6/1992, pp.41-42, Festival schedule; "A Revolutionary Medley, From Marches to Chorales," John Pareles New York Times 92.06.29}

    • 92.06.25 (2) - Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra: Ray Anderson, Joe Daley, Sharon Freeman, Earl Gardner, Mick Goodrick, Tom Harrell, Javon Jackson, Joe Lovano, Makanda Ken, McIntyre, Paul Motian, Amina Claudine Myers, Arthur Blythe, Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Don Pullen, Santi Debriano, Tommy Campbell, and the Martin Luther King Jr Fellowship Choir / 8:00pm, Town Hall, New York City [Peter Watrous The New York Times June 19, 1992 p.C24; New York Magazine June29-July 6, 1992]]

    92.07.01 • Roots [Broadcast Video & Audio Recordings]

    July 1, 1992 / Estival Jazz 1992, Lugano, Switzerland
    1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [19:28]
    2. Cottontail (Duke Ellington) [10:09]
     announcement [1:01]
    3. Indigo Gitano (Pullen) [14:40]
    4. Requiem For A Rabbit (Freeman) [13:15]
    5. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [10:01]
    6. Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) [11:20]
    [79:57]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Nathan Davis (alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: Video; CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}

    • 92.07.02 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Tommy Campbell (drums) / Innsbruck, Austria [Jazzpodium 7-8/1992, S.78 (Concert schedule)]
    • 92.07.03 - Roots: as above / Neuwied, Germany [ibid]
    • 92.07.04 - Roots: as above / 16th Leipziger Jazztage (92.07.02-05) Oper, Leipzig, Germany [Jazzpodium 6/1992, S.33 (Festival schedule)]

    92.07.08 • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    July 8, 1992 / Jazzhaus, Freiburg, Germany
    1. Impressions [25:17]
    2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [19:19]
    3. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) [10:38]
    4. Bessie's Blues (Coltrane) [14:54]
    5. Indio Gitano (Don Pullen) [16:57] (piano trio)
    6. Never Always—aka Requiem For A Rabbit (Chico Freeman) [9:20]
    7. Lester Leaps In (Young) [13:40]
    8. The Way You Look Tonight (Fields/Kern) [14:01]
    [124:06]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31} Not in my collection.

    92.07.10 • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    July 10, 1992 / Northsea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands
    unknown titles [50:00]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (reeds)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Nathan Davis (reeds)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jazzpodium 7-8/1992, S.73 (Festival schedule)} Not in my collection.

    • 92.07.11 - Roots: as above / Jazz Festival (92.07.10-11) Festungsruine Hohentwiel, Singen, Germany [Jazzpodium 7-8/1992, S.64 (Festival schedule)]
    • 92.07.13 (1) - Roots: as above / Katharinenruine, Nürnberg, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, S.72 (Concert schedule)]
    • 92.07.13 (2) - Roots: as above / Jazz Studio, Nürnberg, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, S.72 (Concert schedule)]
      "Both concerts on one day—I assume Jazz Studio was a night gig, the other maybe an afternoon open air concert." —Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03
    • 92.07.14 or 07.15 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (soprano and tenor sax), Nathan Davis (tenor sax), Sam Rivers (soprano and tenor sax), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass) Tommy Campbell (drums) / Jazz Festival (92.07.13-18) Molde, Idrettens Hus, Molde, Norway [www.moldejazz.no/hoved/historie/list_musikere.php3]
    • 92.07.16 - Roots: as above / Festival Kulturarena Jena (92.07.14-08.18) Jena, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, S.65 (Festival schedule)]

    92.07.17 • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    July 17, 1992 / Quasimodo, Berlin, Germany
    1. Milestones [20:55]
    2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [18:07]
     announcement [1:09]
    3. Parker's Mood (Charlie Parker) [10:56] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
    4. unknown title [11:57]
     announcement [0:29]
    5. unknown title [17:16]
     announcement [0:59]
    6. Lover Man [11:33]
     announcement [0:38]
    7. Never, Always (Freeman) [9:36] (incomplete, cuts out at end)
     announcement [0:27]
    8. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [10:58]
     announcement [1:04]
    9. encore [11:49] (incomplete, fades out)
    [128:35]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (reeds)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Nathan Davis (reeds)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    • 92.07.18 - Roots: as above / Festival Münchner Klaviersommer (92.07.12-22) Bayrischer Hof, München [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, S.49 (Concert schedule)]

    92.07.24 • Roots [Audience Recording]

    July 24, 1992 / Modena, Italy
    1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [25:52] (incomplete, cuts in)
     announcement [0:08]
    2. Indigo Gitano [11:14]
     announcement [1:08]
    3. Never, Always (Freeman) [13:13]
     announcement [1:27]
    4. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [17:29]
     announcement [1:58]
    5. Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise [14:52]
     announcement [3:28] (fades out and back in at 1:05)
    6. encore... Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [10:35]
     announcement [0:48]
    [101:32]
    "...the last night of a very long cencert tour, lasting about a month..." —Chico Freeman

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (reeds)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Nathan Davis (reeds)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Tommy Campbell (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    92.09.10 • Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Broadcast Recording]

    September 10, 1992 / WULF-FM, Orlando, FL
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 223
     Sam Rivers Interview [17:21]
    Sam spins some records, makes comments about the tracks and artists. Occasional burst of static. interview portion was extracted from music, all recorded commercially, 17 minutes from around three hours of music! Low-gen and interesting. On a 120-minute Pro AVX cassette. —Jason Hook

    Sam Rivers

    {Primary Source: Jason Hook, Cassette 223} Not in my collection.

    • 92.00.00 - "Local names such as Nat Adderley, Sam Rivers, Panama Francis, and Nathen Page perform infrequently in the area, although all three (sic) joined up in a bravura program at Seminole County Community College last year." / Seminole County Community College, Sanford, FL [Billboard March 6, 1993 p.55]

    92.11.00 • Longineu Parsons: Work Song

    Longineu Music LPCD-93 (CD) 1993; TCB Records TCB 94302 (CD) 1994 SWZ
    • Longineu Parsons: Spaced: Collected Works 1980 - 1999 {1}
      Ubiquity Records Luv N' Haight LHLP032 (2LP) 1999; LHCD032 (CD) 1999

    November, 1992 / Mangum Alford Studio, Jacksonville, FL
    1. Work Song (Nat Adderley) [4:13]
    2. Party in Morocco (Parsons) [5:25] {1}
    3. Soyuz Dance (Jack Gregg) [5:30] {1}
    Longineu Parsons (trumpet, flugelhorn, recorders, percussion)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Kevin Bales (piano)
    Lawrence Buckner (bass)
    Adewole O'Kulu Mele (percussion)
    Von Barlow (drums)

    {Primary Source: LPCD-93; TCB 94302; LHLP032; LHCD032; session date via L. Parsons; R.L. Rardin; Cadence magazine}

    92.12.14
    92.12.15 • Roots: Stablemates

    IN&OUT Records IOR 7021-1 (2LP) Ger; IOR 7021-2 (CD) 1993 Ger; Rounder 798747702126 (CD) 1995

    December 14 & 15, 1992 / Sound Studios Leyh, Heidelberg, Germany
    1. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [5:21]
    2. Linden Boulevard (Debriano) [9:14]
    3. Requiem for a Rabbit (Chico Freeman) [7:09]
    4. Night Train (Jimmy Forrest) [5:57]
    5. I Remember Eric Dolphy (N. Davis) [9:36]
    6. Stablemates (Benny Golson) [8:24]
    7. Ah, George, We Hardly Knew Ya (Pullen) [12:11]
    8. Walkin' (Richard Carpenter) [6:33]
    9. The Party's Over (Styne, Green, & Comden) [6:42]
    Roots:
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax, soprano sax)
    Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman (tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano, organ)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    Guests:
    Helmut Nieberle (guitar-4)
    Helmut Kagerer (guitar-9)

    {Primary Source: IOR 7021-2; IOR 7021-1}

    • 93.01.06 - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie leaves this mortal coil...
    • 93.01.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: no personnel details / 21:00, New Morning, Paris [Jazz Magazine No.422 1/1993 S.51, Concert schedule]

    93.00.00 • Barry Altschul Trio + Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording] "Jazz Alive in Concert" TVR2

    "Spring", 1993 / Camel Jazz Alive Summit, Sala Palatului, Bucharest, Romania
    1. unknown title [13:04]
    2. Beatrice [8:22]
    3. unknown title [6:02] (incomplete, fades out under program credits)
    [27:29]

    Barry Altschul Trio with guest Sam Rivers from AdVa on Vimeo.


    Sam Rivers, (tenor sax-1,2, flute-3)
    Uri Caine (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Barry Altschul (drums)

    {Primary Source: vimeo.com/35926391; WIRE #117 November 1993 p.7} Not in my collection.

    93.04.09 • Barry Altschul Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

    April 9, 1993 / Jazz Club, Draguignan, France
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 226
    1st Set:
     Introduction [1:14]
    1. unknown title (Rivers) [8:54]
    2. Medley [33:48]
     (unknown title, tenor sax section—7:09)
     (unknown title, flute section—19:25)
     (That's Nice (Altschul), ss section—7:14)
     announcement [0:31]
    3. unknown title [9:14] (split track at 1:46)
     announcement [0:43]
    2nd Set:
    4. unknown title [10:52]
     announcement [0:16]
    5. unknown title [14:08]
     announcement [2:43]
    6. encore, Beatrice (Rivers) [7:51]
     announcement [0:52]
    "With Barry Althshul, dagninon, F," no date, no set list. Maxell hi-bias 90 UDII tape. FM, master or 1st generation. Track three has missing space from tape flip. —Jason Hook 07.12.06

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,4,6; soprano sax-2,3; flute-1,2,5)
    Uri Caine (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Barry Altschul (percussion)

    {Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 226; Jazz Hot No.502 7-8/1993 S.23} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 93.04.10 - Barry Altschul Quartet: Altschul, Rivers, Uri Caine, Santi Debriano / Passage du Nord-Ouest, Paris, France [Jazz Magazine No.425 4/1993 S.62]

    93.04.14 • Scott Whitfield: To Be There

    Amosaya Music AM-2533-CD (CD) 1997

    April 14, 1993 / Lone Pine Recording Studios, Orlando, FL
    1. Twinkletoes [6:29]
    Scott Whitfield (trombone, Composition)
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax)
    Mark McKee (piano)
    Dave Spring (bass)
    Randy Jennings (drums)

    {Primary Source: AM-2533-CD}

    93.05.01 • Roots [Audience Recording]

    May 1, 1993 / Jazz Festival '93, Cardiff, UK
    1. Impressions (Coltrane) [20:09]
    2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [18:26]
    3. Indio Gitano (Pullen) [10:23]
    4. Lester Leaps In (Young) [18:23]
    5. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) [8:36] (incomplete, fades out)
    [76:01]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31; www.donpullen.de/live.htm} Not in my collection.

    93.05.07 • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    May 7, 1993 / 18th Jazzfestival 1993, Bern, Switzerland
     announcement SR [1:14]
    1. Body and Soul (Green) [5:48]
    2. Rhythm-a-ning (Monk) [15:06]
    3. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [11:36]
     radio announcement [0:36]
    [34:22]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (tenor sax)
    Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31} Not in my collection.

    93.05.08 (1) • Roots [Broadcast Audio & Video Recordings]
    DRS/SRG Video Broadcast

    May 8, 1993, very early morning / 18th Jazzfestival Bern, Kursaal, Bern, Switzerland
    1. Requiem for a Rabbit (Freeman) [9:43]
    2. Ah, George, We Hardly Knew Ya (Pullen) [18:01]
    3. Body and Soul (Green/Heyman/Sour/Eaton) [5:55]
    4. Rhythm-A-Ning (Monk) [13:36]
    5. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [11:50]
    [59:38]
    "The concert was scheduled for the evening of May 7th but started shortly after midnight; therefore it should be placed just prior to the Bonn broadcast." —D.H. Kraner, correspondence 02.07.14

    Arthur Blythe (alto and soprano sax / 1,2,4,5)
    Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax / 1,3,4,5)
    Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman (tenor and soprano sax / 1,4,5)
    Don Pullen (piano-2,3,4,5)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: Dietrich Heinz Kraner} Not in my collection

    93.05.08 (2) • Roots [Broadcast Recording]

    May 8, 1993 / Bonn, Germany
    1. unknown title [16:39]
     announcement [1:53]
    2. Body and Soul (Green) [5:35]
     announcement [0:23]
    3. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [13:37]
     announcement [0:47]
    4. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [8:40] (incomplete, fades out)
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    • 93.05.10 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums) / The Animal House, Donaueschingen, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, S.60 (Concert schedule)]

    93.05.00 (1) • Roots [Audience Recording]

    May, 1993 / Grillo Theater, Essen, Germany
     radio announcement [0:57]
    1. Impressions (Coltrane) [17:10]
    2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [13:33]
     announcement [1:20]
    3. Lover Man [12:08]
    4. The Way You Look Tonight [12:23]
     applause [1:19]
    5. Linden Boulevard [14:35]
     announcement [0:34]
    6. Stablemates (Golson) [8:16]
    7. I Remember Eric Dolphy (Davis) [13:32]
     announcement [0:36]
    8. All Or Nothing At All [13:13] (Pullen piano trio)
    9. Ah George, We Hardly Knew Ya (Pullen) [11:30]
    10. Lester Leaps In [20:38]
    11. Straight No Chaser (Monk) [8:44]
    [150:37]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31} Not in my collection.

    93.05.00 (2) • Roots [Broadcast Video]

    May, 1993 / Club Subway, Köln (Cologne), Germany
     Interview Dieter Hens & Ali Haurand [2:38]
    1. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [11:19]
    2. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul) [11:34]
    3. Richard's Tune (Pullen) [14:20]
    4. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [18:10]
    [58:30]
    A shorter broadcast is circulating at 41:00, with track 3 omitted.

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax, soprano sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Don Pullen (piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammad (drums)

    {Primary Source: Video}

    • 93.05.13 - Roots: as above / Forum, Stuttgart, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, S.65 (Concert schedule)]
    • 93.05.15 - Roots: as above / 11th Jazz Festival (93.05.14-16), Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, S.70 (Concert schedule)]
    • 93.05.16 - Roots: as above / Foyer des Landesmuseums, Münster, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, S.64 (Concert schedule)]
    • 93.05.18 - Roots: Davis, Rivers, Freeman, Blythe, Pullen, DeBriano, Muhammad / Printemps de Prades, Prades-Le-Lez, France [Jazz Hot No.500 5/1993, S.81, Concert schedule]
    • 93.05.19 - Roots: Davis, Rivers, Freeman, Blythe, Pullen, DeBriano, Muhammad / Cri du Port, Cite de la Musiques, Marseille, France [Jazz Hot No.500 5/1993, S.81, Concert schedule]

    93.05.20 • Roots [Audience Recording]

    May 20, 1993 / New Morning, 20:30, Paris, France
    1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [16:36]
    2. Never, Always [11:45]
     introduction [1:25]
    3. George, We Hardly Knew You (Pullen) [15:45] (incomplete)
    4. Cottontail [13:30]
    5. Linden Boulevard (Debriano) [13:07]
     announcement [2:00]
    6. I Remember Eric [8:54]
    7. Body and Soul [7:20]
    8. unknown title [11:00]
    9. Stolen Moments [10:40]
    [121:52]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (tenor sax)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Nathan Davis (alto sax, tenor sax)
    Don Pullen (electric piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammed (drums)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    93.05.21 • Roots [Audience Recording]

    May 21, 1993 / Virgin Megastore, Paris, France
     soundcheck [2:33]
    1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [13:54]
    2. Never, Always [10:48]
    3. drum solo [1:08]
    4. unknown title [12:36]
    5. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [3:05] (incomplete, fades in)
    [41:10]
    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Nathan Davis (alto sax, tenor sax)
    Don Pullen (electric piano)
    Santi Debriano (bass)
    Idris Muhammed (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    • 93.05.22 - Roots: Davis, Rivers, Freeman, Blythe, Pullen, DeBriano, Muhammad / Coutances, 12th Jazz Festival Sous les Pommiers (93.05.15-22), France [Jazz Magazine No.426 5/1993, S.68, Festival schedule]
    • 93.06.09 - Sam Rivers Quartet: / Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL [Cadence Vol.19 no.6 June 1993 p.29]
    • 93.08.03 - Barry Altschul Trio: Rivers, Debriano / Jazz Festival (93.08.02-06), La Seyne sur Mer, France [Jazz Magazine No.428 7-8/1993 S.69 (Festival schedule) & No.432 12/1993 S.8 (concert review); Jazz Hot No.504 10/1993 S.12 (festival report)]

    93.09.27 • James Blood Ulmer Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording]

    September 27, 1993 / unknown location
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 63
    1. unknown title [13:21] (incomplete, fades in)
    2. unknown title [15:12]
    3. unknown title [5:25]
     JBU announcement [0:51]
    4. unknown title [4:08] (drum/voice, bass/voc Duo
    5. unknown title [7:21]
    6. unknown title [11:12]
     JBU announcement [2:47]
    7. unknown title [2:02] (incomplete, fades out)
    [61:08]
    Probably a low-generation soundboard, as crowd noise is very minimal and much lower dB. On 60 min. Maxell. —Jason Hook 07.12.06

    James Blood Ulmer (guitar except trk 4)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3,5,7; soprano sax-2,6; flute-2)
    Kim Clarke (bass, voc)
    Aubrey Dayle (drums, voc)

    {Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 63} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    93.10.09 • James Blood Ulmer Quartet [Broadcast Recording & Broadcast Video]

    October 9, 1993 / Jazztage 1993, Forum, Leverkusen, Germany
    1. She Ain't So Cold [2:41]
    2. unknown title [23:08]
    3. unknown title [6:09]
    4. unknown title [10:52]
    5. unknown title [6:20]
    6. Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher [5:35]
    7. unknown title [7:01]
    [61:46]
    James Blood Ulmer (electric guitar)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Kim Clarke (electric bass)
    Aubrey Dayle (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Video}

    • 93.10.00 - James Blood Ulmer Quartet: Ulmer (electric guitar), Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax, flute), Mooni Abdul Farah (cello), Doug Hammond (drums) / Docklands Jazz Festival, Cabot Hall, Isle of Dogs, London, England [London Financial Times September 24, 1993 p.17]
    • 93.10.15 - Roots: Davis, Rivers?, Freeman, Blythe, Pullen, DeBriano, Muhammad / Nancy, 20th Festival Jazz Pulsations (93.10.08-24) [Jazz Magazine No.430 10/1993, S.33, Festival schedule]
    • 93.10.20 - Roots: Davis, Freeman, Blythe, Pullen, DeBriano, Muhammad, Rivers?, (no details for personnel) / Jazz Festival, Tourcoing, France [Jazz Magazine No.430 10/1993, S.48, Festival schedule]
    • 93.10.28 - Mike Nock Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax), Mike Nock (piano), Cameron Undy (bass), Nick McBride (drums) / Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Sydney's Basement Club, Sydney, Australia [Gail Brennan Sydney Morning Herald October 22, 1993 p.19]

      "This year's guest, and a competition judge,in the National Jazz Saxophone Competition at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, is the American avant-gardist Sam Rivers." —Sydney Morning Herald October 11, 1993 p.20

    • 93.10.30 - Sam Rivers + String Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax), Mike Nock (piano), Nicko Schoyble (percussion), John Rodgers (violin), other three not identified / "among other events will perform with a string quartet and composer/pianist Mike Nock..." / Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia [Darrin Farrant The Age October 29, 1993 p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 November 1993 p.107; Gail Brennan Sydney Morning Herald October 22, 1993 p.19 and November 2, 1993 p.18]
    • 93.10.31 - Mike Nock Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax), Mike Nock (piano), Cameron Undy (bass), Nick McBride (drums) / Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia [Darrin Farrant The Age October 29, 1993 p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 November 1993 p.107]
    • 93.11.04 - Mike Nock Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax), Mike Nock (piano), Cameron Undy (bass), Nick McBride (drums) / Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Sydney's Basement Club, Sydney, Australia [Gail Brennan Sydney Morning Herald October 22, 1993 p.19]

    93.11.10 • Barry Altschul Quartet [Audience Recording]

    November 10, 1993 / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
    1st Set:
    1. Long Tall Sunshine [11:46]
    2. unknown title [10:07]
    3. unknown title [15:15]
     announcement [1:39]
    4. Beatrice (Rivers) [9:21]
    5. Sprung (Rivers) [7:39]
    2nd Set:
    6. Swing Tone (Rivers) [11:18]
     announcement [0:36]
    7. Joy (Rivers) [11:46]
    8. That's Nice (Altschul) [10:27]
    9. For Papa Joe, Klook, and Philly too (Altschul) [20:34] (split track at 7:59)
     announcement [1:18]
    [113:40]
    A tape is also circulating of the First Set only, with a few minutes of pre-gig banter and noodling.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax-1; flute-2)
    Uri Caine (piano)
    Santi DeBriano(bass)
    Barry Altschul (drums)

    "the 1993 date at Yoshi's [was] Barry Altschul's Quartet. Sam was added to [his] pre-existing trio and they did a small tour together." —Matt Gorney, correspondence 02.05.01

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 November 1993 p.107; Jesse Hamlin San Francisco Chronicle November 11, 1993 p.F3}

    • 93.11.11
      93.11.12
      93.11.13
      93.11.14 - Barry Altschul Quartet: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Uri Caine (piano), Santi DeBriano (bass), Barry Altschul (drums) / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [93.11.11-13 dates as announced by Altschul on 93.11.10 session recording; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 November 1993 p.107 adds 93.11.14; Jesse Hamlin San Francisco Chronicle November 11, 1993 p.F3]

    93.12.05
    93.12.06 (1) • Reggie Workman: Summit Conference

    Postcards POST1003 (CD) 1994; Post 77 1003 2 (CD) 2000
    • Various Artists: Arkadia Jazz Presents: Out and Out Jazz
      Arkadia Jazz 70054 (CD) 2001
    December 5 & 6, 1993 / Kampo Audio, New York City
    1. Encounter (John Carter) [7:45]
    2. Estelle's Theme (Workman) [4:05]
    3. Conversation (Sonelius Smith) [10:13]
    4. Meteor (Rivers) [5:34]
    5. Solace (Rivers) [4:19]
    6. Summit Conference (Workman) [8:32]
    7. Breath (Priester) [6:54]
    8. Gone (Hill) [9:21]
    Arkadia Jazz 70054 has track 1.

    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Andrew Hill (piano)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3,4,5,6; soprano sax-2,7; flute-8)
    Julian Priester (trombone)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: POST1003; 70054}

    93.12.06 (2)
    93.12.07 • Music Revelation Ensemble: In the Name of...

    DIW/Columbia CK 67101 (CD) 1994 Japan; 1995 US

    December 6 & 7, 1993 / Eastside Sound, New York City
    1. In Time [8:10]
    2. Mankind [9:28]
    3. Help [8:37]
    James "Blood" Ulmer (electric guitar; Compositions)
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax-1; tenor sax-3; flute-2)
    Amin Ali (electric bass)
    Cornell W. Rochester (drums)

    {Primary Source: DIW CK 67101}

    94.03.02 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]

    March 2, 1994 / unknown locale
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 66
     Orchestra Rehearsal:
    1. unknown title [5:06]
    2. Beatrice [11:20]
    3. unknown title [18:00] (several brief starts and stops at beginning)
    4. unknown title [2:40] (starts and stops, much laughter)
    5. unknown title [17:39]
    6. unknown title [18:23] (starts, stops, chit-chat, general controlled studio mayhem)
    1. unknown title [5:08]
    [79:46]
    "Orchestra," no other info. Beatrice, Duke, Inspiration, Magma, Indigo. Soundboard recording, Normal bias TDK. Some glitches, ...occasional dropouts. —Jason Hook 07.11.01

    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    others... ?

    {Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 66} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 94.05.18 - Sam Rivers' 18-piece Big Band / 9:00pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL [Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 1994]

    94.07.00 • Roots [Broadcast Recording]
    Broadcast NDR

    Early July, 1994 / Eldenaer Jazz Evenings, Eldena, Germany
    1. All or Nothing at All [11:30]
    Der Spiegel article mentions another title, "Lester Leaps In."

    Arthur Blythe (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman (reeds)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Nathan Davis (reeds)
    George Cables (piano)
    Buster Williams (bass)
    Winard Harper (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03; Michael Naura festival review, Der Spiegel 94.07.11, p.170 }

    • 94.07.08-10 (Festival duration) - Roots: Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Chico Freeman (reeds), Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathan Davis (reeds), Horace Parlan (piano), Wayne Dockery (bass), ? (drums) / Jazz Festival, Wiesen, Austria [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03]
      "Festival report in Jazzpodium 9/1994, S.33 mentioned different personnel in the rhythm section to previous years - Horace Parlan (piano) Wayne Dockerey (bass) drummer not listed." —Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03
    • 94.07.21 - Roots: as above / "MERCI ADOLPH SAX,"20:30, New Morning, Paris, France
    • 94.07.23 - Roots: as above / Kulturzelt, Kassel, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1994, S.30 (Concert schedule)]
    • 94.07.26 - Roots: as above / Festival Münchner Klaviersommer (94.07.12-28), Bayrischer Hof, München, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1994, S.101 (Festival schedule)]

    94.11.00 • Sam Rivers Interview [Broadcast Recording]
    WKCR-FM, New York / Loft Jazz Festival

    November ?, 1994 / Sam & Bea in sunny Florida, on the phone with WKCR, New York City
    1. Interview [19:56] (incomplete, beginning truncated.)
    "the last 20 minutes of what I believe was an hour-long conversation."

    Sam Rivers & Beatrice Rivers

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    94.12.21
    94.12.22 • Bruce Ditmas: What If

    Postcards POST 1007 (CD) 1995

    December 21 & 22, 1994 / Electric Lady Studios, New York City
    1. What If (Ditmas) [10:21]
    2. 3348 Big Easy (Ditmas)
     a. Deep Blue Sleep [3:18]
     b. Thursday Nite Special [7:18]
     c. Voodoo Street Beat [4:09]
    3. Power Surge (Ditmas/Rivers) [3:46]
    Bruce Ditmas (drums)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3; soprano sax-2)
    John Abercrombie (guitar)
    Paul Bley (piano, synth)
    Dominic Richards (bass)

    {Primary Source: POST 1007}

    95.02.19
    95.02.20
    95.02.21
    95.02.22 • Franklin Kiermyer: Kairos

    Evidence ECD 22144-2 (CD) 1996

    February 19-22, 1995 / Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY
    1. Basheret (Kiermyer) [4:24]
    Franklin Kiermyer (drums)
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax)
    Eric Person (alto sax)
    Michael Stuart (tenor sax)
    John Esposito (piano)
    Drew Gress (bass)

    {Primary Source: ECD 22144-2}

    • 95.03.18 - Sam Rivers Trio with DJ-BMF (Greg Lentz): Rivers, Mathews, Cole / "If the Saturday night show goes well, Rivers and DJ BMF might bring their collaboration to downtown Orlando's Barbarella..." / The GO Lounge, Orlando, FL ["Sam Rivers: Legendary Jazz Explorer Continues Journey", by Parry Gettelman Orlando Sentinel, p.2, March 17, 1995]



      Photo by Jim Leatherman
      (with permission)



    95.03.25 • Thilo Wolf Big Band [Broadcast Video]
    Bayerischer Rundfunk/Fernsehen, Bavarian Radio & Television

    March 25, 1995 / Wackerhalle, Burghausen, Germany
    1. Beatrice (Rivers) [9:50]
    2. One O'clock Jump [4:40]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, conductor)
    Queen Bey (voice-2)
    Personnel of Big Band unknown (?)

    {Primary Source: Video; venue Dietrich Heinz Kraner}

    95.04.05 • Improvisors Pool: Backgrounds for Improvisors
    featuring Sam Rivers & Alexander Von Schlippenbach

    FMP CD75 (CD)

    April 5, 1995 / Live at the Podewil, Berlin, Germany
    1. If you say (von Schlippenbach) [7:15]
    2. Terrain (Rivers) [12:16]
    3. Frame (Rivers/Wrase/Nonnenmacher) [3:52]
    4. Top dogs double hop (von Schlippenbach) [8:57]
    5. Background (Rivers) [29:38]
    6. Encounter(Rivers/Dehnhard) [5:43]
    7. The forge (von Schlippenbach) [10:30]
    Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano)
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
    Axel Dorner (trumpet)
    Tilmann Dehnhard (flute, tenor sax)
    Felix Wahnschaffe (alto sax)
    Claas Willecke (bar)
    Tina Wrase (soprano sax)
    Horst Nonnenmacher (bass)
    Johannes Bockholt-Dams (drums)

    {Primary Source: FMP CD75}

    • 95.04.21 - Sam Rivers' 17-piece Dance Science Orchestra / Lazy Bean, Melbourne, FL [Orlando Sentinel March 17, 1995]

    95.04.27
    95.04.28 • Reggie Workman: Cerebral Caverns

    Postcards POST1010 (CD); Post 77 1010 2 (CD) 2000
    • Various Artists: Arkadia Jazz Presents: Out and Out Jazz *
      Arkadia Jazz 70054 (CD) 2001
    April 27 & 28, 1995 / Sound on Sound, New York City
    1. Cerebral Caverns [7:14]
    2. Fast Forward [6:40] *
    3. Ballad Explorations [8:44]
    4. Half of My Soul (Tristan's Love Theme) [7:01]
    5. Evolution [8:25]

    out and out

    Reggie Workman (bass; Compositions)
    Sam Rivers (flute-1,4; tenor sax-2,3; soprano sax-5)
    Julian Priester (trombone-2,3,4)
    Geri Allen (piano-4,5)
    Elizabeth Panzer (harp-1,4)
    Gerry Hemingway (d-1,3,5; elec d-1)
    Al Foster (d-2,4)
    Tapan Modak (tablas-3,4)

    {Primary Source: POST1010; 70054}

    • 95.04.28 (2) - Sam Rivers' 17-piece Dance Science Orchestra / Lazy Bean, Melbourne, FL [Orlando Sentinel March 17, 1995]
      Rivers either cut out after the 04.27 Cerebral Caverns session, or this gig was cancelled... or he was in NYC early and Melbourne late... but probably not. —RL

    95.05.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Video Recording]

    May, 1995 / Lazy Bean Cafe, Melbourne, FL
    Circulating incorrectly dated as "May 1994,"
      1st Set:
     1. Ripple [10:00]
     2. Riptide [14:00]
     3. improvisation [10:00]
     4. Rapture [6:00]
     5. bass solo [4:00]
     6. improvisation [7:00]
     7. Joy [12:00]
      2nd Set:
     8. improvisation [9:00]
     9. Beatrice [13:00]
    10. improvisation [5:00]
    11. unknown title (inaudible) [8:00]
    12. "A modest eulogy for the bean." [7:00]
    [115:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-3,4,8,9; soprano sax-1,2,10; flute-6,7,11; Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: John Chacona 09.07.09} Not in my collection.

    • 95.05.13 - Sam Rivers' 17-piece Dance Science Orchestra with DJ BMF / "The Sapphire Supper Club with RivBea Music Productions and Soul Power Magazine are pleased to announce the second collaboration between jazz legend Sam Rivers and DJ BMF... For this occasion, Mr. Rivers debuts his 17-piece Dance Science Orchestra to challenge DJ BMF's live mixing skills." / 9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [post by Bigfoot and Wildboy/Eighth Dimension Studios at groups.google.com/group/rec.music.funky/]

    95.06.10 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    June 10, 1995 / Lazy Bean Cafe, Melbourne, FL
    1. Joy [5:35]
    2. Ripple [5:57]
    3. Otis Jam [4:20]
    4. Rapture [6:29]
    5. Riptide [8:36]
    6. Flute Jam [5:28]
    7. Beatrice [9:41]
    8. Anthony's Solo [7:42]
    9. Ode to Bean [8:38]
    [62:34]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano; Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums, piano)

    {Primary Source: Tape} !!! NO TRADE !!!

    95.06.17
    95.06.18 • Sam Rivers: Portrait

    FMP CD 82 (CD) 1997 GER

    June 17 & 18, 1995 / Workshop Freie Musik, Live at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
    1. Image [8:36]
    2. Silhouette [8:48]
    3. Reflection [6:32]
    4. Mirror [8:25]
    5. Vignette [8:19]
    6. Shadow [8:53]
    7. Visage [5:45]
    8. Profile [9:00]
    9. Cameo [12:14]
    Sam Rivers (piano-1,9; tenor sax-3,6,8; soprano sax-2,4,7; flute-5; voice, Compositions)

    {Primary Source: FMP CD 82}

    95.06.25 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    June 25, 1995 / Teatro Romano, Verona, Italy
    1. Waves [7:05]
    2. Ripples [6:54]
    3. "a fantastic improvisation of Mr. Barry Altschul" [4:19]
    4. Beatrice [7:20]
    5. unknown title [11:01]
    6. unknown title [9:52]
     Rivers' announcement [1:14]
    7. Iris [16:02]
    [67:41]
    "A private videotape exists." —Giovanni Zanoni 02.07.12

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-4,5; soprano sax-1,2; flute-7; piano-6; voice-3,7)
    Santi Debriano (bass-1,2,4,5)
    Barry Altschul (drums)

    {Primary Source: Tape}

    95.07.08 • Sam Rivers: Concept

    RivBea RB50101 (CD) 1997, 2000

    1st session: [See also 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.04.23; 96.05.13]

    July 8, 1995 / Cafe Bravo, Daytona Beach, FL
    1. Line [14:01]
    The CD liner incorrectly puts the time of this track at 10:59.

    Note on the above note: Knowing that I had discovered and pointed this fact out to Rivers' manager Matt Gorney, and then seeing this mentioned in the Tom Lord Jazz Discography [R4001], made me realize that Tom Lord had actually referenced me for his Rivers sessions. There's a thrill.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: RB50101}

    95.07.14 • Various Artists: Relaxing the Undertow

    Put It On a Cracker Records PIOAC 005 (CD) 1996
    [This is a for-charity compilation CD for the North Central Florida Aids Network]

    July 14, 1995 / The Covered Dish, Savannah, GA
    1. Blessings [5:33]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    This CD is available from Put It On A Cracker Records.

    {Primary Source: PIOAC 005; Session date via Jim Alley posting to Miles-list 95.07.27}

    95.08.02 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Audience Recording]

    August 2, 1995 / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
    1. Conversation (Sonelius Smith) [25:29]
    2. Suite Tristan (Workman) [12:47]
    3. unknown title [8:24]
    4. Joanne (Hill) [13:24]
    5. Midnight River Crossing (AkLaff) [10:11]
    6. Breath (Priester) [5:48]
    [76:03]
    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Andrew Hill (piano)
    Sam Rivers (flute-2, soprano sax-4, tenor sax-1,5,6)
    Julian Priester (trombone)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Hill/hill-disc.htm}

    • 95.08.16 - Reggie Workman's Summit Conference: Workman (bass), Andrew Hill (piano), Sam Rivers (reeds), Julian Priester (trombone), Pheeroan akLaff (drums) / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.8 August 1995, p.38]

    95.08.17 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Audience Recording]

    August 17, 1995 / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
    1. unknown titles [119:07]
    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Andrew Hill (piano)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Julian Priester (trombone)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    • 95.08.18
      95.08.19
      95.08.20 - Reggie Workman's Summit Conference: Workman (bass), Andrew Hill (piano), Sam Rivers (reeds), Julian Priester (trombone), Pheeroan akLaff (drums) / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.8 August 1995, p.38]
    • 95.09.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 95.10.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / The Rubb, Tampa, FL [St. Petersburg Times October 22, 1995 p.1F]
    • 95.10.28 - Sam Rivers' 17-piece Dance Science Orchestra / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [Parry Gettelman, Orlando Sentinel October 27, 1995]

    95.11.04 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    November 4, 1995 / The Vault, Melbourne, FL
      sound check [1:29]
      warm up [0:56]
     1. Waves [9:34]
     2. Laid Back Jack (?) [4:20]
     3. percussion improvisation [6:46]
     4. trio improvisation/untitled [11:24]
     5. Ripples [7:15]
     6. bass improvisation [3:36]
     7. piano-flute-bass [5:30]
     8. flute funk band intro [6:51]
     9.. trio improvisation [7:51]
    10. untitled [4:43]
    11. Beatrice [5:51]
    12. improvisation [5:47]
    13. untitled [6:13]
    14. Iris [6:39]
    15. flute trio band intro [8:16]
    16. piano improvisation [1:56]
      banter [0:57]
    17. quartet improvisation [15:23]
    [121:19]
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, piano, tenor sax)
    Mike Dabellows—? (drums on track 17 only)

    {Primary Source: John Chacona 09.02.02}

    • 96.01.12
      96.01.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / The Rhythmic, London, England [WIRE #143 January 1996 p.9]

    96.02.10 • Sam Rivers: Concept

    RivBea RB50101 (CD) 1997

    2nd session: [See also 95.07.08; 96.03.18; 96.04.23; 96.05.13]

    February 10, 1996 / Cafe DaVinci, Deland, FL
    1. Figure [3:33]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (tenor sax)

    {Primary Source: RB50101}

    96.03.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    March 1, 1996 / "a concert in Florida"
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: WKCR-FM Archive (2CD-R) 07.07.31}

    • 96.03.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Gainesville Jazz and Pop Festival, Florida Theatre, Gainesville, FL "the trio is currently (according to the festival flyer) calling itself 'Sam Rivers & the Dance Science Orchestra.'" [Bill Dwyer posting: www.cmd.uu.se/AcidJazz/Backup/1996-Mar; www.scramblecampbell.com/]

    96.03.18 • Sam Rivers: Concept

    RivBea RB50101 (CD) 1997

    3rd session: [See also 95.07.08; 96.02.10; 96.04.23; 96.05.13]

    March 18, 1996 / Park Studios, Altamonte Springs, FL
    1. Point [7:55]
    Sam Rivers (piano, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: RB50101}

    • 1996:

      Ted Panken: In our final hour, as we celebrate Sam Rivers' 74th birthday on WKCR, we'll hear some recent recordings. You've recorded prolifically in recent years on other people's recordings and collaborative situations. Let's hear the various recordings and cover the circumstances of each. The first track is from the 1996 CD, Configuration, on NATO, a French label, with Sam Rivers on reeds; Noël Akchoté, guitars; Tony Hymas on piano (who is a composer on much of this); Paul Rogers, bass; Jacques Thollot on drums.
      SR: It's more or less an international album. Tony Hymas is from London. Akchoté is French, and he's also teaching in Switzerland. The bass player is also from London. The drummer, Thollot, is French. This fellow decided to put this together. But he was mainly interested in doing commemorative kind of music for Cassavetes' movies. This is just a preliminary thing that happened during the extra.... This was part of a project the French government is doing. He put the musicians together, I knew them all, and he asked me how it was. Everyone on the album is a bandleader, so it's an all-star group, and each one had to contribute some music to. So I contributed three or four compositions on it.
      [Interview, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, September 25 1997, www.jazzhouse.org/library/?read=panken20]
      ———


    96.03.21
    96.03.22
    96.03.23
    96.03.24 • Sam Rivers: Configuration

    nato 777 711 (CD) 1996 FR; Pelican Sound Recording PSR 9803 (CD) 1998 USA

    March 21 through 24, 1996 / La Buissonne Studio, Pernes Les Fontaines, France
    1. Beatrice (Rivers) [4:44]
    2. Cheshire Hotel (Akchoté) [7:49]
    3. Etchings (Rivers/Rogers) [5:11]
    4. Configuration (Rivers/Akchoté/Hymas/Rogers/Thollot) [13:09]
    5. Jennifer (Hymas) [5:33]
    6. Zing (Rivers/Rogers) [4:51]
    7. Sketches (Rivers/Akchoté) [4:17]
    8. Rififi (Rogers) [8:38]
    9. Gleam (Rivers/Akchoté) [2:41]
    10. Ripples (Rivers) [5:13]
    11. Moonbeams (Rivers/Hymas) [5:48]
    12. Nightfall (Rivers) [5:34]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,4,5,6,8,11,12; soprano sax-9,10; flute-3,7)
    Noël Akchoté (guitar-1,2,4,7,8,9,10,12)
    Tony Hymas (piano-1,2,4,5,8,10,11,12)
    Paul Rogers (bass-1,2,3,4,6,8)
    Jacques Thollot (drums-2,4,8)

    {Primary Source: PSR 9803; nato 777 711; session dates via Jean Rochard}

    96.04.23 • Sam Rivers: Concept

    RivBea RB50101 (CD) 1997

    4th session: [See also 95.07.08; 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.05.13]

    April 23, 1996 / Doug Mathews Music, Gotha, FL
    1. View [5:04]
    2. Link [9:40]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1; flute-2, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass clarinet-1; bass-2)
    Anthony Cole (tenor sax)

    {Primary Source: RB50101}

    96.05.13 • Sam Rivers: Concept

    RivBea RB50101 (CD) 1997

    5th session: [See also 95.07.08; 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.04.23]
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Cassette 38
    May 13, 1996 / Doug Mathews Music, Gotha, FL
    1. Sprung [5:05]
    2. Aspect [12:19]
    3. Concept [5:57]
    4. Notion [2:44]
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 38
    1. unknown titles [32:54]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1; soprano sax-3,4,5, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: RB50101}

    • 96.05.17 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums), others... / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando FL / "There was a (weekly? monthly?) residence for the RivBea Orchestra, a 17-piece, almost all horn ensemble..." / Played "Beatrice," others [John Chacona 09.01.24]

    96.05.29 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    May 29, 1996 / Knitting Factory, New York City
    1st Set:
     1. unknown title [8:24] (incomplete, cuts in)
     announcement [0:15]
     2. unknown title [5:34]
     3. unknown title [9:53]
     4. unknown title [3:10] (bass solo)
     5. unknown title [6:19]
     6. unknown title [8:35]
    2nd Set:
     7. Inspiration [9:31]
     announcement [2:48]
     8. unknown title [7:20]
     9. Beatrice [5:57]
     announcement [0:46]
    10. unknown title [13:12]
     announcement [0:20]
    11. unknown title [14:43] (split track, fades out and back in at 6:29)
    12. unknown title [4:28]
    13. unknown title [8:08]
    [110:30]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-3,7,8,9, soprano sax-1,2,10,11, flute-6,12,13, piano-5,11, voice-3,4,10,11)
    Doug Mathews (bass-1,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13, bass clarinet-2,9,12)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,3,5,6,7,8,11,12,13, piano-3,10, tenor sax-2,9)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Peter Watrous The New York Times June 1, 1996 p.17}

    96.05.30 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]

    May 30, 1996 / Knitting Factory, New York City
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 275
    1. unknown title [9:16]
     announcement [0:35]
    2. Nightfall [6:13]
    3. unknown title [12:25]
    4. unknown title [3:20]
    5. bass solo [3:08]
    6. unknown title [9:32]
    7. Iris [10:40]
     announcement [0:06]
    8. unknown title [10:16]
    [66:19]
    Set 1 only. XL2s, Hi-Bias 90-minute tape. Great sound, audience, probably master or 1st gen, a little hot in places, +8dB. —Jason Hook

    Also circulating as an Audience Recording.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-3,4, soprano sax-1,2, flute-7,8, piano-6, voice-3,7)
    Doug Mathews (bass-3,4,6,7,8, electric bass-1,8, bass clarinet-2)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,3,4,6,7,8, tenor sax-2, piano-3,7,8)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Peter Watrous The New York Times June 1, 1996 p.17}

    96.07.02 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]
    ORF Broadcast

    July 2, 1996 / Program B—Kammeroper, Vienna, Austria
     introduction by Benny Golson [6:19]
    1. Stolen Moments [19:55]
    "Taken from the digital master... In loving memory of Beatrice Rivers, one of the sweetest women you could ever have the pleasure of hugging." —Posting at Dimeadozen 05.06.12

    Sam Rivers, Chico Freeman, Benny Golson, Nathan Davis (saxophones)
    Kirk Lightsey (piano)
    Buster Williams (bass)
    Ed Thigpen (drums)

    {Primary Source: www.dimeadozen.org; Doug Stefano 10.10.07} Not in my collection.

    96.07.20 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    July 20, 1996 / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL

    "...twice a month... gigs at the Sapphire Club..." —Cadence Vol.23 no.2 February 1997, p.4
    1. Beatrice [ : ]
    "Taken from the digital master... In loving memory of Beatrice Rivers, one of the sweetest women you could ever have the pleasure of hugging." —Posting at Dimeadozen 05.06.12

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc)
    (others ?)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: www.dimeadozen.org} Not in my collection.

    • 96.08.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [Radio Free Gainesville, 96.08.29, www.alligator.org/edit/issues/96-fall/960829/e03rfg88.htm]

    96.10.00 • Sam Rivers & Trudy Morse [Broadcast Recording]
    WPRK-FM, Orlando

    October, 1996 / Live at WPRK, Orlando, FL
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    Sam Rivers (fl)
    Trudy Morse (poetry)

    {Primary Source: /www.the-temple.net/trudy/videos-tapes.html} Not in my collection.

    96.11.14
    96.11.15 • Julian Priester º Sam Rivers: Hints on Light and Shadow

    Postcards POST1017 (CD) 1997

    November 14 & 15, 1996 / Sound on Sound Recording, New York City
    1. Heads of the People (Martine) [6:51]
    2. Desire (Rivers) [5:55]
    3. Zone (Rivers) [3:41]
    4. The New System (Priester/Rivers) [5:14]
    5. Mister Mayor and Mister Miser (Priester/Rivers) [7:11]
    6. Autumnal Influences: The Book of Beauty (Priester/Rivers) [5:54]
    7. Public Servant (Priester/Rivers) [4:16]
    8. The Circumlocution Office (Priester/Rivers) [4:15]
    9. Chiaroscuro (Priester/Rivers) [5:07]
    Julian Priester (trombone)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,3,5,7,8; soprano sax-6; flute-9; piano-2,4; voice-9)
    Tucker Martine (electronics)

    {Primary Source: POST1017}

    96.11.22 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]

    November 22, 1996 / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 160 (Audience Recording)
    2nd Set:
    1. Anthony's Intro
    2. Inspiration
    3. Beatrice
    4. Crux
    5. Spunk
    6. Tranquility
    7. Bubbles
    [64:37]
    Very nice sound, excellent low-gen audience tape. —Jason Hook

    Sam Rivers
    (others ?)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Jason Hook, Cassette 160} Not in my collection.

    • 96.12.09 - Sam Rivers / teaching at New England Conservatory, Boston, MA [Cadence Vol.23 no.2 February 1997, p.4]
    • 96.12.10 - Sam Rivers Trio: Cecil McBee, Bob Moses / New England Conservatory, Boston, MA / "Most of the 12/10 Master Class consisted of wonderful playing..." [ibid]
    • 96.12.11 - Sam Rivers / teaching at New England Conservatory, Boston, MA [ibid]
    • 96.12.12 - Sam Rivers & the New England Conservatory Orchestra: Scott Aruda (trumpet), Frank Seeberger (guitar), Phil Ostrander (trombone), 15 others / 8:00pm, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA / "...Thursday, Dec. 12, Rivers conducted the New England Conservatory Orchestra at Jordan Hall... a performance of ten of his compositions. ...a four-day residency at the school" ["Reed man Rivers recalls roots in Boston...," Kay Bourne, Bay State Banner 96.12.19; Cadence Vol.23 no.2 February 1997, p.4; "No Ol' Man Rivers" by Jon Garelick Boston Phoenix December 5, 1996; Bob Young Boston Herald December 14, 1996 p.20]

    • 1997:

      SR: ...Tony Hymas is doing a concerto for me which will be performed with the London Symphony in January. It's all written, and I'm going over to do that. The piece needs someone who can improvise and sound... [LAUGHS]
      [Interview, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, September 25 1997, www.jazzhouse.org/library/?read=panken20]


    • 97.02.01 - Sam Rivers' Dance Science Orchestra / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL ["Out Late" by Jim Doherty Gainesville Sun Jan 31, 1997]



      Gainesville Sun Jan 31, 1997




    97.02.08 (1) • The Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble with special guest Sam Rivers [Audience Recording]

    February 8, 1997, 8:00pm / Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

    Double bill with Sam Rivers Trio / See 97.02.08 (2)

    "The music for Barbary Coast and Sam Rivers will be selected from the following... Beatrice, Duke, Indigo, Revelation, Reverie, Solace, Tranquility"
    1. unknown titles [76:14]
    "...additional selections featuring Aiyana Thompson will be announced from the stage."

    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    The Barbary Coast:
    Don Glasgo (director, valve tb)
    Aiyana Thompson (voice)
    Cabray Haines (flute)
    Kevin Tompsett, Ian Gollub (alto sax)
    Lisa Gilbert, Drew Mowery (tenor sax)
    Jarrod Tisdell (baritone sax)
    Adrian Tompsett, Kazu Munikata, Andrew Butterworth, Bunker Highmark, Anita Hamalainen, Andy Bernasconi (trumpet)
    Hans kieserman, Ben Mishkin, Curt Dozier (trombone)
    Fred Reiss (bass trombone)
    Taurey Butler, Vadim Sarma (piano)
    Travis Horton (bass)
    Peter Meriwether (drums)
    Steve Ferraris (congas)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Pete Gershon}

    97.02.08 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    February 8, 1997 / Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

    Double bill with The Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble with special guest Sam Rivers / See 97.02.08 (1)

    "The music for the Sam Rivers Trio will be announced from the stage..."
    1. unknown titles [55:36]
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Pete Gershon} Not in my collection.

    • 97.02.21 - Sam Rivers / Double-bill with Matthew Shipp & William Parker Duo! / Moto Lounge, Jacksonville, FL [Tony Green The Florida Times-Union February 21, 1997 p.D8]

    97.02.23 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]

    February 23, 1997 / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 16
    1. Inspiration [13:18]
     SR announcement [2:17]
    2. Tapestry [9:24]
     SR announcement [1:51]
    3. Revelation [10:42]
     SR announcement [1:20]
    4. Flare [7:53]
     SR announcement [1:24
    5. Happy Birthday [0:34]
     SR announcement [0:33]
    6. Tranquility [6:48]
     SR announcement [2:17]
    7. Bubbles [9:03]
     SR announcement [0:48]
    [69:07]
    "RivBea Orchestra conducted by Sam Rivers. Inspiration, Tapestry, Revelation, Flair, Happy Birthday, Tranquility, Bubbles (Forever Blowing)," labeled with "II," as in set number two. ...probably 1st generation audience. —Jason Hook 07.12.06

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3,7; soprano sax-2,4; voc-5; flute-6)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    others... ?

    {Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 16} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 97.02.28 - Sam Rivers Trio / Coral Gables Congregational Church Japan/US Creative Music Festival, Coral Gables, FL [Cadence Vol.23 no.4 April 1997, p.125]

    97.03.29 • Noël Akchoté: Complete K7 Recordings (1996-1997)

    Noël Akchoté Recordings MP3 Downloads (8-CDs) 2011
    [Set also includes Duo with Guillaume Orti (discs 1 and 8); Quartet with Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, and Paul Rogers (disc 2 and 3); and Solo Akchoté (discs 6 and 7)]

    March 29, 1997 / La Tour Rose, Paris, France

    Discs 4 and 5:
    1. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A1 [12:30]
    2. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A2 [11:15]
    3. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A3 [11:12]
    4. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B1 [12:07]
    5. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B2 [8:21]
    6. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B3 [11:25]
    7. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B4 [9:10]
    8. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B5 [10:17] 
    9. SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B6 [11:31]
    Total time :::
    Actual play sequence:
     announcement [0:34]
    1. improvisation [19:13] (split track at 11:56, fades in and out)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A1—11:56)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A2—7:17 / part one of A2)
     announcement [0:51]
    2. improvisation [13:42] (split track at 3:08, fades in and out)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A2—3:08 / part two of A2)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A3—10:34 / voiceover intros and applause 10:58-11:34)
     announcement [0:32]
    3. improvisation [29:28] (split track at 12:06 and 20:27, fades in and out)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B1—12:07)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B2—8:21)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B3—9:01)
     announcement [2:09]
    4. Beatrice (Rivers) [11:28] (split track at 9:10, fades in and out)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B4—9:10)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B5—2:18 / part one of B2) / voiceover intros and applause 0:13-0:40) 
     crowd chatter, in French, with low-volume string-quartet walk-out music in background [19:31]
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B5—8:00 / part two of B2)
     (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B6—11:31)
    [96:54]

    "...more or less a self-bootleg, just a collection of live tape, recorded by a person who was at early stage in my works. The track list probably doesn't appear on those downloads (situation is going to upgrade very soon)..." —Noël Akchoté

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,3,4, ss-1, flute-2,3, voice-2,3)
    Noël Akchoté (guitar)
    Tony Hymas (piano)
    Paul Rogers (bass)
    Jacques Thollot (drums)

    {Primary Source: Noël Akchoté 11.12.29; CD-Rs}

    97.04.04 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording]

    April 4, 1997 / Festival Banlieues Bleues, House of Culture, Bobigny, Paris, France
    1. unknown title [19:26]
    2. unknown title [11:47]
    3. Jennifer (Hymas) [11:08]
    4. unknown title [7:44] (incomplete, glitch at 0:06, split track at 1:01)
    5. Beatrice (Rivers) [8:52]
     announcement [0:36]
    [61:54]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,3,4,5; flute-1; soprano sax-2,3)
    Noël Akchoté (guitar)
    Tony Hymas (piano)
    Paul Rogers (bass)
    Jacques Thollot (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; La Tribune April 4, 1997}

    97.04.20 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra + Quartet and Duo with Chick Corea [Soundboard & Audience Recordings]

    April 20, 1997 / Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville Jazz & Pop Festival, Gainesville, FL
    Audience Recording:
    1. Inspiration [11:24]
     Rivers announcement [1:02]
    2. Riffin' [6:37]
     Rivers announcement [1:17]
    3. Vines [14:11]
     Rivers announcement [2:23]
    4. Beatrice [9:51]
     Rivers announcement [0:41]
    5. Tranquility [7:42]
     Rivers announcement [0:44]
    6. Rejuvenation [10:31]
     Rivers announcement [0:47]
    7. Improvisation on C13 [12:42]
    8. Sam Rivers & Chick Corea duet [7:10]
    [87:57]
    Soundboard Recording: (Circulating with tracks out of order)
     Tranquility [7:12]
     Rejuvenation [10:02]
     Inspiration [8:40] (incomplete, cuts in 2:40 from beginning)
     Riffin' [6:26]
     Vines [14:06]
     Beatrice [9:47]
    [57:19]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,3,4,7,8, flute-5,6, soprano sax-7, voice, Compositions)
    Chick Corea (piano-7,8)
    Jeff Rupert (alto sax-1 through 6)
    Charles DeChant, Rex Wertz (tenor sax-1 through 6)
    Daniel Jordan, Chris Charles (alto sax-1 through 6)
    Don Black (baritone sax-1 through 6)
    Todd Beals, Don Rogozinski, Bruce Staelens, John Castleman (trumpet-1 through 6)
    Keith O'Shiro, Jerry Edwards, Dave Sheffield (trombone-1 through 6)
    (others ?)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1 through 7
    Anthony Cole (drums-1 through 7)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; additional info from Brian Carpenter} NO TRADE! on Soundboard

    • 97.05.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / 8:00pm, Moto Lounge, Jacksonville, FL [Florida Times-Union May 2, 1997]
    • 97.06.22 - Pheeroan akLaff Trio: Reggie Workman, Sam Rivers / Texaco New York Jazz Festival, Knitting Factory, NYC ["A Syncopated City Swings As Twin Jazz Festivals Ignite," Ben Ratliff New York Times 97.06.20]

    97.06.29 • [RivBea Archival Recording]

    June 29, 1997, 3:00pm / 14th Kalottjazz & Blues Festival, Pikisaari, Tornio, Finland
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 164
    1. improvisation [36:58] (incomplete, cuts in)
     (tenor sax section—7:14)
     (soprano sax section—10:24)
     (fl section—5:07)
     (tenor sax section—14:13)
     announcement [0:09]
    2. improvisation [13:42]
     announcement [2:14]
    [53:06]
    "1997julyXX, Live at Kallot Jazz Fest / aklaff 718-398-4294 / Cassette from DAT" (Presumably a stage master that akLaff did.) —Jason Hook 08.03.28

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1; soprano sax-1; flute-1,2; / "...and piano!" —in last announcement, but not on this tape.)
    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: RivBea CD-R, Tape 164; www.tornio.fi/kulttuur/jazz/kjazz97/tiedot.htm} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 97.07.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Carrboro Arts Center, Chapel Hill, NC [Cadence Vol.23 no.6 June 1997, p.2; no.7 July 1997, p.2]

    97.07.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    July 27, 1997, 8:00pm / Space Lives Series (in honor of "DC Space"), Washington Jewish Community Center, Washington, DC
     introduction [0:30]
    1. Impromptu for You [10:08]
     Rivers announcement [0:27]
    2. Ripples [5:00]
    3. unknown title [1:56] (reeds only)
    4. bass solo [3:40]
    5. unknown title; Inspiration [18:05]
     Rivers announcement [2:20]
    6. Nightfall [6:30]
    7. unknown title [4:00]
    8. Iris [7:55]
    9. unknown title [5:20] (reeds only)
    10. Beatrice [7:55]
    11. unknown title [6:40]
    12. bass solo [2:48]
    13. unknown title [12:05]
    14. Solace [7:50]
    15. unknown title [11:10]
    [114:39]
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, piano)
    Doug Mathews (bass, electric bassass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Washington Post July 13, 1997 p.G03; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25; Cadence Vol.23 no.8 August 1997, p.123}

    97.08.09 • Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Broadcast Recording]

    August 9, 1997 / KPFA Studios, San Francisco, CA
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 69
     Sam Rivers interviewing/talking [50:21]
    CD-R has all studio "bumper" music around actual interview cut.

    Sam Rivers

    {Primary Source: Jason Hook; CD-R, Cassette 69}

    97.08.16 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    August 16, 1997 / Jazz In Flight 8th Annual Eddie Moore Jazz Festival / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA

    "Part 1 of his Living Legend Tribute"
    1. unknown titles [90:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Doug Mathews (bass, electric bassass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: anonymous trade list; Will Getter 03.11.21; Cadence Vol.23 no.7 July 1997, p.124; Vol.23 no.8 August 1997 p.124} Not in my collection.

    97.08.17 • Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Project [RivBea Archival Recording]

    August 17, 1997 / Jazz In Flight 8th Annual Eddie Moore Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
    "Part 2 of his Living Legend Tribute"
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 50
    1. unknown title [6:38] (incomplete, cuts in)
    2. unknown title [8:44] (Priester Solo)
    3. unknown title [11:33]
    4. unknown title [10:08]
    5. unknown title [3:07] (Rivers Solo)
    6. unknown title [8:20]
    7. unknown title [6:33]
    8. unknown title [4:34]
    9. unknown title [7:44]
    10. unknown title [10:54]
     (Marshall solo—3:47)
     (JP announcement—0:13)
     (Martine solo—1:01)
     JP announcement—0:17)
     (Priester solo—1:58)
     SR announcement—0:20
     (Rivers solo—3:18)
     (JP announcement—2:40)
    [87:07]
    "From soundboard cassette, 2nd Set. ...low generation recording." —Jason Hook 08.03.28

    Also noted: Audience Recording at 90:00.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,7,8,9; soprano sax-3; flute-5,6,10; piano-4)
    Julian Priester (trombone, except trk 5)
    Tucker Martine (electronics, except trks 2 and 5)
    Eddie Marshall (drums, except trks 2, 5, and 9)

    {Primary Source: RivBea 2CD-R, Tape 50; Will Getter 03.11.21; Cadence Vol.23 no.7 July 1997, p.124; Vol.23 no.8 August 1997 p.124} Audience Recording Not in my collection. RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 97.09.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / 9:00pm, The Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [St. Petersburg Times September 5, 1997 p.5]
    • 97.09.23
      97.09.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums) / 9:00 & 11:00pm + 12:30am on Fri. and Sat., Sweet Basil, New York City [New York Magazine September 22, 1997 p.122]
    • 97.09.25 - Ted Panken Interviews Sam Rivers— "as we celebrate Sam Rivers' 74th birthday on WKCR" / WKCR-FM, NYC / On the web: Text of Rivers Interview
    • 97.09.25 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums) / 9:00 & 11:00pm + 12:30am on Fri. and Sat., Sweet Basil, New York City [New York Magazine September 22, 1997 p.122]

    97.09.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]

    September, 1997 (23rd, 24th, 25th, or 28th) / Sweet Basil, New York City
    RivBea Archive / Cassette 145
    1. Impromptu for You [10:41]
     SR announcement [0:55]
    2. Ripples [6:33]
    3. unknown title [2:15]
     SR announcement [0:35]
    4. bass solo [6:47]
    5. Medley [23:15] (split track at 17:29)
     (piano section—9:47)
     (drum solo—3:34)
     (tenor sax section—4:07)
     (Beatrice—5:46)
     SR announcement [0:13]
    6. Dominance [5:05]
    7. Nightfall ... Iris [12:07]
     SR announcement [1:16]
    8. unknown title [11:36] (Rivers begins introductions at 8:41)
     SR announcement [0:40]
    [83:23]
    "We knocked 'em out in New York, Goddamn it!" —Sam Rivers, during closing announcement.

    "III" (as in roman number 3) and "trio" is all that is written on tape. Recent trio show, very nice, clean, well-balanced soundboard, master or 1st generation. Last tune really inspired. At end of show, something mentioned about New York? —Jason Hook

    This cassette was undated, but they're running the same set list that they used on this tour. —RL

    Also circulating as an Audience Recording.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-5,6,7, soprano sax-1,2,3, flute-7,8 piano-5, voice-5,8)
    Doug Mathews (bass-4,5,8, electric bass-1,2,7, bass clarinet-2,3,6)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,5,8, tenor sax-2,3,6, piano-7)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jason Hook, cassette 145}

    97.09.26 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    September 26, 1997 / Sweet Basil, New York City
     announcement [0:20]
    1. tenor sax solo [8:38]
    2. piano solo "a medley of my compositions..." [9:43]
     announcement [2:22]
    3. Impromptu for You [6:10]
     announcement [2:20]
    4. Ripples [5:07]
    5. improv [1:08]
     announcement [0:35]
    6. bass solo [2:39]
    7. drum solo [4:06] (into...)
    8. Inspiration [9:07]
    9. Beatrice [5:46]
    10. unknown title [9:38]
    11. unknown title [6:22]
    [74:51]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,8,9,10; soprano sax-3,4,5; piano-2; flute-10,11; voice- here and there...)
    Doug Mathews (bass-3,6,8,9,10,11; bass clarinet-4,5)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11; tenor sax-4,5; piano-10)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; New York Magazine September 22, 1997 p.122}

    97.09.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    September 27, 1997 / Sweet Basil, New York City
     announcement [0:24]
    1. Impromptu [6:46]
     SR announcement [0:54]
    2. Ripples [5:27]
    3. reed trio improv [0:56]
     SR announcement [0:40]
    4. bass solo [3:02]
    5. unknown title [10:27] (segues into...)
    6. Inspiration [9:16]
     SR announcement [1:47]
    7. Beatrice [6:01]
    8. unknown title [6:01]
    9. piano solo [2:28]
    10. Iris [6:03]
    11. taking it out, with introductions and solos [6:30]
     SR announcement [0:20]
    [65:49]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-5,6,7,8; soprano sax-1,2,3; piano-5; flute-10,11; voice- here and there...)
    Doug Mathews (bass-1,2,4,5,6,7,8,11; bass clarinet-2,3,10)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,5,6,7,11; tenor sax-2,3,10; piano-8,9,10)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; New York Magazine September 22, 1997 p.122}

    • 97.09.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums) / 9:00 & 11:00pm + 12:30am on Fri. and Sat., Sweet Basil, New York City [New York Magazine September 22, 1997 p.122]

    • 97.09.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Middle East Downstairs, Boston, MA [Bob Young Boston Herald September 26, 1997 p.S19]
    • 97.10.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 8:00pm, Erie Art Museum Annex, Erie, PA [I was there, what a blessing.]
    • 97.10.03 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano), Doug Matthews (bass, bass clarinet), Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano) / Unity Temple, Oak Park, Chicago, IL [Cadence Vol.23 no.10 October 1997, p.2]
    • 97.10.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano), Doug Matthews (bass, bass clarinet), Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano) / McKenzie Fine Arts Center, Henry Ford Community College, Detroit, MI [Cadence Vol.23 no.12 December 1997, p.2]
    • 97.10.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano), Doug Matthews (bass, bass clarinet), Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano) / 8:00pm, Tralfamadore Cafe, Buffalo, NY [RL in attendance with wife Sandra, Rick DiBello, and Alethea Bodine; ticket stub, memories; "Triple Double" Buffalo News October 3, 1997 p.G3]
    • 97.10.11 - Rova Saxophone Quartet + Sam Rivers (tenor sax) sitting in on "Body and Soul" / Earshot Jazz Festival, OK Hotel, Seattle, WA [Paul De Barros Seattle Times October 16, 1997 p.G18]
    • 97.10.12 - Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Project: Priester (trombone), Sam Rivers (reeds), Tucker Martine (electronics), "...with Tim Young" / Earshot Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College, Seattle, WA ["Earshot Music Festival a Kaleidoscope of Musical Styles," Roberta Penn Seattle Post-Intelligencer 97.10.10]
    • 97.10.13 - Nancy King (voice), Glen Moore (bass), Rob Schepps (tenor sax), + surprise guest Sam Rivers / Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA [Paul De Barros Seattle Times October 16, 1997 p.G18]
    • 97.10.25 - Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole, others... / Lynx Jazz Festival, Orlando, FL [Cadence Vol.23 no.11 November 1997, p.125]

    97.11.08
    97.11.09 • Sam Rivers & Alexander Schlippenbach: Tangens

    FMP CD 99 (CD) 1998 GER

    November 8 & 9, 1997 / Live at the Podewil, "Total Music Meeting,"Berlin, Germany
    1. tangens (alpha) [6:26]
    2. tangens (beta) [31:47]
    3. tangens (gamma) [14:58]
    4. tangens (delta) [7:08]
    5. tangens (epsilon) [9:47]
    Sam Rivers (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax)
    Alexander Schlippenbach (piano)
    [Compositions, collective]

    {Primary Source: FMP CD 99}

    97.11.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording]

    November 22, 1997 / 8:00pm, Raymond James Community Room, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, b, bs, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: Ron Lyles 10.04.30; Cadence Vol.23 no.11 November 1997, p.125; Tampa Tribune November 17, 1997 p.4} Not in my collection.

    98.01.22
    98.01.23
    98.01.24
    98.01.31 • Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Eight Day Journal

    Nato 777 726 (CD) 1998 FR

    January 22 through 24, 1998, 8:30pm / Sons d'Hiver Festival, Theatre Romain Rolland, Villejuif (Paris), France

    January 31, 1998 / Festival de jazz Maubeuge, Le Manege, Maubeuge, France
    1. Samedi 4 mars 1984 [8:37]
    2. Dimanche 5 mars 1984 [11:05]
    3. Lundi 13 mars 1984 [4:47]
    4. Mardi 21 mars 1984 [5:08]
    5. Mercedi 5 avril 1984 [4:46]
    6. Jeudi 6 avril 1984 [5:05]
    7. Venvedi 22 septembre 1984 [6:12]
    8. Samedi 29 septembre 1985 [7:33]
    Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano sax)
    Tony Hymas (piano, Director, Compositions "for Sam Rivers")
    Carol Robinson (clarinet; bass clarinet)
    Sylvain Kassap (bass clarinet; soprano sax)
    François Corneloup (baritone and soprano sax)
    Henry Lowther (trumpet, bugle)
    Rita Manning, Sonia Slany (violin)
    Philip Dukes (viola)
    Sophie Harris (cello)
    Noël Akchoté (guitar)
    Chris Lauvence (bass)
    Paul Clarvis (drums)

    {Primary Source: Nato 777 726; Video; La Tribune January 9, 1998}

    • 98.02.13 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / "A special session in the Studio that Scramble sat in on" / Studio Session, "East Coast" [Scramble painting of the event: Live Performance, Framed Canvas, Drawing, 3ft x 4ft —www.scramblecampbell.com/]

    98.02.22 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Live on the Internet [Web Broadcast]
    A Concert in Real Time on WebStationZero

    February 22, 1998, 8p.m. / Full Sail's 1998 Success Seminar, Full Sail Real World Education, Winter Park, FL
    1. unknown titles [90:00]
    Broadcast was a 45:00 excerpt of the concert.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b; bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: www.fullsail.com; Peter Hulsen; Andrew Solberg at Full Sail; Matt Gorney Miles-list posting 98.02.19} Not in my collection.

    • 98.03.05 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Jazz at Teatro Central, Sevilla, Spain [Cadence Vol.24 no.12, December '98 p.142]
    • 98.03.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 8:00pm, Rogers Room, Keene Hall, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL [Orlando Sentinel March 20, 1998]

    98.03.27 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    March 27, 1998, 9:30pm / Covered Dish, Gainesville Jazz & Pop Festival, Gainesville, FL
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, Compositions)
    (others ?)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Brian Carpenter; "Acts To Watch For This Week", Orlando Sentinel March 20, 1998; www.ink19.com/issues_F/98_05/live/gainesville_jazz_pop_nf.html} Not in my collection.

    • 98.04.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Knitting Factory, NYC / Sets at 9 & 11pm [The New York Times April 10, 1998 p.E27; Jeff Zeitz posting to Miles list 98.03.31]

    98.04.12 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    April 12, 1998 / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Knitting Factory, New York City
    1. unknown title [17:40]
    2. Beatrice [5:58]
    3. unknown title [12:05] (split track, fades out and back in at 6:54)
    4. unknown title [8:52]
    5. unknown title [18:27]
    6. Solace [5:47]
    7. unknown title [1:42]
    [72:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, b, bs, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jeff Zeitz posting to Miles list 98.03.31; The New York Times April 10, 1998 p.E27}

    • 98.05.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]

    98.06.10 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Broadcast Recording]
    Broadcast BBC Radio3 98.09.05

    June 10, 1998, midnight! / New York Jazz Festival, Knitting Factory, New York City
    • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [Broadcast & Audience Recording]
    Broadcast Recording:
     RW announcement [0:30]
    1. unknown title [27:46]
     RW announcement [0:33]
    2. Prophet's Path [11:31]
    3. unknown title [15:03] (dropout between 12:48 and 12:52)
     RW announcement [0:42]
     BBC announcement [0:18]
     Interview segment with Workman, Rivers, Priester, and akLaff [5:19]
     BBC announcement [0:18]
    Audience Recording:
     Festival Intro and announcement [0:56]
     RW announcement [3:30]
    4. untitled blues [13:26]
    5. untitled composition (Julian Priester) [10:59]
     RW announcement [0:30]
    6. unknown title [27:46]
     RW announcement [0:33]
    7. Prophet's Path [11:31]
    8. unknown title [10:06] (incomplete, cuts at end, followed by 5:00 of silence.)
    [79:59]
    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Sam Rivers (flute, tenor sax soprano sax)
    Julian Priester (trombone)
    John Hicks (piano)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: Broadcast and Audience CD-Rs}

    • 98.06.11 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel details) / live audio-video netcast, Full Sail Real World Education Success Seminar Series, University of Central Florida Arena, 7pm [Matt Gorney posting to Miles-list 98.06.10; www.fullsail.com]
    • 98.06.18 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 9:00pm, Moto Lounge, Jacksonville, FL [Florida Times-Union June 12, 1998 p.D7; www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]

    98.07.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]

    July 2, 1998 / Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, France
    1. Impulse [12:19]
    2. Beatrice [5:36]
    3. unknown title [5:51]
    [23:46]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, piano, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; La Tribune June 26, 1998; www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm}

    • 98.07.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Norway Jazz Festival [www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]
    • 98.07.10 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]
    • 98.08.16 to 98.08.23 (festival duration) - Sam Rivers (likely with Tony Hymas) / Le Bourg, Uzeste, France [Le Monde August 17, 1998
    • 98.08.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Bobby Koeble (guitar), Kevin Stever (bass), Anthony Cole / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL ["What's On" Orlando Sentinel August 29, 1998]
    • 98.09.03 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 98.09.12 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]
    • 98.09.20 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / The Can, Altamonte Springs, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 98.09.22 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sweet Basil's, New York City [Will Getter 03.11.21; The New York Times September 13, 1998 Sec.2 p.102]

    98.09.23 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    September 23, 1998 / Sweet Basil's, New York City
     announcement [0:34]
    1. Impromptu [17:40]
     announcement [0:37]
    2. Ripples [7:23]
     announcement [0:52]
    3. "Medley of two or three..." [14:40]
     announcement [0:26]
    4. Beatrice [5:08]
    5. unknown title [6:40]
    6. unknown title [5:28]
     announcement [0:09]
    7. unknown title [6:55] (with SR band intros)
    [56:15]
    "Anthony and Doug were caught in a traffic jam, so Sam Started out Solo." —I received this information in an e-mail that I've been unable to locate. At any rate, the recording is all trio business. —RL

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-3,4,5, soprano sax-1,2, flute-6,7 piano-3, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1,2,7, bass-3,4,5, bass clarinet-2,6)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,3,4,7, tenor sax-2,6, piano-5)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; The New York Times September 13, 1998 Sec.2 p.102}

    • 98.09.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sweet Basil's, New York City [Will Getter 03.11.21; The New York Times September 13, 1998 Sec.2 p.102]
    • 98.09.25 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums) / "with many of the great players who've passed through Rivers' ensembles when he ruled NYC's loft scene in the '70s (Personnel as on 98.09.26, 98.09.27, 98.09.28, and 98.09.29) / Sam Rivers' 75th Birthday Celebration !!! (September 25-27) / Sweet Basil, NYC
      "Sam mailed out some 30 compositions played over the three nights."
      "...originally advertised that James Carter was going to be in the band, but that never happened, unfortunately." [Will Getter 03.11.21; The New York Times September 13, 1998 Sec.2 p.102]

    98.09.26 • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: [Audience Recording]

    September 26, 1998 / Sweet Basil, New York City
     SR announcement [1:11]
    1. Vines [15:25]
     SR announcement [1:36]
    2. Nebula [13:23]
     SR announcement [0:45]
    3. Beatrice [10:07]
     SR announcement [0:28]
    4. Tranquility [9:03]
     SR announcement [1:14]
    5. Rejuvenation [9:20]
     announcement [0:51]
    [63:24]
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
    Steve Coleman, Greg Osby (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Gary Thomas (tenor sax)
    Hamiet Bluiett (bar)
    Ray Anderson, Joseph Bowie, Art Baron (trombone)
    Ravi Best, Ralph Alessi, James Zolar, Baikida Carroll (trumpet)
    Joseph Daley (baritone horn)
    Bob Stewart (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Will Getter 03.11.21; The New York Times September 13, 1998 Sec.2 p.102}

    98.09.27 • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    September 27, 1998/ Sweet Basil, New York City
     introduction [0:39]
    1. unknown title [15:25]
     Rivers' announcement [0:13]
    2. unknown title [12:08]
    3. unknown title [10:31]
    4. unknown title [7:38]
     Rivers' announcement [0:42]
    5. Rejuvenation [9:52]
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
    Steve Coleman, Greg Osby (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Gary Thomas (tenor sax)
    Hamiet Bluiett (bar)
    Ray Anderson, Joseph Bowie, Art Baron (trombone)
    Ravi Best, Ralph Alessi, James Zolar, Baikida Carroll (trumpet)
    Joseph Daley (baritone horn)
    Bob Stewart (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    Patrick Clare points out a great review by Gary Giddins in the Village Voice for this date.

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Peter Watrous New York Times Jazz Review 98.10.03 Section B p.15}

    98.09.28
    98.09.29 • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: Inspiration

    BMG / RCA Victor 74321-64717-2 (CD) 1999

    • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: Culmination

    BMG / RCA Victor 74321683112 (CD) 1999 FR; 74321-68311-2 (CD) 2000 US
    • Various Artists: Jazziz On Disc Jazziz Magazine, Millenium Issue, BJZJD January 2000 Limited Edition (Magazine & CD) 2000
    • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Cassette 49
    September 28 & 29, 1998 / Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY
     1. Vines [13:36]
     2. Nebula [11:18]
     3. Beatrice [10:36]
     4. Inspiration [9:41]
     5. Solace [11:01]
     6. Whirlwind [5:43]
     7. Rejuvenation [8:32]
     8. Spectrum [7:22]
     9. Bubbles [8:27]
    10. Revelation [10:36]
    11. Culmination [8:12]
    12. Ripples [13:38]
    13. Neptune [5:53]
    14. Riffin' [6:26]
    Inspiration has tracks 1 through 7.
    Culmination has tracks 8 through 14.
    Jazziz On Disc has track 6.
    RivBea Archival Recording Cassette 49 has tracks 1 through 7.

    74321683112 has Neptune mistakenly identified as a second take of Culmination.

    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Compositions)
    Steve Coleman, Greg Osby (alto sax)
    Chico Freeman, Gary Thomas (tenor sax)
    Hamiet Bluiett (bar)
    Ray Anderson, Joseph Bowie, Art Baron (trombone)
    Ravi Best, Ralph Alessi, James Zolar, Baikida Carroll (trumpet)
    Joseph Daley (baritone horn)
    Bob Stewart (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: 74321-64717-2; 74321683112}

    • 98.10.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Duquesne University Music School Recital Hall, Pittsburgh, PA [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 11, 1998 p.4]

    98.10.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    October 3, 1998, 10:00pm / Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    "2CD-R Recording exists."

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Sergiusz Lipnicki 04.07.08; ticket stub} Not in my collection.

    • 98.10.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Akbank Jazz Festival, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul, Turkey [Down Beat January 1, 1999 p.67; Wall Street Journal Europe October 16, 1998 p.15; Turkish Probe September 20 1998]

    98.12.15 • Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Winter Garden

    Nato 777 769 (CD) 1999 FR
    • Music Planet: Vier Tage mit Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas [TV Video Production]
      (VID) 2000 FR
    1st Session: [See also 98.12.16; 98.12.17]

    December 15, 1998 / Storklake Studio, Ocoee, FL
    1. Twelve [5:12]
    2. Sunset [3:31]
    3. Ten [9:13]
    4. Rapture [4:27]
    5. Iris [4:02]
    6. Eleven [4:39]
    7. Nine [4:48]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Tony Hymas (piano)

    {Primary Source: Nato 777 769; Nato Producer Jean Rochard.}

    98.12.16 • Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Winter Garden]

    Nato 777 769 (CD) 1999 FR

    2nd Session: [See also 98.12.15; 98.12.17]
    • Various Artists: Musiques - Eté 99 {1}
      Les Inrockuptibles CD LI 99 16 (CD) France 1999
    December 16, 1998 / Storklake Studio, Ocoee, FL
    1. Ahneen [5:24]
    2. Jennifer [4:25] {1}
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Tony Hymas (piano)

    {Primary Source: Nato 777 769; Nato Producer Jean Rochard.}

    98.12.17 • Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Winter Garden]

    Nato 777 769 (CD) 1999 FR

    3rd Session: [See also 98.12.15; 98.12.16]

    December 17, 1998 / Storklake Studio, Ocoee, FL
    1. Glimpse [4:16]
    2. That which might have been [6:12]
    3. Impulse [4:45]
    4. Everafter [2:33]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Tony Hymas (piano)

    {Primary Source: Nato 777 769; Nato Producer Jean Rochard.}

    • 99.01.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Covered Dish, 210 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL [www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]
    • 99.01.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sapphire Supper Club, 54 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL ["A Major Player" Parry Gettelman Orlando Sentinel January 10, 1999]
    • 99.03.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 18th Jazz Festival, Nova Jazz Cava, Terrassa, Spain ["En la Cabaña del tio Sam" La Vanguardia March 18, 1999]
    • 99.03.19 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personell details) / Rollins College, Winter Park, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]

    99.03.26 • Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Project [Private Recording]

    March 26, 1999 / Other Minds Festival: OM 5, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
    1. improvisation 1 [8:10]
    2. improvisation 2 [6:36]
    3. improvisation 3 [7:08]
    4. improvisation 4 [9:58]
    [32:01]
    "These four improvisations are available through the Other Minds archive..."

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Julian Priester (trombone)
    Tucker Martine (electronics)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; www.archive.org/details/other_minds; radiom.org; www.otherminds.org/shtml/Concerts5.shtml; creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd-nc/1.0/}

    • 99.04.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [Parry Gettelman Orlando Sentinel April 2, 1999]
      "Rivers has been gallivanting all over Europe and the United States in recent weeks, but he decided to stop off at home long enough to play a gig with his trio at the Sapphire tonight."
    • 99.04.06
      99.04.07
      99.04.08
      99.04.09
      99.04.10
      99.04.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Catalina's, Hollywood, CA / "I spent the evening at Catalina's for opening night ... they close on Sunday night." [Anthony B. Rogers posting to Miles-list 99.04.07, 1:21 am]
    • 99.05.00 - WIRE #183 May 1999 p.12 has: Sam Rivers Trio, Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Fourth Annual Vision Festival, St. Nicholas of Myra Church, NYC. I have no evidence that this actually took place, and it doesn't appear on the Vision Fest schedule. Cancelled perhaps? Confirmation anyone? —RL
    • 99.06.04 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personell details) / UCF Arena, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]

    • 99.06.25 - Sam Rivers conducts Orkestrova: "...Featured guest Sam Rivers will conduct and perform [in his original set-long composition] Maelstrom arranged for OrchestRova, a big band combining ROVA, the Sam Rivers Trio, and more." / "Also, ROVA premiers works by John Schott, Ben Goldberg, and Miya Masao" / ROVAte II: An Improvisers Festival, 8:30pm, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.25 no.5 May 1999, p.140; Will Getter 03.11.21; www.bayimproviser.com/events.htm]

    • 99.06.26 - "Sam Rivers conducts Orkestrova in his original set-long composition Maelstrom," and the ROVA quintet: Larry Ochs, John Raskin, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Sam Rivers / "...also played an improvised piece with ROVA on the 26th." / "Also, ROVA premiers works by John Schott / ROVAte II: An Improvisers Festival, 8:30pm, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA [ibid]

    • 99.06.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / du Maurier International Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [WIRE #184 June 1999 p.16; Seattle Times June 17, 1999 p.H12]

    99.07.02 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Video]

    July 2, 1999 / Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, France
    1. Inspiration (Rivers) [8:50]
    2. Beatrice (Rivers) [9:35]
    3. Vines (Rivers) [13:20]
    4. Rejuvenation (Rivers) [10:25]
    [45:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
    Steve Coleman, James Spaulding (alto sax)
    John Hubblefield, Gary Thomas (tenor sax)
    Hamiet Bluiett (bar)
    Ray Anderson, Joseph Bowie (trombone)
    Ralph Alessi, James Zolar, Stanton Davis, Jack Walrath (trumpet)
    Joe Daley, Bob Stewart (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Videotape; The Tribune July 1, 1999}

    99.07.03 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra featuring Hamiet Bluiett & Ray Anderson [Broadcast Video]
    "Planet Music" LIVE Arte and France Musique Broadcast; / Jazz Nacht, LV '99

    July 3, 1999 / Charlie Parker Room, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris Jazz Festival, Paris, France

    This tape is also circulating with an incorrect date of 99.04.07.
    program introduction [1:39]
    1. Inspiration (Rivers) [10:37]
     announcement [1:04]
    2. Beatrice (Rivers) [10:05] (minor glitch at 2:41)
     announcement and Rivers interview [3:34]
    3. Vines (Rivers) [11:38]
     [Steve Coleman + Five Elements track - 19:37] (incomplete, fades out at end)
     announcement [0:13]
    4. unknown title / Duet Rivers + Coleman [4:10]
     announcement + Rivers interview [2:03]
     [Steve Coleman + Five Elements track - 19:23] (incomplete, fades in at beginning)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,4; flute-3)
    Steve Coleman, James Spaulding (alto sax)
    John Hubblefield, Gary Thomas (tenor sax)
    Hamiet Bluiett (bar)
    Ray Anderson, Joseph Bowie (trombone)
    Ralph Alessi, James Zolar, Stanton Davis, Jack Walrath (trumpet)
    Joe Daley, Bob Stewart (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Videotape; The Tribune July 1, 1999}

    • 99.07.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Paris, France [The Tribune July 1, 1999]

    99.09.01
    99.09.02 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Aurora

    RivBea Sound Company (no issue #) (CD) 2005
    • Various Artists (Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra): 1999 Orlando Music Awards
      No label, No issue # (CD) 1999 (Compilation CD produced by Orlando Weekly)
    September 1 & 2, 1999 / Studio B, Full Sail Real World Education, Winter Park, FL
    1. Arcs [7:46]
    2. Streamers [8:09]
    3. Peaks [6:33]
    4. Spots [7:58]
    5. Patches [9:24]
    6. Filaments [7:59]
    7. Beads [9:23]
    8. Sheets [8:10]
    9. Colours [5:45]
    Compilation CD has track 9.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, fl; compositions)
    Rex Wertz, Charlie DeChant (tenor sax)
    Jeff Rupert, Dan Boissy (alto sax)
    Dalton Hagler (bs)
    Tom Parmerter, John Castleman, Mike Iapichino, Todd Beals (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, Dave Sheffield, Jerry Edwards (trombone)
    Willie Clark (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Aurora CD; 1999 Orlando Music Awards}

    • 99.09.03 through 99.09.05 - Afterfest Jam Sessions at Jazz Showcase with Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Sam Rivers (reeds, etc.), Hamiet Bluiett (bar), "and others" / Chicago Jazz Festival, Grant Park, Chicago, IL

    99.09.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    September 3, 1999 / Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
    1. Inspiration [11:47] (incomplete, cuts in during drum solo)
     announcement [1:06]
    2. Beatrice [6:13]
    3. unknown title [1:10]
    4. unknown title [11:21] (brief SR announcement at 6:18 into bass solo)
    5. unknown title [5:57]
     announcement [0:29]
    6. Ripples [5:13]
     announcement [0:20]
    7. Nightfall [6:55] (incomplete, cuts out)
    8. encore / unknown title [5:31] (incomplete, cuts in)
    [57:22]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,2,3,7, soprano sax-5, flute-8, piano-4, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass and electric bass; bass clarinet-2,3)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax-2,3, piano-7)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    99.09.04 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra featuring Hamiet Bluiett & Ray Anderson [Broadcast & Audience Recordings]

    September 4, 1999 / Petrillo Band Shell, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
    Broadcast Recording:
    1. unknown titles [80:35]
    Audience Recording:
    2. Inspiration [9:44]
     announcement [2:24]
    3. Beatrice [9:40]
     announcement [1:29]
    4. Melange [5:43]
     announcement [1:12]
    5. Impulse [12:00]
     announcement [1:30]
    6. Colors (section 3) [8:16]
     announcement [1:30]
    7. Quasar [7:54] (split track, at 3:50)
    [62:18]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    Hamiett Bluiett (bar)
    Charlie DeChant, Brian Mackie (tenor sax)
    George Weremchuck, Chris Charles (alto sax)
    Tom Parmerter, Brian Scanlon, John Robinson, Mike Iapichino (trumpet)
    Ray Anderson, Keith Oshiro, Jerry Edwards (trombone)
    Mike Roylance (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Broadcast 2CD-R; Audience CD-R; Lloyd Sachs Chicago Sun-Times September 3, 1999 p.9}

    99.09.26 • Sam Rivers Interview [Audience Recording]

    September 26, 1999 / Telephone interview by David Mittleman
    1. [60:16]
    Sam Rivers (answering the phone; voice, hanging up the phone)
    David Mittleman (tone-dialing; voice, hanging up the phone)

    A transcript of much of this taped interview is here.

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    • 99.10.23 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 99.10.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]

    99.11.20 • Sam Rivers' 16 Piece RivBea Orchestra / Orchestral Explorations for 30 Musicians [Broadcast Recording]
    WLRN FM Radio, Broadcast December, 1999

    November 20, 1999 / Rogers Room, Keene Hall, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
    1st Set: RivBea Orchestra
     announcement [1:20]
    1. Melange [6:06]
    2. Impulse [11:44]
    3. "Another 5 Minutes of a Composition I Played in New York" [8:38]
    4. Quasar [8:19]
    2nd Set: Orchestral Explorations
     announcement [2:30]
    5. Incantation [9:17]
    6. Water Colors [14:05]
    7. Panorama [17:32]
    Received with a beginning 22 minutes of unrelated jazz programming and a tagged-on airing of "Blossoms" [11:17] from Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan: Colours 82.09.13.

    Set 1 : RivBea Orchestra (16 Piece)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    ??? (tuba)
    3 unknown players (trombone)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    Others ???

    Set 2 : Orchestral Explorations (30 Piece)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    2 unknown players (french horn)
    2 unknown players (tuba)
    4 unknown players (trombone)
    2 unknown players (cl)
    2 unknown players (bassoon)
    2 unknown players (oboe)
    4 unknown players (fl)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    Others ???

    Note: Announcer dates this session as November 13th, which is incorrect. —RL

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Review www.ink19.com}


    1960's

    1970's

    1980's

    1990's

    The 21st Century...


    • 00.02.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Side Bar, Gainesville, FL [The Independent Florida Alligator, www.alligator.org/edit/issues/00-spring/000210/e04.htm]
    • 00.02.19 - Sam Rivers and Winds; and Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel details) / "For set one, Sam Rivers and Winds will perform 'Zodiac,' a brand-new composition for 12 reed instruments. During set two, Rivers RivBea Orchestra will debut three cuts: 'Images,' 'Hurdle' and 'Fireball.'" / Rollins College, 8:00pm, Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center, Winter Park, FL [ibid; Cadence Vol.26 no.3 p.141]
    • 00.02.25 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [ibid]
    • 00.02.29 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Banlieues Bleues Festival, Cultural Forum, 20:30, Le Blanc Mesnil, France (double-bill with Matthew Shipp & William Parker Duo) [La Tribune February 24, 2000; www.banlieuesbleues.org]
    • 00.03.04 - Peter Kowald Trio: Sam Rivers, Michael Welch / Rollins College, 8:00pm, Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center, Winter Park, FL
    • 00.03.00 - Sam Rivers, Paolino della Porta (bass), Bob Moses (drums) / Trento, Italy [Info from web-site via Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23 (Festival archive with personnel but no exact dates)]
    • 00.03.23 - Sam Rivers Trio: Paolino della Porta (bass), Bob Moses (drums) / Teatro Verdi, Poggibonsi, Italy [Info from web-site via Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23]
    • 00.03.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Paolino della Porta (bass), Bob Moses (drums) / Multisala, Bologna, Italy [Info from web-site via Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23]
    • 00.03.25 - Sam Rivers SOLO / Sala Farnese, Bologna, Italy [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23]
    • 00.04.08 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 00.04.15 - Sam Rivers & Anthony Cole Duo / Jazz at Lincoln Center "Duets on The Hudson" Double-bill with Andrew Hill & Bobby Hutcherson Duo / 8:00pm, Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, New York City [The Newark Star-Ledger February 21, 2000 p.027]

    00.04.16 • Sam Rivers & Anthony Cole Duo [Broadcast Recording]
    "Jazz from Lincoln Center" with Ed Bradley, NPR Broadcast

    April 16, 2000, 8:00pm / Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, New York City
    {Beginning of program, see 00.11.04}
    1. Nightfall / Iris [12:04] ( * broadcast has excerpt at 3:15 * )
     announcement, Rivers and Cole interview [2:25]
    2. Impromptu for You [5:33]
    {End of program, see 00.11.04}
    Detailed transcript of the program at NPR; and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    Jazz at Lincoln Center "Duets on The Hudson" Double-bill with Andrew Hill & Bobby Hutcherson Duo.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1, flute-1, soprano sax-2, piano, Compositions)
    Anthony Cole (piano-1, drums-2, tenor sax, vibes)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; The Newark Star-Ledger February 21, 2000 p.027}

    00.04.21 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Video Recording]
    Italian Television Broadcast, Jazz e Altro, io Italia Romagno

    April 21, 2000 / Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia, Italy
    1. unknown titles [65:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano, soprano sax)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: Video; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23; www.crossroads-it.org/crossroads_2000/on-line.htm}

    • 00.04.22 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Crossroads, Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna, Italy [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23; www.crossroads-it.org/crossroads_2000/on-line.htm]

    00.05.07 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    May 7, 2000 / New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA
     Introduction [0:52]
    1. Impromptu [4:55]
     Rivers' announcement [1:20]
    2. Solace [5:00]
     Rivers' announcement [0:32]
    3. Ripples [5:30]
    4. bass solo [3:20]
    5. unknown title [8:16]
    6. Inspiration [8:55]
    7. Iris [10:50]
    8. unknown title [8:10]
    9. unknown title [5:05]
    [62:40]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, b, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; New Orleans Times-Picayune February 13, 2000 p.A24 and May 15, 2000 p.E1}

    • 00.05.07 (2) - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Le Chat Noir, New Orleans, LA [New Orleans Times-Picayune May 7, 2000 p.E9]
    • 00.06.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / (opened for Cecil Taylor Solo) Atlantic Center, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL [Joseph Hayes 06.12.16]

    00.06.24 • Sam Rivers Trio [Soundboard Recording]

    June 24, 2000 / IX Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw, Poland

    [Also erroneously noted as 00.06.25.]
     Introduction [0:50]
    1. Impromptu [5:50]
     Rivers' announcement [0:43]
    2. Solace [5:00]
     Rivers' announcement [0:32]
    3. bass solo [5:31]
    4. unknown title [16:16]
    5. Beatrice [5:04]
    6. unknown title [11:14]
    7. unknown title [10:45]
    [62:29]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-4,5,6; soprano sax-1,2; flute-6,7; piano-4; voice-4,7; Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1,7; bass-3,4,5,6; bass clarinet-2,6)
    Anthony Cole (d-1,4,5,7; tenor sax-2,6; piano-6)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; date via Siegfried Otto}

    • 00.07.29 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / 8:00pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL ["Rivers Rolls Back to the Sapphire" Orlando Sentinel July 29, 2000]

    00.08.04 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    August 4, 2000, 2:00pm / Caramoor Jazz Festival, Venetian Theatre, Caramoor Estate, Katonah, NY
     announcement [1:25]
    1. "Impromptu" [7:17]
     Rivers' announcement [0:42]
    2. "Number Two" [3:30]
     Rivers' announcement [0:50]
    3. unknown title [4:08]
    4. unknown title [27:33]
    5. unknown title [11:51]
    6. unknown title [9:07]
     announcement [1:05]
    [63:43]
    This recording is circulating mis-dated as 00.08.05.

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,4; soprano sax-2,5; flute-5,6; piano-4; voice, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1,4,6; bass-3,5; bass clarinet-2,5)
    Anthony Cole (d-1,4,6; tenor sax-2,5; piano-5)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; The Newark Star-Ledger July 16, 2000 p.016}

    8th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering (September 20-24)
    • 00.09.21 - 8th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering, Cutting Edge Film Symposium and Screening, Ashe Center, New Orleans, LA / "On Thursday night, Special guests who will be performing include beat poets Amiri Baraka and John Sinclair, and musicians Ed Moss and Sam Rivers." [outerspaceways.info/forum/saturn/27244 schedule posted 00.09.16]
    • 00.09.23 - Sam Rivers (no personnel listed) / Sandbar, The Cove, University of New Orleans, LA [New Orleans Times-Picayune September 22, 2000 p.39]
      "Saturday night, Cutting Edge hosts the NewWorks Showcase with a Roots Party at Café Brazil and an avant-garde jazz show sponsored by Spyboy Productions, featuring Sam Rivers, Kidd Jordan, Amiri Baraka and John Sinclair at the new ROSY's located at 500 Valence St. The site of the famed 1970's Jazz club by the same name." [outerspaceways.info/forum/saturn/27244]
    • 00.09.24 - "On Sunday, the Oral History Brunch will begin at 10 am at Dooky Chase's Restaurant. This year's subjects are Deacon John Moore, traditional jazzman Bob French, and Sam Rivers. This event will close the Conference for 2000." [outerspaceways.info/forum/saturn/27244]


    • 00.10.06 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), (no personnel details) / Florida Theatre, Gainesville, FL [PopCanon R&Rchive 2000: web.popcanon.com/RnR/R&Rchive2K.html]
    • 00.10.20 - Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 00.11.01 - Sam Rivers / "Jazz at Lincoln Center is pleased to welcome legendary multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers to its second web chat... from 7 to 8 pm" [www.jazzradio.org/sriversscr.htm]
    • 00.11.03 (1) - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Lyman Brodie, John Castleman, Tom Parmenter, Mike Iapichino, Keith Oshiro, Dave Sheffield, Andrea Rowlinson, Mike Roylance, Jeff Rupert (alto sax), George Weremchuk, Rex Wertz, David Pate, Chris Charles, Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Rehearsals and Rivers interview for Jazz at Lincoln Center program (see session 00.11.04) Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC [Detailed transcript of the program at NPR]
    • 00.11.03 (2) - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Lyman Brodie, John Castleman, Tom Parmenter, Mike Iapichino, Keith Oshiro, Dave Sheffield, Andrea Rowlinson, Mike Roylance, Jeff Rupert (alto sax), George Weremchuk, Rex Wertz, David Pate, Chris Charles, Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 8:00pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC [The New York Times November 3, 2000 p.E23]

    00.11.04 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]
    "Jazz from Lincoln Center" with Ed Bradley, NPR Broadcast

    November 4, 2000, 8:00pm / Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
    1. Willow (brief excerpt, fades in and out)
     announcement, Rivers interviewed [2:40]
    2. Images [7:32]
     announcement, Rivers interviewed [1:00]
    3. Beatrice [10:09]
     announcement, Rivers interviewed [1:35]
    {Middle of program, see 00.04.16}
     Rivers interviewed [1:20]
    4. Monique [5:21]
     Rivers interviewed [2:05]
    5. Monsoon [14:21] (Commisioned for this concert)
     announcement [2:00]
    [57:32]
    Detailed transcript of the program at NPR

    "Jazz at Lincoln Center will hold the world premiere of works commissioned from soulful pianist Eric Reed and fiery multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers in the latest edition of its cross-generational commissioning series As of Now on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2000, at 8:00pm in Alice Tully Hall. During the first half, Mr. Reed (a former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) will premiere his gospel-influenced work 'The Word of God' joined by jazz ensemble, gospel choir, and solo vocalist Roberta Gumbel, in addition to performing other original material. In the second half, Mr. Rivers (who performed a JaLC duet concert in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in April 2000) will conduct a program of his new compositions for big band with his Florida-based RivBea Orchestra." [www.jalc.org/jalc/news/archive/000927a-news.html]

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions)
    Jeff Rupert (alto sax)
    George Weremchuk, Rex Wertz, David Pate, Chris Charles (reeds)
    Lyman Brodie, John Castleman, Tom Parmenter, Mike Iapichino (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, Dave Sheffield, Andrea Rowlinson (trombone)
    Mike Roylance (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, b)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Cadence Vol.27 no.8 August 2001, p.141}

    • 00.12.09 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 00.12.13 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 00.12.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 9:00pm, Voodoo Lounge, Jacksonville, FL [Nick Marino The Florida Times-Union December 15, 2000 p.E1]
    • 01.02.16 - Sam Rivers Ensemble: Rivers, Jonas Hellborg (bass), Bob Moses (drums), + The St. Lawrence String Quartet / 8:00pm, Muzik3 Festival, Sushi's, San Diego, CA [San Diego Union-Tribune February 16, 2001 p.E2]
    • 01.02.17 - Sam Rivers Ensemble: Rivers, Jonas Hellborg (bass), Bob Moses (drums), + The St. Lawrence String Quartet / 8:00pm, Muzik3 Festival, Sushi's, San Diego, CA [ibid]

    • 01.02.20
      01.02.21
      01.02.22
      01.02.23
      01.02.24
      01.02.25 - Jason Moran Trio: Moran (piano), Sam Rivers, Tarus Mateen (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums) / Jazz Standard, New York City
    • 01.02.29 - Sam Rivers Solo (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, flute and voice) / The Magic Triangle Jazz Series, WMUA, 91.1FM and Residential Arts presents... Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachussets at Amherst, MA
    • 01.03.06 - Sam Rivers (no personnel listed) / Harmony 2001, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Osceola, FL [Peter Covino Osceola News-Gazette March 2, 2001; archive.osceolanewsgazette.com]

    01.03.16
    01.03.17 • Jason Moran: Black Stars

    Blue Note Records 7243 5 32922 2 5 (CD) 2001

    March 16 & 17, 2001 / Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
    1. Foot Under Foot (Moran) [5:29]
    2. Kinda Dukish (Duke Ellington) [5:26]
    3. Gangsterism on a River (Moran) [3:42]
    4. Earth Song (Rivers) [7:23]
    5. Summit (Moran) [7:07]
    6. Say Peace (Moran) [4:12]
    7. Draw the Light Out (Moran) [6:00]
    8. Out Front (Jaki Byard) [4:02]
    9. The Sun at Midnight (Moran) [5:42]
    10. Skitter In (Moran) [4:39]
    11. Sound it Out (Moran) [3:43]
    Jason Moran (piano)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano-11)
    Tarus Mateen (bass)
    Nasheet Waits (drums)

    {Primary Source: Blue Note 7243 5 32922 2 5}

    • 01.03.20
      01.03.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sweet Basil's, NYC

    01.03.00 • Sam Rivers Trio: Firestorm

    RivBea Sound Company RB50102 (CD) 2001

    unknown date, 2001 / Sweet Basil's, New York City
    1. Spark [6:33]
    2. Flame [5:30]
    3. Firestorm [11:52]
    4. Unity [4:46]
    5. Solace [5:33]
    6. Smoke [1:44]
    7. Nightfall [11:51]
    8. Dominant [5:00]
    9. Iris [3:52]
    10. Firewall [11:56]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-4,5,6,7,8,; soprano sax-1,2; flute-7,9,10; piano-3; voice-4,10, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1,11; bass-4,5,7,9; bass clarinet-2,4,5,6,8)
    Anthony Cole (d-1,3,5,10; tenor sax-2,4,5,6,8; piano-7,9)

    {Primary Source: RB50102}

    01.03.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]
    WKCR-FM, Broadcast 07.05.24, "Sam Rivers Festival"

    March 22, 2001 / Sweet Basil's, New York City
    1st Set:
     announcement [0:05]
     1. unknown title [4:54]
     announcement [1:23]
     2. Ripples [5:36]
     3. unknown title [0:57]
     announcement [0:29]
     4. (Mathews bass solo) [4:03]
     5. unknown title [11:58]
     announcement [0:17]
     6. Beatrice [3:43]
     announcement [0:17]
     7. unknown title [8:22]
     8. unknown title [10:22]
     announcement [0:30]
    2nd Set:
     9. unknown title [7:58]
    10. Ripples [7:13]
    11. unknown title [1:38]
    12. (Mathews bass solo) [4:59]
    13. unknown title [14:52]
    14. unknown title [12:21]
    15. unknown title [10:21]
    [112:29]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,5,6, soprano sax-2,3, flute-7,8, piano-5)
    Doug Mathews (bass-1,2,4,5,7,8, bass clarinet-2,3,6)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,5,8 tenor sax-2,3,6,7, piano-7)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    01.03.23 • Sam Rivers Trio: [WKCR Archival Recording]

    • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]
    March 23, 2001 / Sweet Basil, New York City
    Audience Recording (Missing 1st Set):
    2nd Set:
    1. unknown title [7:12]
     SR announcement [0:38]
    2. Solace [7:18]
     SR announcement [0:41]
    3. bass solo [4:30]
     SR announcement [0:26]
    4. unknown title [17:04]
     SR announcement [0:38]
    5. Twilight [4:15]
    6. Iris [8:02]
     SR announcement [0:10]
    7. taking it out, with introductions and solos [10:52]
     SR announcement [0:24]
    3rd Set:
    8. unknown title [6:46]
     SR announcement [0:20]
    9. Dominant [3:40]
     SR announcement, something about "Unity..." [0:48]
    10. bass solo [2:07]
    11. unknown title [11:29]
    12. unknown title [10:11]
    13. unknown title [8:29]
    14. unknown title, introductions [10:17]
     announcement [0:56]
    [120:57]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-4,5,12,13; soprano sax-1,2,8,9; piano-4,11; flute-6,7,14; voice- here and there...)
    Doug Mathews (bass-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14; bass clarinet-2,9)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,4,5,7,8,11,12,14; tenor sax-2,6,9; piano-5,13)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Ben Young, WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31} WKCR Recording not in my collection.

    01.03.24 • Sam Rivers Trio: [Audience Recording]

    March 24, 2001 / Sweet Basil, New York City
    1st Set:
     announcement [0:36]
    1. Taurus [5:19]
     SR announcement [0:48]
    2. Solace [5:19]
     SR announcement [0:48]
    3. "Solace again, off the cuff" [1:19]
     SR announcement [0:35]
    4. bass solo [4:44]
     SR announcement [0:48]
    5. unknown title [13:31]
     SR announcement [0:37]
    6. Beatrice [5:29]
    7. taking it out, with band introductions and Sam expounding... [18:57]
     SR announcement [0:14]
    (Missing 2nd Set)
    3rd Set:
    8. unknown title [7:08]
     SR announcement [0:21]
    9. unknown title [3:35]
     SR announcement [0:22]
    10. bass solo [4:33]
    11. unknown title [21:29]
    12. unknown title [6:47]
    13. unknown title [5:00]
    14. unknown title [2:09]
     announcement [0:25]
    [110:39]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-1,5,6,7,11,12; soprano sax-2,3,8,9; piano-5,11; flute-7,13,14; voice- here and there...)
    Doug Mathews (bass-1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,14; bass clarinet-2,3,6,13)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,5,6,7,8,9,11,14; tenor sax-2,3,6,13; piano-7,12)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    01.03.25 • Sam Rivers Trio: [Audience Recording]

    March 25, 2001 / Sweet Basil, New York City
    (Missing 1st & 3rd Sets)
    2nd Set:
    1. unknown title [5:46]
     SR announcement [0:26]
    2. unknown title [3:40]
     SR announcement [0:21]
    3. Solace [5:51]
    4. unknown title [2:18]
     SR announcement [0:40]
    5. bass solo [4:40]
    6. unknown title [15:33]
     SR announcement [0:25]
    7. Beatrice [6:13]
    8. taking it out, with band introductions [20:05]
     announcement [0:25]
    [66:50]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-6,7,8; soprano sax-1,2,3,4; piano-6; flute-8; voice- here and there...)
    Doug Mathews (bass-1,2,3,,6,7,8; bass clarinet-3,4,7)
    Anthony Cole (drums-1,2,3,6,7,8; tenor sax-3,4,7; piano-8)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    01.03.26 • Sam Rivers Solo & Trio [Audience Recording]

    March 26, 2001 / Boston Creative Music Alliance, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), Boston, MA
    1. soprano sax solo [6:47]
    2. piano solo [9:37]
    3. tenor sax solo [7:19]
    4. flute solo [7:53]
    5. tenor sax/drums/trombone trio [7:28]
    6. piano/drums/trombone trio [6:07]
    [45:13]
    "Two encores brought all three players together for brisk interchanges. Rivers, who has worked with a tuba in his small groups, and whose son was in the audience, must have felt doubly at home."
    —Bob Blumenthal's concert review in the Boston Globe

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-3,5; soprano sax-1; piano-2,6; flute-4)
    Bill Lowe (trombone-5,6)
    Syd Smart (percussion synth-5,6)

    {Primary Source: Christopher Carville 06.12.03; Cadence Vol.27 no.3 March 2001, p.36; Bob Blumenthal Boston Globe March 23, 2001 p.C17} Not in my collection.

    • 01.03.27 - Sam Rivers Solo (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano, voice) / Bezanson Hall, University of Massachussets, Amherst, MA [Bob Blumenthal Boston Globe March 23, 2001 p.C17; Cadence Vol.27 no.3 March 2001, p.136]
    • 01.03.28 - Sam Rivers Solo (tenor and soprano sax, flute, piano, voice) / 8:00pm, First Congregational Church, Portland, Oregon [The Oregonian March 25, 2001 p.F6; Cadence Vol.27 no.3 March 2001, p.136]
    • 01.03.29 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole (+ Steve Coleman 2nd Set only) / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Bruno's Cork Club, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.27 no.6 June 2001, p.137; Philip Elwood San Francisco Chronicle March 31, 2001 p.E1]
    • 01.03.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole (Coleman may have made this night as well.) / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Bruno's Cork Club, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.27 no.6 June 2001, p.137; Philip Elwood San Francisco Chronicle March 31, 2001 p.E1]
    • 01.03.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole + Steve Coleman / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Bruno's Cork Club, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.27 no.6 June 2001, p.137; Philip Elwood San Francisco Chronicle March 31, 2001 p.E1]

    01.04.16 • Various Artists: Visions / performances from the EMIT series

    isospin labs (no catalogue #) (CD) 2002
    [This release also has tracks by Pamela Z; Day & Taxi; Chris Brown and Philip Gelb; Derek Bailey and Jim Stewart; David Manson; Saturnalia; Davey Williams and David Manson; Peter Kowald; Amy Denio; and Eugene Chadbourne and SHIM]

    April 16, 2001 / The Lobby, St. Petersburg, FL
    1. Confluence [7:09]
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax)
    Evan Parker (soprano sax)

    "with Jim Stewart and Rick Adams," but not on this track..

    "Parker launched into a duet with Sam Rivers... After a brief intermission, Parker and Sam Rivers returned [for the second set] with Rick Adams on bass and Jim Stewart (of Shim) on drums." —Bob Pomeroy www.ink19.com

    {Primary Source: Visions CD; Review by Bob Pomeroy, www.ink19.com}

    • 01.04.19 - Julian Priester Benefit: Sam Rivers, Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams, Bennie Maupin, Eddie Henderson, Christian McBride, others... "Sam played as part of a fund-raiser for Julian Priester. He only played for a few songs." / Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.27 no.6 June 2001, p.138; Will Getter 03.11.21 had the date as 05.16]
    • 01.04.21 - Sam Rivers and the Duke Jazz Ensemble: "Mr. Rivers will be joined by special guest percussionist, Mimmo Cafiero from Palermo, Italy." / 17th Annual North Carolina International Jazz Festival, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC / (www.duke.edu/˜pjeffrey/schedule.html has this dated incorrectly as April 21, 2000) [The Raleigh News & Observer May 21, 2000 p.132; Metro Magazine, March 2001, www.metronc.com/article/?id=758]
    • 01.05.19 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: "15-piece" / Tropical Heatwave Festival, 10:20pm, El Pasaja Plaza, Cuban Club Patio, Tampa, FL [Phillip Booth Sarasota Herald-Tribune May 18, 2001 p.6]
    • 01.05.27 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Anthony Cole (drums), Doug Mathews (bass), Lyman Brodle (trumpet), Chris Charles (alto sax, tenor sax, bar), Mike Iapichino (trumpet), Keith Oshiro (trombone), Tom Parmenter (trombone), Andrea Rowlinson (trombone), Mike Roylance (tuba), Dave Sheffield (trombone), George Weremchuk (alto sax), Rex Wertz (tenor sax), John Castleman (trumpet) / Festival Matosinhos em Jazz 2001 (01.05.19-27), Auditório da Exponor, Matosinhos, Portugal [Jornal de Notícias May 29, 2001; Nuno Martins 03.11.17]
    • 01.05.29 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Sfera-Arco Club, Warsaw, Poland / "After that I had the occasion to talk for a while with all three musiscians. I have a ticket from this gig and a full set of photos, also my own short relation with 2 pictures [appeared] in the Polish magazine ZYCIE NA GORACO from the 7th of June 1991 (nr 23)" —Sergiusz Lipnicki 02.12.14, editor, journalist and (Pharoah Sanders discographer.

    01.06.06 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    June 6, 2001 / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    1. unknown titles [69:37]
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    others unidentified

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Paul Bastien 03.09.11 & 03.10.07}

    • 01.06.13 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [Scramble painting of the event: Live Performance, Framed Canvas, Drawing —www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 01.06.20
      01.06.27 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / "On Wednesdays throughout the entire month of June—maybe longer if the idea sticks—offers a glimpse of how the magic happens. Rivers and the group take up residence... From 9:00 to 10:00pm, the orchestra will rehearse new material on stage." / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL ["Rivers Will Flow At Open Sessions", by Tyler Gray Orlando Sentinel, May 18, 2001]

    01.07.04 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    July 4, 2001 / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    1. (Second Set) unknown titles [50:22]
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    others unidentified

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Paul Bastien 03.09.11, 03.10.07}

    01.07.21 • Longineu Parsons: Tribal Disorder

    Longineu Music (CD) 2003

    July 21, 2001 / Phat Planet Studios, Orlando, FL
    1. Party at Von's Place [8:40]
    2. Reunion [7:12]
    3. 13th and Blue [6:39]
    4. Summertime [6:26]
    5. African Nights [6:11]
    6. Too Tight [8:05]
    Longineu Parsons (trumpet, recorders)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    Lindsey Sarjeant (piano)
    Neal Faison (guitar)
    Jeff Hanley (bass)
    Von Barlow (percussion)
    Longineu "LP" Parsons III (drums)

    {Primary Source: Library of Congress Classification ICD 19467; www.longineu.com/latest.html}

    • 01.08.11 - Sam Rivers Trio and Big Band: Mathews, Cole + Fred Berry, John Worley, Chuck MacKinnon, Anja Parks (trumpet); Wayne Wallace, Dana Leong, Jill DeWeese, Chris Andersen (trombone); Harvey Wainapel, Jesse Levit (alto sax); John Ayala, Hitomi Oba (tenor sax); Andrew Speight (bar) / Stanford Jazz Festival 2002, 8:00pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA [The Metro July 5-11, 2001; www.stanfordjazz.org]

      "...the trio performed first, big band in the second set. 'Impromptu' [was the] opener (as announced by Sam), and 'Solace' somewhere in there... Sam did mention that one of the songs he played with the trio, was also played with the big band.... maybe 'Inspiration'?" "...there was a great moment when Sam patiently inspired a very young and petite japanese girl near the end of the riser, and gave her the most solo time. She must have been one of the workshop students and I think that several of the other players were as well." [Ron Rubin 03.02.03 and 03.02.04; Cadence Vol.27 no.8 August 2001, p.139]

    • 01.08.18 (1) - NOJO + Sam Rivers / Markham Jazz Festival, Toogood Pond Park, Unionville, Ontario, Canada / "Afternoon concert outdoors. 16-piece NOJO plus Sam Rivers. Presented by Hal Hill, then director of the festival. Hal's festival foots the bill for getting Sam to town and gets the ball rolling on our relationship and NOJO has always been thankful to Hal for that. Michael Occhipinti and I each write new music to feature Sam." —Paul Neufeld [Paul Neufeld 07.09.28; paulneufeld.ca/careerhighlights.htm]
      "Hal Hill presented NOJO with Sam, first time ever, at the Markham Jazz Festival which allowed us to then book two nights at the Top O' The Senator in Toronto. The line-ups were well into the street and the nights were unbelievable." —Paul Neufeld
    • 01.08.18 (2) - NOJO + Sam Rivers / 8:00 PM, The Top O' The Senator, Toronto, Ontario, Canada / "9pm concert at prestigious jazz club, now defunct. Line-ups down the block of Victoria Street in Toronto. Brilliant, magical night with 16-piece NOJO plus Sam." —Paul Neufeld [The Globe and Mail July 28, 2001 p.R17]
    • 01.08.19 - NOJO + Sam Rivers / 8:00 PM, The Top O' The Senator, Toronto, Ontario, Canada / "Packed house again, and pure joy from the band and crowd." —Paul Neufeld [The Globe and Mail July 28, 2001 p.R17]

    01.09.05 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    September 5, 2001 / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    1. (Second Set) unknown titles [56:51]
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    others unidentified

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Paul Bastien 03.09.11, 03.10.07}

    • 01.09.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole/ Kanjiza Jazz Festival, Kanjiza, Yugoslavia [www.hardedge.tv/tour01.html]

    01.10.06 • Jason Moran and the Bandwagon [Audience Recording]

    October 6, 2001 / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
    1. unknown title [9:30]
    2. unknown title [8:55]
     announcement [2:35]
    3. Foot Under Foot (Moran) [11:05]
    4. Gangsterism on a River (Moran) [4:30]
    5. Inspiration (Rivers) [9:40]
     announcement [1:13]
    6. Say Peace (Moran) [4:35]
    7. Out Front (Jaki Byard) [6:10]
     announcement [0:45]
    8. Unity (Rivers) [7:10]
    9. The Sun at Midnight (Moran) [10:55]
    10. Inspiration / reprise (Rivers) [4:25]
     announcement [2:35]
    11. Unity / reprise (Rivers) [7:50]
    [94:40]
    Jason Moran (piano)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute) / Rivers out tracks 1,2,7
    Scott Colley (bass)
    Nasheet Waits (drums)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Star-Tribune July 1, 2001 p.04F}

    • 01.10.13 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 01.10.24 - Sex Mob, with Sam Rivers: Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Briggan Krauss (reeds), Tony Scherr (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums) / 9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [Orlando Sentinel, August 29, 1998; www.jambase.com/shows/event.aspx?EventID=26515]

    01.10.29 • Sam Rivers Trio [Television Broadcast Recording]

    October 29, 2001, 9:30 and 11:30pm / 6th Seixal Jazz 2001 Festival, Auditório Municipal do Forum Cultural do Seixal, Seixal, Portugal
    1. seven unknown titles [28:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor saxophone, piano)

    {Primary Source: www.cm-seixal.pt/seixaljazz/conteudos/documents; Nuno Martins 03.11.17; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25}

    • 01.11.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Tampere Jazz Happening, 8:00, Old Customs House Hall (Pakkahuone), Tampere, Finland [web listing]
    • 01.11.10 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Sass-O-Jazz Festival, Heritage Square Park, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 01.12.19 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]

    02.01.03 • Fluid Motion: Fluid Motion

    isospin labs iso-42057 (CD) 2002

    January 3, 2002 / Springs Theatre, Tampa, FL
    1. Fluid Motion [7:07]
    2. Poodle Science [4:53]
    3. Tephlon [6:13]
    4. Whispers [6:48]
    5. Pengquan [7:29]
    6. Crossdrift [7:09]
    7. Following [5:14]
    8. Tangents [5:28]
    David Manson (trombone, Compositions)
    Jonathan Powell (trumpet)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: iso-42057}

    02.01.14
    02.01.15 • Steven Bernstein: Diaspora Blues

    Tzadik TZ 7164 (CD) 2002

    January 14 & 15, 2002 / Orlando, FL
    1. V'LIRUSHALAYIM IRCHU (Koussevitsky) [9:14]
    2. BLESSING (traditional) [3:08]
    3. AVEENU MALKENU (traditional) [5:51]
    4. COMMENTARY (Bernstein) [2:16]
    5. LUCKY (Bernstein) [7:22]
    6. MISRATZE B'RACHAMIM (Koussevitsky) [12:41]
    7. CHANT (Bernstein) [6:05]
    8. COMMENTARY II (Bernstein) [1:56]
    9. POST (Bernstein) [2:55]
    10. N'KADESH OZ B'KOL (Koussevitsky) [5:53]
    11. RIBINO SHEL OLOM (Koussevitsky) [5:54]
    "Dedicated to Cantor Moshe Koussevitsky, whose voice, music and spirit guided this project." —the liners

    Steven Bernstein (trumpet; slide trumpet)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax)

    {Primary Source: TZ 7164}

    • 02.02.01 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Mathews, Cole, others... / The Social, Orlando, FL [web listing]
    • 02.02.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / JazzMaster Tour 2002, University of Kentucky, Singletary Center for the Arts (8 pm), Lexington, KY [www.southarts.org/download/SouthArtsJanFeb2002.pdf]
    • 02.02.10 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY [ibid]
    • 02.02.11 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Jazz Arts Foundation Youth Jazz Band, Lexington, KY [ibid]
    • 02.02.12
      02.02.13 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN [ibid]
    • 02.02.14
      02.02.15 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC [ibid]
    • 02.02.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / JazzMaster Tour 2002, (8:00pm), ArtsCenter Carborro, Carborro, NC [ibid]
    • 02.02.19
      02.02.20 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC [ibid]
    • 02.02.23 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / SAF-Euphonic Productions, 8:00pm, First Existentialist Congregation, Candler Park, Atlanta, GA [ibid] / "...the Feb. 23, 2002 concert in Atlanta was recorded by Euphonic Productions and the recording is in their archives." —Jeff Crompton 04.07.31
    • 02.02.25
      02.02.26 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA [www.southarts.org/download/SouthArtsJanFeb2002.pdf]
    • 02.02.27
      02.02.28 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL [ibid]
    • 02.03.01 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, "Informance" at Baldwin Performing Arts Magnet Middle School, Montgomery, AL [ibid]
    • 02.03.04
      02.03.05
      02.03.06 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS [ibid]
    • 02.03.07
      02.03.08 (1) - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Southern University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA [ibid]
    • 02.03.08 (2) - Sam Rivers Conducts The New Orleans Naked Orchestra (performing Rivers' compositions) / 6:00pm, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA [New Orleans Times-Picayune March 8, 2002 p.26, p.27]
    • 02.03.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Freeport-McMoRan Theatre, 9:00pm Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA [ibid]
    • 02.03.11
      02.03.12 - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, University North Florida, Jacksonville, FL [ibid]
    • 02.03.14
      02.03.15 (1) - Sam Rivers Educational Residency / JazzMaster Tour 2002, Florida International University, Miami, FL [ibid]
    • 02.03.15 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / JazzMaster Tour 2002, (8:00pm) Gold Coast Jazz Society and South Florida Friends of Jazz, Broward County Main Library Auditorium, Miami, FL [ibid]
    • 02.03.22
      02.03.23 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / 10:30pm, Muzik3 Festival, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego, CA [Andrew Gilbert San Diego Union Tribune March 21, 2002 Nigt&Day p.7]
    • 02.04.01 - Sam Rivers Trio: Anthony Cole (drums), Doug Mathews (bass) "performs with the UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble" / University of North Texas, Denton, TX [www.jazz.unt.edu/?q=book/export/html/190]
    • 02.04.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: Anthony Cole (drums), Doug Mathews (bass) / "Lecture series artist Sam Rivers performs..." / University of North Texas, Denton, TX [www.jazz.unt.edu/?q=book/export/html/190]

    02.04.04 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    April 4, 2002, 8:00pm / Ceremony Hall, Austin, TX
    Sound Check:
    1. unknown titles, banter, shuffling about, etc. [25:50] (incomplete, cuts in at beginning)
    Concert:
    2. Impromptu (for you) [7:23]
    3. Ripples [6:51]
    4. bass solo [6:15]
    5. unknown title [14:31]
    6. unknown title [3:33]
    7. unknown title [8:55]
    8. unknown title [8:45]
     announcement [1:18]
    9. Beatrice [6:23]
    [92:03]


    A lovely poster for this Trio gig in Austin.

    graphic by ...



    "A friend was producing this very rare appearance of Sam in Texas, operating the whole gig on a small budget. I voluteered to help him out and went down early and set up chairs in this tiny former church called Ceremony Hall. Another fan of Sam's (and friend of the promoter) showed up to help set up as well. As we were setting out chairs, Sam quietly (and completely humbly) walked in, took out a flute, and started blowing. Soon, the other band members came in and began loosely jamming around as well. The sound was so relaxed but so amazing! Both of us "roadies" quit working and quietly sat down and just listened. At one point, I just reached into my bag and hit record on my deck. I didn't even bother to set levels, but amazingly they came out okay. At one point, it was just me, the other "roadie," and Sam in the room, Sam blowing all mellow and cool. We just looked at each other, grinning and staring at each other in disbelief that we were witnessing this creative genius and it was just the three of us. It seemed appropriate that it was in a church. It was one of those sacred moments... I doubt the magic of that soundcheck moment was captured on tape, but it's etched into my soul. The rest of the concert was great, and full of the inside/outside creative jazz moments that characterizes Sam Rivers!" —Jason Hook

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-4,5,9; soprano sax-1,2; flute-6; piano-4; voice-4)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1,2,9; bass-3,4,5; bass clarinet-2,6,9)
    Anthony Cole (d-1,2,4,9; tenor sax-2,6,9; piano-5,6)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    02.04.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    April 6, 2002 / MECA, Houston, TX
    1. unknown title [4:52]
    2. Ripples [7:03]
    3. Mathews bass solo [4:58]
    4. Rivers piano solo intro to unknown title [13:32]
    5. unknown title [4:19]
    6. unknown title [7:45]
    7. unknown title [4:58]
    8. unknown title [3:16]
    9. Beatrice [14:47]
    10. unknown title [9:15]
    [80:18]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-4,5,9; soprano sax-1,2,8; flute-6,7,10; piano-4; voice-10)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass-1,2,7,10; bass-3,4,5,9; bass clarinet-2,6,8)
    Anthony Cole (d-1,2,4,7,9,10; tenor sax-2,6,8; piano-5,6,10)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R}

    • 02.04.07 - Sam Rivers Trio with the MECA Improvisation Ensemble / 4:00pm, MECA, Houston, TX [Business Wire 11 March 2002]
    • 02.04.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Santa Cruz Global African Music Festival, 9:30p.m., Music Center Recital Hall, University of California at Santa Cruz / "...they started with 'Impromptu', and I didn't recognize anything [else] but 'Solace'. Some points of interest: one of the tunes included both Sam and Anthony on pianos, Sam did a lot of yelling and whooping, and the program says Doug plays drums..." [Ron Rubin 03.02.03, 03.02.04; artsites.ucsc.edu/dma/composition/gamf2002.html; aainnovators.com]
    • 02.04.17 (1) - Sam Rivers Duo with Anthony Cole / "Rivers Runs Deep" / No venue or place information available [www.gothamjazz.com]
    • 02.04.17 (2) - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / "Rivers Runs Deep" / No venue or place information available "...reveals a vibrant compositional palette in a new work for his orchestra" [www.gothamjazz.com]
    • 02.05.22 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / The Club at Firestone, Orlando, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com/]
    • 02.05.28
      02.05.29
      02.05.30
      02.05.31
      02.06.01
      02.06.02 - Jason Moran and the Bandwagon: Sam Rivers, Tarus Mateen, Nasheet Waits / Iridium, NYC [www.gothamjazz.com/performers/194/]

    02.07.14 • Jason Moran and the Bandwagon [Broadcast Recording]

    July 14, 2002 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Rembrandtzaal, Congress Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands
    1. unknown title [8:09] (piano trio)
    2. unknown title [6:04] (piano trio)
    3. unknown title / Moran announcement [10:26]
    4. unknown title [5:36]
    5. unknown title [6:06]
    6. unknown title [5:28]
    7. unknown title [5:59]
    8. unknown title / Moran announcement [10:36]
    [59:48]
    Jason Moran (piano, tapes)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute / tracks 3-8)
    Tarus Mateen (bass)
    Nasheet Waits (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 09.01.06}

    02.08.24 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Video Recording & Audience Recording]

    August 24, 2002 / Back Booth, Orlando, FL
    1. Intro / Inspiration [ : ]
    2. Solace [ : ]
    3. Unity [ : ]
    4. bass solo [ : ]
    5. Dominant [ : ]
    6. drum solo [ : ]
    7. Iris [ : ]
    [50:12]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, compositions)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass, bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 06.10.30; "Creativity Flows Freely From Rivers", by Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel, August 23, 2002}

    • "The Rivers trio will hit the road in the fall, for a tour that includes Hungary, Yugoslavia, New York, and Los Angeles."
    • 02.09.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Kanjiza Jazz Festival, Art House, Kanjiza, Yugoslavia [www.hardedge.tv/tour01.html]
    • 02.09.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / EMIT New Music Series, 8:00pm, Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL ["Untethered Jazz" by Gina Vivinetto St. Petersburg Times September 26, 2002 p.W33]
    • 02.10.04 - Von Freeman at Symphony Center: Von Freeman, Chico Freeman, Ron Blake, and Sam Rivers (tenor sax), George Freeman (guitar), Brad Goode (trumpet), John Young, Mulgrew Miller, and Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Avery Sharpe and Dennis Carroll (bass), Winard Harper and Michael Raynor (drums) / 15 musicians "Two swinging rhythm sections laid down the pulse for the shifting cast of horn players..." / "Violets for Your Furs", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Billies Bounce"... others / Symphony Center, Chicago, IL [Kevin Whitehead 10.08.30, from a review in The Chicago Sun-Times]

    02.10.08 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    October 8, 2002 / Iridium Jazz Club, New York City
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: Ron Lyles 10.04.30} Not in my collection.

    • 02.10.09
      02.10.10
      02.10.11
      02.10.12
      02.10.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Sets at 8:00 & 10:30pm and an added set on Fri. & Sat. (11th and 12th) at Midnight, Iridium Jazz Club, NYC [www.iridiumjazzclub.com]
    • 02.11.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / Bridges Hall of Music, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA / "...it was professionally recorded by the school... There was an interview conducted with him before the concert for the CMC oral history collection." [D. Whitney Quinn posting to Miles-list 02.11.15; web listing]
    • 02.11.12
      02.11.13
      02.11.14
      02.11.15
      02.11.16
      02.11.17 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 12 pm, Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL [Cadence Vol.28 no.11 November 2002, p.136; www.samrivers.com]

    02.00.00 • Junkie Rush: Junkie Rush II

    Junkie Rush (CD) 2003
    "Late in the year...", 2002 / Richter Studios, Orlando, FL
    1. Telemundo [ : ]
    2. I Am From the Dirt [ : ]
    3. Afrobeat [ : ]
    4. Seeing Double [ : ]
    5. My Rosalita Angelina [ : ]
    6. It Got a Little Strange [7:00]
    7. The Girl Next Door [ : ]
    8. High Water Rise [5:34]
    9. The Alfred Drive Borinquen Gelfing throwdown [ : ]
    Bobby Koelble (vocals, guitar, keys)
    Aaron O'Riley (bass)
    Abdias Garcia (drums, vocals)
    Jorge Cesar "Ito" Colon, Jr. (percussion)

    "Additional musicians:"
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax)
    Sisaundra Lewis (vocals)
    Doug Spoonamore (alto, tenor, baritone saxes)
    Pat Gullotta (trombone)
    Mike lapachino (trumpet)

    {Primary Source: Library of Congress Classification ICD 20002}

    02.11.14 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    November 14, 2002 / Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL
    1st Set:
    1. unknown title [8:22]
    2. unknown title [8:15]
    3. unknown title [2:42]
    4. unknown title [10:14]
    5. unknown title [4:14]
    6. unknown title [6:18]
    7. unknown title [14:24]
    8. unknown title [5:27]
    9. unknown title [5:25]
    2nd Set:
    10. unknown title [4:58]
    11. unknown title [3:23]
    12. unknown title [12:24]
    13. unknown title [12:58]
    14. unknown title [15:45]
    [114:56]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}

    02.11.15 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    November 15, 2002 / Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL
    1st Set:
    1. unknown title [11:22]
    2. unknown title [7:18]
    3. unknown title [4:13]
    4. unknown title [12:14]
    5. unknown title [5:51]
    6. unknown title [5:33]
    7. unknown title [10:09]
    8. unknown title [11:52]
    2nd Set:
    9. unknown title [8:06]
    10. unknown title [8:07]
    11. unknown title [17:39]
    12. unknown title [8:06]
    13. unknown title [6:19]
    14. unknown title [4:11]
    15. unknown title [12:31]
    [133:36]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (electric bass; b, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}

    • 02.11.16
      02.11.17 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 12 pm, Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL [www.samrivers.com]
    • 02.11.20
      02.11.21
      02.11.22
      02.11.23
      02.11.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA
    • 03.01.30 - Sam Rivers and The Israel Camerata Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax), Yorai Oron (bass), Rony Holan (drum) / 8:30pm, Wix Auditorium, Rehovot, Israel [Barry Davis The Jerusalem Post 29 January 2003, p.10]
    • 03.02.01 - Sam Rivers and The Israel Camerata Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax), Yorai Oron (bass), Rony Holan (drum) / 8:30pm, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel [ibid]
    • 03.02.02 - Sam Rivers and The Israel Camerata Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax), Yorai Oron (bass), Rony Holan (drum) / The Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel ["A Failed Experiment" by Ury Eppstein The Jerusalem Post 4 February 2003, p.8]

      (Urry liked the Trio work, but was not happy with the Orchestra mix. —RL)
      1. Pachelbel's Canon in D (Rivers + Orchestra) 2. Haydn's Symphony La Reine (Rivers + Orchestra)  (intermission) 3. improvisation (Trio) 4. Porgy and Bess Suite (Trio + Orchestra)

    • 03.02.03 - Sam Rivers and The Israel Camerata Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax), Yorai Oron (bass), Rony Holan (drum) / 8:30pm, Herzliya Hall of the Arts, Herzliya, Israel [Barry Davis The Jerusalem Post 29 January 2003, p.10]
    • 03.02.04 - Sam Rivers and The Israel Camerata Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax), Yorai Oron (bass), Rony Holan (drum) / 8:30pm, Carmiel Heichal Hatarbut, Nesiei, Israel [Barry Davis The Jerusalem Post 29 January 2003, p.10]
    • 03.02.22 - Sam Rivers Trio: Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole / 40 Years of World Music at Wesleyan: A Celebration, Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT [www.wesleyan.edu/music/40_years.html]
    • 03.02.28 - Jason Moran Trio: Moran (piano), Rivers (reeds, 2nd set only), Tarus Mateen (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums) / DeCamera presents... Cullen Theatre, Houston, TX [Charles Ward review Houston Chronicle March 3, 2003 p.3; Cadence (lists Workman on bass) February 2003 Vol.29 no.2, p.140]
    • 03.03.28 - The Legendary J.C.'s with Sam Rivers + Anthony Cole / 8:00pm, The Social, Orlando, FL ["Festivalitis" Orlando Sentinel, March 28, 2003]
    • 03.04.11 (1) - "Tribute to Robert Palmer": Sam Rivers, John Stubblefield, Walter Henderson, CeDell Davis, and the UALR Gospel Choir / Arkansongs Music Festival, 3:30pm, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Theatre, Little Rock, AR [Arkansas Democrat Gazette February 23, 2003 p.61 and April 11, 2003 p.56]
    • 03.04.11 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / Arkansongs Music Festival, 7:30pm, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Theatre, Little Rock, AR [ibid]
    • 03.04.26 - Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / The Garage, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]

    03.05.19 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    May 19, 2003 / New Conversations: Vicenza Jazz 2003 (May 13-24), 9:00pm, Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy
    1. Wha's Nine (Workman) [9:59]
    2. Sweet Twister (Workman) [11:44]
    3. Unity (Rivers) [4:48]
    4. Body & Soul (arranged by J. Moran) [7:12]
    5. Nightfall (Rivers) [5:54]
    6. unknown title [4:21]
    [44:01]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc)
    Jason Moran (piano)
    Reggie Workman (bass)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; WIRE #231 p.99; www.vicenzanews.it}




    • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra
      at The Social, Orlando, Florida, 03.05.24

      Photo courtesy Matt Gorney, reproduced with permission.



    • June/July 2003 / NOJO + Sam Rivers, Canada Tour :::
      "We went out West and down East with Sam Rivers and recorded the tracks for City Of Neighbourhoods at Sonic Temple when we were in Halifax. Sam is a singular figure in the history of African-American music and just a great hang. He was 79 when we were on the road with him and was tireless and much less whiney than the rest of us. You can have a conversation with Sam that you can't have with anyone on the planet – what was it like in Chaka Khan's band, what was it like in Miles' band, with Billie Holiday, with T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon, and on and on and on it goes. He has been a respected professional musician since his teens and his own groundbreaking records start showing up in the 60s when he was already a very experienced sideman. Fuchsia Swing Song is his debut as a leader (as far as I know) and he was 40. He's done so much influential recording and playing between then and now and is turning it out at a great rate right now in his 80s. A completely inspiring musician and very enjoyable conversationalist." [paulneufeld.ca/careerhighlights.htm]
    • 03.06.22 - "Sam arrives in Toronto" —Paul Neufeld 07.09.28
    • 03.06.23
      03.06.24
      03.06.25 - "NOJO (9-piece) and Sam rehearse at Array Studio in Toronto. NOJO includes Paul Neufeld, keys; Michael Occhipinti, guitar; Roberto Occhipinti, bass; Barry Romberg, drums; Jason Logue, trumpet; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Scott Suttie, trombone; Sean O'Connor, reeds; Dan Bone, reeds." [ibid]
    • 03.06.26 - NOJO with Sam Rivers: Rivers (saxophones, flute), Paul Neufeld (piano), Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Jason Logue (trumpet), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Sean O'Connor (sax, clarinet), Dan Bone (sax, clarinet), Barry Romberg (drums), Scott Suttie (trombone), Roberto Occhipinti (bass) / Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [Toronto National Post June 26, 2003 p.AL2]
      "begin Canadian Tour with concert at Toronto Jazz Festival" [Paul Neufeld 07.09.28]
    • 03.06.27 - NOJO with Sam Rivers / Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [ibid]
    • 03.06.28 - NOJO with Sam Rivers / Victoria, BC, Canada [ibid]
    • 03.06.29 - NOJO with Sam Rivers / Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Centre for the Performing Arts, Western Front, Vancouver, BC, Canada [ibid; Cadence Vol.29 no.6 June 2003, p. 140]
    • 03.07.01 - Fluid Motion: David Manson (trombone), Sam Rivers (reeds), Jonathan Powell (trumpet), Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums) / 8:00pm, the Palladium, St. Petersburg, FL [Curtis Ross Tampa Tribune June 27, 2003 p.16]

    03.07.11 • Sam Rivers Trio [Broadcast Recording]

    July 11, 2003 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Jan Steen Zaal, Den Haag, Netherlands
    1. "spontaneous composition" [10:24]
    2. unknown title [6:42]
    3. unknown title [5:58]
    4. bass solo [3:54]
    5. Rivers piano solo [6:33]
    6. unknown title [9:50]
    7. Beatrice [3:44]
    8. unknown title [3:26]
    9. Cole piano solo [4:28]
    10. unknown title [6:50]
    [61:25]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Andrew Wilson 03.07.27; WIRE #233 p.98; www.northseajazz.nl; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}

    03.07.20 • Jason Moran Trio featuring Sam Rivers [Broadcast Recording]

    July 20, 2003 / Blue Note Jazz Festival, Gent, Belgium
    1. You Got to Be Modernistic [9:13]
    2. Brahms' Interlude [4:50]
    3. Word [6:22]
    4. Inspiration [8:53]
    5. Beatrice [8:02]
    6. Unity [11:19]
     announcement [1:31]
    7. Body & Soul [6:46]
    [56:56]
    Jason Moran (piano)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voc)
    Drew Gress (bass)
    Nasheet Waits (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Didier Wijnants review De Morgen July 22, 2003 p.9; Axel Van Looy posting to MILES-list 04.01.10 & correspondence 04.03.11}

    • 03.07.21 - Sam Rivers Trio on the road... / "we were NOT in the studio on the 21st. Likely Sam and the Trio were driving up from Florida that day. As you know Sam likes a long drive more than a short flight!" / Had received info that: "they were recording since Monday (03.07.21) for upcoming NOJO album..."

    03.07.22
    03.07.23 • Nojo with Sam Rivers: City of Neighbourhoods

    True North Records TND 323 (CD) 2004

    July 22 & 23, 2003 / Sonic Temple, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    1. City of Neighbourhoods (Occhipinti) [7:46]
    2. The Human Blockhead (Neufeld) [7:53]
    3. Spend Every Dime (Neufeld) [10:04]
    4. Duke a Go Go (Occhipinti) [7:49]
    5. Neurotheologians (Occhipinti) [10:20]
    6. The Glassblower (Neufeld) [11:34]
    7. The Year in Review (Neufeld) [7:29]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Paul Neufeld (piano, wurlitzer, synth, tu)
    Michael Occhipinti (guitar, conductor)
    Dan Bone (alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
    Sean O'Connor (soprano sax, tenor sax, bar, flute and clarinet)
    Jason Logue, Kevin Turcotte (trumpet)
    Scott Suttie (trombone)
    Roberto Occhipinti (bass)
    Barry Romberg (drums)

    {Primary Source: K. Reilly 05.04.14 "the date and venue for the recording directly from Nojo"}

    • 03.07.24 - NOJO orchestra with special guest Sam Rivers / 8:00pm (approx. 2 hours), Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada / "they were recording since Monday (03.07.21) for upcoming NOJO album..." [Mike Woodworth 03.07.27]

    03.07.25 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    July 25, 2003, 8:00pm / Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    1. unknown titles [74:18]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R}

    • 03.07.26 (1) - Open Rehearsal: Local Halifax Musicians rehearse and play the music of Sam Rivers Big Band / "(6 songs hand picked by local musician Paul Cram from the two most recent albums). Sam conducts, instructs, and plays..." / 1-3:30pm, Bella Muse, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [Mike Woodworth 03.07.27]
      This (and below) had venue as Neptune Theatre: "The open rehearsal and concert of big band music on 03-07-25 was not at the Neptune Theatre as stated. It was in fact at a club, now closed, called the Bella Muse in Halifax, different street, different area, which is totally independent of the the Neptune Theatre." —James Drew 06.02.04
    • 03.07.26 (2) - Concert of Sam Rivers Big Band music, Sam conducts and plays. / 4:00pm (approx. 55 minutes), Bella Muse, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [ibid]
    • 03.08.07 - Gerry Gibbs' Third Trio from the Sun + Sam Rivers / Elephant Room, Austin, Texas [Jeff Salamon, Austin American-Statesman, August 7, 2003, pg13]

    03.08.29 • Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio "play Diaspora Blues" [Broadcast & Audience Recording]
    ORF Ö1 FM broadcast

    August 29, 2003, 11:30 pm / Jazz Festival Saalfelden 2003, Main Stage, Saalfelden, Austria
    Broadcast Recording:
    1. Lucky (Bernstein) [6:43]
     radio announcement [0:57]
    2. Misratze B'rachamim (Koussevitsky) [10:45]
    3. Ribino Shel Olom (Koussevitsky) [14:23]
     SB announcement [0:45]
     radio announcement [0:51]
    4. unknown title [5:17]
     SB announcement [0:22]
    [40:23]
    Audience Recording:
    1. Aveenu Malkenu (trad.) [11:32]
    2. unknown title [6:10]
     SB announcement [0:41]
    3. Lucky (Bernstein) [6:43]
    4. Misratze B'rachamim (Koussevitsky) [10:45]
    5. Ribino Shel Olom (Koussevitsky) [14:23]
    6. unknown title [5:17]
    [56:54]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
    Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; WIRE #233 p.101-2; www.jazzsaalfelden.at; Wolfgang Kraus 03.12.11; Sergiusz Lipnicki 04.07.08}

    03.09.24 • Sam Rivers / Adam Rudolph / Harris Eisenstadt: Vista

    Meta Records Meta 009 (CD) 2004

    September 24, 2003 / Clear Lake Recording, Venice, CA
    1. Susarration [5:44]
    2. Capacious [6:23]
    3. Motivity [8:22]
    4. Philio [8:20]
    5. Plumaseria [9:23]
    6. Specular [5:32]
    7. Vista [8:26]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Adam Rudolph (hand drums, percussion)
    Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
    Compositions, collective

    {Primary Source: Meta 009}

    • 03.09.25
      03.09.26 - The Sam Rivers Trio / Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA / "...and celebrates Rivers' 80th birthday through Sunday, September 28." [LA Weekly www.laweekly.com/ink/03/45/music-reiter.php; Jeff Caltabiano 04.01.14]

    03.09.27
    03.09.28 • Sam Rivers: Celebration

    Posi-Tone Records PR 8017 (CD) 2004

    September 27 & 28, 2003 / Jazz Bakery, Culver City, CA
    1. Recognition [7:03]
    2. Commemoration [3:38]
    3. Observance [7:51]
    4. Clarion [8:27]
    5. Declaration [4:57]
    6. Currents [2:14]
    7. Dedication [5:58]
    8. Effusion [4:02]
    9. Laudation [7:46]
    10. Glimpse [12:01]
    11. Heritage [4:42]
    12. Appreciation [7:39]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass, electric bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: PR 8017}

    • 03.10.10 - Jason Moran and the Bandwagon + Sam Rivers: Moran (piano), Tarus Mateen (electric bass), Nasheet Waits (drums), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, alto sax, flute) / 8:15pm, Spivey Hall, Clayton College & State University, Morrow, Georgia [Steve Dollar, Atlanta Journal-Constitution October 5, 2003 M1]

      "Four of the tunes they played together were 'Inspiration', 'Nightfall', and 'Beatrice' by Rivers, and 'Foot Under Foot' by Moran. I know that the Bandwagon (without Rivers) also played 'Ringing My Phone (Straight Outta Istanbul),' the Brahms Intermezzo from the Village Vanguard CD, and 'Out Front.' Other tunes I'm not sure about." —Jeff Crompton 04.07.31

    • 03.10.23 - Jason Moran and the Bandwagon + Sam Rivers: Moran (piano), Tarus Mateen (electric bass), Nasheet Waits (drums), Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, alto sax, flute) / (2 concerts: at 21.30 and 23.30) Seixal Jazz 2003 Festival, Auditório Municipal do Forum Cultural do Seixal, Seixal, Portugal [Nuno Martins 03.11.17; Jornal de Notícias September 24, 2003 p.7; www.cm-seixal.pt/seixaljazz/conteudos/documents]
    • 03.11.01 - Sam Rivers Electric Trio / The Social, Orlando, FL ["Interminable Depths" by Jason Ferguson Orlando Weekly October 30, 2003]
    • 03.11.18 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy [www.jazzitalia.net/iocero/braxtonrivers_roma.asp; Heinrich Smejkal 04.01.12]

    03.11.20 • Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Broadcast Recording]
    Radio Suizzera Italiana

    November 20, 2003, Radio Suizzera Italiana, Studio 2, Lugano, Switzerland
    1. unknown title / announcement SB [12:50]
    2. unknown title [5:08]
    3. unknown title [8:30]
    4. unknown title / announcement SB [10:54]
    5. unknown title / announcement SB [9:59]
    6. unknown title / announcement Sam Rivers [13:34]
    7. unknown title / announcement SB [7:02]
    8. unknown title [6:09]
    [74:11]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, voice)
    Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Patrick Pohlmann correspondence 05.11.23; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21} Not in my collection.

    • 03.11.21 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / Club Sud des Alpes, Geneva, Switzerland [Le Temps November 21, 2003]
    • 03.11.23 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / 11:00am, Teatro Manzoni, Milano, Italy ["Sam Rivers, Mitico Sax per l'Aperitivo" Il Giornale November 22, 2003; Corriere della Sera November 26, 2003 p.60]
    • 03.11.24 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / Eremitage, Schwaz, Austria [Heinrich Smejkal 04.01.12]

    03.11.25 • Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Digital Soundboard Recording]

    November 25, 2003, 11:30 pm / Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria
    1st Set:
     MC announcement [1:04]
    1. V'lirushalayim Irchu (Koussevitsky) [11:38]
     SB announcement [0:52]
    2. Blessing (trad.) [4:42]
     SB announcement [0:33]
    3. Aveenu Malkenu (trad.) [7:34]
     SB announcement [0:55]
    4. unknown title (Trio only) [14:42]
     SR announcement [0:33]
    5. Lucky (Bernstein) [12:00]
     SB announcement [0:54]
    2nd Set:
    6. Chant (Bernstein) [11:46]
     SB announcement [0:42]
    7. Misratze B'rachamim (Koussevitsky) [14:37]
     SB announcement [0:54]
    8. unknown title (Trio only) [16:12]
     SB announcement [1:12]
    9. Ribino Shel Olom (Koussevitsky) [8:38]
     SB announcement, applause [2:36]
    10. Post (Bernstein) [4:52]
     SB announcement, applause [1:09]
    [118:37]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
    Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; WIRE #233 p.101+102; www.jazzsaalfelden.at; Wolfgang Kraus correspondence 03.12.11 & 07.02.06; Sergiusz Lipnicki correspondence 04.07.08}

    • 03.11.26 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / Bayerischer Hof, München [ibid]
    • 03.11.28 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / Yiddish Tilburg X-Over Festival, 9:30pm, The Paradox, Tilburg, Netherlands [ibid; "Jiddisj Festival Brabants Dagblad November 27, 2003]
      Sander Piek points to some images for this gig ::: www.draaiomjeoren.com/fotos/fotos281103.html
    • 03.11.29 - Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio — Diaspora Blues: Mathews, Cole / Jugendzentrum, Gütersloh, Germany [ibid]

    03.11.30 • Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [Soundboard Recording]
    Radio Suizzera Italiana

    November 30, 2003, BumHuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    1. unknown titles [ : ]
    [126:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, voice)
    Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Ron Lyles 10.04.30} Not in my collection.

    • 04.02.23 - Sam Rivers with the USF Jazz Ensemble I, + The Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / "Monday Night Jazz Series presents...,"Music Recital Hall-FAH 101, University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL [Doug Werner 04.01.26]
    • 04.03.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / International Jazz Week Burghausen, Burghausen, Germany [Passauer Neue Presse March 3, 2004]


    Sam Rivers: UC Regents Lecturer In Residence at University of California at San Diego March 8-10.

    04.03.08 • Sam Rivers Trio + George Lewis and Anthony Davis [Broadcast Recording]
    WKCR-FM, NYC, Broadcast 07.05.22 during the Sam Rivers Festival

    • Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music In A Complex Age, by David Borgo
      Continuum Publishing, 236pp. (Book + CD) 2005
      "...74-minute CD featuring performances by Evan Parker, the Sam Rivers Trio, George Lewis, and the author's own improvising collective, Surrealestate."
    March 8, 2004, 8:00pm / Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
    1. improvisation [2:09] (Rivers & Lewis Duo)
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax)
    George Lewis (trombone)
    Anthony Davis (piano)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Andrew Gilbert San Diego Union Tribune March 4, 2004 Night&Day p.36; cseweb.ucsd.edu/˜goguen/pps/graz04.doc}

    • 04.03.09 - Sam Rivers Lecture & Demonstration / Anthony Davis' Jazz History course, UCSD, San Diego, CA [ibid]
    • 04.03.10 - Sam Rivers and the UCSD Large Ensemble directed by Jimmy Cheatham / 7:00pm, Mandeville Recital Hall, UCSD, San Diego, CA [ibid]

      "We had the pleasure of hosting Sam Rivers and his current trio at UCSD last month for a week of performances, presentations, and workshops. ...we invited trombonist George Lewis to be a surprise guest at one of Sam's performances..."
      —David Borgo and Joseph Goguen, University of California at San Diego, Sync or Swarm: Group Dynamics in Musical Free Improvisation, Conference of Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM 04), April 2004, Graz, Austria


    • 04.04.06
      04.04.07
      04.04.08 - Sam Rivers, Jason Moran, Reggie Workman Trio / Iridium Jazz Club, NYC [Margaret Davis posting to SATURN-list 04.01.06]
    • 04.04.09 - "Generations of Innovation": A trio with Sam Rivers, Reggie Workman (bass), and Jason Moran (piano) / Double-bill with the William Parker Quartet / 8:00pm, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA [www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2004-04-09/]
    • 04.04.10 - Sam Rivers Solo, "An Evening of Music and Conversation" / 8:00 and 10:00pm, The Jazz House, Berkeley, CA [www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2004-04-09/]
    • 04.04.15 (festival 14-25) - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / 7:30pm, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH [Billboard April 17, 2004 p.16; Plain Dealer October3, 2003, E1; RL + John Chacona in attendance!]
    • 04.08.04
      04.08.11
      04.08.18
      04.08.25 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [&The Best Music of 2004" Orlando Weekly December 30, 2004]


    • 04.09.05 - Jazz Family Reunion and Tribute to Noble 'Thin Man' Watts: Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute, piano), Anthony Cole (percussion, tenor sax, piano), Linda Cole (voice) / 6:00-10:00pm, The Stock Exchange, Halifax Harbor Marina, Daytona Beach, FL ["Sam Rivers in Tribute to Thin Man" Daytona Beach News Journal September 3, 2004 E4]
    • 04.09.21 - "Sam Rivers arrives in Toronto, NOJO and Sam rehearse that evening at Array Studio" [Paul Neufeld 07.09.28]
    • 04.09.22 (1) - Sam Rivers, Paul Neufeld and Michael Occhipinti interviewed by Mike Hanson / CKLN radio, Toronto, Canada [ibid]
    • 04.09.22 (2) - NOJO with Sam Rivers / The Rex Jazz Bar, Toronto, Canada / "Packed to the gills." [Toronto Star September 2, 2004 p.G2; Paul Neufeld 07.09.28]
    • 04.09.23 - NOJO with Sam Rivers / La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Quebec, Canada [Paul Neufeld 07.09.28]
    • 04.10.02 - Sam Rivers (no personnel listed) / Umoja Festival, Dr. Noble Watts Amphitheatre, Deland, FL [Daytona Beach News Journal September 29, 2004 p.8C]
    • 04.10.06 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 04.10.13 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]

    04.10.14
    04.10.15
    • Rivers - Street - Osgood - Carrott: Purple Violets {1}

    Stunt Records STUCD 04162 (CD) 2004

    • Rivers - Street - Osgood: Violet Violets {2}

    Stunt Records STUCD 05112 (CD) 2005
    • Various Artists: SUNDANCE / The Scandinavian Music Company. Stunt Records Compilation Vol.14 {3}
      Stunt Records STUCD SU90672 (CD) 2005
    October 14 & 15, 2004 / Kampo Studios, NYC
    1. Solace (Rivers) [6:40] {1}
    2. The Mooche (Ellington) [7:27] {1}
    3. Captain America (Osgood, Street, Rivers) [5:48] {1}
    4. Abalone (Osgood) [6:48] {1}
    5. In Search of Black Benny (Osgood) [3:26] {1}
    6. Turbulence (Osgood, Rivers) [3:32] {1}
    7. Where to Go?!? (Osgood) [6:10] {1}
    8. Moderation (Osgood, Street, Rivers) [5:40] {1}
    9. Space (Rivers, Carrott) [4:07] {1}
    10. Nature Calls, Pt. 1 (Rivers) [3:16] {2}
    11. Horatio [One for Herbie Nichols] (Osgood) [5:02]{2}
    12. Invisible (Ornette Coleman) [4:09]{2}
    13. Fast Response (Rivers, Osgood) [2:08]{2}
    14. I Forgot to Remember (Lucky Thompson) [5:35]{2}
    15. No Time Toulouse (Rivers, Street, Osgood) [4:10]{2}
    16. What a Difference a Day Made (Stanley Adams) [5:14] {2,3}
    17. Lace (Rivers, Street, Osgood) [4:07]{2}
    18. Chianti Blues (Rivers) [3:27]{2}
    19. Nature Calls, Pt. 2 (Osgood) [6:51]{2}
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Ben Street (bass-1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
    Bryan Carrott (vibes-1,4,7,9)
    Kresten Osgood (drums-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)

    {Primary Source: STUCD 04162; STUCD 05112}

    04.10.20 • Sam Rivers RivBea All-Stars Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    October 20, 2004 / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL
    1st Set:
    1. Catharsis [14:26]
    2. Monsoon [17:29]
    3. untitled (400 series #426) [14:21]
    2nd Set:
    4. Blossoms [7:47]
    5. untitled (400 series #427) [11:15]
    6. Quagmire [15:33]
    7. Rejuvenation [14:51]
    [95:52]
    "Recorded by: fretlessj (aka greenthumb) Lineage: (STEALTH RECORDING) Large man holding a Sony Minidisc in right hand with Sony ECM717 microphone draped over right shoulder, standing directly in front of stage left main speaker 6 feet away from stage. to Mackie 1604 to dbx166 to Maudio Delta 1010 to MAC G3 to Cubase to Peak to xACT to SHN to you! = ENJOY!!" [I have no idea what that all means... —RL]

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, voice)
    Jeff Rupert (alto sax)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    3 trombones
    1 tuba
    5 saxophones
    4 trumpets

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Master Igor Danilishen 04.10.30}

    • 04.10.27 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]


    • UK Tour...




    • 04.11.06 - Sam Rivers Trio + RivBea Orchestra UK: Doug Mathews (bass), Anthony Cole (drums), Chris Batchelor, Tom Rees-Roberts, Kevin Robinson, Byron Wallen (trumpet) Roland Bates, Trevor Mires, (trombone), Andy Grappy (tuba), Iain Ballamy, Tony Kofi, Martin Speake, Pete Wareham, Jason Yarde (reeds) / "Presented by Birmingham Jazz" / CBSO Centre, Birmingham, UK [www.cmntours.org.uk/tours/samrivers/index.html; WIRE #248 October 2004, p.93 (also lists Ashley Slater on trombone, but his name has been dropped from the ad in WIRE #249); WIRE #249 October 2004, p.86]
      "The most recent CMN (Contemporary Music Network) advertisement to catch my eye (in the Guide supplement of Saturday's Guardian newspaper) has not only reinstated Ashley Slater (trombone) but also replaced trumpeter Kevin Robinson with one Danny Marsden and added Finn Peters to the saxophone section." —K.C. White 04.11.05

      More mayhem for the personnel mix: "...The Guardian dated November 13, the following about Sam Rivers's tour: '...a defining figure of jazz joins a big band packed with British talent including... ...and Fayyaz Virji.'"

      Broadcast: "Very probably 6 Nov 2004 Sam appears with small group on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends (mild satire and showbiz interviews) hosted by Ned Sherrin. It's definitely a Saturday and before the UK tour dates, think it goes out live, usually recorded in London. Two saxes, one three minute tune with a one word title." —NovaSpeech 06.01.02
    • 04.11.07 - Sam Rivers Trio + RivBea Orchestra UK: (as above) / Concert Hall, Brighton Dome, Brighton, England [WIRE #248 October 2004, p.93]
    • 04.11.09 - Sam Rivers Trio + RivBea Orchestra UK: (as above) / "Presented by Leeds Jazz" / Wardrobe, Leeds, UK [www.cmntours.org.uk/tours/samrivers/index.html; WIRE #248 October 2004, p.93]
    • 04.11.10 - Sam Rivers Trio + RivBea Orchestra UK: (as above) / The Michael Tippett Centre, Bath, UK [ibid]
    • 04.11.11 - Sam Rivers Trio + RivBea Orchestra UK: (as above) / Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK [ibid]
    • 04.11.12 - Sam Rivers Trio + RivBea Orchestra UK: (as above) / Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, UK [ibid]

    04.11.13 • Sam Rivers Trio & RivBea Orchestra U.K. [Broadcast Recording]
    Broadcast Friday 04.12.10, 23:30-1:00 BBC Radio 3 programme "Jazz On 3"

    November 13, 2004, 7:45 pm / Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Jazz Festival, UK
    Trio:
     Introduction by Kevin Le Gendre [3:03]
    1. Impromptu for You [6:30]
     SR announcement [1:08]
    2. Ripples / SR announcement [5:14]
    3. bass solo [5:36]
    4. Impromptu / SR announcement [9:56] (SR piano intro)
    5. Beatrice [6:11]
     Interval: Kevin Le Gendre talks to Sam Rivers [7:42]
    Big Band:
     Introduction by SR
    6. Pulsar [5:58]
     SR announcement
    7. Revival [12:39]
    8. Jubilee [7:52]
    9. Willow / closing announcement [13:14]
    [77:00]
    "Jez Nelson presents a concert recording from one of the key figures of the sixties revolution in jazz— sam Rivers. Recording classic albums for Blue Note, including Fuschia Swing Song, he was a founder member of the Jazz Composers Guild and enjoyed a brief spell in the Miles Davis band. In the seventies he became a leader of the New York loft scene. Tonight's concert was a headline event at this year's London Jazz Festival and features Sam Rivers with his trio alongside a hand picked British big band"

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax)

    Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra UK:
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, flute)
    Douglas Matthews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)
    Tony Kofi, Jason Yarde, Martin Speake, Iain Ballamy, Pete Wareham (reeds)
    Trevor Mires, Roland Bates, Ashley Slater (trombone)
    Andy Grappy (tuba)
    Byron Wallen, Chris Batchelor, Tom Rees-Roberts, Danny Marsden (trumpet)

    {Primary Source: 2CD-R; Master Igor Danilishen 04.12.24; John Chacona; www.cmntours.org.uk/tours/samrivers/index.html; WIRE #248 October 2004, p.93; WIRE #249 October 2004, p.94}

    • 04.12.01 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 04.12.08 - Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 04.12.15 - Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 04.12.12 - Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]

    05.02.24 • Brian Groder [Unissued Rehearsal Tape and Videotape]

    February 24, 2005 / Joseph Hayes' house, Orlando, FL
    1. unknown titles [180:00]
    An mp3 of "Diverging Orbits" [5:57]

    "The Brian Groder 'Torque' sessions [05.04.28 & 05.04.29] began with rehearsals at my house in Orlando... (I have about three hours of audio and video of the sessions)..." —Joseph Hayes

    Brian Groder (trumpet, flg)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: Joseph Hayes, 06.12.25 & 07.04.15} Not in my collection.

    05.03.05 • Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein's Diaspora Blues [Audience Recording]

    March 5, 2005 / Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
     announcement [3:41]
    1. unknown title [11:12]
    2. unknown title [4:31]
    3. unknown title [9:25]
    4. unknown title [17:34]
    5. unknown title [13:33]
    6. unknown title [7:48]
    [67:47]
    "...the first-ever US performance of music from the Diaspora Blues CD, interpretations of cantorial melodies by chazzan Moshe Koussevitzky." —Shaun Brady

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, piano, voice)
    Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet)
    Uri Caine (piano)
    Vincent Chancey (french horn)
    Marty Ehrlich (clarinet, bass clarinet, flute)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Torrentville.}

    • 05.04.01 - Sam Rivers Trio + The Peabody Jazz Orchestra: Mathews, Cole, others... / Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD
      "Sam played in Baltimore a month or so ago, in the Peabody Institute. He was a guest instructor or something for a week there, along with his longtime drummer and bass player. They held a concert with the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, playing tunes from his two big-band RCA CDs for the second session, and just the trio for the first. Two hours of non-stop Rivers, and it was brilliant." [Stefan Wood, 05.05.25 Organissimo Jazz Forums; Down Beat October 1, 2005 p.96]

      "The trio performed one set, doing improvisations... and of course, ‘Beatrice’. The second set was with the Peabody Band, a collection of students from the school that only had a few days' preparation with the trio to execute very difficult arrangements." [kinggab.blogspot.com/2005/04/sam-rivers-at-peabody-institute-4105.html]

    • 05.04.06 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL ["Jazz Great Rivers Is Schooling UCF" by Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel April 15, 2005]
    • 05.04.08 - "...Saw a poster for NOJO appearing here, [and] there smiling out of the poster is Sam!" —Vladimir Simosko 05.03.23
    • 05.04.13 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL ["Jazz Great Rivers Is Schooling UCF" by Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel April 15, 2005]
    • 05.04.15 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra + The University of Central Florida Jazz Ensemble / UCF Visual Arts Building Auditorium, Orlando, FL ["Jazz Great Rivers Is Schooling UCF" by Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel April 15, 2005]
      "...The premiere of a new Rivers composition written for a ‘double big-band’ and especially commissioned by the UCF musicians. ...tonight's show will dissect the work by allowing each ensemble to play its part individually before combining them. RivBea musicians will solo with the UCF Ensemble, then the students will return the favor with Rivers' band. ...The double big-band piece is the first installment in a 12-part composition"
    • 05.04.20
      05.04.27 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL ["Jazz Great Rivers Is Schooling UCF" by Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel April 15, 2005]

    05.04.28
    05.04.29 • Brian Groder: Torque

    Latham LATHAM5106 (CD) 2007

    April 28 & 29, 2005 / Doug Mathews Studio, Orlando, FL
    1. Spellcast (Groder/Cole) [2:15]
    2. Betwixt [3:35]
    3. Diverging Orbits [6:40]
    4. Behind The Shadows Part 1 (Groder/Rivers) [1:46]
    5. Behind The Shadows Part 2 [1:36]
    6. Iota [3:31]
    7. Cross-Eyed (Groder/Rivers/Mathews/Cole) [4:25]
    8. Involution (Groder/J. Brackeen) [6:18]
    9. Camouflage (Groder/Rivers) [2:48]
    10. Oculus [4:44]
    11. Jingo [4:28]
    12. Tragic Magic (Groder/Rivers) [2:26]
    13. Fulcrum (Groder/Rivers/Mathews/Cole) [4:06]
    14. Water Prayer (Groder/Cole) [2:43]
    "The Brian Groder 'Torque' sessions began with rehearsals at my house in Orlando on Feb 24, 2005..." —Joseph Hayes correspondence.

    Brian Groder (trumpet, flg)
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: LATHAM5106; John Chacona 06.12.08; Joseph Hayes, 06.12.25; www.briangroder.com/music.html}

    • 05.05.00 - "...will embark on a West Coast tour of the United States in May before heading to Austria for more shows." ["Jazz Great Rivers Is Schooling UCF" by Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel April 15, 2005]

    05.05.13 • Sam Rivers Trio with the Austrian Jazz All-Star Orchestra [Broadcast Recording]
    ORF Ö1 FM broadcast; Radio France, France Musique "Le Jazz, Probablement" 06.03.12 (tracks 1-2 only, 29:17)

    May 13, 2005 / Inntöne Festival, Buchmannhof in der Froschau, Diersbach, Austria
     announcement [0:27]
    1. Ripples - Ending (excerpt), Rivers' announcement [11:16] (Trio only)
     announcement [0:39]
    2. Pulsar; Rivers' announcement [16:09]
    3. Beatrice [10:44]
    4. Spunk [11:47]
    [56:54]
    The ORF Broadcast Recording begins with an Andrew Hill track: Catta (from Blue Note ST 84198)

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax)

    Austrian Jazz All-Star Orchestra:
    Adam Pieronczyk, Klemens Pliem, Peter Massink, Johannes Enders, Thomas Zoller (reeds)
    Claus Reichstaller, Daniel Nösig, Peter Tuscher, Bunny Gierlinger, Florian Brandl (trumpets)
    Christopher Varner, Gerhard Gschlößl, Leo Gmelch (trombones)
    Ali Angerer (tuba)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; track detailing Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; WIRE #233 p.101+102; www.jazzsaalfelden.at; Wolfgang Kraus 03.12.11; Sergiusz Lipnicki 04.07.08; Patrick Pohlmann 07.11.11}

    • 05.05.17 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / 8:00 & 10:00pm, Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [www.sfbg.com/39/32/x_8days.html]

    05.05.19 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    May 19, 2005 / Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA
    1. unknown title, announcement [5:02]
    2. unknown title [7:15]
    3. unknown title, announcement [6:24]
    4. bass solo [6:20]
    5. unknown title [8:39]
    6. unknown title [14:13]
    7. unknown title [9:09]
    [57:06]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2,3, soprano sax-1,2, flute-6,7, piano-5,6, voice)
    Doug Mathews (b-3,4,5,6,7, bass clarinet-1)
    Anthony Cole (drums-3,5,6,7, tenor sax-1, piano-2)

    {Primary Source: Jakob Blumenthal 09.10.25} Not in my collection.

    • 05.05.20 - Sam Rivers Trio: Mathews, Cole / One 35:00 set / The Outpost, Albuquerque, New Mexico [Albuquerque Journal May 17, 2005 p.B4; Stanley Pollack 05.08.25; www.organissimo.org/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t19555.html] "Sam and his trio then played for the previously mentioned 35 minutes. Did get in all of his instruments. An encore was enthusiastically requested by the 100 or so people present. The person who runs The Outpost came out apologized saying 'there's a lot of altitude here'. Sam was obviously having trouble breathing." —Stanley Pollack 05.08.24

    05.05.21 • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]

    May 21, 2005 / Matt Bevel Institute, Tucson, AZ
    1. unknown title [3:59]
    2. unknown title [4:32]
    3. unknown title [5:03]
    4. unknown title [4:51]
    5. unknown title [4:27]
    6. unknown title [5:47]
    7. unknown title [10:32]
    8. unknown title [5:00]
     announcement SR [6:49]
    9. unknown title [0:13]
    10. unknown title [5:45]
    [56:58]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Doug Mathews (bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 06.05.21; Stanley Pollack 05.08.25; www.organissimo.org/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t19555.html}

    • 05.06.08 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]

    05.06.14 • WARM [Audience Recording]

    June 14, 2005 / Tenth Vision Festival, 11:00pm, Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, NYC
    1. unknown title [16:29]
    2. unknown title [25:46]
     announcement [1:16]
    "...A soundman desperately tried to signal the set's end, but WARM—an elder-statesmen quartet comprising bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Pheeroan Aklaff, and saxophonists Sam Rivers and Roscoe Mitchell—paid no attention. They were lost in a glorious balladic tune, transported to some delicate, unbound space. And the crowd that packed the Angel Orensanz Center was right with them, never mind the time. It was an inspiring Tuesday-night start to the 10th annual Vision Festival, as fine and focused a celebration of free-jazz improvisation as we have and an event full of heroic hookups that regularly transcended limitation..." —Larry Blumenfeld

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Roscoe Mitchell (alto sax, soprano sax)
    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; www.visionfestival.org; Kevin C. White 05.08.04; Patrick Pohlmann 05.11.23}

    • 05.06.15 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]

    05.06.18 • Sam Rivers Solo [Audience Recording]

    June 18, 2005 / 9th Empty Bottle Festival Of Jazz And Improvised Music 2005, Chicago, IL
     announcement
    1. soprano saxophone solo [04:09]
     Sam speaks [1:51]
    2. soprano saxophone solo [3:42]
     Sam speaks [05:01]
    3. tenor saxophone solo [5:57]
    4. piano solo [9:21]
    5. piano solo [5:20]
    6. piano solo [6:05]
     announcement (Rivers)
    7. flute solo [6:09]
    8. flute solo [4:52]
    9. piano solo [9:15]
    [61:42]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)

    {Primary Source: Norbert Kreutzer 06.05.21; detailing Christopher Carville 07.03.11} Not in my collection.

    • 05.06.22 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]

    05.06.25 • WARM [Broadcast & Audience Recordings]
    RAI (I), Radio3 Suite Jazz 06.01.10

    June 25, 2005 / Terni Jazz Festival, Sangemini e Cascata delle Marmore, Terni, Italy
    1. unknown title [8:32]
    2. unknown title [50:46]
    3. unknown title [15:06]
    4. unknown title [3:44]
     announcement RW [0:14]
    [78:56]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano)
    Roscoe Mitchell (alto sax, soprano sax, sops)
    Reggie Workman (bass)
    Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 06.10.30; Patrick Pohlmann 07.11.11; Stuart Nicholson The Observer July 10, 2005 p.12}

    • 05.06.29 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 05.08.17 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 05.08.24 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 05.08.31 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 05.09.07 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 05.10.31 - Sam Rivers, Herb Pomeroy, Ray Santisi, and Lennie Sogoloff / "...will reminisce about Boston's 1950s jazz scene..." / 6:00pm, David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA [Boston Globe October 28, 2005 p.D22]
    • 06.01.04 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.01.11 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.01.18 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.01.25 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.01.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille / Helsinki, Finland [Lasse Nikkarev posting to MILES list 06.01.02]
    • 06.02.01 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.02.08 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.02.15 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.02.22 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.03.01 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [www.willspub.com; www.view.com/tour.html#sam]
    • 06.03.08 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 06.03.15 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 06.03.22 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 06.03.28 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra "in a dual performance with Valencia's Jazz Lab Band" / Release of new CD "AURORA" / 7:00 pm, Valencia Community College Performing Arts Center, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.04.17; "Cool Combo: Sam Rivers And Valencia Jazz" Orlando Sentinel, March 26, 2006; valenciacc.edu.]
      From the program:
      1) Sam Rivers & Valencia Orchestra - Willow [15:00]
      2) Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra - Beatrice [15:00]
      3) Sam Rivers & Valencia Orchestra - Composition # 334 [20:00]
      4) Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra - Composition # 333 [20:00]
      5) Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra & Valencia Orchestra - Composition # 333 & #334 [30:00]

    • 06.03.29 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Live Performance of New Compositions & the Release of the NEW CD "Aurora" / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL
    • 06.04.05 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 06.04.12 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 06.04.19 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 06.04.26 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Sets at 10pm and 12 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • Rivers had to cancel a European tour because of illness. Dates included 06.05.10 at the Crossroads Festival, Emilia Romagna, Rimini, Italy, where the Lee Konitz Trio stepped in / a planned trio with Moran-Workman on 06.05.13 at deSingel in Antwerpen, Belgium where Rivers was replaced by Steve Coleman. [Il Resto del Carlino, R. Emilia May 10, 2006 p.6; ANSA (Rome) May 19, 2006; www.desingel.be; Trends May 11, 2006 p.121]; a trio date with Jason Moran and Nasheet Waits on 06.05.03 at New Morning in Paris [Le Nouvel Observateur April 27, 2006 p.134]

    • 06.05.03 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.05.10 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.05.17 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.05.24 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.05.31 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.06.07 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.05.31]

    06.06.14 (1) • Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra [Audience Recording & Private Video]

    June 14, 2006 / 7:00pm, Vision Festival 2006, Angel Orensanz Center, NYC
    Sam Rivers Lifetime Achievement Award
     announcement (MC, Rivers)
    1. Monsoon [16:33]
     Rivers announcement
    2. Flair [10:55]
     Rivers announcement
    3. Melange [9:23]
     Rivers announcement
    4. Spunk [18:33]
     announcement (MC)
    [53:00]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions)
    Daniel Jordan, Chris Charles (alto sax)
    Jeff Rupert, David Pate (tenor sax)
    Brian Mackie (bs)
    Mike Iapichino, Tom Parmerter, Brian Scanlon, Dave Jones (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, David Sheffield, Andrea Rowlinson, Joe King (trombone)
    Joshua Parsons (tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Anthony Cole (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 06.07.31; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01}

    06.06.14 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording & Private Video]

    June 14, 2006 / 10:30pm, Vision Festival 2006, Angel Orensanz Center, NYC
    1. unknown title [10:56]
    2. unknown title [7:13] (Cole piano solo)
    3. unknown title [9:40] (Mathews bass solo)
    4. unknown title [7:22]
    5. unknown title [6:47]
    [40:48]
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions)
    Doug Mathews (bass, electric bass, bass clarinet)
    Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano)

    {Primary Source: CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 06.07.31}

    • 06.06.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions), Doug Mathews (bass, electric bass, bass clarinet), Anthony Cole (drums, tenor sax, piano) / The Bohemia Home, Detroit, Michigan [RivBea e-mail 06.05.31; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 06.06.21 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.05.31]
    • 06.06.28 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.05.31]
    • 06.07.12 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.08.02 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.08.09 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.05.31; "Don't Miss: Sam Rivers at Will's Pub" Orlando Sentinel, August 04, 2006]
    • 06.08.16 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.05.31; "Don't Miss: Sam Rivers at Will's Pub" Orlando Sentinel, August 04, 2006 ]
    • 06.08.23 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [ibid]
    • 06.08.26 - Sam Rivers Jazz Ensemble: Rivers, Joe Vick (bass), Dave Rogers (drums) / Jim S. Porter, John Puckett, Sal Bonner, and others "Performed with other recipients for 2006" / Induction into The Little Rock Jazz Hall of Fame by the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation / 7:30pm, Capitol Keyboard Recital Hall, Little Rock, AK [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01; Arkansas Democrat Gazette August 25, 2006 p.82]
    • 06.08.27 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / 8:00 and 9:30pm, House of Blues / Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL / "...a Charity Benefit Concert that is being hosted by Paul Mitchell, Hair Designer, for the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. They are raising funds to go to the Hurricane Katrina Victims." [RivBea e-mail 06.08.09]
    • 06.08.30 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others / Shows at 10:00pm and 12:00 midnight, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL / "Wed. the 30th will be our last show at that location..." "There will be a special poster for the month of Sam Rivers shows." ["Don't Miss: Sam Rivers at Will's Pub" Orlando Sentinel, August 04, 2006 ]
    • 06.09.04-24 - Sam Rivers is an Artist-In-Residence at the ACA / "We have been in New Smyrna Beach-Atlantic Center for the Arts since 09-04-06." —Monique Rivers-Williams e-mail 06.09.10 / Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL / "...residency is sponsored, in part, through the generous sponsorship of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs."

    • 06.09.06 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.09.13 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.09.15 - Sam Rivers: Lecture, Demo, and Q&A / 2:00pm, Joan James Harris Theater, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.09.13; www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org/]
    • 06.09.20 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.09.22 - Artists—Sam Rivers, Jazz Musician & Composer; Lori Belilove, Choreographer; Karen Cushman, Author / INsideOUT at Atlantic Center for the Arts "meet the artists in an open studio setting" / 7:00pm, Joan James Harris Theater, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL [RivBea e-mail 06.09.13; www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org/]

      ACA Rehearsal, photo by Kevin Stever

      "ACA Associates working on Sam Rivers Grandfathers' Hymn book (Plantation Melodies By Marshall W. Taylor D.D.) Published in 1882. Sam Rivers & Associates concert of this work will be held September 22, 2006 at the ACA. The Associates collaborating with Sam Rivers: Patricia Burgess (tenor sax, composer), Elise Witt (voice, composer, educator, community activist), Roberta Piket (piano, composer), Francesco Salomoni (trombone, composer, arranger), Alex Coke (bass flute, flute, picollo, tenor sax, soprano sax, composer), Rae Howell (piano, vibraphone, trumpet, mellophone, tap dance), Carol Daggs (composer, arranger, piano, vocalist, lyricist, educator) [RivBea e-mail 06.09.19]

    • 06.09.27 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.10.04 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.10.11 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.10.25 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 06.11.10 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers, Doug Mathews, Chris Charles, Rion Smith / 10:00pm, BACKBOOTH, Orlando, FL [www.backbooth.com/]
    • 06.11.20 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums), Brian Mackie (bs), Charlie DeChant, Chris Charles (alto sax); Jeff Rupert, David Pate (tenor sax); Mike Iapichino, Benoit Glazer, Lyman Brodie, Dave Jones (trumpet); Keith Oshiro, Terry Baber, Joe King (trombone); Joshua Parsons (tuba) / 2006 Orlando Brass Festival, 8:00pm, Boone Auditorium, Orlando, FL / "a one day event, benefitting the Boone High School Music Department" [RivBea e-mail 06.11.20; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 07.01.30 - Sam Rivers Quartet, Yo La Tengo Tour: Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute), Chris Charles (bs, flute), Dru Betts (drums), Kevin Stever (bass) / "FOUNDATION PRESENTS," 7:30pm, the SOCIAL, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing 07.01.03; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]


    • 07.02.02 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Lake Eola, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 07.02.17 - Sam Rivers Quintet (originally billed as a trio): Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute), Chris Charles (bs, tenor sax, flute), Bobby Koelble (guitar), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums) / "Mayor Dyer's 1st Annual Blues & BBQ Festival," 4:00pm, City Hall Plaza, 400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida [Monique Williams Rivers, 07.02.03; 08.08.01]


    • Sam Rivers Trio
      Blues & BBQ Festival, Orlando, Florida, 07.02.17

      Photo courtesy Monique Williams Rivers.




    • 07.02.24 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums), Brian Mackie (bs); Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles (alto sax); David Pate, unknown (tenor sax); Mike Iapichino, Brian Gill, Luke Jones, Mike McCarthy (trumpet); Keith Oshiro, David Sheffield, Joe King (trombone); Joshua Parsons (tuba) / 3rd Annual Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo, 5:30pm, Lake Eola Band Shell, Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing 06.12.13; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 07.03.24 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice), Chris Charles (bs, flute, alto sax, tenor sax), Doug Mathews (bass), Drew Betts (drums) / Pre-publicity had this as a trio. / 25th Anniversary Community Celebration DALIFest, 3:30pm, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL [RivBea mailing 06.12.31; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 07.05.05 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice), Chris Charles (bs, flute, alto sax, tenor sax), Kevin Stever (bass), Carl Hamilton (drums) / Pre-publicity had this as a RivBea Orchestra session. / 7:00pm, Sudakoff Center, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL [RivBea e-mail 07.04.23; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]


    • 07.05.18-25 - WKCR Sam Rivers Festival
      "...honoring the musical genius of Sam Rivers, airing continuously for 175 hours from 12:00 PM Friday May 18th until 9:00 PM Friday May 25th."

      "The broadcast will center on a presentation of Rivers' complete recorded discography, supplemented by interviews with his fellow musicians and in-depth features on particular aspects of his music. Additionally, Sam Rivers will join us in studio to reflect on his career and share with listeners his living history."


    07.05.25 • Sam Rivers Trio: Reunion—Live In New York [Audience Recording]

    Pi Recordings PI45 (2-CD) 2012
    • Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Recording]
    May 25, 2007, 8:00pm / Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City
    PI45:
    1. First Set [51:42]
     Part 1—8:07
     Part 2—9:41
     Part 3—15:45
     Part 4—8:37
     Part 5—9:32
    2. Second Set [35:14]
     Part 1—8:55
     Part 2—14:46
     Part 3—4:10
     Part 4—7:23
    Audience Recording:
    1. improvisation [50:40]
     Sam Rivers' announcement [1:23]
     (intermission)
     Sam Rivers Introduction, with even more applause. [2:47]
    2. improvisation [34:05]
    "The Culmination of the WKCR Sam Rivers Festival was the reunion of Sam's 1970s trio... Highly anticipated, and definitely worth the wait... Sam's extended family were there, as well as his musical family. ...Cecil, Henry Grimes, Joe Daley, and enough of NYC's Jazz players to have a whole Festival. None of the reports I've heard of Sam's health were in evidence, at 83 years old he still delivers the goods for almost 90 minutes of music, and a great deal of time joking with the audience, switching off between multiple instruments, and just generally enjoying the company of his old friends." —comments posted at dimeadozen.com torrents site.

    090606BURRELL

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice)
    Dave Holland (bass)
    Barry Altschul (drums)

    Posted late evening on May 31st: A memoir of the trip my son and I made to New York City for this concert.

    {Primary Source: PI45; 2CD-R; I was there!}

    • 07.09.07 - Sam Rivers (alto sax) ...performs with Teddy Washington & other award recipients. / The 2007 Teddy Washington Jacksonville Follies Awards, The Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL / Sam Rivers received the "2007 FABRIC OF CULTURE" Award [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 07.09.12
      07.10.10 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / "Works in Progress," The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing; www.theplazatheatre.com/UpcomingShows/UpShows_St.las#sam]


    • 07.10.19 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Anti Pop Festival, Will's Pub, Orlando, FL [web listing]

    • 07.11.10 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums) / 7:30pm, "Columbia University—Center for Jazz Studies," The Marian Anderson Theatre at Aaron Davis Hall, New York City

      —Sam talks Live with Host George Lewis. Lewis introduces the Trio
      —1st Set / 50 minutes

      "It was a great show. There was an interview with Sam, about 25:00 minutes. At the end of the interview Sam said at 84 years of age there are so many directions to go in an answer, that it would be immature to answer directly.&rsquo Everyone there laughed! The new Trio with Rion Smith on drums & Doug on bass, started with Sam on tenor. They did about a 15:00 minute section (the monitors weren't working, but in the audience it sounded fine.) Then Sam and Doug did a duo verdion of Nightfall..." —Patrick Clare 07.11.12

    • 07.11.10 (2) - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piano, voice, Compositions), Doug Mathews (bass, bass-violin, electric bass), Rion Smith (drums), Chris Charles (bs); Jeff Rupert, George Weremchuk (alto sax); Charlie DeChant, David Pate (tenor sax); Tom Parmeter, Mike Iapichino, Dave Jones, Christopher Dolske (trumpet); Keith Oshiro, Davie Sheffield, Frank Wosar (trombone); Joshua Parsons (tuba) / Presented at CCNY Campus, The Marian Anderson Theatre, Columbia University Harlem Stage, New York City

      "Here's the new facet:
      —Sam played tenor with a trumpet, baritone sax, alto sax, and tenor sax from the orchestra in a completely improvised section.
      —Sam played flute with 5 other flute players from the orchestra (sounded similar to Winds of Manhattan.)
      —Sam played soprano with another group of horn players from the orchestra.
      —After an intermission the complete RivBea Orchestra played 3 songs..." —Patrick Clare
      [Patrick Clare 07.11.12; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]

      The above performances resulted in a film by Stephanie Rice, Sam Rivers: Jazz Master of the Moment. (2008, 15:00)
      "Free Jazz pioneer Sam Rivers returns to New York for a revival concert in Harlem where musicians remember his kind tutelage during 1970s jam sessions held in his family loft on the Lower East Side."

    • 07.11.14 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (reeds), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), others... / Plaza Theater, Orlando, FL [Jeff Rupert CV]
    • 07.11.17 - The Sam Rivers Super Jam: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Doug Mathews (bass-violin, electric bass), Rion Smith (drums) / Fast Cars to Rock Stars Retrospective, City Arts Factory, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.01.09 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, Compositions), Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles (alto sax); Charlie DeChant, David Pate (tenor sax); Brian Mackie (bs); four unidentified (trumpet); Keith Oshiro, David Sheffield, Clair Courchene (trombone); Josh Parsons (tuba), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums) / The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.02.01 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, Compositions), Jeff Rupert, George Weremchuk (alto sax); David Pate, Chris Chrles (tenor sax); Gary Underwood (bs); Brian Scanlon, Mike Iapichino, Dave Jones, Matt McCarthy (trumpet); Keith Oshiro, David Sheffield, Steve Smith (trombone); Josh Parsons (tuba), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums) / The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities, 8:00pm & 9:30pm (two 45 minute sets), Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins University, Winter Park, FL [RivBea mailing 08.01.18; www.zoranealehurstonfestival.com/zorai_Festival.html; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
      "The RivBea Orchestra is being televised on cable television channel 198 in the Orlando area under the Brighthouse cable network... Broadcast April 23, 2008 at 9:00pm; April 24, 2008 at 12:00am" [RivBea mailing 08.04.23; www.orangetvfl.net/sam-rivers/sam-rivers-live-at-zorafest-video_416f019ce.html]

      Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra, Live at Zorafest!

    • 08.02.13 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, Compositions), no personnel details / The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.02.23 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, piano, Compositions), Chris Charles (bs, flute, alto sax, tenor sax, xyl), Doug Mathews (bass, bass-violin, electric bass), Rion Smith (drums) / The Orlando Art & Living Expo, ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL AT LAKE EOLA, 6:30pm & 7:30pm (two 45 minute sets), Lake Eola Band Shell, Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing 08.01.18; www.downtownorlandoproperties.com; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]

    08.02.27 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Trilogy

    Mosaic Records, Mosaic Select MS-038 (3-CD) 2011

    1st Session [See 08.11.12; 09.04.08

    February 27, 2008 / Sonic Caldron Studios, Casselberry, FL
    [Disc 2: PROGENY]
    1. Robyn [6:21]
    2. Cindy [5:46]
    3. Monique [6:44]
    4. Traci [5:10]
    5. Iisha [4:42]
    6. Tamara [5:20]
    7. Tiffany [5:40]
    8. Jessica [7:32]
    9. Destiny [6:54]
    A complete run-down on the soloists for each track at Mosaic online.
    Sam Rivers (tenor sax / All compositions)
    Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles (alto sax)
    George Weremchuk, Charlie DeChant (tenor sax)
    Brian Mackie (baritone sax)
    Tom Parmenter, Brian Scanlon, Mike Iapichino, David Jones (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, David Sheffield, Claire Courchene (trombone)
    Josh Parsons (trombone, tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Rion Smith (drums)

    {Primary Source: MS-038}

    • 08.03.12 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, Compositions), Jeff Rupert (alto sax), no personnel details / The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.03.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet+ The Infinite Groove Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, piano), Chris Charles (baritone sax, flute, alto sax, tenor sax, xylophone), Doug Mathews (bass, bass-violin, electric bass), Rion Smith (drums), others... / EMIT Series 2008, First St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, The Catherine A. Hickman Theatre, Gulfport, FL [RivBea mailing 08.01.18; www.emitseries.org; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
      (Originally scheduled for the THE PALADIUM THEATRE, St. Petersburg, Florida)
    • 08.04.09 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, Compositions), no personnel details / The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.05.14 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, Compositions), The Orlando RivBea Orchestra featuring: Jeff Rupert (alto sax), Tom Parmeter, Brian Scanlon, Dave Jones, Matt McCarthy (trumpet); no other personnel details / The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Robert Auclair 08.05.20; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01; Jeff Rupert (CV)]
    • 08.05.15 - Sam Rivers Quartet Plus More: Rivers (flute, voice), Chris Charles (bs, flute, alto sax, tenor sax). Brian Mackie (sax), Bobby Koeble (guitar), Doug Mathews (bass, electric bass), Rion Smith (drums) / 11:00pm, FMF/Florida Music Festival, The Social, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing 08.02.22; www.FMF2008.com] [RivBea mailing 08.05.06; www.outertoons.com; www.theplazatheatre.com; Robert Auclair 08.05.19; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.05.22 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers (flute), Chris Charles (reeds, flute), Bobby Koelble (guitar), Doug Matthews (electric and acoustic bass), Rion Smith (drums) / Outer Toons Productions, 10:00pm, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing 08.05.06; www.outertoons.com; www.theplazatheatre.com; Robert Auclair 08.05.19]
    • 08.06.07 - Sam Rivers Quartet + 1 : Rivers (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, voice, piano), Chris Charles (bs, flute, alto sax, tenor sax, xyl), Doug Mathews (bass, bass-violin, electric bass), Rion Smith (drums), + Dan Kozak (tenor sax, soprano sax) / 5:00pm, The Coleman Hawkins Legacy Jazz Festival, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS [RivBea mailing 08.02.22; www.hawkinsjazzfest.com; Monique Rivers-Williams 08.08.01]
    • 08.06.13 - "Sam Rivers suffers a broken hip... / but he's doing OK"
      [posted by Jim Abbott, 11:53:09 AM, Orlando Sentinel blog]

      "Internationally revered jazz icon and Orlando resident Sam Rivers is recuperating from hip surgery in a hospital in Lee Summit [Missouri], after falling in a restaurant [while] on the road. His daughter, Monique Rivers Williams, reports that Sam, 84, is doing well, but eager to leave the hospital. We're ready to get home,’ she says, if I can get him out of the hospital without picking up all the nurses.’ The injury happened on Sunday as the Rivers entourage was returning from the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival in Topeka, Kansas. Sam fell after bumping into a cardboard sign next to a cash register. His hospital stay meant that he missed his Wednesday Plaza Theatre gig, but Monique says the sax man plans to make a June 27th outdoor show in Gainesville. He hates to miss a show,’ she says. ...Sam should be out of the hospital by Monday.
      [http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_music_blog/2008/06/sam-rivers-suff.html]
    • 08.06.27 - CANCELLED / Sam Rivers Quartet / 8:00pm & 10.00pm (2- 45 minute performances) The Downtown Community Plaza, Gainesville, FL [RivBea mailing 08.04.01; www.gvlculturalaffairs.org]

    08.08.13 • The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]

    August 13, 2008 / "Works in Progress," The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL
    RivBea Archive / DVD Recording
    1. unknown compositions [:]
    "Sam Rivers is still on the mend from hip surgery in early June but plans to make a return to his regular Plaza Theatre gigs Aug. 13, his first performance since the surgery, according to his daughter, Monique Rivers Williams. She says her dad, who is 84, is still in some pain but continues to compose new music." —Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel August 2, 2008

    Sam Rivers
    Jeff Rupert (alto sax)
    (no personnel details)

    {Primary Source: RivBea 08.11.02; John Marsden; Jeffrey M. Rupert (CV) www.cah.ucf.edu/common/files/cv/267.pdf} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 08.09.10 - The RivBea Orchestra: Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles (alto sax), Charlie DeChant, George Weremchuk (tenor sax), Brian Mackie (baritine sax), Tom Parmeter, Brian Scanlon, Mike Iapichino, Dave Jones (trumpet), Frank Wosar, David Sheffield (trombone), Claire Courchene (2nd set only), Joshua Parsons (trombone, tu), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums) / 9:00pm, 2 Sets, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Willimas 08.08.21]

    08.09.12 • Sam Rivers Trio & the NEC Jazz Orchestra [Audience Recording]

    September 12, 2008, 7:30pm / Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
    1st Set / Trio:
    1. Impromptu For You
    2. unknown ballad
    3. drum solo
    4. unknown title
    5. bass solo
    6. unknown title
     applause and closing comments from Sam [1:01:09]
    2nd Set / Trio + Orchestra:
     opening comments from Sam
    7. unknown title
    8. Beatrice
    9. Revelation
    10. unknown title
    11. Riffin'
    [57:52]
    "The set list in the program was listed as: Beatrice, Visions, Revelation, Riffin', Bubbles, Colours."—Chris Carville

    Sam Rivers (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Piano)
    Doug Mathews (bass, electric bassass)
    Rion Smith (drums)
    NEC Jazz Orchestra:
    Ken Schaphorst (Director)
    Andre Hayward (trombone, Guest Soloist)
    Michael Thomas, Logan Strosahl (alto sax)
    James Wylie, Stephanie Wieseler, Anna Hoffman (tenor sax)
    John Replogle, Andrew Littleford, Ezra Weller, Aguiles Navarro (trumpet)
    Chris Gagne, Randy Pingrey, Aaron Hartley, Grant Randall (trombone)
    Malcolm Campbell (piano)
    Julian Maliandi (guitar)
    Nate Therrien (bass)
    Paul Geresy (drums)

    {Primary Source: RivBea 08.09.17; Ed Hazell 08.09.19; Chris Carville 08.09.05} Not in my collection.

    08.09.15 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]

    September 15, 2008 / "Works in Progress," The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL
    RivBea Archive / DVD Recording
    1. unknown compositions [:]
    Sam Rivers (reeds)
    others...

    {Primary Source: RivBea 08.11.02; John Marsden} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 08.09.23
      08.09.24 - American Artistic Renaissance Symposium: Sam Rivers, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Barboza, Fred Brown, Stanley Crouch, Megan Brown, James Jordan, Charlie Haden, Gregoire Muller, Blondell Cummings, Felipe Luciano, Jean-Claude Samuel, Malcolm Mooney, Jerome Cooper, Anthony Ramos, & more... / Hosted by Porus Olpadwala of Cornell University; Moderators: Cornell professor of music Steven Pond and Brent Edwards of Columbia University / Two Day Free Event & Concert, West Campus, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [RivBea 08.09.17; www.arts.cornell.edu/jazz/]
    • "Panel discussions... will look at the history and conditions that helped establish the loft scene from the 1960s forward, how new creative directions evolved, effects on culture and the artists who followed, and the prospects for such collaborations to thrive today."

      ["Jazzed about art: American Artistic Renaissance Symposium looks at 1970s creative movement," by Daniel Aloi, Cornell University Chronicle, September 15, 2008]
    • 08.09.23 (1) - Panel discussion, 12:00pm, B20 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [ibid]
    • 08.09.23 (2) - "a live jam session... Participants will also visit classrooms and hold master classes." / Hans Bethe House lawn, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [ibid]
    • 08.09.24 (1) - Panel discussion, 12:00pm, Africana Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [ibid]
    • 08.09.24 (2) - Panel discussion, 8:30pm, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [ibid]
    • 08.09.25 - Sam Rivers: "Special Ending Event: Celebrating Sam Rivers' 85th birthday" / "American Artistic Renaissance (AAR) Symposium," Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [ibid]


    • 08.10.08 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (alto sax, soprano sax, flute); Charlie Dechant, Nathan Anderson (tenor sax); Dan Jordan, Chris Charles (alto sax); Brian Mackie (bs); Brian Scanlon, John Robinson, Mike Iapichino, Dave Jones (trumpet); Keith Oshiro, Frank Wosar, Ben Kon, Tito Sanchez (trombone); Joshua Parsons (tuba); Doug Matthews (electric bass), Rion Smith (drums) / 9:00pm, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL / "Every month in 2008, we will be featuring a different university. October 2008 is the official "UCF/University of Central Florida" Month... first 100 paid UCF Faculty/Students will receive a free CD." [RivBea mailing 08.09.28; 08.10.15]
    • 08.10.17 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Sam Rivers (reeds), Dave Pate (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Brian Mackie (baritone and tenor sax), Kevin Stever (bass), Doug Matthews (electric bassass), Rion Smith (drums) / "Obamarama: Concert for Change" ...a 45 minute set. / 10:30pm, The Plaza Theatre Large Theatre, Orlando, FL [RivBea mailing 08.09.28 and 09.08.01; Kevin Stever 08.10.18]



    08.11.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Trilogy

    Mosaic Records, Mosaic Select MS-038 (3-CD) 2011

    2nd Session [See 08.02.27; 09.04.08

    • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]
    November 12, 2008 / Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL
    [Disc 1: OFFERING]
    1. Spice [8:52]
    2. Ganymede [9:04]
    3. Crux [8:13]
    4. Aura [15:48]
    5. Perkin [9:39]
    6. Pulsar 14:13]
    RivBea Archival Recording:
    1. rehearsal... "Works in Progress," [:]
    A complete run-down on the soloists for each track at Mosaic online.
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax / All compositions)
    Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles (alto sax)
    George Weremchuk, David Pate (tenor sax)
    Brian Mackie (baritone sax)
    Tom Parmenter, Brian Scanlon, Mike Iapichino, David Jones (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, Steve Smith, Claire Courchene (trombone)
    Tito Sanchez (trombone-disc 1)
    Josh Parsons (trombone, tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Rion Smith (drums)

    {Primary Source: MS-038; RivBea 08.11.02; John Marsden} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.}

    08.12.10 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording]

    December 10, 2008, 9:00pm / "Works in Progress," The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL
    RivBea Archival Recording
    1. unknown compositions [:]
    Sam Rivers (alto sax, soprano sax, flute)
    Personnel unconfirmed:
    Dan Jordan, Chris Charles (alto sax)
    Charlie Dechant, Nathan Anderson (tenor sax)
    Brian Mackie (bs)
    Brian Scanlon, John Robinson, Mike Iapichino, Dave Jones (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, Frank Wosar, Ben Kon, Tito Sanchez (trombone)
    Joshua Parsons (tuba)

    {Primary Source: RivBea 08.12.09} RivBea Archival materials Absolutely NOT available.

    • 09.01.14 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra "Premier Performances of Original Compositions by..." / 9:00pm, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 09.01.13]
    • 09.02.11 - CANCELLED / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra "Premier Performances of Original Compositions by..." / 9:00pm, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 09.01.13]
    • 09.03.11 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra "Premier Performances of Original Compositions by..." / 9:00pm, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 09.01.13]
    • 09.03.27 - Sam Rivers and University of Miami Concert Jazz Band: Directed by Dante Luciani, Compositions by Sam Rivers: Dave Hartsman, Pat Seymour, Matt Vashlishan, Jesse McGinty, Pete Brewer (saxes); Augie Haas, Chris O'Farrill, Rodrigo Gallardo, Matt White, Mike Cordone (trumpets); Chad Bernstein, Paul Deemer, Kendall Moore, Garett Arrowood (trombones); Sam Petiti (guitar), Dan Strange (piano), Josh Allen (bass), Danny Susnjar (drums) / 8:00pm, Maurice Guzman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 09.03.28]
    • 09.04.04 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers, Doug Mathews, others / 6:30-10:00pm, Florida Film Festival's Revel 18, Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL ["Jim Abbott's Soundboard" Orlando Sentinel April 03, 2009]

    09.04.08 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Trilogy

    Mosaic Records, Mosaic Select MS-038 (3-CD) 2011

    3rd Session [See 08.02.27; 08.11.12

    April 8, 2009, 7:00 & 9:00pm / Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL

    This was the last Plaza Theatre performance.
    [Disc 3: EDGE]
    1. Ridge [10:27]
    2. Brink [11:04]
    3. Precipice [9:29]
    4. Verge [10:32]
    5. Point [10:12]
    6. Visions [11:38]
    7. Pulsar [8:25]
    A complete run-down on the soloists for each track at Mosaic online.
    Sam Rivers (soprano sax / All compositions)
    Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles (alto sax)
    David Pate, Charlie DeChant (tenor sax)
    Brian Mackie (baritone sax)
    Tom Parmenter, Brian Scanlon, Mike Iapichino, David Jones (trumpet)
    Keith Oshiro, David Sheffield, Steve Smith (trombone)
    Josh Parsons (trombone, tuba)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Rion Smith (drums)

    {Primary Source: MS-038; Monique Rivers-Williams 09.01.13; 09.03.30}

    • 09.05.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Matthews (bass, electric bassass, bass clarinet), unknown (drums) / WMNF 88.5 FM Jazz Jam featuring Sam Rivers, with PBS, World Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Infinite Groove Orchestra, Impromptu, Trio Vibe, and others TBA / Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, FL

    Rivers' Edge, by Joseph Hayes in Orlando Magazine, Wednesday, 01 July 2009

    "At 85 and in frail health, he's still showing musicians the way..." —A recent article on Sam Rivers.


    • 09.09.19 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (alto sax, tenor sax, flute), Doug Mathews (bass), Carl Hamilton (drums), George Weremchuk, Tom Dietz, Rex Wertz, David Pate, and Chris Charles (reeds), Mike Iapichino, Tom Parmeter, John Robinson, and Brian Scanlon (trumpets), Keith Oshiro, Andrea Rowlison, and Dave Sheffield (trombones), Josh Parsons (tuba) / Shows at 10:00pm and Midnight, Club Firestone, Orlando, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 10.01.22]
    • 09.10.10 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Sam Rivers (alto sax, tenor sax, flute), Doug Mathews (bass), Rion Smith (drums), Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles, Steve Smith, David Pate, and Brian Scanlon (reeds), Mike Iapichino, Tom Parmeter, David Jones, Brian Scanlon (trumpets), Keith Oshiro, Andrea Rowlison, and Steve Smith (trombones), Josh Parsons (tuba) / 8:00pm, College Park Jazz Festival, College Park, Orlando, Florida [Monique Rivers-Williams 10.01.22]
    • 09.11.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: Sam Rivers (alto sax, tenor sax, flute), Doug Mathews (bass), Carl Hamilton (drums) / 10:00 & 11:30pm, The Anti Pop Music Festival, Club 57, Orlando, Florida [Monique Rivers-Williams 10.01.22]
    • 10.01.30 - The Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers (tenor and alto sax, flute), Chris Charles (baritone and tenor sax), Tom Parmeter (trumpet), Doug Mathews (bass) Carl Hamilton (drums) / 2:00pm, "The Sam Rivers Jazz Speakeasy Stage," Zora Festival, Eatonville, FL [Monique Rivers-Williams 10.02.01]
    • "Lost Jazz Shrines" —Ali's Alley, Jazz Cultural Theatre, & Studio RivBea
      "The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary NYC jazz clubs south of 14th street back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration. This year, the series celebrates Ali's Alley, Jazz Cultural Theatre, and Studio RivBea. The series will encompass three concerts (Fridays, May 7, May 14, and May 21), each of them preceded by a FREE Humanities Program with live interviews and films that showcase some of the celebrated figures associated with this year's honorees." [www.tribecapac.org/music.htm]


    10.05.14 (2) • Sam Rivers Quintet [Audience Recording]

    May 14, 2010, 7:00pm Lecture, 8:30pm Concert / "Lost Jazz Shrines Part 2: Celebrating Studio RivBea" / Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City
     Lecture "One-on-One with Sam Rivers & Willard Jenkins" [43:16]
    1st Set:
    1. Beatrice [5:29]
     SR announcement [0:12]
    2. unknown title [11:00]
    3. unknown title [16:13]
     SR announcement [0:20 + 0:19] (cuts out and back in)
    2nd Set:
    4. unknown title [7:07]
     SR announcement [0:27]
    5. unknown title [17:31]
    6. unknown title [14:19]
    [97:36 / 73:55 without interview segments, and most announcements edited out.]
    Here's the info on Friday's show. Two recordings exist: "...one is lecture and Set 2 only, the other is Set 1 and 2, no lecture."

    "Sam asked Craig Harris, David, and myself to play with him that night, as he was low on energy." —Stever Coleman

    Sam Rivers (tenor sax-2, soprano sax, flute, voice)
    Steve Coleman (alto sax)
    Craig Harris (trombone)
    David Virelles (piano)
    Doug Mathews (bass)
    Carl Hamilton (drums)

    {Primary Source: CD-R at 73:55; Christopher Carville 10.05.16; Monique Rivers-Williams 10.06.05; Steve Coleman 12.11.30}

    • 10.07.25 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / "Jambando and The Plaza Theatre presents A benefit for the Wildlife Foundation of Florida." / Wildlife Jambando, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [jambando.com]
    • 11.05.24 - The Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra / 2011 Spring Jambando, Plaza Theater, Orlando, FL [www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAPNtXdaw_o]
    • 11.07.15 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / "Jambando and The Plaza Theatre presents..." / Wildlife Jambando II, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL [jambando.com]
    • 11.10.22 - Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra / Thin Man Watts Jazz Fest, 7:30pm, Athens Theatre, DeLand, FL [I was there(!!!) thanks to Robert Auclair; www.wattsjazzfest.com/]





    • 11.12.26...

      Samuel Carthorne Rivers ... September 25, 1923 - December 26, 2011

      Just talked to daughter Monique Williams-Rivers. Sam went peacefully—no pain, no discomfort—he just packed up his horns and his reeds and quietly slid away... I'm so sad. —RL, 12:18pm, 11.12.27

      "Sam Rivers went home, December 26, 2011, at 08:50pm. Sam Rivers died at the age of 88 in Orlando, Florida." —RivBea e-mail 12.01.01

      Sam Rivers phones my home and leaves messages... followed by the Blue Note recording of "BEATRICE".
      Soundcloud / Rick Lopez


    • The New York Times notice...

      Sam Rivers, Jazz Artist of Loft Scene, Dies at 88. —Richard Termine, for The New York Times

      Sam Rivers, an inexhaustibly creative saxophonist, flutist, bandleader, and composer who cut his own decisive path through the jazz world, spearheading the 1970s loft scene in New York and later establishing a rugged outpost in Florida, died on Monday in Orlando, Florida. He was 88.

      The cause was pneumonia, his daughter Monique Rivers Williams said.

      With an approach to improvisation that was garrulous and uninhibited but firmly grounded in intellect and technique, Mr. Rivers was among the leading figures in the postwar jazz avant-garde. His sound on the tenor saxophone, his primary instrument, was distinctive: taut and throaty, slightly burred, dark-hued. He also had a recognizable voice on the soprano saxophone, flute, and piano, and as a composer and arranger.

      Music ran deep in his family. His grandfather Marshall W. Taylor published one of the first hymnals for black congregations after emancipation, "A Collection of Revival Hymns and Plantation Melodies," in 1882. His mother, the former Lillian Taylor, was a pianist and choir director, and his father, Samuel Rivers, was a gospel singer. They were on tour with the Silvertone Quintet in El Reno, Oklahoma, when Samuel Carthorne Rivers was born, on September 25, 1923.

      Growing up in Chicago and on the road, Mr. Rivers studied violin, piano, and trombone. After his father had a debilitating accident in 1937, he moved with his mother to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he zeroed in on the tenor saxophone. Joining the Navy in the mid-40s, he served for three years.

      Mr. Rivers enrolled in the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1947 and later transferred to Boston University, where he majored in composition and briefly took up the viola and fell into the busy Boston jazz scene.

      He made an important acquaintance in 1959: Tony Williams, a 13-year-old drummer who already sounded like an innovator. Together they delved into free improvisation, occasionally performing in museums alongside modernist and abstract paintings.

      By 1964 Mr. Williams was working with the trumpeter Miles Davis and persuaded him to hire Mr. Rivers, who was with the bluesman T-Bone Walker at the time, for a summer tour. Mr. Riverss blustery playing with the Miles Davis Quintet, captured on the album "Miles in Tokyo," suggested a provocative but imperfect fit. Wayne Shorter replaced him in the fall.

      On a series of Blue Note recordings in the middle to late 60s, beginning with Mr. Williamss first album as a leader, "Life Time," Mr. Rivers expressed his ideas more freely. He made four albums of his own for the label, the first of which—"Fuchsia Swing Song," with Mr. Williams, the pianist Jaki Byard, and the bassist Ron Carter, another Miles Davis sideman—is a landmark of experimental post-bop, with a free-flowing yet structurally sound style. "Beatrice," a ballad from that album Mr. Rivers named after his wife, would become a jazz standard.

      Beatrice Rivers died in 2005. In addition to his daughter Monique, Mr. Rivers is survived by two other daughters, Cindy Johnson and Traci Tozzi; a son, Dr. Samuel Rivers III; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

      Mr. Rivers pushed further toward abstraction in the late ’60s, moving to New York and working as a sideman with the uncompromising pianists Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor. In 1970 he and his wife opened Studio RivBea, a noncommercial performance space, in their loft on Bond Street in the East Village. It served as an avant-garde hub through the end of the decade, anchoring what would be known as the loft scene.

      The albums Mr. Rivers made for Impulse Records in the ’70s would further burnish his reputation in the avant-garde. After Studio RivBea closed in 1979, Mr. Rivers continued to lead several groups, including a big band called the RivBea Orchestra, a woodwind ensemble called Winds of Change, and a virtuosic trio with the bassist Dave Holland and the drummer Barry Altschul. With the trio, Mr. Rivers often demonstrated his gift as a multi-instrumentalist, extemporizing fluidly on saxophone, piano, and flute.

      Mr. Rivers tacked toward more mainstream sensibilities from 1987 to 1991, when he worked extensively with an early influence, the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. While touring through Orlando with Gillespie in 1991, Mr. Rivers met some of the skilled musicians employed by the area’s theme parks, who persuaded him to move there and revive the RivBea Orchestra. He lived most recently in nearby Apopka, Fla.

      The music made by his band in the 1990s and beyond was as spirited and harmonically dense as anything in Mr. Rivers’s musical history. And the trio at its core—Mr. Rivers, the bassist Doug Mathews, and the drummer Anthony Cole—also performed on its own, honing a dynamic versatility distinct from that of any other group in jazz.

      Mr. Rivers’s late-career renaissance was confirmed by the critical response to "Inspiration" and "Culmination," two albums he recorded for RCA in 1998 with a New York big band assembled by the alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. In 2000, Mr. Rivers led the Orlando iteration of the RivBea Orchestra in a concert presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The next year he served as the fiery eminence on "Black Stars," an acclaimed album by the 26-year-old pianist Jason Moran.

      This year saw the release of "Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra—Trilogy" (Mosaic), a three-CD set featuring recordings from 2008 and 2009. His last performance was in October in DeLand, Fla.

      In 2006. the Vision Festival, a nonprofit New York event aesthetically indebted to the loft scene, honored Mr. Rivers with a Sam Rivers Day program featuring both his bands. The names of two of the bustling pieces performed were, appropriately, "Flair" and "Spunk."

      [page A16, The New York Times, December 28, 2011]

    • 12.01.04
    • Sam Rivers Memorial Service / 7:00pm, Community Funeral Home, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 12.01.01]

      "One other thing... At the memorial service at the funeral home" Danny Jordan (tenor sax, flute), Dave Shefield (piano), and Doug Matthews (bass) "...performed ‘Beatrice’ and ‘Twilight’ —Kevin Stever 12.01.06

    • Sam Rivers Memorial Tribute with members of the Rivbea Orchestra / 9:00pm, The Social, Orlando, FL [RivBea e-mail 12.01.01; www.thesocial.org/]

      RivBea Orchestra:
      Alex Bodytko, Dave Pate, and Rex Wertz (tenor sax)
      Jeff Rupert, Chris Charles, Tom Dietz, and Dean Mongerio (alto sax)
      Danny Jordan (flute, soprano and tenor sax)
      Charlie DeChant (soprano sax)
      Brian Mackie (baritone sax)
      Brian Scanlon, Davey Jones, Mike Ippichino, Matt McCarthy, Paul Roth, and Benoit Glazer (trumpets)
      Corey Paul, Frank Wosser, Dave Schefield, Corey Paul, Jamie Gonzalez, Clay lucovich (trombones)
      Josh Parsons and Mike Roylance (tuba)
      Doug Matthews and Kevin Stever (bass)
      Fitzroy Harris (congas)
      Rion Smith (drums)

      Set included: Spice, Perkin, Inspiration, Willow, Sorocco, Flair, Beatrice, Ganymede, others...

      Sam Rivers Quartet (Open Jam): Danny Jordan (tenor and soprano sax, flute)
      Harry Hall (flute) ..."sit-in"
      Bobby Koelble (guitar)
      Doug Matthews (bass)
      Rion Smith (percussion)
      Carl Hamilton (drums)

      [Kevin Stevers 12.01.06, 12.01.10]



      Stephen Malagodi's Photo Set
      of the event at Flickr


      CC BY-SA 2.0




    • Eulogy...

      Sam Rivers (1923-2011) / A friend remembers the local legend ... by Matt Gorney

      The Orlando Weekly January 5, 2012

      Sam Rivers Memorial Tribute with members of the RivBea Orchestra 9:00pm, Wednesday, January 4, The Social, Orlando, FL

      It's as if this one was all for you, Orlando. Sam Rivers was truly among us from 1991 until the time he split on December 26. If you've lived here for more than 30 minutes, you know that Florida is a methodical catch basin for established artists looking for the next, more temperate step in life—the warm place. That basic desire is how we became neighbors with Sam and Bea Rivers, the founders of the loft jazz era's most celebrated location, following Rivers' appearance with Dizzy Gillespie at what is now the Social.

      We've bumped grocery carts with more than our share of iconic music types over the years in Central Florida. It would be a memorable day to have intersected with Roger McGuinn, Lee Hazlewood, or Tiny Tim while picking up the soy milk. But none of our heralded transients, for their own entirely valid reasons, have made as enduring and active an imprint as Rivers. This tribute isn't a "you missed out" finger wagging, but a summation of what we've had. It's possible that you, without a trace of bullshit, can stake a claim to have heard Rivers play live scores of times and tell almost uniformly outrageous and profound tales of access.

      Sam Rivers' international legacy is just a search engine away these days, added to by a considerable number of obituary notices. The majority of his youthful musical impressions were formed in Chicago, experiencing its historical heyday for African-American music in the midst of the Great Migration. He got his start playing evening gigs with bluesman Jimmy Witherspoon while serving in the Navy during World War II. Following the war, Rivers attended New England Conservatory and became a long-term member of the Boston music community alongside jazz heavies such as Jaki Byard, Quincy Jones, Gigi Gryce, and Charlie Mariano. During a stint in Florida, he channeled his tenor saxophone heroes—Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Ben Webster—by stepping into their role supporting Billie Holiday. Back in Boston, Sam and Bea often looked after an under-supervised 13-year-old neighborhood kid named Tony Williams, who quickly became Sam's drummer.

      Their musical communion led to Rivers leaving T-Bone Walker to briefly join the near-mystical Hancock-Carter-Williams version of the Miles Davis Quintet on the fly in 1964. In terms of available media, here we can trace Sam as an avant-gardist, thanks to several recordings from a Japanese tour documenting Rivers agitating the contour of Davis' concept with the New Thing, influenced by Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor. Sam gravitated farther from the mainstream even as he recorded "Fuchsia Swing Song," his first Blue Note Records release, and then joined the Cecil Taylor Unit in 1969, the ultimate banzai charge for a jazz player—there was no return once you'd committed.

      Around the same time, the Rivers clan moved into a two-story space on Bond Street in downtown Manhattan, and the basement became Studio RivBea, the gold-standard loft-jazz venue for creation and experimentation by non-commercial players. As he rolled through the early '70s, Rivers' small groups were touring Europe and North America extensively, developing his concept of spontaneous composition—no pre-set anything to start, unfolding a wide-open palette of melodies, idioms and rhythms each time. Committed to his vision, Rivers largely abandoned the prospect of contributing to the standards books, leaving major festival appearances and magazine covers behind.

      A number of rhythm combinations backed Rivers' earliest rehearsals and occasional appearances in Orlando, but he found the most distinct formulation since his vaunted Dave Holland/Barry Altschul trio in bassist Doug Mathews and drummer Anthony Cole. Together, they created an almost vaudevillian, recombinant band offering free bop, out funk, ballads, ruminant impressionism, and, of course, the fire. Knowing Rivers' stubbornly persistent career path, his commitment to his telepaths in the Orlando trio and RivBea Orchestra wasn't surprising, but I bore witness to how it kept him from climbing all the way up the grandmaster/comeback-kid ladder favored by editors and producers in search of an engaging narrative. Record dates and festival offers with jazz stars were roundly crumpled up; Rivers' loyalty cost him much, including a grail-like Verve Records contract offer in the late-'90s and appearances at many international improv round-robins.

      As one of those "other music" geeks, I was commonly surprised and internally entertained by how many citizens took advantage of Rivers' appearances, and doubly so when musicians' styles and output were redirected by Sam's radiance. The jazz players were let out of the barn, free from the grumbling, Sansabelted jazz police, unmediated within Sam's orbit. Post-punk, punk, and funk bands became more experimental and far-reaching having interacted with him. Some of the DJs of the halcyon 1990s Orlando dance scene inserted less surefire language into their sets and stepped closer to the edge.

      Sam Rivers trended on Twitter on the day after his passing, and mentions of Beatrice, loft jazz, and free jazz cascaded in. A five-missive suite from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea ended with, "It is my aspiration in the Chili Peppers to make people feel as good as Sam Rivers made me feel."

      Back to you, tertiary arts market townie. You might have your stories in place about the RivBea Orchestra residencies at Pinkie Lee's, the Sapphire Supper Club, the old Will's Pub, or the Plaza Theatre. Possibly, you risked life and limb on S.R. 520 late at night to see those unlikely, formative trio sets at the Lazy Bean in Melbourne. If so, then you know better than anyone that we were all very lucky.

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    • 00.00.00 - "Rhys' freedom glands were whetted for the first time since working briefly in Frederic Rzewski's Musica Elettronica Viva outfit almost 30 years before, an association which brought him into contact with jazzers such as Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Steve Lacy and Cecil Taylor." [WIRE #182 April 1999 p.52 - Rhys Chatham interview/article by Rob Young.]
    • N.O.W. New Orchestra Workshop, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / "Among the long list of collaborators... Sam Rivers" —believed to be between 1975 and 1978. [CODA #256 July 1994 p.32]



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