As of July 24, 2018, no further changes will be made to the online Sesionography until after the book publication in 2020.
  Were I to work on the HTML doc as well as the book, the publication date would have to be moved into the early part of the 22nd Century...

  I will log additions and corrections on the UPDATES page as I transform the Sessionography with the thousands of images and text   
  materials got from my recent visit to the RivBea Archive in Orlando Florida (and future visits to the Smithsonian and other resources),   
  so you'll be able to see the list of work being done over the next two years.

  Please forgive minor messes in '87 & '88. Lots of Gillespie work to do! (Book to come...) —RL



Mosaic

The
Sam Rivers
Sessionography


(September 25, 1923 - December 26, 2011)



A work in progress
by Rick Lopez.



Document begun March 10, 1997

UPDATES

5:05pm, July 24, 2018


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 [mostly inactive] RivBea Research Collective mailing list.

The RivBea Official Web-site

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 [BR] 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 [AR] 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
  • 64.07.14 / Miles Davis Quintet: Miles in Tokyo (CBS)
    IMAGE
    • Miles Davis Quintet: Heard 'Round the World (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 [AR] 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)
    • (V/A) Blue Note's Six Vital Organs, Home of the Hammond (Blue Note)
  • 64.12.11 / Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song (Blue Note)
    • (V/A) 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
    • (V/A) The Amazing Shoichi Yui, Volume 2 (Toshiba) / IMAGE
    • (V/A) A Blue Conception (EMI)
      + 65.04.03
    • (V/A) Jazzanova Blue Note Trip (Blue Note)
  • 65.04.03 / Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue (Blue Note)
    • Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral (Blue Note)
    • (V/A) Blue Note Sampler Vol.3 (Blue Note)
    • Bobby Hutcherson: The Best of the Blue Note Years (Blue Note)
    • (V/A) A Blue Conception (EMI)
      + 64.12.11
  • 65.05.10 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] 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
    • (V/A) 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)
    • (V/A) 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 [AR] 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
    • (V/A) 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 Recordings] 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
    • (V/A) 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 Free Conservatory Orchestra [Dixonia Archival Recording] NYC
  • 68.00.00 (2) / Bill Dixon Free Conservatory Orchestra [BR] NYC
  • 68.12.13 / Steve Tintweiss & His Purple Why [Archival Recording] Brooklyn
  • 68.12.15 / Burton Greene Quartet [AR] 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 & BR] Grinnell
  • 69.07.28 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR] 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 AR] Woodstock
  • 69.10.12 / Burton Greene Quartet [SBR] NYC


  • Sam Rivers with the Cecil Taylor Quartet — Continued...
  • 69.10.26 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR] Milan
  • 69.11.02 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR] London
  • 69.11.03 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR] Salle Pleyel
  • 69.11.04 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR] Copenhagen
  • 69.11.05 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR & BR] Stockholm
  • 69.11.06 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR] Berlin
  • 69.11.09 / Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor Quartet in Europe (Jazz Connoisseur)
    • Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR & BR] Rotterdam
  • 69.11.10 / Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR] Stuttgart
  • 69.12.10 / Bill Dixon Ensemble [Dixonia Archival Audio & Video Recordings] Bennington
  • 69.12.11 / Bill Dixon Ensemble: Live at Bennington College (no label)


  • 70.00.00 (1) / (V/A) New American Music, Volume 1 (Smithsonian Folkways Records)
  • 70.00.00 (2) / Sam Rivers' Harlem Music Ensemble [Warren Smith Archive Recording] Middletown
  • 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
  • 71.04.08 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Brooklyn
  • 71.06.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording & AR] Boston
  • 71.00.00 (4) / Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble [Juma Sultan Archival Recording] Middletown
  • 72.00.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] 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 [BR] NYC
  • 72.07.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] 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 [AR] NYC
  • 72.12.02 / Dave Holland Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 72.12.00 (1) / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 72.12.00 (3) / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 72.12.16 / Sam Rivers Quintet [AR] NYC
  • 72.12.30 / Sam Rivers & Karl Berger Group [AR] NYC
  • 73.01.01 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 73.04.20 / Sam Rivers Ensemble [RivBea Archive Recording] NYC
  • 73.04.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 73.04.28 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 73.06.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archive Recording] NYC
  • 73.06.30 (2) / Don Cherry Octet [AR] NYC
  • 73.07.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 73.07.03 / Sam Rivers Orchestral Explorations Ensemble [AR] NYC
  • 73.07.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 73.07.06 / Sam Rivers: Streams (Impulse!)
    • (V/A) The Saxophone (Impulse!)
    • Sam Rivers: The Dedication Series/Vol.XII - The Live Trio Sessions (Impulse!)
      + 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10
    • (V/A) Fire Into Music - The Best of MCA/Impulse! (Impulse!)
    • (V/A) Impulsively (Impulse!)
  • 73.07.07 (1) / Sam Rivers Ensemble [AR] NYC
  • 73.08.03 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!)
    + 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.11.10
    • (V/A) 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
  • 73.08.16 / Sam Rivers [BR] NYC
  • 73.10.19 / Sam Rivers Quintet [AR] NYC
  • 73.11.01 / Karl Berger / Creative Music Studio / Music Universe [BR] Berlin
  • 73.11.10 / Sam Rivers: Hues (Impulse!)
    + 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03
    • (V/A) Impulse! Artists on Tour (Impulse!)
    • (V/A) 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 [AR] NYC
  • 73.12.01 / Sam Rivers [AR] NYC
  • 73.12.24 / Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [RivBea Archival Recording] NYC
  • 73.12.27 / Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [AR] NYC
  • 74.02.00 / Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy (Earthforms Records)
  • 74.03.02 / Sam Rivers Ensemble [AR] NYC
  • 74.03.04 / Sam Rivers: Crystals (Impulse!)
    • Del The Funky Homosapien: No Need For Alarm (Elektra Entertainment)
    • (V/A) Respekt! (Universal Jazz Germany)
  • 74.03.27 / The Music Universe Orchestra [AR] 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)
    • (V/A) Strata-2-East (Universal Sound)
  • 74.06.09 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 74.06.29 / Sam Rivers Sextet [AR] NYC
  • 74.07.05 / Jazz Opera Ensemble [BR] NYC
  • 74.07.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR & BR] NYC
  • 74.07.07 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 74.07.24 / Various Artists: Jazz In Piazza [BVR] Villalago & Perugia
  • 74.07.26 (1) / Dave Holland Quartet [BVR] Antibes
  • 74.11.01 / Sam Rivers Reeds of Harlem [AR] NYC
  • 74.11.28 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 74.12.29 / Sam Rivers Trio + Karl Berger [AR] Woodstock
  • 75.01.24 / Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse" [BR] San Francisco
  • 75.05.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] East Lansing
  • 75.06.01 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR] NYC
  • 75.00.00 (1) / Sam Rivers & Rashied Ali Duo [BR] NYC
  • 75.06.22 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR & BR] NYC
  • 75.07.01 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR] NYC
  • 75.07.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] NYC
  • 75.07.08 / Sam Rivers Solo [RivBea Archival Recording & BR] NYC
  • 75.08.01 / Bill Cole: The First Cycle (Music from Dartmouth)
  • 75.09.26 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Paris
  • 75.10.16 / Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising (Black Saint)
    + 75.10.17
    • Don Pullen: The Complete RM 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 RM Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note (C.A.M. Jazz)
  • 75.00.00 (2) / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] San Francisco
  • 75.12.09 / Sam Rivers: Sizzle (Impulse!)
  • 75.00.00 (3) / Sam Rivers Quintet [AR] NYC
  • 75.12.05 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Warren Smith Archival Recording] unknown
  • 75.12.12 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 75.12.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 75.12.18 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 75.12.21 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 76.01.01 / Sam Rivers [BR] 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)
  • 76.03.12 / Sam Rivers: The Quest (Red Record) + 76.03.13
    • Sam Rivers: Vision—American Jazz & Blues History Volume 12 (Tobacco Road)
    • (V/A) I Grandi del Jazz: L'Avanguardia (Fabbri Brothers Press)
    • Sam Rivers: SAM RIVERS con SCHIANO, ALTSCHUL e HOLLAND (GONG)
      + 76.03.13, 77.04.28
  • 76.03.13 (1) / Sam Rivers: The Quest (GONG)
    + 76.03.12, 77.04.28
  • 76.03.13 (2) / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Bergamo
  • 76.04.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 76.04.09 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Philadelphia
  • 76.04.10 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR & BR] Philadelphia
  • 76.05.15 / (V/A) Wildflowers I: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions (Douglas)
    • (V/A) 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 [BR] NYC
  • 76.07.11 (1) / Sam Rivers Trio [SBR] Penne
  • 76.07.11 (2) / (V/A) After Hours / The Great Pescara Jam Sessions Volume 2° (Ecamlab)
  • 76.07.20 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Verona
  • 76.07.23 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] 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 [AR] Villalago
  • 76.08.08 / Sam Rivers Trio [Video Recording] Roermond
  • 76.08.22 / Hugo Heredia Quartet [AR] Chateauvallon
  • 76.08.23 / Sam Rivers Solo [AR] Chateauvallon
  • 76.08.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] 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)
    • Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Amsterdam
  • 76.09.03 / Sam Rivers Tuba Trio [Warren Smith Archival Recording] Amsterdam
  • 76.10.10 / Kazuko Shiraishi: Dedicated to the Late John Coltrane (Musicworks)
  • 76.11.13 (1) / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Long Island
  • 76.11.13 (2) / Charles Mingus Quintet + guest Sam Rivers [SBR] Long Island
  • 77.00.00 (2) / (V/A) Sam Rivers Solo Silver Burdett's PIPELINE (Pipeline)
  • 77.01.00 / Sam Rivers [AR] 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
  • 77.03.14 / Sam Rivers Quintet [Warren Smith Archival Recording] Tokyo
  • 77.04.16 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [BR] Paris
  • 77.04.18 / Sam Rivers: Paragon (Fluid Records) / IMAGE
  • 77.04.28 / Sam Rivers & Mario Schiano: Rendez-vous (Red Records)
    • Sam Rivers: SAM RIVERS con SCHIANO, ALTSCHUL e HOLLAND (GONG)
      + 76.03.12, 76.03.13
  • 77.05.07 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Vancouver
  • 77.05.24 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Washington, DC
  • 77.06.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Altglashütten
  • 77.06.13 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Lovere
  • 77.06.15 / Sam Rivers Trio [SBR] Graz
  • 77.06.17 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Laibach
  • 77.00.00 (3) / Sam Rivers & Stanley Crouch Duo [Street Fight] New York City
  • 77.06-07.00 / Sam Rivers Quintet [BR] NYC
  • 77.07.18 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Philadelphia
  • 77.08.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Chateauvallon
  • 77.09.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Modena
  • 77.09.24 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Bosto
  • 77.10.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] Nancy
  • 77.10.13 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [AR] Nancy
  • 77.10.15 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Nancy
  • 77.10.19 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [SBR] Brussels
  • 77.11.06 / Sam Rivers Quintet [BR] Berlin
  • 77.11.13 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Rotterdam
  • 78.01.01 / Sam Rivers Quintet [AR] NYC
  • 78.00.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] NYC
  • 78.01.00 / Sam Rivers Trio: The World of Sam Rivers [BR] Salt Lake City
  • 78.02.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Chicago
  • 78.02.10 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Ann Arbor
  • 78.03.30 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR & BR] NYC
  • 78.06.24 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [AR] Washington, DC
  • 78.06.30 (1) / Sam Rivers: The World of Sam Rivers [BR] NYC
  • 78.06.30 (2) / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] NYC
  • 78.07.16 / Sam Rivers Trio + Joe Daley [RivBea Archival Recording] Den Haag
  • 78.07.22 / Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR] Nervi
  • 78.07.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] San Remo
  • 78.08.08 / Sam Rivers: Waves (Tomato Records)
    • (V/A) Tomato Sampler (Tomato Records) / IMAGE
  • 78.09.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Philadelphia
  • 78.10.02 / Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [BR] Austin
  • 78.10.00 (1) / Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [BR] New Orleans
  • 78.10.15 / Sam Rivers Quartet & Anthony Braxton [AR & BR] San Francisco
  • 78.10.22-23 / IMAGE: Sam Rivers Quartet in Vancoouver
  • 78.10.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR] Vancouver
  • 78.10.25 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Seattle
  • 78.10.31 / Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR] Brescia
  • 78.11.06 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording & AR] Padova
  • 78.11.07 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Padova
  • 78.12.11 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [AR] Quebec
  • 79.01.24 / Sam Rivers Big Band [AR] NYC
  • 79.02.04 (2) / Sam Rivers' Jazz Festival Orchestra [AR] Kent
    • Hamiet Bluiett / Muhal Richard Abrams: "Saying Something for All" [ERROR LISTING]
  • 79.03.01 / Sam Rivers with the New Jazz Festival Orchestra [BR] Minneapolis
  • 79.04.07 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] Den Haag
  • 79.04.27 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] New Orleans
  • 79.04.20 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Washington, DC
  • 79.05.15 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Hamburg
  • 79.06.12 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Olympia
  • 79.06.17 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] San Antonio
  • 79.06.22 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] NYC
  • 79.07.05 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] Kent
  • 79.07.13 (2) / Archie Shepp / Sam Rivers Double Quartet [BR] Den Haag
  • 79.08.23 / Sam Rivers Quartet with The Seattle Composers & Improvisers Orchestra [AR] Seattle
  • 79.11.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR & BVR] Mailand
  • 79.11.15 / Sam Rivers Trio [Audience Audio & Video Recordings] München
  • 79.11.17 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Munich
  • 79.11.20 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] Turin
  • 79.12.00 / Sam Rivers: Contrasts (ECM)
    • (V/A) ECM Sampler 7 (ECM)
    • (V/A) The Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Contemporary Currents (Franklin Mint)
  • 80.02.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Auckland, New Zealand
  • 80.02.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Albuquerue
  • 80.02.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Brussels
  • 80.03.20 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Ulm
  • 80.03.22 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Karlsruhe
  • 80.03.28 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Bielefeld
  • 80.04.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Basel
  • 80.04.00 (1) / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Perugia
  • 80.04.11 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 80.04.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] NYC
  • 80.04.30 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Foggia
  • 80.05.24 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [AR] Washington, DC
  • 80.06.28 / Sam Rivers & Dave Holland [SBR] Pisa
  • 80.10.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Brisbane
  • 80.10.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Sydney
  • 80.10.00 / Sam Rivers [AR] Stockholm
  • 80.11.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Athens
  • 80.11.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Stockholm
  • 80.11.27 / Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording] Metz
  • 80.11.28 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Munich
  • 81.01.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Woodstock
  • 81.01.06 / Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording] Northampton
  • 81.01.31 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] New Orleans
  • 81.02.08 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Minneapolis
  • 81.02.10 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Chicago
  • 81.03.13 / Sam Rivers Solo [AR] Washington, DC
  • 81.04.04 / Sam Rivers: Crosscurrent (Blue Marge)
    • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Paris
  • 81.05.17 / Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR] Florence
  • 81.08.28 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Willisau
  • 81.09.04 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Saalfelden
  • 81.12.06 / Sam Rivers Orchestra [AR] NYC
  • 81.12.18 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR & BR] NYC
  • 82.02.05 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Villingen
  • 82.02.06 / Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR] Saalfelden
  • 82.02.21 / Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR] Florence
  • 82.05.05 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] New Orleans
  • 82.05.31 / Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra [AR] Trossingen
  • 82.06.06 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR & BR] Washington, DC
  • 82.06.12 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] Trossingen
  • 82.06.13 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Jazzbühne Berlin '82, Vol.10 (Repertoire Records)
    • (V/A) Jazz Highlights Live in Berlin (Amiga Records) / IMAGE
  • 82.06.17 / Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra [AR] Munich
  • 82.08.26 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [SBR] Willisau
  • 82.09.01 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] East Berlin
  • 82.09.05 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR] Saalfelden
  • 82.09.13 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan: Colours (Black Saint)
  • 82.09.16 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [AR] Berlin
  • 82.10.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Wien
  • 82.11.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] 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 [AR] Manchester
  • 83.02.00 / Peter Sonntag Quartet featuring Sam Rivers [BR] Köln
  • 83.02.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Milan
  • 83.03.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Torino
  • 83.04.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [BVR] Manchester
  • 83.04.30 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] New Orleans
  • 83.09.02 / Beaver Harris Trio [SBR] Saalfelden
  • 83.10.08 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Leverkusen
  • 83.10.15 / Sam Rivers & Köln Workshop Orchestra [BR] Donaueschingen
  • 84.01.00 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 84.01.19 / Max Roach Quartet + Sam Rivers [BR & BVR] Hamburg
  • 84.01.30 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Cologne
  • 84.02.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Bregenz
  • 84.02.19 / Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [AR] Paris
  • 84.02.20 / Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [RivBea Archival Recording] unknown place
  • 84.03.21 / Sam Rivers & Abdullah Ibrahim Duo [AR] London
  • 84.05.25 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] NYC
  • 84.07.05 / Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR] Montreal
  • 84.07.28 / Sam Rivers & Reggie Workman Duo [AR & BR] Washington, DC
  • 85.03.08 / Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [BVR] Burghausen
  • 85.03.21 / Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [BR] London
  • 85.04.19 / Sam Rivers Quartet [AR] Basel
  • 85.04.27 / Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] Baden
  • 85.09.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] NYC
  • 85.11.08 / Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [AR] Cambridge
  • 85.11.10 / 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 [AR] NYC
  • 86.04.26 / Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [AR] Cambridge
  • 86.05.06 / Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra with Sam Rivers [AR] Boston
  • 86.05.28 / MEMORIAL SERVICE for JIMMY LYONS [AR & AVR] NYC
  • 86.10.14 / Hilton Ruiz: Something Grand (RCA Novus)
    + 86.10.15
    • (V/A) American Beauty º Film Soundtrack (Dreamworks)
  • 86.10.15 / Hilton Ruiz: Something Grand (RCA Novus)
  • 87.01.31 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] NYC
  • 87.02.27 / Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [BVR] Stuttgart
  • 87.04.00 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR] Fort Worth
  • 87.05.12 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [BVR] Rio de Janeiro City
  • 87.05.13 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [BVR] Rio de Janeiro City
  • 87.06.06 / Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: The Wolf Trap Salutes Dizzy Gillespie, An All-Star Tribute to the Jazz Master (PBS)
  • 87.07.02 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (BBC Music)
    • Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band [BVR]
  • 87.07.04 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [AR] Stockholm
  • 87.07.06 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [Audience Video] Rome
  • 87.07.07 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BR] Cagliari
  • 87.07.09 (2) / Sam Rivers Jam Session [BR] Nice
  • 87.07.11 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR] Den Haag
  • 87.07.12 (1) / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BR] Den Haag
  • 87.07.12 (2) / Sam Rivers & Friends [AR] Den Haag
  • 87.07.13 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [AR] Montreux
  • 87.07.17 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [AR] Wein
  • 87.07.25 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BVR] Freehold
    • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Summer Jazz Live at New Jersey 1987 (Alpha Centauri)
  • 87.10.15 / Hilton Ruiz: El Camino (The Road) (RCA Novus)
    • (V/A) Novus Sampler '88 (RCA Novus)
    • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz (RCA Novus)
      + 88.11.30; 88.12.01
  • 87.10.17 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII [BVR] Jacksonville
  • 87.10.28 / ERROR LISTING: Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [BVR] Mainz
  • 87.12.16 / Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [AR] NYC
  • 87.12.17 / Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [BR] NYC
  • 87.12.18 / Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [AR] NYC
  • 87.12.20 / Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [AR] NYC
  • 88.01.07 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR] Enschede
  • 88.01.08 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR] Hamburg
  • 88.01.11-12 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with special guests Tony Scott and Gege' Telesforo [BVR] Rome
  • 88.06.03 / [AR] Wolf Trap
  • 88.07.15 / Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BVR & Audio Recordings] Perugia
  • IMAGE [Photo courtesy Sam Rivers]
  • 88.07.23 / Dizzy Gillespie & the United Nation Orchestra [AR] 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
  • 89.01.06 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Cairo
  • 89.01.07 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Cairo
  • 89.01.00 (1) / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Casablanca
  • 89.01.00 (2) / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Rabat
  • 89.01.11 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Marrakesh
  • 89.01.00 (3) / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Dakar
  • 89.01.19 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Senegal
  • 89.01.22 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Lagos
  • 89.01.23 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Benin City
  • 89.01.24 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Benin City
  • 89.01.25 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Port Harcourt
  • 89.01.26 / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Lagos
  • 89.01.00 (4) / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Kinshasha
  • 89.01.00 (5) / Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording] Kinshasa
  • 89.04.01 / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [FM Broadcast Recording] Tokyo
  • 89.09.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Chicago
  • 89.09.02 / Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Orchestra [AR] 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 & AR] Linz
  • 90.07.12 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] Den Haag
  • 90.11.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Berlin
  • 91.00.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Lokeren
  • 91.04.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Zaragoza
  • 91.04.13 *or* 91.04.14 / Sam Rivers Quartet [BR] 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 [BR] 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)
    • (V/A) Double Time Jazz Collection Volume 5 (Eagle Eye Media)
  • 92.03.26 / Roots [BVR] Burghausen
  • 92.04.01 / Roots [BR] Karlsruhe
  • 92.04.04 / Dave Holland Trio w/ Sam Rivers [BR] Utrecht
  • 92.04.04 / Roots [BR] Utrecht
  • 92.06.25 (1) / Roots [AR] NYC
  • 92.07.01 / Roots [BVR & Audio Recordings] Lugano
  • 92.07.10 / Roots [BR] Den Haag
  • 92.07.17 / Roots [BR] Berlin
  • 92.07.24 / Roots [AR] 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 [BR] 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 [AR] Cardiff
  • 93.05.00 (1) / Roots [AR] Essen
  • 93.05.07 / Roots [BR] Bern
  • 93.05.00 (2) / Roots [BVR] Köln
  • 93.05.07 / Roots [BR & BVR] Bern
  • 93.05.08 / Roots [BR] Bonn
  • 93.05.20 / Roots [AR] Paris
  • 93.05.21 / Roots [AR] Paris
  • 93.09.27 / James Blood Ulmer Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording] unknown location
  • 93.10.09 / James Blood Ulmer Quartet [BR & BVR] Leverkusen
  • 93.10.27 / Roots [AR] Paris
  • 93.11.10 / Barry Altschul Quartet [AR] Oakland
  • 93.12.05 / Reggie Workman: Summit Conference (Postcards)
    + 93.12.06
    • (V/A) 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)
  • 94.01.29 / Sam Rivers and his High Density Orchestra [BR] Orlando
  • 94.03.02 / Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording] unknown locale
  • 94.07.00 / Roots [BR] Eldena
  • 94.11.00 / Sam Rivers Interview [BR] 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 [BVR] 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
    • (V/A) 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 [AR] 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 / (V/A) Relaxing the Undertow (Put It On a Cracker)
  • 95.08.02 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [AR] Oakland
  • 95.08.12 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [BVR] Antwerp
  • 95.08.17 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [AR] Oakland
  • 95.11.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] 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 [AR] 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 [AR] NYC
  • 96.05.30 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] NYC
  • 96.07.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] Vienna
  • 96.07.20 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] Orlando
  • 96.10.00 / Sam Rivers & Trudy Morse [BR] 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 [AR] Hanover
  • 97.02.08 (2) / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Hanover
  • 97.02.22 / 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 [AR] Paris
  • 97.04.20 / Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra + Quartet and Duo with Chick Corea [AR] Gainesville
  • 97.06.29 / Reggie Workman Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Tornio
  • 97.07.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Washington, DC
  • 97.08.16 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Oakland
  • 97.08.09 / Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Recording] San Francisco
  • 97.08.17 / Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording & AR] Oakland
  • 97.09.00 / Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] NYC
  • 97.09.26 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 97.09.27 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] 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 [SBR] 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 [AR] Gainesville
  • 98.04.12 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 98.06.10 / Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [AR & BR] NYC
  • 98.06.11 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Live on the Internet [Web Broadcast] Orlando
  • 98.07.02 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Vienne
  • 98.09.23 / Sam Rivers Trio: [AR] NYC
  • 98.09.26 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra: [AR] NYC
  • 98.09.27 / Sam Rivers RivBea All-Star Orchestra [AR] 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
    • (V/A) 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 [AR] 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 [AR] 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 [BVR] Paris
  • 99.09.01 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Aurora (RivBea Sound Company)
    + 99.09.02
    • (V/A) Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: 1999 Orlando Music Awards (Orlando Weekly)
  • 99.09.02 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Aurora (RivBea Sound Company)
    • (V/A) Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: 1999 Orlando Music Awards (Orlando Weekly)
  • 99.09.03 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Chicago
  • 99.09.04 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra featuring Hamiet Bluiett & Ray Anderson [AR & BR] Chicago
  • 99.11.20 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / Orchestral Explorations for 30 Musicians [BR] Winter Park
  • 00.04.16 / Sam Rivers & Anthony Cole Duo [BR] NYC
  • 00.05.07 (1) / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] New Orleans
  • 00.06.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Warsaw
  • 00.08.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Caramoor
  • 00.11.04 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] 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 [BR] NYC
  • 01.03.23 / Sam Rivers Trio [WKCR Archival Recording & AR] NYC
  • 01.03.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] New York City
  • 01.03.25 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] New York City
  • 01.03.26 / Sam Rivers SOLO & Trio [AR] Boston
  • 01.04.16 / (V/A) Visions / performances from the EMIT series (isospin labs)
  • 01.06.06 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] Orlando
  • 01.07.04 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] Orlando
  • 01.07.21 / Longineu Parsons: Tribal Disorder (Longineu Music)
  • 01.09.05 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR] Orlando
  • 01.10.06 / Jason Moran and the Bandwagon [AR] Minneapolis
  • 01.10.29 / Sam Rivers Trio [BVR] Seixal
  • 01.12.11 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Orlando
  • 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)
  • 02.04.01 / Sam Rivers Trio [UNT Archival Recording] Denton
  • 02.04.04 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Austin
  • 02.04.06 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Houston
  • 02.07.14 / Jason Moran and the Bandwagon [BR] Netherlands
  • 02.08.24 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR & BVR] Orlando
  • 02.00.00 / Junkie Rush: Junkie Rush II (Junkie Rush)
  • 02.10.08 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 02.11.14 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Chicago
  • 02.11.15 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Chicago
  • 03.05.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Vicenza
  • 03.05.24 / IMAGE: RivBea Orchestra in Orlando
  • 03.07.11 / Sam Rivers Trio [BR] Den Haag
  • 03.07.20 / Jason Moran Trio featuring Sam Rivers [BR] 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 [AR] Halifax
  • 03.08.29 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein "play Diaspora Blues" [AR & BR] 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 / Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio—Diaspora Blues [BR] Lugano
  • 03.11.25 / Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio—Diaspora Blues [Digital Soundboard Recording] Vienna
  • 03.11.30 / Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio—Diaspora Blues [SBR] Amsterdam
  • 04.03.08 / Sam Rivers Trio + George Lewis and Anthony Davis [BR] 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 [AR] Orlando
  • 04.11.13 / Sam Rivers Trio & RivBea Orchestra U.K. [BR] London
  • 05.00.00 / Shak Nasti: From the Belly (Richter Records)
  • 05.02.24 / Brian Groder [Rehearsal Recording and Video] Orlando
  • 05.03.05 / Sam Rivers Trio + Steven Bernstein's Diaspora Blues [AR] Philadelphia
  • 05.04.01 / Sam Rivers Trio + The Peabody Jazz Ensemble [Peabody Institute Archival Recording] Baltimore
  • 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 [BR] Diersbach
  • 05.05.19 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Seattle
  • 05.05.21 / Sam Rivers Trio [AR] Tucson
  • 05.06.14 / WARM [AR] NYC
  • 05.06.18 / Sam Rivers Solo [AR] Chicago
  • 05.06.25 / WARM [AR & BR] Terni
  • 06.00.00 / (V/A) Calendar—This is My Music 2 (Orlando Sentinel)
  • 06.06.14 (1) / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR & AVR] NYC
  • 06.06.14 (2) / Sam Rivers Trio [AR & AVR] NYC
  • 07.05.25 / Sam Rivers Trio: Reunion—Live In New York (Pi Recordings)
    • Sam Rivers Trio [AR] NYC
  • 07.11.10 (2) / Sam Rivers: Jazz Master of the Moment (UCF Radio-TV Department)
  • 08.02.01 / Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR] Orlando
  • 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 [AR] 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 / Passage ...
  • 12.01.04 / "Sam Rivers (1923-2011) / A friend remembers the local legend" by Matt Gorney The Orlando Weekly Jan 5, 2012


Beginnings

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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, Rivers' 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:

    Sam Rivers: 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.
    [Ted Panken Interviews Sam Rivers, WKCR-FM New York, September 25, 1997 www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php]
    ———

    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]
    ———

    Sam Rivers: 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, 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.
    [Panken Interview, WKCR, '97]
    ———

    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.
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

  • 1948:

    "[In 1948] Hovhaness was invited to join the faculty of the Boston Music Conservatory where he taught for three years, whilst retaining his
    duties at the Watertown Armenian church. His Conservatory duties included teaching composition and conducting the student orchestra.
    This teaching post did not hinder his productivity, and students recall that in his classes he imposed no compositional dogma, unlike other composers there." [www.hovhaness.com/Biography.html]

    "I am helping to build the collection of the planned Alan Hovhaness museum in Yerevan, Armenia, and as part of this I am contacting people who knew Hovhaness to ask if they would like to write some reminiscences of him. As Sam Rivers studied composition with Hovhaness many years ago in Boston, I would like to ask if he might be interested in submitting some of his memories for the museum." [David Badagnani correspondence to RL]

    [Sam Rivers, Interviewed about his studies with Alan Hovhaness in the late 1940s, speaking from his home in Maitland, Florida:]


    Sam Rivers: I'm not sure of the years that I studied under Professor Hovhaness; it's somewhere in the late '40s, I think. And also, other musicians were there at the same time that I was. Gigi Gryce was there at the time; he also studied with Professor Hovhaness.
    We had stories we used to trade around about him... like the way he walked, and that it'd be kind of frightening to walk into him on a sort of cloudy, dark, moonlit night, because he had such a way of walking—it was sort of a ...you know, I don't know how to describe it—being 6'3" or 6'4", and then walking to accomodate the buildings—a tall guy like that walking into... [Laughter] ...roofs and stuff—ceilings, you know? So he had a sort of a bend... so he wouldn't hit his head.
    He wasn't a very talkative person. It seems to me most musicians were there just in order to work on their particular personal projects, you know? With him—he would write certain things, because he had the symphony there at his disposal and so we performed other works with the conservatory orchestra. He didn't really take all the time for his music, although most of the students really liked his music, because it was new and fresh, and... [Laughter] ...he was still writing it, you know? So we really liked doing his music rather than doing the traditional Beethoven and things like that. We all really loved to play his music; it was different. I remember his music, his direction and philosophy of music was pretty much open freedom. And he didn't really have any kind of barriers, so to speak—traditional barriers, or anything like that. So he pretty much went his own way. And that's what a lot of the students respected. One of the reasons why myself and Gigi Gryce studied with him—because of his openness, not trying to constrict you to conservatory fare. Of course, there were other professors teaching composition, too, you see? He wasn't the only one! And so the others were more or less straight-down-the-line traditional, you see what I mean?
    David Badagnani: Right.
    SR: And so we had choices there... [Laughter]. And that was another thing, each [professor] had their own orchestra, which was pretty much comprised of a lot of the students [with] every opportunity to participate in three or four orchestras there, because it was not many students to cover a complete symphony orchestra each time. So the teachers there—the professors—they were all as should be in the conservatory, they were all exhibiting their own works, because that's one of the reasons they're there, because they're composers, too, you know? And so they were all doing that.
    The most I remember is that he never really criticized anybody for doing something out of the norm, because we had already gone through that anyway, you know, in basic harmony and theory. So we were pretty much in an advanced stage, where you'd be setting your own rules, you know, after you've gone through it. Then you come into this... you can see things where you can set your own... [Laughter] I mean, it's like mathematics, in a sense; so after you get to a certain place in mathematics, it seems to work out... [Laughter] ...right, in a sense. You know?
    DB: Yeah! Were you, at that time, writing jazz compositions, or was it classical music?
    SR: No, I wasn't really writing any kind... well, I mean... I wasn't really writing at all, you know. I was pretty much a performer at that time.
    DB: So when you studied with him, was it a composition class, or some other type of class?
    SR: It was a composition class, yes. That's when I started composition, in the conservatory... You know, you have to learn two or three instruments in order to study composition. And so I already knew trombone, and I already knew reeds, and I played piano, and I had studied strings very early, so [I] took that up, because that was my least proficient instrument... [Laughter], so I took that one, you know, along with the composition.
    DB: And when you played Mr. Hovhaness's music, which instruments were you playing them on?
    SR: I was playing on viola. I was in the string section in the school symphony.
    DB: Viola—how interesting.
    SR: Yeah. My mother and father are musicians; my grandfather was a musician. I'm a third generation musician. My mother taught violin in Chicago, you see? And my father was a singer with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, traveled around the world. My mother's a graduate from Howard University in Washington, DC; my father's a graduate of Fisk University in Tennessee. And then I studied... [Laughter] ...I was a musician at ten years old. I mean, I was always performing. By fifteen I was a professional.
    DB: And how did you select the New England Conservatory?
    SR: Well, I was there... I was... Actually, it was the Boston Conservatory, for me. Yes—that's where Alan Hov... that's where Professor Hovhaness was—the Boston Conservatory.
    DB: It's difficult to find information about those years, because it's not well...
    SR: ...documented.
    DB: Yes, exactly.
    SR: It's documented, but where are they? [Laughter] That's the problem. I mean, everything's documented, but where those files are is another problem.
    DB: You know, at that time... He was married six times, and the names of his first four wives are not even known, because he didn't talk about it, you know? I think by the '50s he was on his fifth wife.
    SR: [Laughter] I didn't know that. [Unintelligible]
    DB: And another thing you might be interested in is that he claimed to travel, with his mind, among the planets.
    SR: [Laughter]
    DB: And so, in that way, he's very similar to Sun Ra in his conception of... kind of universal...
    SR: Right, right! I remember him mentioning things like that. I remember him mentioning things like that.
    DB: Oh, yeah—he was into a cosmic conception of music, so... And at that time were you aware that he was drawing on many kinds of world music and non-Western musics in his compositions?
    SR: Yes, that's really... that's one of the main things that he always lectured about to us, anyway, so I mean that was part of his particular overall philosophy of music.
    DB: And is that why you and some of the other students were attracted to study with him instead of some of the other professors?
    SR: That was the main reason, that he was going past the traditional. He was the only one there that would be considered, in a sense, avant-garde. You know, the other teachers were straight down, straight-down traditional. He was the only one that was... There were three... four professors teaching composition. And he was the only one that was open... I forget how he announced it. He was clearly different from the other three composers there.
    DB: Can you remember the names of any of the other three?
    SR: There was a... I remember one, that was Chinese. His name was Lee, I think—that's the only one I remember.
    DB: Okay.
    SR: [Laughter] How could I forget? I mean, a composer, a Western concert music composer, that was Chinese! Impossible—I mean Lee! [Laughter] It's coming back to me after all these years. He was Chinese, and his name was Lee. But there were two others. One was like theory and composition, and then those other ones—you know, two composers—and Professor Hovhaness was like world music. A different category than the other two European concert music composers.
    DB: And after you graduated, did you ever have any contact with Hovhaness in the intervening years?
    SR: No, no, I didn't, but he did do some lectures in New York when I was there, and I went up to see him and speak to him. And then there's quite a few, at least one or two documentaries on him, when I was there... I was in New York when he did them.
    DB: The documentaries... when were those made? Because we've found two that were made around the 1990s in Seattle, where he lived.
    SR: Yeah, yeah... well, that might be the earliest, then. That might be the earliest. 1990. That sounds kind of late, you know, because I think... I remember something in the '70s, too.
    DB: Oh, I wish we could find those.
    SR: Yeah. [Laughter] You know, that's... one good thing about these things, nobody really destroys anything. If it isn't destroyed by fire, it's hidden somewhere. You know?
    DB: Well, we certainly hope so.
    SR: Of course, yes.
    DB: And...
    SR: I don't remember any fires, I mean, that destroyed anything in the Conservatory, so it's somewhere else, someplace. That's one thing about academics, they don't throw anything away. [Laughter] You know what I mean?
    DB: Yes.
    SR: It's somewhere, you know? Did you, have you contacted Boston Conservatory yet?
    DB: No, because I was under the impression it was the New England Conservatory that you were studying at.
    SR: [Laughter] Wrong school! Don't do a thing like that. The Boston Conservatory is also connected with Berklee School of Music now. Berklee and Boston Conservatory are combined, in a sense. I mean, in order to get a degree from Berklee, you have to go to finish up your work at Boston Conservatory.
    DB: I see.
    SR: So when you get ready to go that far... Berklee, I mean—then you transfer to Boston Conservatory so that you can get your degree.
    DB: So were you in graduate school or an undergraduate?
    SR: No, I was in school before Berklee. Berklee was still Schillinger School—Schillinger House—when I was studying there, you know? A lot of students were there when I was: Jaki Byard was there, Quincy Jones, Alan Dawson—you know, a lot of good musicians were studying at the same time that I was there.
    [Beatrice Rivers enters]: Joe Gordon...
    SR: Joe Gordon. And the guy that pretty much... [asks wife:] what's that bandleader's name who played trumpet? Teaches at [Unintelligible]...
    Beatrice: Herb Pomeroy?
    SR: Herb Pomeroy. He pretty much made Berklee School of Music. So it was all at the same time, these things are happening there. It was quite an interesting period in Boston.
    DB: Do you feel that Hovhaness had any influence on the direction that you later took in your compositions?
    SR: Of course. That was one of the reasons I went there, because I was interested in zeroing in on European concert music. That was it, it was there, what he was planning on teaching. So things for orchestra, or when he needed a larger... they all had their own particular orchestra, in a sense. Professor Hovhaness was the one that was the most open as far as world music was concerned, because he wasn't really European anyway. I mean, I'm not sure if he's considered European... no, he's not European. His music is more like world music than like European concert.
    DB: Yes, the Armenian style, and he played the piano in a very Middle Eastern style.
    SR: Right—it's Middle Eastern music. Middle Eastern classical concert music—that's what it technically should be called, you know? Concert music, because the big difference between concert music and folk music—I mean, here we have, you know, concert music, and we have pop music, which is folk. Of course, the situation is in every culture.
    DB: And were you also playing jazz at that time, when you were studying?
    SR: At the same time; yeah, I was working at nights.
    DB: And do you know what he thought about jazz?
    SR: Who?
    DB: Do you know what Hovhaness thought about jazz?
    SR: No, we never mentioned it. We never mentioned it.
    DB: [Laughter]
    SR: I went to school, and I went to work in jazz. No, he never mentioned it. It was a different instrument, because I played saxophone in a jazz thing, you know? And I was playing in the school symphony—I was playing viola, like I said. But the main difference was you know, playing in the symphony is different. Say you're working two, three hours... working in the symphonic, and later... about two, three, or four hours later going to play jazz. Jazz musicians, their skills weren't that... now they are—but playing in tune was really, you know, it got after you... [screams in mock exasperation]... I'd be screaming at the guy to tune up, because after playing in the symphony, it was very disturbing! But now jazz musicians are pretty much there, you know? So, yeah, everybody plays in tune now, so... But it wasn't part of the thing, playing in tune. They're trying to play and think about ideas, more than playing in tune. I mean, ...[Laughter]... like classical music thinks about playing in tune more than ideas! It's just the opposite, you know?
    DB: Can remember any of the other students' names who were studying with Hovhaness the time you were there—if any of them went on to be famous as well?
    SR: Yes—Gigi Gryce.
    DB: And was he a composer, or instrumentalist?
    SR: Composer. Yes—he studied composition. He worked with a lot of groups; he wrote some music for Stan Getz and quite a few other musicians.
    DB: [Did you have] any other stories that came to mind when I called to ask you originally if you could remember anything interesting; anything like a funny story, or anything you could remember about your studies with Hovhaness.
    SR: Well, no, not really; like I said, he wasn't a very talkative person. He was a ...sometimes he would... he was very precise in the sense that he would really get upset with some of the students who made unnecessary mistakes. He was very sharp on that—precision is important. You know, if something was written... I mean like that, he was open to different things, but he was very critical. Other times... it all depends on the composition itself. [Laughter] Yeah.
    DB: When you went to Boston Conservatory were you right out of high school?
    SR: No, I was right out of the Navy.
    DB: The Navy. So that was the first university that you attended?
    SR: No, I was already... I had almost graduated from Dallas Christian College in Texas before I volunteered for the Navy, because I was getting ready to graduate from college, and they sent me to report to the officers' training school. [Unintelligible]
    DB: So that would've been just after World War II?
    SR: It was World War II. Yeah, man—19..., and that was fifty... it was only fifty years ago, and I was 20 then. Like I say, I'm 81 now... [Unintelligible] ...the things I did... [Unintelligible] ...you get in perspective.
    DB: ...Thank you for taking the time to remember these things.
    SR: Yes. Good—thank you; it's good for my brain, you know what I mean, to try to recall things. [Laughter]
    [Sam Rivers Interviewed by telephone by David Badagnani, March 9, 2005 / Total time: 21:05]
    ———

    1949:

    "Nineteen forty-nine found Gordon in a bop sextet with Sam Rivers, working regularly at Louie's Lounge on Washington Street.
    The pianist was Jimmie Martin, who led an Eckstine-inspired big band of local significance. Rivers was also on the Martin band,
    and he vividly recalled Gordon's strong solos, and his unison playing with valve trombonist Hampton Reese. (Reese later served
    as B.B. King's music director for almost 25 years)."
    ["The Joe Gordon Story, Part 1: Boston", www.troystreet.com/tspots/2017/05/14/joe-gordon-story-part-1]
    ———

    [At the Boston Conservatory of Music] 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 Nov 19, 2004; www.independent.co.uk]
    ———



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    Vladimir Simosko:
    "Saw you noted... 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, two violins, two violas, cello, piano, bass, and drums. Serge's mother (Margaret) gave him
    $600.00 for special arrangements, which were mostly standards arranged by Nat Pierce, Sonny Truitt, and some others. They spent at least
    six weeks rehearsing and played two 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 and 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...."

  • 50.03.18 - Sam Rivers and His Lionel Hampton All Stars: Sam Rivers (reeds), Goody Goody (tp), Sunny Truitt (tb),
    Art "Flying Home" Foxal, Jonnie Chase, Roy Scott, Lucious Bryant, Milt Gold, Ed Burke, Gato Rivers, others... /
    Hotel Merrimack, Lowell, MA [Nashua Telegraph Mar 18, 1950 p.7]


    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 1950s 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]
    ———

    Sam Rivers: 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. 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—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 ... 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 place
    called Club 47 near 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 50s, was in a hotel in the black section
    of Miami that is now called ‘Overtown.’ It was the Sir John. I stayed there and there was a big club (Billie Holiday appeared there for
    a minute) and a small lounge. The lounge was where everything happened. It did go till 7:00 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..."
    —Anonymous 05.12.29
    ———

    Returned to Boston in 1958 and joined 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]
    ———

  • 58.00.00 - 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 a 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 (Life Time, 64.08.21) was in '64. It was the first record that Blue Note had ever made of free,
    avant-garde music.
    ["Tony Williams: Still The Rhythm Magician" Down Beat May 1, 1989; Down Beat Magazine Archive]
    ———




1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

The 21st Century...

2010


    1960:

    Trombonist Gene DiStasio led the Monday night house band at the Stable in Boston 1960-62.
    [Richard Vacca, "Hal Galper Live at the Stable, 1962" Mar 8 2017, www.troystreet.com]
    ———

    Mark Whitecage :::
    "While I was down there [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, Connecticut,
    and started working on my own thing."
    [A great Mark Whitecage interview, Cadence Vol.23 no.10 October 1997, p.8]
    ———


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 Street. 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 Dec 19, 1996]
    ———

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


  • 61.06.24 - Herb Pomeroy and His Orchestra: Pomeroy (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Ray Santisi (p), Larry Richardson (b), Alan Dawson (dr), others... /
    Boston Arts Festival, Public Garden, Boston, MA [The Boston Globe Jun 25 p.7]
    "Herb Pomeroy's band was outstanding. A tight 13-piece group, well-rehearsed, and alive with a driving rhythm section,
    it can thrill almost any audience with its brilliance..." —Fr. Norman J. O'Connor The Boston Globe
  • 61.10.17 - Herb Pomeroy and his Orchestra featuring Sam Rivers / The Jazz Workshop, The Stable, Boston, MA
    [Boston Globe display ad October 15, 1961 p.A73]
    "Every Tuesday & Thursday night:"
    —I'm only listing those dates that I find actual sources for. —RL
  • 61.10.19 - Herb Pomeroy and his Orchestra featuring Sam Rivers / The Jazz Workshop, The Stable, Boston, MA [ibid]
  • 61.10.31 - Herb Pomeroy and his Orchestra featuring Sam Rivers / The Jazz Workshop, The Stable, Boston, MA
    [Boston Globe display ad October 29, 1961 p.A73]
  • 61.11.02 - Herb Pomeroy and his Orchestra featuring Sam Rivers / The Jazz Workshop, The Stable, Boston, MA [ibid]
  • 61.11.14 - Herb Pomeroy and his Orchestra featuring Sam Rivers / The Jazz Workshop, The Stable, Boston, MA
    [The Boston Globe display ad Nov 12 p.A80]
  • 61.11.16 - Herb Pomeroy and his Orchestra featuring Sam Rivers / The Jazz Workshop, The Stable, Boston, MA [ibid]

61.12.14 • (V/A) Tadd Dameron: Blue Note Records Presents The Lost Sessions

Blue Note Connoisseur Series 7243 5 21484 2 4 (CD) 1999 [+Europe];
Blue Note TOCJ-66072 (CD) 1999 Japan
[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, with no indication which have
 been issued: "The Elder Speaks," take 5 and tk 7; "Bevan Beeps," take 18 and tk 19;
 "Lament for the Living," take 22 and tk 29; "Aloof Spoof," take 31 and tk 34

Donald Byrd (tp), Curtis Fuller (tb), Julius Watkins (frh), Sam Rivers (ts),
Cecil Payne (bar), Tadd Dameron (p, Arr), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (dr)

{Blue 7243 5 21484 2 4; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli}


1962 : : :


62.04.09 • Gene DiStasio Quintet [AR—5:09]

April 9, 1962 / The Stable, Boston, MA

1. Blues (Theme) [5:09]
—"This tune started side 2 on the [reel-to-reel] tape..."

"DiStasio, Rivers, and Galper were all members of the Herb Pomeroy big band, stepping out of it on Monday nights to explore different sounds."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Gene DiStasio (tb), Hal Galper (p), John Neves (b), Peter Littman (dr)

{Richard Vacca, "Hal Galper Live at the Stable, 1962" Mar 8 2017, www.troystreet.com}


  • 62.09.00 - Hal Galper Trio: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Galper (p), Tony Williams (dr) / Atlantic House, Cape Cod, MA [ibid]
  • 62.11.01 - Jimmy Tyler Trio: Tyler and Rivers (ts), unknown others... / Shanty Lounge, Boston, MA [The Boston Globe Nov 1 p.20+41]
    "Now playing The Fabulous Tenor Saxe [sic] of Sam Rivers, Guest of Jimmy Tyler Trio..."
    —Richard Vacca in Boston Jazz Chronicles has "Jim Mellen's Shanty Lounge...opened in June 1961 with a jazz policy,
     and Sam Rivers and Jimmy Tyler both had groups there...," but display ad implies Rivers playing with the JT Trio.
     Also unclear is how long the engagement was for.

    December, 1962:

    "The place as far as I was concerned was Connolly's Stardust Room on Tremont and Ruggles Streets in the South End. Maybe because
    it was the first place I was old enough to get into... 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]
    ———


1963 : : :


    "We used to jam in a loft space in Boston's Haymarket Square. That was the place of Dave and Bobby Kapp—Byard and I was working
    a six-nighter in the combat zone at the Golden Nugget. After 1:00am we [Byard, Rivers, Yancy] would all meet and jam until sun up.
    It's that quiet little laugh that he had, now I think it was kind of musical."
    [Youseff Yancy, Facebook posting 13.12.26]
    ———


1964 : : :


    Early 1964:

    "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 Dec 19, 1996]
    ———

    Featured with the Sam Rivers Quartet was a 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 away from 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.
    [blogs.orlandosentinel.com/community_altamonte_blog]
    ———

    Sam Rivers: 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]
    ———



Sam Rivers with the Miles Davis Quintet ::: 64.04.03 to 64.07.15

    "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

    "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]

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

  • 64.04.03 - Miles Davis Quintet: Davis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (dr) /
    Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA [ibid]
  • 64.05.07 through 64.05.12 - Miles Davis Quintet: as above / Village Vanguard, NYC [ibid]
  • 64.07.00 - Miles Davis Quintet / Birdland, NYC [Oakland Tribune Jul 12, 1964 p.EL13]
    "...This month when Birdland reopened. The club was overflowing on opening night, and almost as large a crowd was present the next night."

    On The Japan Tour dates:

    There have been unsubstantiated claims of additional sessions with Rivers during the Japan tour.

    "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... 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.’"
      A-Group—Modern Jazz
      Miles Davis Quintet: Sam Rivers, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Anthony Williams.
      J.J.Johnson All Stars: 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, and others.
      B-Group consisted of Gene Krupa All Stars, Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies,
      Dukes of Dixieland, Edmond Hall, and Dakota Staton.
      C-Group of Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra Jr., Pied Pipers,
      Jeanne Thomas, and Louis Bellson.
      A-group only, June, 1964:
      10th - Nagoya (Nagoya shi Koukaido)
      11th - Osaka (Osaka Festival Hall)
      12th - Tokyo (Hibiya-Yagai-Ongakudou)
      13th - Osaka (Osaka Festival Hall)
      14th - Tokyo (Tokyo Shinjuku Kousenenkin Hall)
      15th - Kyoto ( Kyoto Maruyama Ongakudo)
      —Kuniharu Itoh 02.06.10


Photo from Swing Journal
edition of December, 1991 p.57
    "I'm sorry but Miles only played three days—July 12, 14 and 15. I have from Japanese friends the information
    that Miles only played at the... three 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 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 halfway between Kyoto/Osaka and Tokyo.
    And Osaka is pretty close to Kyoto but a hundred miles away from Tokyo, so the 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 remember performing in Osaka, Tokyo, and Kyoto..."
    —Sam Rivers 02.06.09

    Despite there being 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 (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (dr) /
    Nagoya shi Koukaido, Nagoya, Japan
    "My acquaintance (Mr. Kuniharu Ito is introduced. he is actually hearing the concert of Nagoya on July 10th."

    64.07.11 - Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Davis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (dr) /
    Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
    [Tosiyuki Nomoto 02.05.00]

64.07.12 • Miles Davis Quintet: Moment (1964 Japan Tour Definitive Edition)

Heavy Blow Records HB-001/002 (2-CD, Unofficial Release) 2004 Japan
—1st Session [See also 64.07.15]
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Starlight In Black Live
    Mega-Disc no issue # (CD, Unofficial Release) 2009 Japan
    "MD Legendary Collection Series"
  • Miles Davis Quintet: The Unissued Japanese Concerts
    Domino Records 891212 (2-CD, Unofficial Release) 2011 Europe
    —1st Session [See also 64.07.15]
  • Miles Davis Quintet [SBR—39:01]

July 12, 1964 / Hibiya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Unofficial Releases:
1. Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma) [11:02]
2. So What (Davis) [8:40]
3. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) [10:53]
4. Walkin' (R. Carpenter)—The Theme [9:33]
5. Announcement (Teruo Isono) [0:08]
Starlight In Black Live and The Unissued Japanese Concerts
 do not include closing announcement.
Soundboard Recording:
 band warming up [0:06]
1. Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma) [10:44]
2. So What [8:23]
3. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) [10:29]
4. Walkin' [8:52]
5. The Theme [0:19]
 closing announcement [0:08]
Miles Davis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (dr)

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


    64.07.13 - Miles Davis Quintet [Rumored Broadcast Recording] 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 02.06.05
    There is no evidence for this concert having occurred. —RL

64.07.14 • Miles Davis: Miles in Tokyo

1969: CBS/Sony SONX 60064-R (LP) Jpn; SONT 52028 (7" Reel-to-Reel, 4-track Stereo) Jpn; CBS/Sony SONE 70064-R (7" EP, 33rpm) Jpn;
1972: CBS/Sony SOPL 162 (LP, SX68MARK II Series) Jpn; 1977: CBS/Sony 25AP 762 (LP) Jpn; 1981: CBS/Sony 18AP 2064 (LP) Jpn;
1983: CBS/Sony 23AP 2564 (LP, "Miles Greatest Collection 25") Jpn; 35DP 67 (CD, sub- "Miles Davis Live in Concert");
1986: CBS/Sony 32DP 529 (CD, "Miles Davis Greatest on CD 20") Jpn; 1984: CBS/Sony 28AP 2838 (LP, "Miles Digital Mastering Series") Jpn;
1990: CBS/Sony CSCS 5146 (CD, Miles The Greatest Series) Jpn; 1994: Tristar 80873 (CD); 1996: Sony SRCS 9112 (CD) Jpn;
Sony SRCS 9112 (CD, Ltd. Edition, Master Sound Series) Jpn; 1997: Sony 65335 (CD); 1998: Limited Edition No.058/M3-98 (CD) Russia;
2001: Sony Int'l SRCS 9746 (CD, Ltd. Edition, Master Sound Series) Jpn; 2005: Columbia CK 93596 (CD); Sony SICP 824 (CD) Jpn;
Columbia/Legacy COL 519508 2 [+ 5195082001] (CD) Eur; Jazz Heritage Society 5190832 (CD); Columbia/Legacy 5190832 (CD);
Sony BMG 88697381082 (CD) Russia; 2006: Sony Music Japan Intl SICP 1213 (CD, Ltd. Edition, Original Jacket Collection) Jpn;
2008: SBME Special 726680 (CD) Jpn; 2009: Sony SICP 20056 (Blu-spec CD, Ltd Edition) Jpn; 2014: CBS/Sony SICP-4017 (CD)
  • Miles Davis: The Miles Davis
    1969: CBS/Sony SONP 50164-165 (2-LP) Jpn
  • Miles Davis: Greatest Hits
    1970: CBS/Sony SONX 60127 (LP) Jpn
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Heard 'Round the World
    1983: CBS Records C238506 (2-LP); CBS 88626 (2-LP) Eur [+ Netherlands];
    C2 38506 (2-LP) Can [+ New Zealand]
    [1983 2-LP issue includes Miles in Berlin with Wayne Shorter on reeds from 64.09.25]
  • Miles Davis: Milestones: New York/Berlin/Tokyo
    1999: Jazz Door JD 12113/4 (2-CDr, Bootleg) Germany
  • Miles Davis: The Complete 1963-64 Columbia Recordings
    2004: Mosaic Records MQ10-226 (10 Q-LPs, #ed Ltd Edition 3,000 copies)
  • Miles Davis: Seven Steps—The Complete Columbia Recordings... 1963-1964
    2005: Columbia/Legacy C7K 90840 (7-CD Box) [+ Europe]
  • The Best of Seven Steps—The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964
    2005: Columbia CK 93585 (CD); 519510 2 (CD) UK; SICP 853 (CD) Jpn
  • Miles Davis: The Original Jacket Collection
    2006: Sony SICP 1201/37 (37-CD Box, Ltd. Edition DSD CDs) Jpn
  • Miles Davis: Master Collection
    2013: Sony SICP 30341-30368 (Blu-spec CD2 Luxury Box, Ltd Edition) Jpn

July 14, 1964 / Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan

 introduction, Teruo Isono [1:11]
1. If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) [10:21]
2. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers) [12:57]
3. So What (Davis) [8:09]
4. Walkin' (R. Carpenter) [9:21]
5. All of You (Cole Porter) / Go-Go (theme) [12:42]
CBS/Sony SONE 70064-R (7" EP) has tracks 3 and 4.
Miles in Tokyo EP SONE 70064-R has tracks 3 and 4.
The Best of Seven Steps has track 1.
The Miles Davis has track 3.
Greatest Hits has track 5.

—Also obscurely referenced is an additional unissued track, Stella by Starlight.

"The author of the [Live in Tokyo] liner notes mentions that Davis did three concerts with
Rivers in the quintet in Japan. This disc is taken from the second concert. It was released
somewhat later than the concert itself, and he talks about how he remembered the version
of ‘My Funny Valentine,’ and how pleased he was that they got it on tape.

He also talks about the trouble Davis had finding a saxophonist for his band at that time.
He had wanted Shorter for a few years, but Shorter kept turning him down.

The notes go on to say that Tony Williams recommended Rivers, but that Rivers and Davis
did not get along musically. Rivers was musically more ‘outside’... Davis could handle that
type of music, but Miles was also interested in keeping his music commercially accessible.
Rivers also was not interested... in playing things like ‘My Funny Valentine.’

The first concert supposedly did not go well. Rivers was playing outside, Davis was playing
inside, and the thing did not jell. [By] the second concert... the two men tried to reach
a musical accommodation with each other... The result is a unique document.

At the third concert, the musical compromise fell apart..." —Bill Sakovich

"Contrary to the liners... quoted, I'd have to suggest that to my ears the Kyoto concert
was superior to Tokyo. A private tape was circulating... and I've listened to both concerts
in order. Both private tapes (Tokyo was not yet released) were in excellent fidelity
and the tunes were almost the same..." —Vladimir Simosko

Images, top to bottom:
Miles in Tokyo SONX 60064-R (1st LP cover)
Miles in Tokyo SONT 52028 (Reel-to-Reel)
The Complete 1963-64 Columbia Recordings MQ10-226 (10 Q-LPs)
Seven Steps—The Complete Columbia Recordings... 1963-1964 C7K 90840 (7-CD Box)

Miles Davis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (dr)

{CSCS 5146; JD 12113/4; www.plosin.com/milesAhead}









64.07.15 • Miles Davis Quintet: Moment (1964 Japan Tour Definitive Edition)

Heavy Blow Records HB-001/002 (2-CD, Unofficial Release) 2004 Japan
—2nd Session [See also 64.07.12]
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Kyoto 1964
    Mega-Disc no issue # (CD, Unofficial Release) 2009 Japan
    "MD Legendary Collection Series"
  • Miles Davis Quintet: The Unissued Japanese Concerts
    Domino Records 891212 (2-CD, Unofficial Release) 2011 Europe
    —2nd Session [See also 64.07.12]
  • Miles Davis Quintet [AR—49:41]

July 15, 1964 / Maruyama Ongaku do, Kyoto, Japan

Unofficial Releases:
1. If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) [11:19]
2. Oleo (Sonny Rollins) [6:10]
3. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) [9:49]
4. Walkin' (R. Carpenter) [7:43]
5. All of You (Cole Porter) [10:51]
6. Seven Steps to Heaven "Cut" (V. Feldman, Davis) [2:44]
Audience Recording:
1. If I Were a Bell [10:35]
2. Oleo [5:25]
3. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) [9:00]
4. Walkin' [7:20]
5. All of You [9:40]
6. Seven Steps to Heaven [2:30]  (incomplete, cuts out at end)
Miles Davis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (dr)

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





    "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"

    [Ebony Oct 1964 p.127, text p.129; Dan Plosin's "Miles Ahead Sessions", www.plosin.com/milesAhead]



64.08.21 • Anthony Williams: Life Time

1964: Blue Note BLP 4180 (mono LP); 1973: BST-84180/BLP-4180 (LP); 1977: BNS40018 (LP) UK; 11C 07460086 (LP) Port;
1978: GXK 8026—BST84180 (LP, Masterpiece Selection 150) Jpn; 5C 038 60086 (LP) Neth; 1982: BST-84180 (LP) Fr;
1984: BST 84180—BNJ 71043 (LP, New Wave In Jazz) Jpn; 1987: CDP 7 84180 2 (CD);
1995: CDP 7 84180 2 (CD, Ltd. Edition, BN Collector's Choice); TOCJ-4180 (CD, BN Works 4100 Series) Jpn;
1999: 7243 4 99004 2 4 (CD, RVG Edition) [+ Eur]; 2003: TOCJ-9365 (CD, Ltd Edition, 24-Bit RVG mini-LP w/ OBI) Jpn;
7243 4 99004 2 4 (CD, RVG Edition) Eur; 2006: TOCJ-6681 (CD, Ltd Edition, BN Best 1500 Series #281) Jpn;
unknown: BSTF 84180 (LP) Fr
  • Maiden Voyage: Modern Mainstream No. 2
    unknown: BN W-5513 (LP)
  • (V/A) Les Années Blue Note—The Avant Garde, 1963-67
    1996: 854194 2 (2-CD) Fr;
    1998: Blue Note 7243 4 96384 2 6 (2-CD, "The Blue Note Years Volume 5")
    —1st Session [See also 64.12.11]
  • (V/A) The Blue Note Years—60 Years 1939/1999
    1998: Blue Note 7243 4 96427 2 0 (14-CD Boxed Set)
    —1st Session [See also 64.12.11]
  • (V/A) The Blue Note Years, 60 Years 1939/1999
    1998: Blue Note 7243 4 96427 2 0 (14-CD Boxed Set)
  • (V/A) 100 Best Of Blue Note
    2011: EMI Music Belgium 50999 9053032 6 (10-CD Box Set) Eur
        [+ 50999 0270790 7]
  • (V/A) 100 Best Of Blue Note Volume 4
    2011: EMI Music Belgium 50999 0269682 9 (2-CD) Eur
  • (V/A) 75 Blue Note
    2014: Universal Classic Jazz France 535 5292 (5-CD) Fr
    —1st Session [See also 64.12.11]

August 21, 1964 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Two Pieces of One: Red [10:36]   master #1417, take 5
2. Two Pieces of One: Green [8:03]   master #1418, take 7
3. Tomorrow Afternoon [5:30]   master #1419, take 9
Maiden Voyage, The Avant Garde, 60 Years 1939/1999,
100 Best Of Blue Note, 100 Best Of Blue Note Vol.4,
 and 75 Blue Note all have track 3.

—Three other tracks sans Rivers were recorded 64.08.24.
    Tony Williams Interview from Down Beat:
    TW: 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, playing 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.
Images, top to bottom:
Life Time original LP cover
Life Time GXK 8026—BST84180 OBI madness (LP, Masterpiece Selection 150)
Les Années Blue Note 854194 2 (2-CD)

Sam Rivers (ts), Richard Davis (b-1,2), Gary Peacock (b), Anthony Williams (dr, Comp)
Life Time CDP 7 84180 2 erroneously lists Davis only on track 3.



{BST 84180; CDP 7-84180-2; RVG Edition 7243 4 99004 2 4; Blue Note 7243 4 96384 2 6;
"Tony Williams: Still The Rhythm Magician," Down Beat May 1, 1989}


    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 written 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 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
    committed to Wayne Shorter. So the deal was that when Wayne left Art Blakey, I was supposed to go with 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 (b), Barry Altschul (dr), others? / The October Revolution, Cellar Cafe, NYC
    [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]."
    —The October Revolution, Bill Dixon's four-day festival, led to the birth of The Jazz Composers' Guild and The Jazz Composers' Orchestra.

64.11.12 • Larry Young: Into Somethin'

1964: Blue Note BLP 4187 (mono LP); BST 84187 (stereo LP);
1983: K18P 9235—ST-84187 (LP, Ltd Edition, Blue Note Masterpiece Vol.2) Jpn;
1993: BST 84187 (LP, Ltd Edition, Rare Groove Series) Jpn;
1995: TOCJ-4187 (CD, Works 4100 Series) Jpn;
1995: CDP 7243 8 21734 2 7 (CD, Ltd Edition, Connoisseur); TOCJ-4187 (CD) Spn;
2000: TOCJ-9196 24-BIT (CD Ltd Edition, 24-Bit RVG) Jpn;
2005: TOCJ-6543 (CD, Ltd Edition, BN Best 1500 Series #143) Jpn;
2007: BLP 4187 (LP, Ltd Edition HQ-vinyl);
2012: Music Matters MMBST-84187 (2-LP, 45rpm, Ltd Edition, 180g vinyl);
2014: UCCQ-5063 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn;
2016: Elemental Music ERLP 1048 (LP, 180g vinyl) Eur
  • Larry Young: The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Larry Young
    1991: Mosaic MD6-137 (6-CD, Ltd Edition 7,500);
    Mosaic MR9-137 (9-LP, Ltd Edition 7,500)
  • (V/A) So Blue, So Funky—Heroes of the Hammond
    1991: Blue Note CDP 7965632 (CD) Eur [+ BNZ 267, UK];
    TC-B4 96563 (CS) UK & Eur; B1-96563 (2-LP) [+ UK];
    1995: Blue Note/Capitol 0777 7 96563 2 5 (CD, "True Blue Reissue #5") Can
    [+ BNZ 267, UK]; CDP 0777 7 96563 2 5 (CD, retitle "Blue Funk");
    1999: 5168232 (CD, Jazz Heritage); 0777 7 96563 2 5 (CD)
  • (V/A) Le Paris Bleu
    1992: Blue Note CDP 7991002 (CD, mono) UK & Eur
  • Larry Young: The Art of Larry Young
    1992: Blue Note/Capitol CDP 0777 7 99177 2 3 (CD)
  • (V/A) Blue Note's Six Vital Organs—Home Of The Hammond
    1996: Blue Note 7243 8 53234 2 3 (CD, Blue Notables Vol. 12) Neth
  • (V/A) Have Guitar, Will Travel, featuring Grant Green
    1996: Blue Note TOCJ-6067 (CD) Jpn
  • Grant Green: Retrospective 1961-1966
    2002: Blue Note 7243 5 40851 2 3 (4-CD)
  • (V/A) Hip Hammond & Soulful Grooves
    2009: Blue Note/EMI 00946-357689-2-3 (2-CD, BN Explosion) Eur

November 12, 1964 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Plaza De Toros (Green) [9:35]   master #1464, take 3
2. Tyrone (Young) [9:36]   master #1465, take 5
3. Backup (Young) [8:35]   master #1466, take 9
4. Paris Eye (Young) [6:38]   master #1467, take 10
5. Ritha (Young) [6:52]   master #1468, take 22
Blue Note's Six Vital Organs; So Blue, So Funky;
Six Vital Organs; and Hip Hammond & Soulful Grooves all have track 1.
The Art of Larry Young has track 2.
Retrospective 1961-1966 has tracks 1 and 2.
Have Guitar, Will Travel has track 3.
Le Paris Bleu has track 4.
Into Somethin' release CDP 7243 8 21734 2 7 (Connoisseur Series) and Mosaic's
The Complete Blue Note Recordings are the only versions that include track 5.
 All other releases had a trio version of this composition sans Rivers of 6:43.

Images, top to bottom:
Into Somethin' original LP cover
Mosaic's The Complete Blue Note Recordings...
Have Guitar, Will Travel

Larry Young (org), Sam Rivers (ts), Grant Green (g), Elvin Jones (dr)

{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...
    [Ted Panken Interview, WKCR, 1997]
    ———

64.12.11 • Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song

1965: Blue Note BLP 4184 (mono LP); BST 84184 (stereo LP) 1965;
1973: BST-84184 (LP, Label w/ black b Blue Note logo) [+ white b BN logo];
1977: GXK 8020 (LP, Masterpiece Selection 150) Jpn;
1981: World Record Club R-09986 (LP) Aus [+ 1982 & '83];
1984: BST 84184 (LP) Fr; BN GXK8020 (LP) Jpn;
1985: BNJ 71044 (LP) Jpn; 1995: TOCJ-4184 (CD, BN Works 4100 Series) Jpn;
1998: TOCJ-4184 (CD, BN Collection) Spn;
2000: TOCJ-9232 (CD, 24-Bit RVG Ltd Edition mini-LP) Jpn;
2003: 7243 5 90413 2 2 (CD, Ltd Edition, Connoisseur) [+ 7243 5 93874 2 0, Eur];
2009: TOCJ-7168 (CD, RVG Edition) Jpn;
2011: Music Matters MMBST 84184
    (2-LP, 45rpm 180g vinyl gatefold, The Definitive 45 RPM Reissue Series);
2013: Heavenly Sweetness HS079VL (LP, 180g vinyl) Fr;
2016: B0024362-01 (LP, 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative);
    UCCQ-9274 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn
  • 40 Years of Jazz—The Best of Blue Note, Box 4
    1983: Blue Note/EMI 1A 158-83395/8 (4-LP) Neth
  • (V/A) The Amazing Shoichi Yui, Volume 2
    1985: Blue Note PRP-8269 (LP, Promo);
    1998: Toshiba EMI SPCD1607 (CD Sampler) Jpn
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions
    1996: Mosaic MD3-167 (3-CD, #ed Ltd Edition);
        Mosaic MQ5-167 (5-LP, #ed Ltd Edition)
      —1st Session [See also 65.05.21; 66.10.11; 67.03.17]
  • (V/A) Les Années Blue Note—The Avant Garde, 1963-67
    1996: 854194 2 (2-CD) Fr;
    1998: Blue Note 7243 4 96384 2 6 (2-CD, "The Blue Note Years Volume 5")
      —2nd Session [See also 64.08.21]
  • (V/A) The Blue Note Years—60 Years 1939/1999
    1998: Blue Note 7243 4 96427 2 0 (14-CD Boxed Set)
      —2nd Session [See also 64.08.21]
  • (V/A) A Blue Conception
    2001: Blue Note/EMI 534 2542 (CD) UK
  • (V/A) Jazz History, Volume 3: Avant Garde 1963-68
    2003: Blue Note —no release# (2-CD) SoKor
  • (V/A) Blue Note Saxophone High-Lights
    2004: Blue Note 7243 874631 2 7 (3-CD) Eur
  • (V/A) The Best Of Blue Note at Umbria Jazz 1973/2005
    2005: EMI 0946 3 30973 2 2 (2-CD) Italy
  • (V/A) Blue Note Trip—The 12-CD Collection
    2005: Blue Note 74461 (12-CD) Neth
  • (V/A) Blue Note Trip—Jazzanova—Lookin' Back/Movin' On
    2005: Blue Note/EMI 30498 (2-CD, jewel) [+ digipak promo];
        BTE 30594 (2-LP); 74461 (2-CD, BN Trip) Eur;
        Blue Note/EMI 74617 (2-LP) UK [+ Neth]; 74464 (2-CD) Neth;
        Gala Records 094635798920 (2-CD) Rus;
    2013: Music on Vinyl MOVLP742 (2-LP, 180g vinyl) Neth
  • (V/A) Lounge Trip Tempo
    unknown: MP3SERVICE no release# 062 1703541 (CDr, Unofficial) Rus
        (Boot of Blue Note Trip—Jazzanova, "Lookin' Back" section.
  • (V/A) Hans Mantel—Highlights Blue Note (A Groove Selection by...)
    2009: Blue Note 50999 6062832 9 (8-CD Box) Eur
  • (V/A) 100 Best Of Blue Note
    2011: EMI Music Belgium 50999 9053032 6 (10-CD Box Set) Eur
        [+ 50999 0270790 7]
  • (V/A) 100 Best Of Blue Note Volume 4
    2011: EMI Music Belgium 50999 0269682 9 (2-CD) Eur
  • (V/A) Beat Takeshi & Blue Note
    2013: Universal Music UICZ-1494/5 (2-CD) Jpn
  • (V/A) 75 Blue Note
    2014: Universal Classic Jazz France 535 5292 (5-CD) Fr
      —2nd Session [See also 64.08.21]
  • (V/A) Blue Note Saxophone Tracks Vol. 2
    Blue Note 062 1703541 (LP) Grc unknown

December 11, 1964 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

 1. Fuchsia Swing Song [6:00]   master #1487, take 3
 2. Cyclic Episode [6:55]   master #1488, take 6
 3. Luminous Monolith [6:28]   master #1488, take 10
 4. Luminous Monolith [6:36]  alternate take, take 12
 5. Ellipsis [7:39]   master #1490, take 15
 6. Downstairs Blues Upstairs [8:06]  alternate take 1, take 17
 7. Downstairs Blues Upstairs [7:44]  alternate take 2, take 18
 8. Downstairs Blues Upstairs [7:46]  alternate take 3, take 19
 9. Downstairs Blues Upstairs [5:31]   master #1491, take 20
10. Beatrice [6:10]   master #1492, take 23
Fuchsia Swing Song has tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 10.
 Mosaic's The Complete Blue Note... recordings, and Fuchsia Swing Song releases
 7243 5 90413 2 2 and 7243 5 93874 2 0 (US + European Connoisseur Series);
 TOCJ-7168 (Japanese RVG Edition); and UCCQ-9274 (Japanese Ltd Edition),
 are the only versions that have all 10 tracks.
The Amazing Shoichi Yui has a brief 1:21 excerpt of track 1.
Beat Takeshi and A Blue Conception have track 1.
A Blue Conception has track 2.
40 Years of Jazz; Les Années Blue Note—The Avant Garde, 1963-67;
The Blue Note Years, Volume Five; 100 Best Of Blue Note;
100 Best Of Blue Note Volume 4; and 60 Years 1939/1999 all have track 3.
Umbria Jazz 1973/2005 has track 9.
Blue Note Trip—Jazzanova; Blue Note Trip 12-CD Collection;
Lounge Trip Tempo;  Highlights Blue Note; Saxophone High-Lights;
75 Blue Note;  and Saxophone Tracks Vol. 2 have track 10.

Images, top to bottom:
Fuchsia Swing Song original LP cover
1981 Australian release World Record Club R-09986 (LP)
2003 European release 7243 5 93874 2 0 (Connoisseur CD) tray liner
The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions on Mosaic
The Amazing Shoichi Yui compilation CD.

Sam Rivers (ts, Comp), Jaki Byard (p), Ron Carter (b), Anthony Williams (dr)





{MD3-167; MQ5-167; Blue Note 96384; BN 90413; Blue Note Discography, Cuscuna & Ruppli; random web sources}


1965 : : :


  • 65.02.28 - Jazz Composer's Guild Orchestra: Sam Rivers (ts), Marion Brown, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Lyons, and John Tchicai (as), Steve Lacy (ss),
    Fred Pirtle (bar), Mike Mantler (tp), Joseph Orange and Roswell Rudd (tb), Buell Neidlinger and Alan Silva (b),
    Lowell Davidson and Carla Bley (p), Paul Motian (dr) / Contemporary Center, NYC
    —1. Radio (Carla Bley); 2. Communications no. 4 (Mantler)
    [Dixonia, a Bio-discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young, August 1998, Greenwood Press—Producer p.362 U65-0228]

65.04.03 • Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue

1965: Blue Note BLP 4198 (mono LP); BST 84198 (stereo LP);
1967: BLP-4198/BST-84198 (LP) [+ variant title font above spindle];
1972: 84198 (LP w/ 84198 on cover, ST-84198 back, BST-84198 labels);
1973: BST-84198 (LP, with BLP-4198/BST-84198 on back);
1975: BST-84198 (LP, black BN logo on labels) [+ 1977 w/ white BN logo];
1978: GXK 8024 (LP, Masterpiece Selection 150) Jpn;
1987: CDP 7 46537 2 (CD); D 112556 (CD, BMG Club);
    BLJ 84198 (LP, MetalMaster) [+ Fr LP w/ blue header on spine];
1995: CDP 7 46537 2 (CD, Collector's Choice); TOCJ-4198 (CD, Works 4100) Jpn;
2002: 7243 5 35586 2 8 (CD, RVG Edition) [+ UK & Eur];
2003: TOCJ-9367 (CD, 24-Bit mini-LP RVG Edition) Jpn;
2005: BLP 4198 (LP); 2008: TOCJ-7178 (CD, RVG Edition) Jpn;
2013: Elemental Music ERLP 1003 (LP, Ltd Edition, 180g vinyl) Eur;
2015: UCCQ-5114 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral
    1979: Blue Note LT-996 (LP, BN Classic); LBR 1029 (LP, "The Jazz File") UK; 31C 052 82960 (LP, BN Classic) Brz; 1981: GXK 8178 (LP, "Unissued Masters, Part 2") Jpn; 2009: LT-996 (LP, Reissue); 2012: TOCJ-50280 (CD, Ltd Edition, BN Classic, BNLT 999)
  • (V/A) Blue Note Sampler Vol. 3
    1980: Blue Note/United Artists UALP21 (LP, Promo) UK
  • (V/A) Pop #4—Jazz Vol. 2
    1996: Tidningen Pop POP 004 (CD, Promo only) Swd
        (Tidningen Pop subscribers only, very Ltd Edition)
  • Bobby Hutcherson: The Best of the Blue Note Years
    2001: Blue Note 31325 (CD, 24-Bit) [+ UK 531 3252 and Fr PM 516]
  • (V/A) A Blue Conception
    2001: Blue Note/EMI 534 2542 (CD) UK
  • (V/A) That's Blue + Painters Talking—Sidetracks Vol. 7
    2006: Blue Note/EMI Belgium 0946 3770152 2 (CD) Bel
  • (V/A) Rollins' Choice
    2010: Blue Note 50999 9177792 8 (2-CD) Neth
        (A Henry Rollins'-choice compilation.)

April 3, 1965 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Catta (Hill) [7:15]   master #1556, take 3
2. Jasper (Hill) [8:27]   master #1557, take 11
3. Idle While (Chambers) [6:35]   master #1558, take 18
4. Ghetto Lights (Hill) [6:12]   master #1559, take 24
5. Les Noirs Marchant (Hill) [6:35]   master #1560, take 29
6. Dialogue (Chambers) [9:58]   master #1561, take 30
Dialogue has tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
 Only 1987 releases CDP 7 46537 2 and D 112556 (BMG Club);
 1995 release CDP 7 46537 2 (Collector's Choice); the 2002 RVG
 and 2003 TOCJ-9367 24-Bit RVG Editions; 2008 RVG reissue TOCJ-717;
 and Masterworks UCCQ-5114 contain all six tracks.
That's Blue + Painters Talking has track 1.
Spiral has track 2.
Sampler Vol.3 has a [3:57] excerpt of track 2.
Pop #4 and The Best of the Blue Note Years have track 4.
A Blue Conception and Rollins' Choice have track 5.

Images, top to bottom:
Dialogue original LP cover
Spiral 1981 Japanese reissue GXK 8178
Spiral 2012 Japanese reissue TOCJ-50280

Bobby Hutcherson (vb, mba-6), Sam Rivers (ts-1,2, ss-4, bcl-2,4,6, fl-3,5)
Freddie Hubbard (tp), Andrew Hill (p), Richard Davis (b), Joe Chambers (dr)

{D112556}





  • 65.04.09 through 65.04.11 - Jazz Composers Orchestra / Contemporary Center, NYC
    [www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/McIntyre/mkm-disc.htm; Dixonia p.366]
    Conflicting information exists regarding workshop performances/rehearsals held between April 9 and 11, 1965. Participation
    of Bob Zottola (t), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), and Tony Williams (dr) is uncertain, but mentioned by Ben Young in Dixonia.

    —Session on 65.04.10 released as Jazz Composers Orchestra: Communication, Fontana 661 011 ZY (LP).
    Personnel: Carla Bley and Bill Dixon (Cond), Bob Carducci (ts), Robin Kenyatta and Jimmy Lyons (as), Makanda Ken McIntyre (as, bcl, fl),
    Steve Lacy (ss), Fred Pirtle (bar), Perry Robinson (cl), Ray Codrington and Michael Mantler (tp), Roswell Rudd (tb), Paul Bley (p),
    Kent Carter and Steve Swallow (b), Barry Altschul (dr).

65.05.10 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—51:15]

May 10, 1965 / WGBH-TV, Boston
WGBH-TV Broadcast; WKCR-FM Broadcast, "Sam Rivers Festival" 07.05.21

 announcement by host Randy Weston [0:14]  (over 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 has "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 was a Monday.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Hal Galper (p), Larry "Lanky" Richardson (b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{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

1965: Blue Note BLP 4206 (mono LP); BST 84206 (stereo LP);
1967: BST 84206 (LP, Liberty Label); 1973: BLP-4206/84206 (LP) Jpn;
1977: BST-84206 (LP, Reissue); 1978: BNST 36509 (LP) It;
2004: 73163 (CD, Ltd Edition, Connoisseur) [+ 66744 Connoisseur UK and Eur];
2010: Heavenly Sweetness HSV037VL (LP, 180g vinyl) Fr;
2015: Blue Note UCCQ-5116 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn
  • (V/A) Out of the Blue: The Art of the Improvisers
    1995: Blue Note CDP 8354142 (CD) UK;
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions
    1996: Mosaic MD3-167 (3-CD, #ed Ltd Edition);
        Mosaic MQ5-167 (5-LP, #ed Ltd Edition)
      —2nd Session [See also 64.12.11; 66.10.11; 67.03.17]

May 21, 1965 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Point of Many Returns [9:18]   master #1582, take 6
2. Dance of the Tripedal [10:06]   master #1583, take 10
3. Mellifluous Cacophony [8:57]   master #1584, take 12
4. Euterpe [11:42]   master #1585, take 18
5. Mellifluous Cacophony [9:00]  alternate take, take 25
Contours has tracks 1 through 4.
 Mosaic's The Complete Blue Note... recordings, and Contours Connoisseur
 releases 73163 and 66744; and Blue Note UCCQ-5116 are the only versions
 that have all five tracks.
The Art of the Improvisers has track 1.

—Master #1584 is misspelled "...Cacaphony" on original issue.

"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 Jan 1, 1997 Vol.64 No.1 p.59]

Images, top to bottom:
Contours BLP-4206/84206 1973 Japanese reissue LP cover
The Art of the Improvisers 1995 UK compilation
Contours BLP-4206/84206 1973 Japanese reissue OBI
—(Front sleeve has 84206; back has BLP-4206/84206; OBI has BST-84026)

Sam Rivers (ts-2,3,5, ss-1, fl-4, Comp), Freddie Hubbard (tp),
Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Joe Chambers (dr)


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





  • 65.05.23 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Anthony Williams (dr) /
    Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD [Jeff Zeitz posting to Miles-list 98.01.10]

65.08.12 • Anthony Williams: Spring

1965: Blue Note BST 84216 (LP) Fr;
1966: BLP 4216 (mono LP); BST 84216 (LP);
    BLP-4216/BST-84216 (LP, 2nd pressing);
1970: BN 84216 (LP, Liberty Records, with label BIEM mark);
1973: BLP-4216/BST-84216 (LP);
1977: GXK 8007 (LP, Masterpiece Selection 150) Jpn
    [+ LP w/ OBI, "100 Years of Recorded Sound"];
1985: BST 84216 (LP, Cadre Rouge Audiophile Edition, MetalMaster) [+ Fr];
    BNJ 71075 (LP, 4000 Series Original Collection 100) Jpn;
    SGD-70 (LP w/ OBI, Gold of G.D. 100) Jpn;
1986: CP32-5238 (CD, Ltd Edition, CD Super 50) Jpn;
1987: CDP 7 46135 2 (CD);
1997: TOCJ-4216 (CD, BN Works 4200 Series) Jpn;
2000: TOCJ-9233 (CD, Ltd Edition, 24-Bit RVG mini-LP) Jpn;
2009: 61538 (CD, RVG Edition) [+ Eur];
2014: BST 84216 (LP, 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative)
    [+ Eur, 180g vinyl + mp3, "Back to Blue"];
2015: UCCQ-5117 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn;
unknown: BST 84 216 K (LP) Ger
  • (V/A) Blue Bossa—Blue Note Special 1963-1965
    1982: K18P 9128 (LP) Jpn
  • Herbie Hancock: Blue Note
    1993: Musica Jazz/EMI 4789372 (Musica Jazz CD) It
        Supplement to Musica Jazz Magazine, Issue No.12 December 1993
  • (V/A) Hans Mantel—Highlights Blue Note (A Groove Selection by...)
    2009: Blue Note 50999 6062832 9 (8-CD Box) Eur

August 12, 1965 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Extras [8:07]   master #1642, take 2
2. Tee [10:25]   master #1643, take 4
3. From Before [6:50]   master #1644, take 6
4. Love Song [8:22]   master #1645, take 18
Blue Bossa and Herbie Hancock: Blue Note have track 3.
Highlights Blue Note has track 4.

Images, top to bottom:
Spring original LP cover
GXK 8007, Japanese LP release from 1977, Masterpiece Selection 150
+ OBI

Sam Rivers (ts), Wayne Shorter (ts-1,2,3), Herbie Hancock (p-3,4),
Gary Peacock (b), Anthony Williams (dr, Comp)

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





1966 : : :


  • 1966:

    Panken: For how long before doing this had you felt this way? I'm curious about how your academic background
    and cultural background as a German led to some of the pedagogical concepts at CMS.
    Karl Berger: What really got me going on this, I started teaching at the New School. John Cage had a course there, and he left,
    and I applied, and funny enough, I got the job, and I started an improvisation class there. I realized everybody had timing problems,
    so I started to get into time, beat-for-beat attention and all that. One of our mainstays at that time [when I came here in '66] was a job
    with Young Audiences. There was a group led by the drummer Horacee Arnold, and there was Reggie Workman, Sam Rivers, myself,
    and Mike Lawrence was the trumpet player—and we would go to all the schools, playing for sixth-graders.
    [Berger, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM NYC, October 24, 2008, tedpanken.wordpress.com]
    ———


  • 66.01.09 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss fl), Hal Galper (p), Phil Morrison (b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Club 47, Cambridge, MA [Ebay poster listing; The Boston Globe Mar 2 p.54]
    "Periodically appear here..."
  • 66.02.25 and 66.02.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss fl), Hal Galper (p), probably Phil Morrison (b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    The Loft Coffee House, Boston, MA [The Justice Feb 23 p.4]

66.03.07 • Sam Rivers: Involution

1975: Blue Note BN-LA453-H2 (2-LP, BN Re-Issue Series);
    BST 84 491/92 XC (2-LP, BN Re-Issue Series) Ger
  —1st Session [See also 67.03.17]
  • (V/A) Radio NOVA—explore Blue Note
    2008: Blue Note/EMI 2162092 (CD) Fr
  • (V/A) Everyday Blue Note
    2010: Blue Note TOCJ-66531 (CD) Jpn
  • Andrew Hill: The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-1966)
    1995: Mosaic MQ10-161 (10-LP 180g vinyl, #ed Ltd Edition 5,000);
        MD7-161 (7-CD, #ed Ltd Edition 5,000)
      —1st Session [See also 67.03.17]
  • Andrew Hill: Change
    2007: Blue Note 85190 (CD, Ltd Edition, Connoisseur Series)
        [+ Blue Note/EMI, Eur];
        Blue Note/BMG D 171639 (CD, Ltd Edition, Connoisseur Series, Club)

March 7, 1966 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Violence [11:04]   master #1708, take 1
2. Violence [7:00]  alternate take, take 3
3. Hope [7:15]   master #1709, take 5
4. Illusion [5:52]   master #1710, take 7
5. Desire [6:31]   master #1712, take 16
6. Desire [8:30]  alternate take, take 18
Involution has tracks 1, 3, 4, and 5.
Radio NOVA and Everyday Blue Note have track 4.

This was actually an Andrew Hill Quartet session that was 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 Blue Note BLP 4233, BLP indicating that [both] a mono and a stereo
issue were planned." —Gerritt Stolte

Images:
Involution original LP cover
Andrew Hill's Change, Connoisseur Series CD

Sam Rivers (ts), Andrew Hill (p, hps-1,2,3 under bass solos, Comp),
Walter Booker (b), J.C. Moses (dr)

{BN-LA453-H2; MD7-161; MD10-161}




  • 66.04.26 through 66.05.01 - Andrew Hill Quartet: Hill (p), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Don Garrett (b), Oliver Johnson (dr) /
    Both-And, Oakland, CA [Oakland Tribune Mar 31 p.28F + Apr 24 p.7EN + Apr 27 p.28 + May 1 p.5EN, for various details and aspects...]
    "An extended engagement."

  • San Francisco Examiner
     May 1 Datebook p.19

  • 66.05.03 through 66.05.08 - Andrew Hill Quartet: as above / Both-And, Oakland, CA [ibid]
    "Sounds of fury from instrument and voice bounced around the Both/And on Divisadero last night... Unfortunately, for this engagement
    Hill brought along only reed performer Sam Rivers with him from the east. Though local bassist Don Garrett and drummer Oliver Johnson
    are working more smoothly with Hill and Rivers than they were last week, the depth and imaginative ensembles of the Blue Note recordings aren't captured by this current quartet... The group didn't really solidify until some young rebels started reading verse from Soulbook 1, an outspoken Negro activist publication, through the microphone." —No mention of the poet's identities, or whether this was a one-off occurence.
    [San Francisco Examiner May 5 p.39]
  • 66.05.10 through 66.05.15 - Andrew Hill Quartet: as above / Both-And, Oakland, CA [ibid]
  • 66.05.17 through 66.05.22 - Andrew Hill Quartet: as above / Both-And, Oakland, CA [ibid]
  • 66.00.00 - Andrew Hill Quartet: Hill (p), Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Richard Davis (b), Joe Chambers (dr) / No venue or locale info
    [Musica Jazz on-line index, June, 1966 p.19]
  • 66.06-07.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: unknown, probably Rivers (ts, ss, fl) with Hal Galper (p), Herbie Lewis (b), and Steve Ellington (dr) / Connolly's, Roxbury, MA [The Boston Globe Jun 30 p.24]
    "Sam Rivers and his quartet in action this week..."

  • 66.07.02 - Bill Dixon Quintet: Dixon (tp, flg), Ken McIntyre (as, bcl), Louis Brown (ts), Bob Cunningham (b), Tom Price (dr),
    Judith Dunn (dance) / Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
    Rivers not on this date:

    In the program documentation part [on] p.271 the lineup is Dixon, Rivers (ts and bcl), Silva, Murray—that is, missing McIntyre.
    Two different lineups have been listed for this date: [Audience Recording] ‘Pomegranate Parts 1-6 (Dixon) [38:27]’
    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..."
    —Lukas Lindenmaier

    "Just checked interview with Bill Dixon and he confirms what was evidently on your reel." [Dixon, McIntyre, Brown, Cunningham, Price] —Clifford Allen

    {Dixonia, a Bio-discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young, August 1998, Greenwood Press—Dixon-Dunn p.98 R66-0673;
    CD-R; Lukas Lindenmaier 05.09.11; Clifford Allen 14.07.05;}


    66.08.21 - (CANCELLED) "Due to absence of Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Richard Davis, Joe Chambers..." /
    Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society, 4:00pm, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD [Baltimore Afro-American Aug 20 p.22]
  • 66.08.30 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel listed) probably Rivers (ts, ss, fl) with Hal Galper (p), Herbie Lewis (b), and Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Slugs' Saloon, NYC [The New York Times Aug 30, 1966 p.34]

66.10.11 • Sam Rivers: A New Conception

1966: Blue Note BLP 4249 (mono LP); BST 84249 (stereo LP);
1970: BST 84249 (LP, Reissue);
2011: BLP 4249/84249 (LP) Eur;
2012: Heavenly Sweetness HSV 054 (LP, 180g vinyl) Fr;
2014: Blue Note TYCJ-81055 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn;
2017: UCCQ-9309 (CD, Ltd Edition, The Masterworks, Top 50) Jpn
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions
    1996: Mosaic MD3-167 (3-CD, #ed Ltd Edition);
        Mosaic MQ5-167 (5-LP, #ed Ltd Edition)
      —3rd Session [See also 64.12.11; 65.05.21; 67.03.17]
  • AFRTS Basic Musical Library, P Series
    1968: AFRTS P-10644 (LP)
        Armed Forces Radio and Television Service
        Shelf no.LPA 23967 / Genre(s) Popular music—1961-1970

October 11, 1966 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. I'll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe) [5:55]   master #1783, take 5
 The Touch of Your Lips  (unissued)
2. That's All (Haymes, Brandt) [5:37]   master #1784, take 17
3. When I Fall In Love (Heyman, Young) [5:48]   master #1785, take 18
4. What a Difference a Day Makes (María Grever) [6:17]   master #1786, take 21
5. Detour Ahead (Ellis, Carter, Frigo) [5:08]   master #1787, take 23
6. Temptation (Brown, Freed) [7:36]   master #1788, take 24
7. Secret Love (Fain, Webster) [7:31]   master #1789, take 25
AFRTS Basic Musical Library has tracks 1, 3, and 7.

—Discography in Mosaic booklet lists Master #1875 as take 17
 and omits Master #1784 alltogether.

Images:
A New Conception 2012 release Heavenly Sweetness HSV 054
OBI labels on Japanese releases UCCQ-9309 (2017) and TYCJ-81055 (2014)

Sam Rivers (ts-1,4,5,6,7, ss-1,3,5,6,7, fl-6,7,8), Hal Galper (p),
Herbie Lewis (b), Steve Ellington (dr)
—AFRTS P-10644 has "Steve Ellinton".

{MD3-167; MQ5-167; Library of Congress Database}




  • 66.10.23 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts), Hal Galper (p), Herb Lewis (b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD [home.earthlink.net/~eskelin/leftbank.html]

1967 : : :


  • 67.00.00 (unknown dates) - Jay Clayton, together with her husband, percussionist Frank Clayton, presented Jazz at the Lispenard Loft
    in their home in SoHo in about 1967. "We would present concerts right there. I had a piano, I had a sound system, we would make little
    flyers, and we presented concerts." They would charge $1.25 for people to come hear music. 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.
    [www.jazzitalia.ne; "Jeannette talks to Jay Clayton," Jeannette Lambert Video Interviews]

67.02.10 • Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select #16

2005: Mosaic Records MS-016 (3-CD, Ltd Edition, Mosaic Select)
    —1st Session [See also 67.10.31]

February 10, 1967 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Prevue [6:14]   master #1834, take 2
2. Yomo [10:02]   master #1835, take 5
3. I [7:30]   master #1836, take 8
4. Awake [7:05]   master #1837, take 9
5. Now [4:40]   master #1838, take 11
Sam Rivers (ts-2,3,4,5, ss-1, fl-3), Robin Kenyatta (as),
Andrew Hill (p-2,3,4,5; org-1,2, Comp), Cecil McBee (b),
Nadi Qamar (kalimba-2, African drum-2,3, perc-1,5), Teddy Robinson (dr)
—Nadi Qamar aka Spaulding Givens

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



67.02.20 • Nat Jones Quintet [Rehearsal Recordings]

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 takes
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 (sans Rivers). Both sets were rehearsals for that record...
Not all the guys that were there for the rehearsals/jams did the record."

Nat Jones (p), Sam Rivers and Bennie Maupin (reeds), Cecil McBee (b), Sonny Brown (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


67.03.17 • Sam Rivers: Involution

1975: Blue Note BN-LA453-H2 (2-LP, BN Re-Issue Series);
    BST 84 491/92 XC (2-LP, BN Re-Issue Series) Ger
  —2nd Session [See also 66.03.07]
  • (V/A) Blue Note Re-Issue Sampler
    1976: Blue Note SP-128 (LP, Re-Issue Series) [+ Can, UK]
  • Sam Rivers: Dimensions and Extensions
    1986: Blue Note BST 84261 (LP) [+ Fr]; 4BN 84261 (CS);
    1988: CDP 7 84261 2 (CD);
    1995: CDP 7 84261 2 (CD, Reissue, Ltd Edition BN Collector's Choice);
    2000: BCD 0054 (CD, Ltd Edition mini-LP, RVG Remaster Promo ONLY) Jpn;
    2008: 50999 2 15364 2 7 (CD, RVG Edition) [+ Eur];
    2014: UCCQ-5009 (CD, 24 Bit Ltd Edition, The Masterworks) Jpn
  • Sam Rivers: The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions
    1996: Mosaic MD3-167 (3-CD, #ed Ltd Edition);
        Mosaic MQ5-167 (5-LP, #ed Ltd Edition)
      —4th Session [See also 64.12.11; 65.05.21; 66.10.11]

March 17, 1967 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Paean [5:21]   master #1858, take 10
2. Precis [5:18]   master #1859, take 20
3. Helix [5:29]   master #1860, take 25
4. Effusive Melange [5:47]   master #1861, take 32
5. Involution [7:10]   master #1862, take 33
6. Afflatus [6:25]   master #1863, take 34
Blue Note Re-Issue Sampler has track 3.

"This material was previously released in 1976 as part of a double album
Involution (BN-LA453-H2). It is now issued here, for the first time, with
the cover art and catalogue number, as originally intended by Blue Note in 1967."

Images:
Re-Issue Sampler LP cover
Dimensions and Extensions original LP cover

Sam Rivers (ts-2,3,4,6, ss-1, fl-5, Comp), James Spaulding (as, fl),
Donald Byrd (tp), Julian Priester (tb), Cecil McBee (b), Steve Ellington (dr)



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


  • 67.03.19 - Andrew Hill Octet: Hill (p, as, Comp), Sam Rivers and Robin Kenyatta (reeds), Richard Davis (b),
    Nadi Qumar (African drum, perc), unknown (cga), two unknown (dr) / 4:30pm (actual start around 8:30), Judson Hall, NYC
     "The concert was scheduled for 4:30 in the afternoon. Those who arrived on time were advised that the concert had been postponed until 6:30.
     Those who returned at 6:30 waited more than an hour and a half before Nadi Qumar... came out on stage and began strumming and plucking
     an instrument made of several sets of amplified strings set in a round frame. ... By the time he had finished one long selection, Mr. Hill
     and his friends were ready to start.
     The music played by this octet was by Mr. Hill, and bore such titles as ‘Unity’ and ‘Now’... Even when the four drummers were not
     intentionally placed in the musical foreground, they maintained such a tumultous cannonading that they buried Mr. Hill's occasional passes
     at the piano, and only the shrillest bleats of the saxophonists could rise above the accompanying thunder. The only soloist who was granted
     surcease from the percussionists was Mr. Davis, the bassist.
     The concert was presumably intended to serve as a showcase for Mr. Hill as both pianist and composer. From his recordings, it is evident
     that he has much to offer in both fields. But only the merest hint of this could be gleaned from the clamorous performances that were
     offered at Judson Hall."
     [John S. Wilson "Hill and Friends Wail at Judson" The New York Times Mar 20, 1967 p.26]

  • 67.06.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss fl), Hal Galper (p), unknown, perhaps Herb Lewis (b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Connolly's, Roxbury, MA [William Buchanan "On The Beat" The Boston Globe Jun 9 p.35]
    "Tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers couldn't make the Wednesday night show on Channel 2, but he's playing nightly with his group at Connolly's..."

67.10.31 • Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select #16

2005: Mosaic Records MS-016 (3-CD, Ltd Edition, Mosaic Select)
  —2nd Session [See also 67.02.10]

October, 31 1967 / Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

1. Oriba (first version) [5:38]   master #1977, take 3
2. Mother's Tale [9:27]   master #1978, take 7
3. Enamorado [6:07]   master #1979, take 14
4. For Blue People Only [9:34]   master #1980, take 15
5. Oriba (second version) [6:12]   master #1981, take 20
—"Oriba (second version)" was listed in previous discographies as "Requiem for Truth,"
 and has been corrected for the Mosiac Select release.

Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,4,5, ss-2,3), Robin Kenyatta (as), Woody Shaw (tp), Howard Johnson (bar-hn-4, tu-1,2,3,5),
Andrew Hill (p, Comp), Herbie Lewis (b), Teddy Robinson (dr)

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


  • 67.11.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: unknown personnel /
    5:00pm, East Village, NYC [Christopher Carville 14.07.27]

  • 67.11.18 Andrew Hill Septet: Hill (p),
    Sam Rivers and Bobby Brown (reeds), Woody Shaw (tp),
    unknown others / Village Theater, NYC
    [The New York Times Nov 20, 1967 p.58]

1968 : : :


  • 68.02.10 - Sam Rivers, Bill Barron, and Bennie Maupin (reeds), + "All-Star Rhythm Section" / 5:00pm, Slugs', NYC
    [gig poster, Carville 14.07.30]

68.00.00 (1) • Bill Dixon Free Conservatory Orchestra [Dixonia Archival Recording—82:10]

unknown date, 1968 / University of the Streets, New York City

—"Much of 1968"...
1. Large Orchestra Piece 1 [29:00]
2. V + VI rehearsal reel [17:50]
3. "XP" (untitled) [18:00]
4. "XY" (untitled) [17:20]
—"XP" and "XY" were given for identification only; the other titles are on original tape boxes.

"Dixon was involved in the UOTS for around a year, perhaps beginning in late 1967 and continuing into the fall of 1968... The music above comes
from rehearsals... At least "XP" and "XY"—and possibly all of these pieces—were recorded in the first quarter of 1968." —Dixonia—Dixon-Dunn p.125

Bill Dixon (tp, Leader, Comp), Arthur Doyle (ts), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Leopanar Witlarge (as), Monty Waters (b-natural ss), Dave Chamberlain (ss, fl),
Marzette Watts (bcl), Sonny Clark (bar), Leo Jones and Jacques Coursil (tp), Clifford Thornton (cor), Richard Dunbar (frh), Sonny Simmons (enhn),
Sam Burtis, Wesley Whittaker (tb), John Buckingham (tu), Warren Chiasson (vb), Susan Elrauch (mezzo-soprano voc)

{All info from Dixonia, a Bio-discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young, August 1998, Greenwood Press—Dixon-Dunn p.124 R68-0000}


68.00.00 (2) • Bill Dixon Free Conservatory Orchestra [BR—46:14]

unknown date, 1968 / (probably) University of the Streets, New York City

1. unknown title [43:02]   (possibly "Intents and Purposes," mentioned in interview)
 Dixon interview segment [3:12]   (incomplete, cuts in, cuts out)
Bill Dixon (tp, Leader, Comp), Sam Rivers (reeds), others possibly as in 68.00.00 (1) above.

{CD-R}


  • 68.07.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: (no personnel info) / 5:00pm, Slugs', NYC [gig poster, Carville 14.07.30]

    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]
    ———

68.12.13 • Steve Tintweiss & His Purple Why [Archival Recording]

Steve Tintweiss Archive ST0220 A & B (reel-to-reel)

December 13, 1968 / Gallery 55, Brooklyn, NY

Exorcism
1st Set:
 announcement, incense lighting [ : ]
1. Ramona, I Love You [ : ]
2. Sleeping Jungle Harlot [ : ]
3. Waltz of Eternity [ : ]
 announcement [ : ]
2nd Set:
4. Contrapuntal [ : ]
5. How Sweet? [ : ]
6. The Purple Why—Steve's Demon Blues—The Purple Why [ : ]
 announcement of Love's Triumph [ : ]
7. Exorcise Demons...Defy Superstition [ : ]
 "Playing four hours..." —Boston Sunday Globe

"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... Shelly Rusten was present and took a lot of photos
in his role as a professional photographer."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Earl Cross (tp, wood flute, whistle, cowbell), Marty Cook (tb),
Steve Tintweiss (b, va, melodica, voc, Comp), Randy Kaye (dr, voc)

{Steve Tintweiss 12.01.05; 16.09.18; Boston Sunday Globe Jan 26 p.14}


—Photos by Shelly Rusten, with permission

68.12.15 • Burton Greene Quartet [AR]

December 15, 1968 / The Scene, New York City

1st Set:
1. Creep Suite (Greene) [ : ]
 conversation with Eartha Ensel [ : ]
2nd Set:
 introduction [ : ]
2. warmup [ : ]
3. Pavanne (Gabriel Faure) [ : ]
 announcement [ : ]
3. Slurp [ : ]
—"Two sets... pending a double CD release on Porter Records."

Sam Rivers (ts, fl-1,3), Burton Greene (p),
Steve Tintweiss (b), Shelly Rusten (dr)

{Anonymous; Steve Tintweiss 18.05.19}


  • 68.12.21 - Jazz Session: Sam Rivers, Bennie Maupin, and Bill Barron (reeds), others... / 5:00pm, Slugs', NYC [Bernard Bulletin Dec 18 p.8]
  • 68.12.31 - Sam Rivers: unknown ensemble / Queens, NY [Boston Sunday Globe Jan 26 p.14]
    "A commercial job in Queens on New Year's Eve..."

1969 : : :


69.01.11 • Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost

2004: Revenant Records RVN 213 (10-CD "Spirit Box")

January 11, 1969 / Town Hall, New York City

1. Prophet John [10:53]
2. Judge Ye Not [10:16]
Albert Ayler and Sam Rivers (reeds), Don Ayler (tp), Richard Johnson (p),
Richard Davis and Ibrahim Wahen (b), Muhammad Ali (dr)

{The Spirit Box}


    1969:

    "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 ::: February 8, 1969 through November 10, 1969, 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 —129:00 & BR]

  • Cecil Taylor Unit [BR—159:28]
    Physical Item RGA 2835 B3, 1 digital sound cassette (polyester)
    Recording Laboratory, William L. Ewell, Jr. Collection (Library of Congress)

  • Cecil Taylor Unit [BR]
    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 [69:00]
2. unknown title [60:00]
 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]
RGA 2839 A2—RGA 2840 A1:
1. unknown titles [no time given]
There are two recordings at this locale in The LOC: given the personnel notes, the "1965" date on RGA 2839 A2—RGA 2840 A1
is an obvious error. The single tape listed as RGA 2835 B3 is likely an excerpted broadcast of the two-tape version. —RL

Cecil Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{RivBea 2CD-R, Reel 16; 3CD-R BR; Library of Congress Database; Andrew Galloway 02.11.28}



    "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 The Cecil Taylor Research-List.

    Cecil Taylor Previewed

    "Uncompromising Artist Presents New Jazz" by Gary Giddins, Grinnell College Scarlet and Black, Vol.LXXVI / February 7, 1969

    Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, poet, and all-around musical guru for the jazz advance guard, will be on campus February 6, 7, and 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 60s... 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 4:00pm there will be
    a lecture-discussion. Friday at 8:00pm there will be a drum workshop and at 10:00pm a poetry reading by Taylor. All of these events
    will be in the South Lounge. The concert is in Roberts, Saturday night at 8:00pm.

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



    "Controversial Concert Defended" by Molly McGuire, Grinnell College Scarlet and Black, Vol.LXXVII / February 14, 1969

    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 Coordinating 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 had they
    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: no personnel listed / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slugs', NYC [New York Magazine Apr 28, 1969 p.15]
  • 69.04.13 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slugs', NYC [ibid]
  • 69.04.20 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slugs', NYC [ibid]
  • 69.04.27 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations / 5:00 to 9:00pm, Slugs', NYC [ibid]
  • 69.07.17 - Horacee Arnold's Here and Now Company: Sam Rivers (ts), Mike Lawrence (tp), Reggie Workman (b), Roy Ayres (vbs), Arnold (dr) /
    Alumni Theatre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [The Ottawa Journal Jul 5, 1969 p.46]


69.07.28 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR—92:51]

July 28, 1969 / St. Paul de Vence, France

1. Was—Ethopie—More [92:51]   (split track at 47:11)
"I am not certain the (July 28-29) are two different concerts or the same... A note in my file claims the 28th consists of ‘three linked pieces
and 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 (p, voc, Comp), Jimmy Lyons (as, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Andrew Cyrille (dr, perc, voc)

{2CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography; Vladimir Simosko}


69.07.29 • Cecil Taylor: Nuits de la Fondation Maeght—29 Juillet 69

1971: Shandar D.R. 83507/8/9 (3-LP Box, 1st Edition) Fr;
    Shandar 10 011 (3-LP Box) Fr;
  • Cecil Taylor: Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1
    1971: Shandar 10.011 (LP) Fr; 1972: Shandar 83 507 (LP) Fr;
    1973: RCA-6085 M (LP) Jpn;
    1991: Jazz View COD 001
        (CD, Ltd Edition 2,000, Historical Masters, Unofficial Release) It
  • Cecil Taylor: Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 2
    1972: Shandar 83 508 (LP) Fr;
    1991: Jazz View COD 002
        (CD, Ltd Edition 2,000, Historical Masters, Unofficial Release) It
  • Cecil Taylor: Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 3
    1972: Shandar 83 509 (LP) Fr;
    1991: Jazz View COD 003
        (CD, Ltd Edition 2,000, Historical Masters, Unofficial Release) It
  • Cecil Taylor Quartet: The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor
    1977: Prestige P 34003 (3-LP Box, Remaster)

July 29, 1969 / Fondation Maeght, St. Paul de Vence, France
—Recording has locale as "Paris, France."
 "Recorded in St. Paul de Vence... about 30-40 km northwest of Nice in southern
 France, i.e. nowhere near Paris! ...an old error (started by Prestige)."
 —Graham L. Rogers

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]
Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 has tracks 1 and 2.
Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 2 has tracks 3 and 4.
Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 3 has tracks 5 and 6.

—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
 as "Second Art of A." Sales indicates he took this title from an LP release.



"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 completed."
[WIRE #124 June 1994 p.23]

Images, top to bottom:
The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor 3-LP Box cover
Japanese release of Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1
(the only volume to see a Japanese release)
Photo courtesy Sam Rivers

Cecil Taylor (p, voc-4, Comp),
Jimmy Lyons (as),
Sam Rivers (ts, ss),
Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{P-34003; Jazz Records—The Specialist Labels, compiled by Ralph Laing and Chris Sheridan, 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 [sic] 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]
    ———

    "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 AR]

August, 1969 / Woodstock, NY


Jeff Evangelista: "Sam has mentioned in interviews that Alan Douglas set up a jam with him and Jimi at the Woodstock retreat 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 18th.

...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 tape from this Woodstock ‘rehearsal’ period, but nothing I can identify with Sam. Jimi was definitely experimenting with playing with
Free Jazzers 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..."

{Jeff Evangelista 02.04.18 and 02.05.26}


  • 1969:

    Harris Eisanstadt: How did it come around that you and Hendrix hooked up?
    Barry Altschul: The Aboriginal Music Society, Juma Sultan. It was an African percussion ensemble plus guests, like Archie Shepp,
    Sam Rivers, Earl Cross (a trumpet player). Juma Sultan was a bass player and conga player. He's the only one who went with Jimi.
    Jimi wanted the whole group to go and nobody wanted to.
    [Destination Out Guest Post: Barry Altschul interviewed by Harris Eisanstadt, January 2013]
    ———


  • 69.00.00 - Burton Greene Quartet: Sam Rivers (reeds), Greene (p), Steve Tintweiss (b), Shelly Rusten (dr) / 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
  • 69.09.30 - Horacee Arnold's Here and Now: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Carlos Ward (as, fl), Mike Lawrence (tp), Jeanne Faulkner (voc),
    Karl Berger (vbs), Reggie Workman (b), Arnold (dr) / "Jazz-Art-Museum," The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
    [Montclarion Oct 15 p.8]
    "The program was unique in that pictures of Afro-American art by prominent black artists and sculptors were flashed on the walls
    of the museum's fourth-floor gallery. The musicians then responded by improvising through jazz what the pictures meant to them..."

69.10.12 • Burton Greene Quartet [SBR]

October 12, 1969 / Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York City

1. Kreef Suite [ : ]
 1st Movement
 2nd Movement
 3rd Movement—Blues for Viet Nam
 4th Movement
2. Woodstock Vibrations [ : ]  (solo piano)
3. Shanti Om Suite [ : ]
 1st Movement
 2nd Movement
 3rd Movement
 epilogue
4. Out of Bartok [ : ]
"Two sets... pending a double CD release on Porter Records."

Sam Rivers (reeds), Burton Greene (p), Steve Tintweiss (b), Shelly Rusten (dr)

{Steve Tintweiss 11.12.31 and 12.01.05}






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

    This incorrect 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 typically 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 [AR—91:48]

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)
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.
This second track has 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 (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography}


  • 69.10.31 - Cecil Taylor Quartet: Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr) /
    Hammersmith Odeon, London, England [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography.]
    —"No known recording, unknown titles."

69.11.02 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR & AR—18:06]

November 2, 1969 / Ronnie Scott's Club, London, England
BBC-TV Broadcast

 announcement by Ronnie Scott [0:26]
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke [6:58]
 announcement [0:18]
2. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke [10:21]
—Also noted: Audience Recording at "1 track/8:00; November, 1969; London, fragments."

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

Cecil Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{CD-R (both AR & BR); Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography}


69.11.03 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR—80:43]

November 3, 1969 / 6th Paris Jazz Festival at Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

First Concert:
 Broadcast announcement [0:25]
1. Fragments Of A Dedication To Duke [30:55]
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 (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{CD-R (1st Set incomplete at 27:12, fades in); Heinrich Smejkal; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography; Sergey Ivzhenko 17.11.04}


69.11.04 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR—27:49]

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 the level goes down, voice-over, music back up at 0:35—applause at end)
Cecil Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal}


69.11.05 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR—50:00 & BR—55:27]

November 5, 1969 / Newport Jazz Festival, Folkets Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish Radio Broadcast

Broadcast Recording:
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [55:27]  (split track at 46:45)
Audience Recording:
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [50:00]
—Track 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 (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{Broadcast CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography}


69.11.06 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR—64:47]

November 6, 1969 / Berlin Jazztage 1969, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
RBB Kulturradio, Broadcast June 19, 2009
—This Berlin session has also been mistakenly dated 69.11.11 and 69.11.30

 announcement Köhn [1:15]
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [63:25]
 applause
"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 that 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... 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.

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 and Stu Martin)
2) Steve Kuhn (with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Aldo Romano)
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 (with Lyons, Rivers, and 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...’
(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 (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, fl, voc), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

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


69.11.09 • Cecil Taylor Quartet: In Europe

1978: Jazz Connoisseur JC 111 (LP) It —Unauthorized
  • Cecil Taylor Quartet [AR & BR—57:03]

November 9, 1969 / De Doelen Concert Hall, Rotterdam, Netherlands

JC 111:
1. Improvisation 1 [22:54]
2. Improvisation 2 [21:57]
Audience & Broadcast Recordings:
 announcement
1. Fragments of a Dedication to Duke Ellington [57:03]
In Europe excerpts the opening 44:51 of this concert.

"Rumors were that the JC-111 is an edited version of the recordings from
Rotterdam on 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 turntable, note-for-note,
trill-for-trill, cymbal-splash-for-cymbal-splash through the first 8 minutes,
and there is no doubt that they are one and the same." —RL

Cecil Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{JC 111; CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography}


69.11.10 • Cecil Taylor Quartet [BR—78:42]

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 (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr)

{CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography}


    69.11.11 and 69.11.30 - Berlin / "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

      Additional Rivers with Cecil Taylor sessions: 70.01.13-18; 70.02.00; 70.03.30-31; 70.04.10; and 71.05.13.


69.12.10 • Bill Dixon Ensemble [Dixonia Archival Audio & Video Recordings—51:11]

December 10, 1969 / Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

1. improvisations [51:11]
—A public concert of two classes: Improvisation I (spring, 1969) & Improvisation II (fall, 1969) "probably including their combined membership.".

Arthur Doyle (ts, fl), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Bill Dixon (tp, flg, p), Scott Holt (b), Andrew Cyrille (dr),
+ Susan Myers, Paule Sepinuck, Megan Bierman, Erika Bro, Cheryl Niederman, Peter Stevens,
and possibly Connie Allentuck, Karen Lierley, Mary Kinal, Cathy Weiss, and Leslie Berg (movement)

{Dixonia, a Bio-discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young, August 1998, Greenwood Press—Bennington-Madison p.144 R69-1210}


69.12.11 • Bill Dixon Ensemble: Live at Bennington College

unknown: no label (12" EP, 1-sided picture-disc, Ltd Edition of 70 copies, Unauthorized) It
  • Bill Dixon Ensemble [Dixonia Archival Audio & Video Recordings—95:59]

December 11, 1969 / Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

Live at Bennington College:
1. improvisation excerpt [14:58]
Dixonia Archival Audio & Video Recordings:
1. improvisations [95:59]
—As in 69.12.10 above, a public concert of two classes:
 Improvisation I & Improvisation II (fall, 1969).

"Record is a picture disc [with] ...only a transparent plastic sleeve...
this copy is numbered 12/70 on the front bottom-right corner."
—The label on the grooved side is black and completely blank.
 The only other markings or text on the EP is a Matrix/Runout
 inscription of "MARIA A." —RL

Arthur Doyle (ts, fl), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl),
Bill Dixon (tp, flg, p), Scott Holt (b), Andre [sic] Cyrille (dr),
+ Susan Myers, Paule Sepinuck, Megan Bierman, Erika Bro,
Cheryl Niederman, Peter Stevens, and possibly Connie Allentuck,
Karen Lierley, Mary Kinal, Cathy Weiss, and Leslie Berg (movement)

{12" EP; Dixonia, a Bio-discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young,
August 1998, Greenwood Press—Bennington-Madison p.144 R69-1211}


  • 69.12.31 - Burton Greene Quartet: Greene (p), Sam Rivers (reeds), Steve Tintweiss (b), Shelly Rusten (dr) /
    "...a New Year's Eve club date." / unknown venyue, NYC [Steve Tintweiss 11.12.31 and 12.01.05]


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  • 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...", though that name
    would not be used until the Bond Street Loft would open in June, 1972. —RL
    [allmusicguide.com]
    ———


  • 70.01.13 through 01.18 - Cecil Taylor Unit: Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Andrew Cyrille (dr) / Slugs', NYC
    [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography; Village Voice Jan 15 p.20]
  • 70.02.00 - Cecil Taylor Quartet: as above / East 3rd Street Club, NYC [ibid]

70.00.00 (1) • (V/A) New American Music, Volume 1

1975: Smithsonian Folkways Records FTS 33901 (LP)
1992: F-33901 (CD-R & CS)

"Early 1970" / unknown venue
1. Shadows [11:00]  "for tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, and synthesizer."
"Shadows" is an extended composition for woodwinds in four parts. The opening
statement is for tenor sax, flute, soprano sax, and synthesizer. It is the shortest
and only completely improvised section—themes stated here are the basis for
the remaining three parts which are written although not heard in the section
recorded here. —From the uncredited liner notes

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, synth / overdubs, Comp)

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


70.00.00 (2) • Sam Rivers' Harlem Music Ensemble [Warren Smith Archival Recording]

unknown date, 1970 / Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Warren Smith (dr, perc), others...

{Warren Smith Archive cassette}


  • 70.03.21 - ATA/CBA Benefit Concert: Archie Shepp, Alice Coltrane, Sam Rivers, others... / Long Island University, Long Island, NY
    [W. S. Tkweme "Vindicating karma: jazz and the Black Arts movement" (2007) p.212, Doctoral Dissertation,
    scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations_1/924]
  • 70.04.10 - Cecil Taylor Unit: Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts), Andrew Cyrille (dr) /
    8:00pm, University Pavilion, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI [Wisconsin State Journal Mar 29, 1970 p.48]
    "A new three-part piece for the occasion."
  • 70.04.13 - An Evening with Margaret Beals: Beals (dance, Chor, voc), Bryan Dunlap (dance), Sam Rivers (reeds), Daniel Barra-Janos (perc),
    Ree Dragonette (poetry) / Cubiculo, NYC ["Margaret Beals in Dance Program" The New York Times Apr 14, 1970 p.53]
     —Pieces included "Remember Zion" and "Wild Swan and Epitaph".
  • 70.04.28 - The Here and Now Company: Sam Rivers (ts), Mike Lawrence (tp), Karl Berger (vbs), Reggie Workman (b), Horace Arnold (dr) /
    Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA [The Berkshire Eagle Apr 30 p.4]
    —One-hour concert, six seletions. "Tune In," "Sea Guise," "From Now On" (all by Berger), others...
    "The group is scheduled to give several similar concerts in the area during the next several weeks,
    under the auspices of Young Audience's school programs..."
  • 70.05.04 - The Here and Now Company: as above / Simon's Rock School, Great Barrington, MA [ibid]
  • 70.05.12 - The Here and Now Company / Keyport High School, Keyport, NJ [The Keyport Weekly May 28 p.6]
    "Berger is 'Karl Bergen' in photo caption, which reads 'Pictured doing a little improvising
    is Michael Calicari, KHS senior, right, at the drums, with Sam Rivers.'"
  • 70.07.00 Sam Rivers' Harlem Music Ensemble: Fred Kelly (ts, ss, fl), Gene Ghee (ts, fl, cl), Carlos Ward (as, fl), Hamiet Bluiett (bar, fl, bcl),
    Marvin Peterson, Charles McGee, Joe Gardner, and Robert Williams (tp), Daoud Hardon and Marvin Neal (tb),
    Bob Stewart (tu), Kiana Ziwadi (eu), Hakim Jami and Bill Wood (b), Billy Hart and Maurice McKinley (dr) /
    "Three Days of Peace Between the Ears," [July 3rd, 4th, and 5th] 8:00pm Thu-Fri, 2:00pm Sun, Studio We, NYC [Juma Sultan Archive]
  • 70.11.20 through 70.11.22 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel listed) / 9:30pm Fri-Sat, 6:00pm Sun,
    Strata Concert Gallery, Detroit, MI [Detroit Free Press Nov 15, 1970 p.27]

1971 : : :


  • 71.00.00 (1) - McCoy Tyner Quintet: Tyner (p), Sam Rivers (reeds), Charles Tolliver (tp), Eric Gravatt (dr), unknown other /
    "in concert at Slugs'," NYC [Musica Jazz Jan 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 : : :
P.S. 92 is located at 22 W 134th Street in East Harlem. Assuming that it wasn't until the RivBea days in mid-1972 that there
was a large enough facility available to rehearse any extended 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—96:58]

January 17, 1971 / P.S. 92, New York City

RivBea Archive / Reel 12
1. Shades—rehearsal recording [55:29]
 —fragment [1:12]  (perc, flute, tuba, chatter)
 —fragment [2:37]  (incomplete, cuts in)
 —SR talking [0:44]  "That was letter B..."
 —fragments [2:19]  (perc, 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)
Same composition as the ensemble is running on 71.00.00 (2) and 71.00.00 (3). Most of the fragments here are tentative (though the final
long run-through is much more assertive), and the recording itself is of higher quality than the preceding rehearsal sections. The apparently
later sessions on 71.00.00 (2) and (3) are more masterful and roaring, and the recordings are much better quality than anything here.
This composition, Shades, would soon be performed by The Harlem Ensemble at Wesleyan University, 71.00.00 (4). —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... 4 or 5 minute increments."
—Joe Washek

Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble: (personnel as listed for the Wesleyan concert)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Roland Alexander and Dave Young (ts), Rene McLean and Carlos Ward (as), Harvey Lesene (ss), Kenny Rodgers (bar),
Paul Jeffries (cl), Fred Kelly (fl), Joe Gardner, Olu Dara, Ted Daniels, and Don McIntosh (tp), Grachan Moncur, Dick Griffin, David Haroom,
and Jack Jeffers (tb), Ed Perry (frh), Bill Davis (tu), Hakim Jami (b), Jumma Sultan (cga), Warren Smith and Wilson Moorman (dr)

{2CD-R; Joe Washek 09.03.29; Reel 12}


71.00.00 (2) • Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording—42:40]

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)
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.

{CD-R; Joe Washek; Reel 15}


71.00.00 (3) • Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording—60:02]

unknown date, probably early 1971 / Rehearsal, unknown location, New York City
—Possibly at P.S. 92, at least 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]
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 Rivers' 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.

{2CD-R; Joe Washek notes, Reel 20}


  • 71.02.12 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr) / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
    "Opens Fri. 2/12" " [Display ad Boston Globe Feb 5 p.13]
    "Through Sunday" (the 14th) [Boston Globe Feb 12 p.33]

71.02.13 • Sam Rivers: Hues

1975: ABC/Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP, Quad); Impulse! IMP8007 (LP) UK;
    YQ-8505-AI (LP) Jpn
  —1st Session [See also 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—63:26]
    —Recorded by Sam Rivers and Larry Villella.

February 13, 1971 / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA

Hues:
1. Amber [4:26]
2. Turquoise [4:01]
3. Rose [5:13]
RivBea Archive / Reels 53, 54, and 55:
1. improvisation
 (ss section—13:12)
 (b+dr—2:31)
 (fl section—18:19)
 (p section—13:21)
 (b+dr—1:59)
 (ts section—13:49)
Reels are 10" recorded at 15 ips. 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 (ts-1, fl-2, p-3, Comp), Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr, perc)

{Impulse! ASD 9302; RivBea CD-R, Reels 53/54/55; Producer Ed Michel}


71.02.14 • Sam Rivers: Hues

1975: ABC/Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP, Quad); Impulse! IMP8007 (LP) UK;
    YQ-8505-AI (LP) Jpn
—2nd Session [See also 71.02.13; 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [Impulse! Studio Recordings—454:04]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—187:44]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—50:00]

February 14, 1971 / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA

Hues:
1. Chartreuse [3:17]
Impulse! Studio Recordings:
 "My work notes on these tapes indicate [9] recorded sets for February 14."
 —Session producer Ed Michel
1. First set afternoon [58:00]
2. First set evening [48:00]
3. Second set evening [55:45]
4. Reel A, undated [57:32]
5. Undated Live at The Workshop [47:00]  (+ announcement)
6. Reel Conceptualism [51:20]
7. Box B, undated, probably same [39:00]
8. Box C, undated, probably same [55:00]
 "with sitters-in John Neve (p), ‘Gordon?’ (dr), unknown (as, cl), unknown (ss)"
9. Box D [42:27]


      Japan release YQ-8505-AI LP cover.
RivBea Archival Recordings:
[Reel 6]  —corresponds to "Reel A undated" in Impulse! recordings above
1. improvisation [56:25]
 (ss section—15:13)
 (voc-fl section—17:32)
 (p section—14:24)
 (ts section—11:16)
 (announcement—0:41)
  "[Reel A] 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
  Cecil McBee and Norman Connors at the end of the set, and says ‘And that constitutes the evening’." —Joe Washek
[Reel 7]  —corresponds to "Undated Live at The Workshop" in Impulse! recordings above
2. Conceptualism [52:10]
 (ss section—12:34)
 (voc-fl section—20:06)
 (p section—15:09)
 (ts section—3:58)
  "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
  —"Conceptualism" is also circulating as an Audience Recording dated incorrectly as 71.02.21.
[Reel 26]  —corresponds to "Box B undated, probably same" in Imulse! recordings
3. improvisations [37:02]
 (applause, tune up—0:24)
 (improvisation—28:40)
 (SR announcement—1:42)
 (improvisation—6:05)
  "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 [McBee and Connors]." —Joe Washek
[Reel 10]  —corresponds to "Box D" in Impulse! recordings
4. 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)
  "The tape is on a 10-inch reel, recorded at 7.5 ips half-track... 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 [McBee and Connors] 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
Audience Recording:
1. "one continuous set" [50:00]
Sam Rivers (ss, Comp), Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr, perc)

{Impulse! ASD 9302; Producer Ed Michel}


  • 71.02.15 through 71.02.18 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr) / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
    "Opens Fri. 2/12" [Display ad Boston Globe Feb 5 p.13]
    —Others noted this period indicate a seven-day run, so through the 18th.
  • 71.03.29 through 71.03.31 - "Impulses: A concert of improvisation conceived and directed by Margaret Beals" with Sheila Jordan (voc),
    Joel Press and Sam Rivers (reeds), Gwendolyn Watson (ce), Bill Wood (b). / 8:00pm, Cubiculo, NYC
    [New York Magazine Mar 29, 1971 p.19]
  • 71.03.30 (1) - Time/ ... on & on (1971)—Ceremonial Music for Kirkpatrick Chapel: Barbara Grant (Soprano), Sam Rivers (ts, ss),
    Noel Da Costa (vn, Comp), David Drinkwater (org), + electronic tape /
    Mid-Day Recital Series, Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    [The Central New Jersey Home News Apr 18, 1971 p.71]
  • 71.03.30 (2) - Cecil Taylor Unit: Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts), Andrew Cyrille (dr) / An "informal" concert,
    8:00pm, Marycrest Hall, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
    [Press release from March 23, 1971, Revised Schedule for Cecil Taylor In-Residence Program, ecommons.udayton.edu/news_rls/8339;
    The Journal Herald Mar 31, 1971 p.40]
  • 71.03.31 - Cecil Taylor Unit: as above / 8:15pm, Kennedy Union Ballroom, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH [ibid]

  • 71.04.02 through 71.04.04 (CANCELLED) - Cecil Taylor Unit: Taylor (p), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Alan Silva (b), Andrew Cyrille (dr) /
    Strata Concert Gallery, Detroit, MI [Detroit Free Press Apr 2 p.18 + Apr 3 p.28; Fifth Estate Apr 1-14 p.22+31]
    "To play an Antioch College date..." where Taylor was Visiting Professor of Music and Artist in Residence during the Fall quarter. —RL

71.04.08 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—48:00]

April 8, 1971, 9:00pm / The Muse, Brooklyn, NY

1. improvisation [48:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Hakim Jami (b), Clifford Jarvis (dr)

{John S. Wilson The New York Times Apr 11, 1971 p.57; Anonymous}


  • 71.04.26 Jazz Composer's Orchestra Rehearsal: Sam Rivers (reeds, Comp, Cond), 25-piece orchestra / 7:30pm, Public Theater, NYC
    [The New York Times Feb 24, 1971 p.35]
  • 71.04.30 - Horacee Arnold's Here and Now Company: Sam Rivers (ts), Mike Lawrence (tp), Reggie Workman (b), Roy Ayres (vbs), Arnold (dr) /
    8:00pm, Tillet Hall, Livingston College of Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ [The Central New Jersey Home News Apr 29, 1971 p.50]
    —No personnel listed other than Arnold and Rivers.
  • 71.05.13 - Cecil Taylor Ensemble "The Mendota Players": Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Sam Rivers (ts, fl), Bobby Zankel, Tom Lachmund,
    Craig Putrumpetura, Herman Milligan, Douglas Harris, Bob Kaufman, and David Birkin (reeds), Sam Lobel and Estelle Katz (cl),
    Karen Borca (bsn), Carla Poole (fl), Steve Levi and Karyl Wolfe (tp), Jeff Crespi (b), Ken Miller (dance), Clifford Sykes (tmp),
    Andrew Cyrille (dr) / Hunter College, NYC [Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons Sessionography]
  • 71.05.17 - Time/ ... on & on (1971)—Ceremonial Music for Kirkpatrick Chapel: Barbara Grant (Soprano), Sam Rivers (ts, ss),
    Noel Da Costa (vn, Comp), David Drinkwater (org), + electronic tape / 8:30pm, Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    [The Central New Jersey Home News May 14 p.5]
    "First complete performance."
  • 71.05.21 through 71.05.23 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ron Brooks (b), Dan Spencer (dr) /
    9:30pm Friday and Saturday, 6:00pm Sunday, Strata Concert Gallery, Detroit, MI [Detroit Free Press May 21 p.18]

71.06.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—48:00 & RivBea Archival Recording—79:18]

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

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]
  "[‘Reel 8’] 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 performances
  excerpted on Hues (71.02.13 and 71.02.14).
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]  —Rivers at the end of the 2nd Set: "We're going to come back in about fifteen minutes with some more music."
  "[‘Reel 9’] 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 ambient sound of this recording leaves little doubt in my mind
  that it was recorded there."
  —Joe Washek, March 2009
Audience Recording:
1. "one continuous set" [48:00]  (the 2nd Set)
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr)

{2CD-R; Joe Washek 09.03.29; E. Michel}


71.00.00 (4) • Sam Rivers and the Harlem Ensemble [Juma Sultan Archival Recording—30:00]

unknown date, 1971 / Sam Rivers—Visiting Artist, World Music Program, Wesleyan University Chapel, Middletown, CT

Tape #T0146:
1. unknown titles [30:00]
 "The Sultan archive has a recording that I am VERY confident is this performance. Although I am not at liberty to share it, I have listened to it
 and it closely matches Bill Cole's description of the event in Downbeat. The tape itself was mislabeled, but when I listened with Sultan before
 knowing the Downbeat connection (listening blind, essentially), he identified the group as Rivers'. You'll also note that in the personnel, Cole lists
 the percussionist as "Juma." This is not Jumma Santos, as you had hypothesized elsewhere, but Juma Sultan. Juma frequently travelled with recorders
 during this period, which accounts for how he ended up recording the tape... Juma's recording only has the first half-hour of the Wesleyan performance.
 We have not found any other tape with the remainder." —Michael Heller

Bill Cole Down Beat review:
"This concert was in jeopardy because of non-communication and general uncooperativeness by those representing 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..."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Roland Alexander and Dave Young (ts), Rene McLean and Carlos Ward (as), Harvey Lesene (ss),
Paul Jeffries (cl), Kenny Rodgers (bar), Fred Kelly (fl), Joe Gardner, Olu Dara, Ted Daniels, and Don Mcintosh (tp),
Grachan Moncur, Dick Griffin, David Haroom, and Jack Jeffers (tb), Ed Perry (frh), Bill Davis (tu),
Hakim Jami (b), Juma Sultan (cga), Warren Smith and Wilson Moorman (dr)

{Down Beat Aug 19, 1971 p.11; Bill Cole Down Beat Oct 28, 1971 p.33; Michael Heller 14.06.25}


  • 71.06.28 through 71.07.04 Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr) / The Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA
    [Chris Carville 16.11.06; Display ad Boston Globe Jun 25 p.14]

  • "...Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. This African American Music Program began in 1969 with one instructor and one course. There are now 19 courses. Down Beat contributor Bill Cole is the administrative assistant. Trombonist Clifford Thornton is an assistant professor, and Sam Rivers, Jimmy Garrison, and Ed Blackwell are among the six visiting artists. The courses cover a wide range of African and Afro-American black music and art. They are available to undergraduate and applicable to Master's and Ph.D. degrees in World Music. To complement the program, many black musicians have given concerts on the campus over the past two years, including Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Raschid [sic] Ali, Ken McIntyre, Clifford Thornton, and Ornette Coleman..." [ Michael Cuscuna Record World Nov 6 '71 p.39]

1972 : : :


  • 72.04.15 - Massey's Jazz Review: Sam Rivers, R Alex/Kiane Z / Unity House, Brooklyn, NY
    —"R Alex/Kiane Z" is probably Roland Alexander (ts) and Kiana Ziwadi (eu).
    [W. S. Tkweme "Vindicating karma: jazz and the Black Arts movement" (2007) p.216, Doctoral Dissertation,
    scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations_1/924]
  • 72.04.16 - Sam Rivers Improvisation Ensemble: (no personnel listed) / Afro-American Music Festival,
    10:00pm, Wesleyan University Chapel, Middletown, CT [The Bridgeport Post Apr 16, 1972 p.58]

72.05.00 • Bill Evans & George Russell Orchestra: Living Time

1972: Columbia KC 31490 (LP) [+ Can]; CBS/Sony 23AP 89 (LP) Jpn;
    CBS/Sony SOPL-114 (LP, SX68MARK II Series) Jpn; CBS S 65010 (LP) Neth;
1973: CBS S 65010 (LP) Spn [Same release# as '72 Neth];
1988: CBS/Sony 25DP 5306 (CD, "Adventures of Jazz" Series) Jpn;
1993: Sony Records SRCS 7134 (CD) Jpn;
1997: Sony Records SRCS 9357 (CD) Jpn;
2010: Sony Records Int'l SICP 2756 (CD) Jpn;
2013: Sony Records Int'l SICP 30283 (CD, Blu-Spec CD2) Jpn
  • Bill Evans: The Bill Evans Album/And Living Time
    1972: Columbia CG33672 (2-LP)
  • (V/A) The Progressives
    1973: Columbia KG 31574 (2-LP) [+ Can];
        CBS S 68210 (2-LP) Neth [+ Club Edition w/ alternate sleeve];
        CBS S 68210 E (2-LP, "Los Progresivos") Spn
  • (V/A) Dive Into Jazz
    2011: Süddeutsche Zeitung Jazz (18-CD) Ger

May, 1972 / Columbia Records 30th Street Studio, New York City
—A "Thursday evening," so the 4th, 11th, 18th, or 25th.

1. 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]
Dive Into Jazz has track 4.
The Progressives has track 5.

Images, top to bottom:
Living Time original LP cover (CBS S 65010, Neth)
The Progressives 2-LP cover (CBS S 68210, Neth)
And Japanese release OBIs of Living Time CBS/Sony SOPL-114,
and Sony Records Int'l SICP 2756 and SICP 30283


George Russell (Comp, Arr, Cond),
Carl Atkins (Asst Cond), Sam Rivers (ts, fl, ob),
Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Henderson (reeds),
Ted Saunders (cl, el-p), Stanton Davis (tp),
Snooky Young, Ernie Royal,
and Richard Williams (tp, flg),
Dave Baker and Garnett Brown (tb),
Dave Bargeron (tb, tu), John Clarke (frh),
Sam Brown (g), Bill Evans (p, el-p),
Webster Lewis (org, el-p), Eddie Gomez (b),
Ron Carter (b-5,7), Stanley Clarke (el-b -1,3),
Herb Bushler (el-b-4,6,8), Mark Belair (perc),
Tony Williams and Marty Morell (dr)

{KC 31490}


The collaboration between pianist Bill Evans and composer-conductor George Russell... was decidedly more than a group of studio musicians
coming down for a Thursday evening to play a few changes for background music for a soloist. Granted, Evans, playing the Fender Rhodes
and the Steinway Grand, was the soloist for the date, but what went on between pianist and his orchestra was of a far more serious nature.
The band playing behind him—including musicians like Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, and Ron Carter—was working on some
intricate time charts, so complex that conductor Russell required an assistant to help with his chores...

Evans, in the center, had a role which was not totally dissimilar to that of a soloist in a classical or romantic piano concerto. The differences
were that the nature of Evans' playing was improvisational, and his role as pianist was not simply a case of virtuosity for virtuosity's sake.
At times, Evans would play alone, other times in a trio (with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell), and other times with the full
ensemble. The session marked a special reunion for Russell and Evans; it was in 1955, when Evans was doing postgraduate work at Mannes
College, that he first recorded with Russell. One of those efforts, "All About Rosie." marked the turning point in Bill's career; his solo on
the recording establishing him as one of the finest young pianist talents of the day.
["About The New Bill Evans Album" Record World Annual, Jul 22 '72 p.248 ]


  • 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]
    ———



June, 1972 : : :

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..."

"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

"I remember in the '70s going to hear Sam Rivers all the time, and it was
so informal—basically at his house, he and his wife were hanging out,
and you just sort of talked to him and it was no big deal. These guys are
just so cool and approachable, and it really rubs off on you—no attitude,
no prima-donna stuff..."
—Tim Berne interview, The Orlando Sentinel Jul 23 1999 Calendar p.8

Photo by Lucia M. (with permission)



72.06.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—40:14]

June 27, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
WKCR-FM Broadcast, NYC
—Also noted as June 28th, probably a Broadcast date.

1. Statement of 3 Restless Musicians [40:14]  (split track at 30:23, fades out and back in)
 (ts section—11:02)
 (b solo—2:44)
 (fl section—8:08)
 (b solo—2:44)
 (p section—6:05)
 (dr solo—0:45)
 (ss section—9:01)
 WKCR announcement [0:44]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Hakim Jami (b), Wilson Moorman (dr)

{CD-R; Andrew Galloway; Anonymous 06.01.01; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}



  • 72.06.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc),
    probably Cecil McBee (b), and Warren Smith (dr) /
    New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell 09.06.14]

  • 72.07.01 through 72.07.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above /
    New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

72.07.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

July 5, 1972 / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Juma Sultan Archive has a 0:33 video clip. "This film was produced
by Karma Stanley and Juma Sultan for the NYMO. The full version
of this film is interesting for more than just shots of the performers.
It captures moments of Sam's 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... Juma
does believe [the audio recording] will be found in his collection."

Sam Rivers (reeds), Cecil McBee (b), Warren Smith (dr)

{Andrew Galloway; web2.clarkson.edu/projects/jumasarchive}


  • 72.07.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc),
    Cecil McBee (b), Jerome Cooper (dr, mba, whooper, perc) /
    New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Anonymous 03.12.13; Ed Hazell 09.06.14]

  • 72.07.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: personnel as above /
    New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Anonymous 03.12.13]
beginings

    One of the first schedules from Studio RivBea and Studio We.
    —Ed Hazell 09.06.14

    • 72.07.08 (1) - Sam Rivers: no personnel details / 2:00pm, South Street Seaport Museum piers, NYC
      "The entire ["Fish Market Festival,"] will be recorded for after-airing on FM stations thorughout the US."
      [Billboard Jul 1 p.55]

  • 72.07.08 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Cecil McBee (b), Jerome Cooper (dr, mba, whooper, perc) /
    New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell 09.06.14]
  • 72.07.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: personnel as above / New York Musician's Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

    [All citations above confirmed by Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]


72.07.10 • Free Jam Session [AR & AVR—31:00]

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 The New York Times Jul 11, 1972
"For 31 minutes last night the Central Park Mall was the scene..." —The New York Times review

This film was produced by Karma Stanley and Juma Sultan for the New York Musicians Organization.
(This was the culmination of the first New York Musicians Jazz Festival.)

Alan "Juice" Glover and Frank Lowe (ts), Sam Rivers, Noah Howard, and Arthur Doyle (reeds),
Earl Cross and Ted Daniel (tp), Sam Brown (g), Art Jenkins, Jeanne Lee, and Joe Lee Wilson (voc), Juma Sultan (b),
Ali Abuwi and Harold Smith (perc), Barry Altschul, Steve Reid, and Art Lewis (dr), many others...

{web2.clarkson.edu/projects/jumasarchive; Les Ledbetter The New York Times Jul 11, 1972}


  • 72.09.01 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Cecil McBee (b), Clifford Jarvis (dr) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]

  • "The New York Musicians Organization, Inc., a cooperative of more than 500 jazz artists that temporarily coalesced
    just before the Newport Jazz Festival to produce an ‘alternate jazz festival’ in July, has become a permanent organization.
    The inaugural event of the new company is a series of Labor Day weekend performances centered on three free
    park concerts by a 150-piece jazz orchestra."

  • 72.09.02 (1) - New York Musicians Improvisational Orchestra: Sam Rivers (Cond), 150 musicians, + dancers, + a chorus /
    3:00pm, Music Grove, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY [The New York Times Sep 2, 1972 p.15]
    —"Will perform an original group work, ‘Zodiac,’
  • 72.09.02 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Cecil McBee (b), Clifford Jarvis (dr) /
    5:00pm to 4:00am (72.09.03), Studio We, NYC [ibid]
  • 72.09.02 (3) - Sam Rivers Trio: as above /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 72.09.03 - New York Musicians Improvisational Orchestra: Sam Rivers (Cond), 150 musicians, + dancers, + a chorus /
    2:00pm, Central Park Mall, NYC [ibid]
  • 72.09.03 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Cecil McBee (b), Clifford Jarvis (dr) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 72.09.04 - New York Musicians Improvisational Orchestra: as above / 2:00pm, Mount Morris (Marcus Garvey) Park Amphitheater, NYC [ibid]
  • 72.09.04 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Cecil McBee (b), Clifford Jarvis (dr) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 72.09.11 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: Rivers and unknown others (reeds) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 72.09.20 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: Rivers and unknown others (reeds) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 72.09.30 - Sam Rivers Ensemble: (no personnel listed), The Afro-American Singing Theatre, Ossie Davis and Frederick O'Neal (actors),
    Sonia Sanchez, Askia Mohammed Toure, and Jacqueline Early (poetry) / Schomburg Collection Day, 135th Street Branch, Public Library, NYC
    ["Library's Black Collection Is Saluted in Day of Its Own" The New York Times Oct 1, 1972 p.60]
  • 72.10.09 - Workshop Series: Sam Rivers "Composition for Woodwind Ensemble, Part 1" /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 72.10.11 - Workshop Series: Sam Rivers "Composition for 15 Brass and Soprano Saxophone, Part 1" /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

72.10.27 • Sam Rivers: Hues

1975: ABC/Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP, Quad); Impulse! IMP8007 (LP) UK;
    YQ-8505-AI (LP) Jpn
    —3rd Session [See also 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers: The Live Trio Sessions
    1978: IMP IA-9352/2 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII)
        AIMPL 25043 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII) It
        —1st Session [See also 73.07.06; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—41:06]

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]


        Cover image from Live Trio Sessions
"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.

Sam Rivers (ts-1,2, ss-2, fl-2,3, voc-3, Comp), Richard Davis (b), Warren Smith (vib, perc, dr)
—Tenor sax only on both Hues tracks.

{ASD 9302; IMP IA 9352/2; CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21; Producer Ed Michel}


  • 72.11.07 through 72.11.12 Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers Cecil McBee, Norman Connors, Slugs, VV ad 11/2/72, p. 66

72.11.29 • Sam Rivers Interview [BR]

November 29, 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]
 SR announcement [0:54]
Sam Rivers (ts, as, ss, fl), Anthony Braxton (as, ss, fl, cl, bcl, bsx), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{2CD-R; Andrew Galloway}


  • November 29, 1972:

    Bill Barron: You have a studio in which you have different things taking place.
    Sam Rivers: Right. That's another thing. I moved to New York from Boston in 1965 because there just wasn't enough musicians that
    were up to doing the kind of things I had in mind. It's relatively easy for me to get musicians to play my music. A lot of people say it's
    hard to find musicians, but I think that has more to do with the music. I don't have any trouble finding musicians; they're calling me up.
    When are you going to have rehearsal? They find the music interesting and challenging and therefore they're always ready to come out
    and rehearse and enjoy the music. Which is a rare thing today, because musicians like everyone else want to get paid for what they do.
    If you do something, somebody's going to get paid, you know. So they feel like they should get money. Even for rehearsals. In my case
    if they're not doing anything, they'll come down and rehearse the music for free because they like the music.
    As far as my studio, we put it together so I had a place to rehearse the band. So the fellas could come by and rehearse and talk and relax.
    In an atmosphere where some one doesn't come in and say, all right, time to get out now. And that blossomed into something else. The
    Newport Festival this summer wanted some new places to do concerts, so July 1 we opened up the doors as a studio doing concerts and
    workshops. So it's still moving right along now and I'm happy it happened that way. Actually I have the studio as an outgrowth of having
    a rehearsal space.
    BB: And what goes on there now?
    SR: Well, I have a full calendar of events for every month. Earlier in the week is workshops in the evenings, where a fella can bring in
    new music that they would like to have rehearsed and get the band together, or they can bring in the people they like, which is every
    evening from like 7:00 to 11:00. During the day, I have classes going on there. I have a few people who are teaching there now and that
    starts around 1:00. Group instruction and private students. And it's working really well.
    BB: What's the address?
    SR: Oh, the address. 24 Bond St. That's the same as Second Street, E. 2nd, between Lafayette and the Bowery.
    BB: What's the phone number?
    SR: The phone number is 473-4378. There's something happening there every night. On the weekends, Friday and Saturday, we have
    concerts, maybe Sunday afternoon. They start at 10:00 and go on until we get tired or things stop happening. This weekend we'll have
    concerts starting at 11:00pm and there will be a quartet featuring Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on
    percussion, and I'll be playing with them too.
    BB: At...?
    SR: STUDIO RIVBEA (laughs)
    BB: We want all enterprising musicians or anyone who is interested or involved in music to go on out and support it.
    SR: That's right. It's a nice comfortable atmosphere for musicians. I'm a musician so I set it up that way. It's two floors. The first floor
    is an art gallery, and the music is in the basement so we don't disturb anyone. Upstairs are a few of my art pieces that were given to
    me by artists I know. I have one from Miro, which was given to me in the south of France when I was there in 1969.
    [Bill Barron Interviews Sam Rivers on November 29, 1972; The New York Times Dec 7 p.72]
    ———

    "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]

  • 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 interview by Ted Panken, WKCR-FM, NYC, June 8, 1994, www.jazzhouse.org/files/panken4.php3]
    ———

72.11.30 • Dave Holland: Conference of the Birds

1973: ECM Records ECM-1027 (LP) Ger; ECM/Polydor ECM 1027 ST 2391 105 (LP);
    ECM/Warner 1-1027 ST (LP); ECM/Trio Records PA-7079 (LP) Jpn;
1979: ECM 1027 ST (LP) Spn;
1987: ECM 1027 829 373-2 (CD) Ger;
2000: ECM 1027 (CD)
2017: ECM 1027 (LP, 180g vinyl) Ger;
unknown: ECM/Polydor 28MJ3505 (LP) Jpn
  • (V/A) ECM Special VI—New Music In Bass
    1978: ECM/Trio Records PA-4016 (LP) Jpn
  • Dave Holland: Conferences
    1998: Musica Jazz ECM/DH (CD) It
        Supplement to Musica Jazz Magazine Issue No.2 1998
  • Dave Holland: Mp3 Collection
    2003: MP3SERVICE, no issue# (CD-ROM, Unofficial) Rus
  • Dave Holland: Selected Recordings
    2004: ECM Records 014 206-2 (CD, :rarum X Series) Ger
  • (V/A) Selected Recordings IX-XX
    2004: ECM Records 981 6208 (12-CD Box, :rarum IX-XX) Ger
  • (V/A) 100 Years of Jazz
    2011: Ludwig Beck LBJ 150 (12-CD, Ltd Edition of 1,058) Ger
    —"Exclusively for the Jazz section at the department store ‘Ludwg Beck’
     in Munich," a reissue of '100 Years of Jazz'—Jazz Selection 40012 (1999),
     a 10-CD Box distributed by Delta Music & Entertainment that did not
     contain the Holland track.

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]
100 Years of Jazz has track 1.
New Music In Bass, Dave Holland: Selected Recordings,
 and Selected Recordings IX-XX and Musica Jazz Conferences have track 3.

Images, top to bottom:
Original US release LP cover (1973)
New Music In Bass LP cover, 1978 release on Trio Records (PA-4016)

Sam Rivers (ts-2,4,5,6, as-1,2, ss-2, fl-2,3,5),
Anthony Braxton (as-2,5,6, ss-1,3,5, fl-2, cl-2, bcl-2, bsx or cbsx-2),
Dave Holland (b, Comp), Barry Altschul (dr, perc)

{ECM 1027; rutracker.org}




72.12.01 • Dave Holland Quartet [AR—88:09]

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]
 SR announcement [0:54]
Sam Rivers (ts, as, ss, fl), Anthony Braxton (as, ss, fl, cl, bcl, bsx), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{2CD-R; Andrew Galloway}


72.12.02 • Dave Holland Quartet [AR—98:54]

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."

 Other sources have this as the SR and AB Septet, and include Monty Waters (as), Earl Cross (tp), and Jerome Cooper (dr).

Sam Rivers (ts), Anthony Braxton (as), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Andrew Galloway; Patrick Clare 07.02.07 and 08.12.18}


  • 72.12.07 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: unknown personnel / 7:30pm, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, Loeb Student Center, NYC
    "My 15-piece group... that will be playing some of my compositions."
    [Bill Barron Interviews Sam Rivers, 72.11.29; The New York Times Dec 7 p.72]

72.12.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR]

December, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts), Stafford Osborn (tp), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Hank Lewis (dr)

{Andrew Galloway}


  • 72.12.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Paul Bley (p), Arild Andersen (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    "...I think I did a gig at RivBea late '72 with Paul Bley, Sam, and Barry." —Arild Andersen 11.12.29
  • 72.12.15 or 72.12.16 - Paul Bley Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Bley (el-p, ARP synth), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
    —Studio RivBea had the "Paul Bley Quartet" scheduled for the 15th and 16th. —RL

72.12.00 (3) • Paul Bley Quartet [AR—53:41]

December, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City
—This is likely either the 15th or 16th, and noted also as "Sam Rivers w/ Paul Bley and Scorpio."

1. improvisation [53:41]  (split track at 46:18)
—Also circulating in a longer version at 91:07 (incomplete, cuts out at end).

 "[This is] an improvisation, but Bley inserts Carla Bley's "Syndrome" into it, which he, Holland, and Altschul had recorded
 together just a short time before, on November 24, 1972, for Bley's Milestone album Paul Bley and Scorpio. In fact another
 way to look at this gig is Scorpio with Sam Rivers." —Ed Hazell

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Paul Bley (el-p, ARP synth), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R; Ed Hazell 16.09.10}


72.12.16 • Sam Rivers Quintet [AR]

December 16, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Noah Howard (as), Paul Bley (el-p, ARP synth), A. Freeman (b ?), John Lewis (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


  • 72.12.23 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Monty Waters (as), Benny Wilson (p), Art Lewis (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 72.12.00 (4) - Sam Rivers and Boston Art Ensemble: unknown personnel / New York University, NYC
    [W. S. Tkweme "Vindicating karma: jazz and the Black Arts movement" (2007) p.217, Doctoral Dissertation,
    scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations_1/924]

72.12.30 • Sam Rivers / Karl Berger Group [AR]

December 30, 1972 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1st Set:
1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
3. unknown title [ : ]
4. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dewey Redman (ts, as), Karl "Hans" Berger (vb), David Izenzon (b),
Ingrid Berger aka Ing Rid aka Ingrid Sertso (voc, perc), Jerome Cooper (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


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 Jan 14, 1978 p.21]

  • 73.01.26 through 73.01.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet with Bea Benjamin: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Benjamin (voc),
    Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr), unknown other / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [John S. Wilson "Bea Benjamin Here from South Africa..." The New York Times Jan 29, 1973 p.23;
    New York Magazine Jan 22, 1973 p.19]
    "I'm Glad There is You," "My Melancholy Baby," "It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers & Hart),
    a group of Ellington songs, "I Love You" (Cole Porter), "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"
  • 73.02.04 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: (no personnel listed) / 6:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.02.11 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: (no personnel listed) / 6:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [The New York Times Feb 11, 1973 p.D18]


  • Creative Music Studio New York Studies in Musical Improvisation—February 12, 1973 through May 28, 1973

    Karl Berger, Lee Konitz, Barry Altschul, Sam Rivers, David Izenzon, and Frederic Rzewski / Turtle Bay Music School, NYC
    [The Village Voice Feb 1 p.39]


  • 73.02.18 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: (no personnel listed) / 6:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [The New York Times Feb 11, 1973 p.D18]
  • 73.02.23 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan: (no personnel listed) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.02.24 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan: (no personnel listed) / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.02.25 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: (no personnel listed) / 6:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [The New York Times Feb 11, 1973 p.D18]
  • 73.03.11 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: (no personnel listed) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.03.25 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: (no personnel listed) / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.04.09 through 73.04.13 - Black Musician's Conference, Keynote Speakers: Max Roach, Archie Shepp, Donald Byrd, Sam Rivers,
    and Clifford Thornton / University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA [Black World/Negro Digest Mar 1973 p.49]
    —"Memorial concerts are planned for each night of the conference."
  • 73.04.15 - Sam Rivers' Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.04.16 - Sam Rivers' Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.04.18 - Sam Rivers' Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

73.04.20 (1) • Sam Rivers Ensemble [RivBea Archival Recording—64:00]

April 20, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. "Jazz Opera" [64:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds), other personnel unknown

{Martin Milgrim 05.02.17}


  • 73.04.20 (2) and 73.04.21 - Ed Taylor Jazz Opera Ensemble: (no personnel listed) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    —Rivers was in Taylor's Opera company at this time, [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]

  • 73.04.26 Jeanne Faulkner Recital: Faulkner (Soprano voc), Sam Rivers (reeds) / Town Hall, NYC
    [Raymond Ericson "Jeanne Faulkner Glitters in Song" The New York Times Apr 29, 1973 p. 56]
    "She gave the premiere of ‘Three Sung Poems,’ unusual if discursive works by Sam Rivers, who accompanied her,
    and then sang four spirituals. Here she showed that if she didn't want to do opera, she is already a marvelous gospel singer."

73.04.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

April 27, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisation [ : ]  (fl section, ss section)
2. improvisation [ : ]  (p section, ss section)
3. improvisation [ : ]  (fl section, ts section, ss section)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Cecil McBee (b), Jerome Cooper (dr, perc)

{Andrew Galloway; Anonymous 03.12.13; Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21}


73.04.28 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

April 28, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Cecil McBee (b), Jerome Cooper (dr)

{Andrew Galloway; Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21}


  • 73.05.05 Sam Rivers Ensemble: (no personnel details) / "Boston Jazz Week", 8:00pm to 8:00am (May 6th), Old West Church, Boston, MA
    [Boston Globe Apr 29 p.24B + May 8 p.37]
  • 73.05.06 - Sam Rivers' Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.05.07 - Sam Rivers' Woodwind Ensemble / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.05.09 - Sam Rivers' Brass Ensemble Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

73.06.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—33:00]

June, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisation [33:00]
Sam Rivers (reeds), probably Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Martin Milgrim 05.02.17}


  • 73.06.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Ornette Coleman's Artist House, NYC
    "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]
  • 73.06.06 and 73.06.07 - Solomon and Sheba: Sam Rivers (reeds, Comp), Joe Ferguson (p), Bill Davis (b), Vishnu Woods (oud, b),
    Om-be (perc), Jeanne Faulkner, Beverly Mason, Brenda Feliciano, and Robert Donaldson (voc), Ed Taylor (Dir) /
    Harlem Opera Society, 8:00pm, YWCA Clark Center Auditorium, NYC
    [The Village Voice Centerfold Jun 7 + Rosetta Reitz review Jun 14, The RivBea Archive]
  • 73.06.08 - Karl Berger, Sam Rivers, & Friends: (no other personnel listed) / Studio Rivbea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.06.09 - Karl Berger, Sam Rivers, & Friends: (no other personnel listed) / Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.06.10 - Sam Rivers Workshop—Techniques of Contemporary Orchestration / Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.06.11 - Sam Rivers Workshop—Composition & Arranging (traditional) / Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.06.13 - Sam Rivers Workshop—Composition for Woodwind Ensemble / Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.06.14 - Sam Rivers Composition for Flute Ensemble / Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.06.23 and 73.06.24 - Solomon and Sheba: Sam Rivers (reeds, Comp), Joe Ferguson (p), Bill Davis (b), Vishnu Woods (oud),
    Om-be (perc), Jeanne Faulkner, Beverly Mason, Brenda Feliciano, and Robert Donaldson (voc), Ed Taylor (Dir) /
    Harlem Opera Society, YWCA Clark Center Auditorium, NYC [Peter G. Davis review The New York Times Jun 25 p.49]
  • 73.06.30 (1) Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: (no personnel listed) / "6:00pm to 6:00am", Studio Rivbea, NYC
    [The New York Times Jun 30 p.29]

73.06.30 (2) • Don Cherry Octet [AR—46:15]

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: George Benson, Herbie Mann, David Newman,
Roy Ayers, Jimmy Owens, Roland Hanna, Sam Jones, Roy Haynes]

June 30, 1973, 2:30am (so actually July 1st) / "Midnight Jam Sessions," 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)
 "Some bad edits on the mylar tapes; some level fluctuation."

Don Cherry (tp, doussn'gouni), Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, and Robin Kenyatta (reeds),
Dave Burrell (p), David Izenzon (b), Milford Graves and Ed Blackwell (dr)

{CD-R "Jam Session group 4" only; Library of Congress Database; Andrew Galloway; The New York Times Jul 2 p.22}


73.07.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

July, 1973 / Studio RivBea Summer Festival, New York City
—I have this from two sources: dated 73.07.07 by Anonymous, which is unlikely given Rivers was in Europe; Galloway had this as "July, 1973."

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds, p), Barry Altschul and Norman Connors (perc)
—Alan Goodman in Crawdaddy Apr 1975: "I recall one session until 4am that featured
 [Sam Rivers and Joe Lee Wilson] with percussionists Norman Connors and Barry Altschul..."

{Andrew Galloway; Anonymous 06.01.01}


73.07.03 • Sam Rivers Orchestral Explorations Ensemble [AR—83:36]

July 3, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [45:55]
 announcement [0:52]
2. unknown titles [35:59]
 announcement [0:44]
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, Cond), Marty Khan (ts), "and everyone else" (ensemble of brass and reeds)

{WKCR Archive; Very various very anonymous sources, who wish to remain so, 02.07.02 + 03.12.13; Marty Khan 11.30.11 + 12.07.17}


  • 73.07.04 (1) - Jazz Jamboree: 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, Tiny Grimes,
    John Mayall, Archie Shepp, James Spaulding, Billy Taylor, many others... /
    Newport Jazz Festival, 1:00pm, Louis Armstrong Stadium, NYC [Billboard Jun 23 p.44; Cash Box Jun 30 p.41]
    "The city of New York is changing the name of the Singer Bowl, to Louis Armstrong Stadium."
  • 73.07.04 (2) - Sam Rivers Harlem Ensemble: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Cond), "everyone else" (ensemble of brass and reeds) /
    Performance of two compositions, around 45 minutes each. / New York Musician's Five Borough Jazz Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [WKCR Archive; Anonymous sources 02.07.02 + 03.12.13; Marty Khan 12.07.17]

73.07.05 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

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

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Richard Davis (b), Norman Connors (dr)
"Performed by Sam Art Rivers Trio" (sic)

{Library of Congress Database; Anonymous 03.12.13; Billboard Jun 23 p.44; The New York Times Jul 5 p.23 + Jul 8 p.37}


  • 73.07.05 (2) - Jazz Opera Ensemble: three unidentified (Soprano voc), unidentified (Baritone voc), Sam Rivers (reeds, leader), unknown others /
    7:00pm, Apollo Theater, NYC [The New York Times Jul 5 p.23 + Jul 7 p.10]

  • 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.
    ["1973, ABC/Dunhill Records BIO," at www.jazzdiscography.com]
    ———

73.07.06 (1) • Sam Rivers: Streams

1973: Impulse! AS-9251 (LP); ABC Impulse!/Toshiba IMP-88143 (LP) Jpn;
    A 8027-9251 (8Trk!);
1989: Impulse!/MCA Records MCA-39120 (LP); MCAD-39120 (CD);
1997: MVCZ-123 (CD, Ltd Edition) Jpn;
    — Series ("Impulse Vista Collection")
  • (V/A) Impulsively
    1973: Impulse! AS 9266-2 (2-LP);
        ABC Records/Impulse! IMP-1973 (2-LP, Quad)
  • (V/A) The Saxophone
    1973: Impulse! ASH-9253-3 (3-LP)
  • Sam Rivers: The Live Trio Sessions
    1978: IMP IA-9352/2 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII)
        AIMPL 25043 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII) It
        —2nd Session [See also 72.10.27; 73.08.03; 73.11.10]
  • (V/A) Fire Into Music—The Best of MCA/Impulse!
    1989: MCA2-8032 (2-LP); MCAD 8032 (CD); MCAC2-8032 (CS)

July 6, 1973 / Montreux Jazz Festival, Congrès Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland

LP tracking:
A. Streams [24:35]
 Spoken introduction—1:18
 Tenor saxophone section—18:42
 Beginning of flute section—4:41
B. Streams [25:21]
 Conclusion of flute section—8:32
 Piano section—7:31
 Soprano saxophone section—9:18
 Encore [3:06]
CD tracking:
 Streams
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]
Impulsively contains excerpts of "Streams, Tenor Sax Section" [3:14]
 and "Streams, Flute Section" [3:48].
Fire Into Music contains the "Soprano sax section" [9:21].
The Live Trio Sessions and The Saxophone have "Encore" [3:06]

"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

—Also noted on this date in The New York Times Jul 6 p.10:
 "Today's events in the New York Musicians Five Borough Jazz Festival: 3 P.M.,"
 (at Artist House) name participants Roy Haynes, Cecil McBee, Don Cherry,
 Marion Brown, Ken McIntyre, Juni Booth, Roger Blank, Sam Rivers... However,
 blow-by-blow festival reviews by George Robinson (with Irv Schenkler of WKCR)
 in the New York Columbia Spectator (Jul 12 pp.6-7) indicate Rivers was not present.

Images, top to bottom:
Original release LP cover
Japanese release MVCZ-123 (1997)
Fire Into Music compilation 2-LP cover (1989)

Sam Rivers (ts-1,4, ss-3, fl-2,3, p-3, Comp),
Cecil McBee (b), Norman Connors (dr, gongs)




{A 8027-9251; MCAD-39120; AS 9266-2; ASH 9253-3; IA-9352/2; MCA2-8032; Producer Ed Michel; Musica Jazz Oct 1973 pp.11-18;
Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index; www.montreuxsounds.com/result2006.php?year=1973}


73.07.07 (1) • Sam Rivers Ensemble [AR—50:00]

July 7, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City
—RivBea ran from 6:00pm to 6:00am (the 8th) this night.
—The Rivers ensemble was followed by a late jam session that included a Dewey Redman Group and The Revolutionary Ensemble. —RL

1. improvisation [50:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), unknown (g), unknown (b), unknown (dr)

{Jan Ström 11.01.11; The New York Times Jul 7 p.10}


  • 73.07.07 (2) - "The last group..." Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Gato Barbieri (ts), Robin Kenyatta (as, ss),
    Don Cherry (p-tp, Malaysian stringed instrument), Dave Burrell (p), David Izenson (b), Ed Blackwell (perc), Milford Graves (dr)/
    Midnight (actually 12:30am), Radio City Music Hall, NYC
    [Rosetta Reitz The Village Voice clipping Jul 12 + undated John S. Wilson review in The New York Times, The RivBea Archive]
    "Saturday night at 11:30 when I arrived at Radio City Music Hall for the first midnight jam session of the Newport Jazz Festival
    I found a line five city blocks long. It had begun at 7pm. Six thousand capacity, sold out. Okay for jazz! ...
    When they finished the yells for MORE, MORE lasted for 15 minutes." —Rosetta Reitz

    —Constantly changing, nonstop, 45-minute performance..." —John S. Wilson "Avant-Garde at Midnight"

  • 73.07.08 - Jazz Opera Ensemble, probable Rivers involvement / Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]

73.08.03 • Sam Rivers: Hues

1975: ABC/Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP, Quad); Impulse! IMP8007 (LP) UK;
    YQ-8505-AI (LP) Jpn
    —4th Session [See also 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—53:13]
  • (V/A) No Energy Crisis
    1974: ABC Records/Impulse! AS-9267/2 (2-LP)
  • Sam Rivers: The Live Trio Sessions
    1978: IMP IA-9352/2 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII);
        AIMPL 25043 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII) It
        —3rd Session [See also 72.10.27; 73.07.06; 73.11.10]
  • Sam Rivers: Trio Live
    1998: Impulse! IMPD-268 (CD, "The New Thing" Series);
        IMP 12682 (CD, "Impulse! Master Sessions") Eur
        —1st Session [See also 73.11.10]

August 3, 1973 / Molde Jazz Festival, Molde Kino, Molde, Norway

RivBea Archive / Reels 48, 49
 announcement [1:04]
1. improvisation [51:26]
 (ts section—17:44)
 (fl-voc section—15:50)
 (p section—8:59)
 (ss section—8:54)
 announcement [0:43]
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
Hues:
1. Suite for Molde, Part One [8:06]
 a. Onyx (The Soprano Saxophone Section)
 b. Topaz (The Flute Section)
2. Suite for Molde, Part Two (The Tenor Saxophone Section) [11:27]
Trio Live has track 1.
No Energy Crisis has track 2 and gives the date incorrectly as March 8, 1973.
Hues has both tracks, with track 1 split as a. Onyx (4:04), and b. Topaz (4:02).







Images, top to bottom:
Trio Live CD cover (1998)
No Energy Crisis 2-LP cover (1974)
Sam Rivers Trio at Molde Jazz Festival
—Photo courtesy Arild Andersen.

Sam Rivers (ss-1, fl-1, ts-2, p, Comp),
Arild Andersen (b), Barry Altschul (dr, perc)

Molde Archive lists another session after this Rivers Trio date:
"Show, Poetry, Jazz:" Sam Rivers (ts), Geirr Lystrup (g, voc),
Knut Ødegaard, Arild Nyquist, Bjørg Vik,
and Georg Johansen (poetry), Willie Mabon (p, voc),
Arild Andersen (b), Barry Altschul (dr)
"We never played with that band at the festival."
—Arild Anderson

{ASD-9302; IMP IA 9352/2; IMP AS-9267/2; IMPD-268; RivBea CD-R, Reels 48/49; Producer E. Michel;
Arild Anderson 11.12.27; www.moldejazz.no/hoved/historie/list_musikere.php3}


73.08.16 • Sam Rivers [BR]

August 16, 1973, 9:00pm / Cafe AuGoGo, New York City
Live Broadcast Teleprompter Manhattan Channel 10, "Inside Music," hosted by Ed Simon

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), unknown others

{The New York Times Aug 16 p.71}


  • 73.08.00 (later in August) - Jazz Workshops "...several nights per week." / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [New York Magazine Aug 27 p.49]
  • 73.08.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Cecil McBee (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    "With slides and films by Richard Otto." [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.09.00 (1) - "September Jams" / Studio RivBea, NYC [New York Magazine Aug 27 p.49]
  • 73.09.01 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Cecil McBee (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.09.02 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.03 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.05 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.09 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.10 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.12 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.13 - Sam Rivers' Brass Ensemble Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.16 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.17 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.18 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.19 - Sam Rivers' Brass Ensemble Workshop / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.09.22 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Cecil McBee (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    8:00pm, Purple Moon, Crampton Auditorium, Howard University, Washington DC
    [Concert poster, www.rhourtney-collector.com]
  • 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, NYC [Jet Magazine Dec 27, 1973 p.92]

  • 73.10.14 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel) / Broadcast on Teleprompter Manhattan Channel 10, "Inside Music," Ed Simon host
    [The New York Times Oct 14 p.148]
    —No info on whether this was a live broadcast or a previously taped performance.
  • 73.10.14 - Sam Rivers Workshop, Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.10.15 - Sam Rivers Workshop, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.10.16 - Sam Rivers Workshop, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.10.17 - Sam Rivers Workshop, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 73.10.18 - Sam Rivers Workshop, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

73.10.19 • Karl Berger & Friends [AR]

October 19, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
"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 [this] listing." —Tom Schmidt

Sam Rivers (reeds), Karl Berger (vb), Tom Schmidt (b), Barry Altschul and Jerome Cooper (perc)

{Andrew Galloway; Tom Schmidt 05.04.20}


  • 73.10.19 - Karl Berger & Friends: Sam Rivers (reeds), Berger (vb), Tom Schmidt (b), Barry Altschul and Jerome Cooper (perc) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]
  • 73.10.21 - Sam Rivers (no personnel listed) / 8:00pm, Carnegie Hall, NYC [The Journal News Oct 14 p.47]

73.11.01 • Karl Berger & the Creative Music Studio, Music Universe [BR—36:40]

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)
An incomplete 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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Carlos Ward (as, fl), Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Peter Kowald (tu), Karl Berger (p, vb, balafon),
Frederick Rzewski (p, el-p), Dave Holland (b), Makaya Ntshoko, Bob Moses, and Klaus Hagl (dr, perc)

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


  • 73.11.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, p, Comp), Cecil McBee (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / "Impulse! Jazz on Tour", Providence, RI
    [Boston Globe Nov 2, 1973 p.22]
  • 73.11.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / "Impulse! Jazz on Tour", 8:30pm, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
    [Billboard Nov 10, 1973 p.80; Boston Globe display ad October 21 p.A46]

73.11.10 • Sam Rivers: Hues

1975: ABC/Impulse! ASD-9302 (LP, Quad); Impulse! IMP8007 (LP) UK;
    YQ-8505-AI (LP) Jpn
    —5th Session [See also 71.02.13; 71.02.14; 72.10.27; 73.08.03]
  • (V/A) Impulse! Artists on Tour
    1974: Impulse! AS-9264 (LP, Quad);
        Impulse!/ABC/EMI Italiano 3C 064-96332 (LP) It
  • (V/A) The Drums
    1974: Impulse! ASH-9272-3 (3-LP Box)
        [+ Promo pressing, White label, 4-page booklet, LPs in company sleeves.]
  • Sam Rivers: The Live Trio Sessions
    1978: IMP IA-9352/2 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII);
        AIMPL 25043 (2-LP, The Dedication Series—Vol.XII) It
        —4th Session [See also 72.10.27; 73.07.06; 73.08.03]
  • Sam Rivers: Trio Live
    1998: Impulse! IMPD-268 (CD, "The New Thing" Series);
        IMP 12682 (CD, "Impulse! Master Sessions") Eur
        —2nd Session [See also 72.10.27]

November 10, 1973 / Battell Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1. Hues Of Melanin—Part One (The Soprano Saxophone Section) [15:30]
2. Hues Of Melanin—Part Two (The Flute and Vocal Section) [18:47]
3. Hues Of Melanin—Part Three (Ivory Black: The Piano Section) [4:13]
4. Hues Of Melanin—Part Four (Violet: The Tenor Saxophone Section) [5:48]
Impulse! Artists on Tour has track 1.
The Drums has track 2.
Hues has tracks 3 and 4 as "Ivory Black" and "Violet".
Trio Live has all tracks, with 1 and 2 combined as one track [34:08].

Images:
Artists on Tour LP cover (1974)
The Drums LP cover (1974)

Sam Rivers (ts-4, ss-1, fl and voc-2, p-3, Comp),
Cecil McBee (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{ASD-9302; AS-9264; IA-9352/2; IMPD-268; ASH-9272-3; Producer Ed Michel}




  • 73.11.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, p, Comp),
    Cecil McBee (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / "Impulse! Jazz on Tour,"
    7:30pm, Amherst College Alumni Gymnasium,
    Amherst College, Amherst, MA
    [Greenfield Recorder Nov 7 p.15]

  • 73.11.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above /
    "Impulse! Jazz on Tour", 8:30pm, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
    [Billboard Nov 10 p.80]

  • 73.11.18 - Sam Rivers Trio /
    "The Center for New Music presents",
    3:00 and 5:00pm, Gallery Space, New York Cultural Center, NYC
    [The New York Times Nov 10 p.19]

73.11.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

November, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Wayne Dockery (b), Barry Altschul (perc)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


73.12.01 • Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [BR—82:00]

December 1, 1973 / WBAI Free Music Store, Studio C, BAI Church, New York City
—WBAI-FM Live Radio Broadcast "From Studio RivBea... Sam Rivers and guest artists."

1. unknown titles [82:00]
Ström notes a recording dated Friday 73.11.30 ("2 Sets"), same place and line-up, but concerts were only being held
on Thursdays and Saturdays, with the Saturday sessions broadcast live on WBAI-FM. —RL

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Barry Altschul (dr, perc, voc)

{Anonymous; Jan Ström 11.01.11; Pacifica Radio Archives WBAI Folio December 1973 p.5+12}


  • 73.12.06 - Sam Rivers (no personnel info) / Studio RivBea, NYC [Jemeel Moondoc Interview, CODA Aug 1980 #174 p.7]
    "Ensemble Muntu made our first appearance at Studio RivBea opposite Sam Rivers in December 1973." —Jemeel Moondoc
  • 73.12.12 - The New York State Council on the Arts Grants Announcement Program: Elliot Carter, Sam Rivers, others... /
    Carnegie Hall, NYC [Daily News Dec 13 p.116]
    "Other recipients are... Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Elliot Carter of Waccabue ($10,000 from the Speculum Musicae to create mixed
    instrument chamber ensemble composition) and Sam Rivers, jazz and jazz opera composer, tenor saxophonist, founder-director of the Harlem
    Ensemble and director of Studio RivBea ($8,500) for an extended jazz composition for a 35-piece ensemble) were among those honored.
    Both were among those on hand..."
  • 73.12.13 - Sam Rivers Interview / "The Listening Room," 10:06am to 12:00noon, WQXR-FM Studios, NYC
    Guests: Conductor Richard Westenberg, Composers Charles Wuorinen and Sam Rivers, and Arthur Bloom (Director of NY state's
    Council on the Arts music program). [The New York Times Dec 13 p.95]

  • 73.12.14 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel) / Broadcast on Teleprompter Manhattan Channel 10, 8:30pm, "Inside Music," Ed Simon host
    [The New York Times December 14 p.95] —No info on whether this was a live broadcast or a previously taped performance. —RL
  • 73.12.21 through 73.12.23 - Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Altschul (perc) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]


  • Creative Music Studio Winter Term—December, 1973 through January, 1974

    "Vibist Karl Berger has succeeded in establishing the Creative Music Foundation, a project that has been in the works for several years now.
    It is based in New York City and Woodstock, NY. In New York City at the Turtle Bay Music School... the foundation is finishing up its first term...
    The instructors include Berger, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Barry Altschul, Gordon Mumma..." and others...
    [Michael Cuscuna Record World Jan 19 '74 p.14]

73.12.24 • Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [RivBea Archival Recording—58:40]

December 24, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

RivBea Archive / Cassette 144
1. improvisation [58:40]
 (ts section—27:02)  incomplete, fades out
 (ss section—0:56)  incomplete, cuts in, split track, fades out
 (ss section—1:22)  incomplete, fades in
 (fl section—28:24)  incomplete, fades out
"Labeled on tape case as ‘1977 june 17’, but tape is labeled as ‘1973 december 24: sam rivers/altshul 24 dec 73 xmas eve.’
Only one channel... On 60-min TDK. Soundboard or FM." —Jason Hook

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Barry Altschul (perc)

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 144; Jason Hook 08.03.28}


  • 73.12.25 and 73.12.26 - Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Altschul (perc) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21]

73.12.27 • Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo [BR]

December 27, 1973 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Barry Altschul (perc)

{Andrew Galloway}


    "Then after the Molde festival I went back to New York just before Christmas and from then I was the bass player in Sam's trio,
    'til I went back to Norway mid-March '74... 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, 11.12.29

    —A Village Voice ad has Holland in the trio for this weekend, but he was not present. —RL
  • 73.12.28 through 73.12.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Arild Andersen (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Studio RivBea, NYC [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 14.06.21; Arild Andersen 11.12.29]
    "We played a lot of weekends, including New Year's Eve '73 at Rivbea Studio. Sam came over to pick me up with the bass at 18th Street West,
    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

1974 : : :


    "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: Rivers (reeds), Chris Amberger (b), Eddie Marshall (dr) / Keystone Korner, San Francisco
    [Chris Amberger 08.03.17]
    "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 San Francisco. 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
  • 74.01.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (reeds), Chris Amberger (b), Eddie Marshall (dr) / The University Theatre, Palo Alto, CA [ibid]
    "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
  • 74.01.30 - Karl Berger & the Creative Music Studio Music Universe Orchestra: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dewey Redman (ts, as),
    Carlos Ward (as, fl), Roswell Rudd and Garrett List (tb), Howard Johnson (tu), Frederick Rzewski (p, el-p), Karl Berger (p, vb, balafon),
    Dave Holland (b), Ing Rid aka Ingrid Sertso aka Ingrid Berger (perc, voc), Steve Haas (perc), Bob Moses (dr) /
    WBAI Free Music Store, Studio C, BAI Church, NYC [Pacifica Radio Archives WBAI Folio January '74 Free Music Store Schedule p.5]

74.02.00 • Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy

1975: Earthforms Records 1 / Seeds 5 (LP);
2014: Private release (CDr) Eur

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]
Sam Rivers (ss-1,2,4, ts-3, fl-2,5),
Gunter Hampel (fl-1, bcl-2,4,5, acl-2, p-3, vb-5),
Perry Robinson and Allan Praskin (cl-4),
Mark Whitecage (acl-4),
Marty Cook (tb-4),
Jeanne Lee (voc),
Jack Gregg (b),
Steve McCall (dr)

{Earthforms Records 1 / Seeds 5}


  • 74.02.17 - Sam Rivers Ensemble: Rivers (reeds), unknown others / The New York Jazz Repertory Company Concert Series, Carnegie Hall, NYC
    [John S. Wilsom "If the Symphonies Can Do It, So Can Jazz" The New York Times Jan 20 p.15
    "Sam Rivers, who will conduct and play in his own composition, ‘Shades,’ on February 17. Rivers Is a highly developed
    musician but he hasn't been exposed properly to the general public in the context of a large ensemble."

  • 74.03.00 through 74.05.00 - The Music Universe Orchestra: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc)—who did not make all of these dates,
    Lee Konitz (as), Dan Carter (as, tp), Ilene Marder (fl), Garrett List (tb), Frederic Rzewski, Richard Teitelbaum, and Tom Schmidt (keys),
    Karl Berger (p, vb), Larry Chernicoff (vb, perc), Jonathan Kline (vn), Gregory Reeve (va), Dave Holland and David Izenson (b),
    Ingrid Berger aka Ing Rid aka Ingrid Sertso (voc, perc), Steve Haas (perc), Bob Moses (dr) /
    Peace Church, Washington Square, NYC
    [Robert E. Sweet Music Universe, Music Mind p.51]
    "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 [see below], as did a good deal of publicity."
    —Robert E. Sweet

    Rivers is not on the 2-LP The Music Universe Orchestra: The Peace Church Concerts (Creative Music Communication CMC 1, 1974)
    There are citations that mistakenly include him in the personnel list for this release. —RL
    [Music Universe, Music Mind, Revisiting the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, New York, by Robert E. Sweet, p.51]

74.03.02 • Sam Rivers Ensemble [AR]

March 2, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown title [ : ]
2. unknown title [ : ]
3. unknown title [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), unknown others

{Martin Milgrim 05.02.17}


74.03.04 • Sam Rivers: Crystals

1974: ABC/Impulse! ASD-9286 (LP) [+ White label Promo pressing];
    8027-9286 H (8-trk); IMJ-80014 (LP) Jpn;
1975: 3C 064-96430 (LP) It;
1979: ABC Records RB 202 (LP, Record Bazaar Series) It;
2002: Verve/Impulse! 314 589 760-2 (CD, LP Reproduction Series w/ OBI) [+ UK & Eur]
  • Del! The Funky Homosapien: No Need For Alarm
    1993: Elektra 61529-1 (2-LP, multiple sleeve and label variations);
        61592-2 (CD) [+ BMG Club]; CD 61529 (CD) Can;
        7559-61592-2 (CD) Ger; 7559615292 (CD) Aus; 61529-4 (CS);
        PRCS-8889 (CS, 5-track Ltd Edition Promo Sampler);
        7559-61529-4 (CS) UK;
        WEA Records, no release# (CS, Tape-to-Tape Promo) UK;
    unknown: No label, STEREO E93 (2-LP, Unofficial)
  • Del! The Funky Homosapien: Wrongplace/Don't Forget
    1993: ED 5678 (12" Single, White label Promo); 4-66241 (CS, maxi-single);
    1994: 0-66241 (12" Single)
  • (V/A) Respekt!
    2004: Universal Jazz Germany 06024 9817717 (CD) Ger
  • (V/A) Living on Impulse!
    2012: Universal Music Belgium/Impulse! 533957 (3-CD) Bel

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]
Living on Impulse! has track 2.
No Need For Alarm and Wrongplace/Don't Forget have track 2
 sampled in "Don't Forget."
Respekt! 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

Images, top to bottom:
Crystals Verve/Impulse! 2002 release (CD, LP Reproduction Series w/ OBI).
Crystals Italian release LP cover, Record Bazaar Series.
Belgian relese Living on Impulse!, compilation 3-CD set.
Wrongplace/Don't Forget 12" Single label (1994).

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, perc, Comp, Arr, Cond),
Roland Alexander (ts, ss, fl, African flute, perc),
Paul Jeffrey (ts, fl, bassett horn, perc),
Fred Kelly (as, ss, fl, bar, pic, perc),
Joe Ferguson (as, ss, fl, perc),
Ted Daniel, Richard Williams, and Sinclair Acey (tp, flg, perc),
Charles Stephens and Charles Majeed Greenlee (tb, perc),
Joe Daley (tu/eu, perc), Gregory Maker (b, el-b, perc),
Harold Smith (perc), Warren Smith (dr, perc)

Joe Daley appears with Rivers for the first time in the recording session above.
 He is credited in a multitude of sessions in this document with playing
 either/and/or tuba, euphonium, and baritone horn:
 "I used tuba and euphonium only, but many confuse the euphonium with the baritone
 horn... They look exactly the same, but the baritone is cylindrical bore and the
 euphonium is a comical [sic] bore like the tuba and French horn... To add spice
 to the story, occasionally I would play a double-bell baritone horn..."
 —Joe Daley 18.02.13

For our purposes going forward, and to avoid confusion and admit to my uncertainty
on particular sessions, Daley is credited with an either/or tuba/euphonium (tu/eu).
—RL

{ASD-9286; Verve 314 589 760-2}








74.03.27 • The Music Universe Orchestra [AR]

March 27, 1974 / Washington Square Church, New York City

1. Music of the Spirit [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Carlos Ward and Lee Konitz (as), Garrett List (tb), Frederic Rzewski (p),
Karl Berger (vb), Gregory Reeve (va, per), Dave Holland (b), Bob Moses (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01; Robert E. Sweet, Music Universe, Music Mind p.51}


  • 74.04.07 through 74.04.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]

74.05.15 • John Lee Hooker: Free Beer and Chicken

1974: ABC Records ABCD-838 (LP, Quad, Santa Maria pressing); ABCD-838 (LP) [+ Aus]; ABCD-838 (LP, Promo);
    ABCD-838 (LP, Quad, Pitman pressing); ABCL 5059 (LP) UK; 2C06495970 (LP) Fr; SPBA 3080 (LP) Aus;
    TC-ABCL 5059 (CS) UK;
1976: ABC LP-0062 (LP) Sp [Title "Cerveza y Pollo Gratis"];
1991: BGO Records BGOCD123 (CD, Reissue) UK [+ BGO CD 123];
1992: BGO BGOLP123 (LP) UK;
2011: ABC Records ABCD-838 (LP)

May 15, 1974 / Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA

1. Five Long Years (Trad arr. Hooker) [5:59]
"I'd 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.

John Lee Hooker (g, voc), Joe Cocker (voc, tamb), Sam Rivers (fl overdub), Clifford Coulter (p, el-b), Jim Kahr and Wa-Wa Watson (g), Ron Beck (dr)

{BGOCD123; Ed Michel}



74.06.00 • Dick Griffin: The Eighth Wonder

1974: Strata East SES-19747 (LP); JC-7508 (LP) Jpn;
1980: Sugar Hill Records SH 261 (LP)
  • Dick Griffin: The Eighth Wonder & More
    1994: Konnex KCD 5059 (CD) Ger
  • (V/A) Strata-2-East
    1997: Universal Sound US LP6 (2-LP); 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]
5. Flying Back Home [8:21]
6. Come Be With Me [9:32]
Strata-2-East has track 4.

Dick Griffin (tb, Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ron Burton (p), Cecil McBee (b),
Warren Smith (vb, perc), Leopoldo F. Fleming (conga, bells, perc), Freddie Waits (dr)

{KCD 5059; US LP6; Dick Griffin}



  • 74.06.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (perc) /
    Creative Music Summer Studio Festival, 10:00pm, Artists House, NYC [The New York Times Jun 2]

74.06.09 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

June 9, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (perc)

{Andrew Galloway}



Studio RivBea Summer Festival : : : June 28 through July 7, 1974

"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 Oct 1974 p.27, on-line index]


74.06.29 • Sam Rivers Sextet [AR]

June 29, 1974 / Studio RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Ferguson (fl, reeds), Olu Dara (tp), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Hakim Jami (b), Doug Hammond (dr)
—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 and omits Daley and Dara.

{CODA p.32, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; Anonymous 06.01.01}


  • 74.07.01 - Sam Rivers' Orchestral Explorations: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), others... / Studio RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [CODA, p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info]
    —"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."
  • 74.07.04 - Sam Rivers' Harlem Ensemble: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Ferguson, Paul Jeffrey, Danny Carter, and Gene Ghee (reeds),
    Richard Williams, Ted Daniel and Norman Spiller (tp), Charles Stephen and Dick Griffin (tb), Joe Daley (tu/eu),
    Meeker Gregg (b), Warren Smith (dr) / 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]
    —"There are 35 or so people involved, this night it was a 12-piece band..."

74.07.05 • Jazz Opera Ensemble [BR]

July 5, 1974 / Studio RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
—WNYU-FM Broadcast on August 7, 1974
 "Radio station WYNU taped the nights of July 5 and 6 for broadcast..."

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Kasa (el-p), Ronnie Boykins (b), Scoby Stroman (dr),
Ed Taylor (voc, Dir), Jeanne Faulkner, Beverly Mason, and Lydia Payne (voc),

{CODA p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; Billboard Aug 10, 1974 p.25}


74.07.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR & BR]

July 6, 1974 / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City
—WNYU-FM Broadcast, "Jazz Expansions" 11:35pm, August 21, 1974

1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Hayes Burnette (b) "Due to the unavailability of Dave Holland and Cecil McBee...", Barry Altschul (perc)

{CODA, p.33, festival report by Randy Hutton, no issue info; Andrew Galloway; Billboard Aug 10, 1974 p.25;
The New York Times Aug 21}


  • July, 1974:

    Harris Eisanstadt: Was it a regular group with two drummers or just once in a while?
    Barry Altschul: There was a bunch of projects with Sam and two drummers. It was another project of Sam's. I worked with two different drummers, both playing drumsets, me and Bobby Battle; me and Warren Smith; me and Charlie Persip.
    [Destination Out Guest Post: Barry Altschul interviewed by Harris Eisanstadt, January 2013]
    —This two-drummer configuration is noted on various gigs from 74.07.07 through 77.10.19.
    ———


74.07.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR]

July 7, 1974 / RivBea Summer Festival, Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisation [ : ]
2. improvisation [ : ]
—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. —RL

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Hayes Burnette (b), Rashid Ali and Barry Altschul (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


74.07.24 • (V/A) Sam Rivers Trio: Jazz In Piazza [BVR—5:00]

[This 66-minute 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; others...]

July 24, 1974 / Umbria Jazz Festival, Piazza 4 Novembre, Perugia, Italy

1. improvisation [5:00]
"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

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Comp), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr), + Don Pullen (p)

{Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.03; Broadcast Video}


74.07.26 (1) • Dave Holland Quartet [BVR—25:31]

July 26, 1974 / Festival de Jazz d'Antibes, Palazzo dei Congressi, Juan les Pins, Antibes, France
—3eChaine del'ORTF Broadcast

1. Four Winds—Q & A [25:18]  (incomplete, cuts in, Broadcast voice-over from 0:00 to 2:00)
—European Tour "...started at Antibes." —Sam Rivers, forgetting Piazza on the 24th, WKCR-FM Interview, October 5, 1974

Anthony Braxton (as, ss, cbsx), Sam Rivers (fl, voc), Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{DVD; Braxton references this in Impetus 6 1977 p.249; Timo Hoyer 03.11.03; Musica Jazz Oct 1974 pp.22-24 concert reviews, Andrea Puppo}


  • 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": Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Umbria Jazz 1974, The Fortress, Perugia, Italy [Musica Jazz Oct 1974, pp.9-13 concert reviews by Arrigo Polillo]
  • 74.07.28 - Dave Holland Quartet (-1): Sam Rivers (ts, fl), Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) ...Braxton was taken ill and missed the gig. /
    Molde Kino, Molde, Norway [www.moldejazz.no/hoved/historie/list_musikere.php3]
    —"We jumped from Perugia to... Molde, Norway, via five changes of planes... We had to be there the next night."
  • 74.09.30 - Bill Cole Ensemble: Cole (Chinese musette, Indian Shenai, Korean Sona), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Vishnu Wood (b), Warren Smith (dr) /
    John Coltrane Memorial World Music Series, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH [Boston Globe Sep 27 p.19+40]

74.10.05 • Sam Rivers Interview [BR—66:19]

—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 (speaking)

{CD-R}


74.11.01 • Sam Rivers Reeds of Harlem [AR]

November 1, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. Shadows [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Marvin Blackman, Joe Ferguson, and Gary Gordon (ss, fl), Daniel Carter and Hillary Schmidt (as, fl),
Keshauan Maslik, Paul Jeffrey, and Lauren Brown (ss), Trevor Kohler and Ron Scott (bar, fl)

{Andrew Galloway}


  • 74.11.15 and 74.11.16 - Sam Rivers Sextet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Ferguson (ts, as), Olu Dara (tp), Joe Daley (tu/eu),
    Ronnie Boykins (b), Doug Hammond (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC [Sam Rivers Interview on WKCR-FM, October 5, 1974]

74.11.28 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—65:45]

November 28, 1974 / Studio RivBea, New York City
—Circulating mis-dated 74.11.29, but the Rivers interview puts the Trio + 1 gig ("and a surprise addition.") on the 28th. —RL.

1. improvisation [65:45]  (split track at 45:52, incomplete)
 (ts section—26:04  incomplete)
 (fl+voc section—22:54)
 (fl section—16:37  incomplete)
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, voc), Olu Dara (tp), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (perc)

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


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

  • 74.12.08 - (CANCELLED) Sam Rivers & Barry Altschul Duo / Annex Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    [CODA Dec 1974 #134 pg.26, "Around the World" column]
    —Anthony Braxton Trio, w/ Dave 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 at www.jazzdiscography.com]
  • 74.12.27 through 75.01.05 - New Year's Studio: "Guiding Artists include... Sam Rivers" / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    —"Group and orchestra workshops..." [CODA Dec 1974 #134 p.27]

74.12.29 • Sam Rivers Trio + Karl Berger [AR—106:37]

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]  (incomplete, 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]
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 (ts, ss, fl), Karl Berger (el-p, 2nd Set only), Dave Holland (b), Stu Martin (dr)

{CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; Heinrich Smejkal}


1975 : : :



    Creative Music Studio Winter Term—January 15 through March 15, 1975

    Sam Rivers, others... / Concert & Workshop Program, Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    [CODA Dec 1974 #134 p.27]
    "Group and orchestra workshops..." Rivers was in residence at various times during the Winter Term,
    most likely after the late January Carman Moore production in California.



    "[Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse"] will be recorded by DGG."
    —Michael Cuscuna Record World Dec 7 '74 p.35

  • 75.01.22 and 75.01.23 - Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse": Seiji Ozawa (Cond), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Sam Rivers (ss),
    Dennis Moorman (p), Paul Griffin (org), Cissy Houston and Barbara Washington-Grant (Soprano), Ann Duquesnay (Contralto),
    Maeretha Stewart (Mezzo-Soprano), others / 8:30pm the 22nd; 2:00pm the 23rd, The Opera House, San Francisco, CA
    "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."
    [Billboard Jan 18 p.38; The Argus Jan 17 p.39]

    "Moore's ‘Gospel Fuse’ will have its first performance on Wednesday night in San Francisco under Ozawa.
    The, piece, which Moore describes as ‘almost a church service,’ has a saxophone soloist (Sam Rivers) taking a kind of preacher's role
    in one movement, with the orchestra responding like a congregation. Later on, a gospel quartet led by Cissy Houston, lead singer
    of the Sweet Inspirations, gets into the action. ‘At first I thought of Aretha Franklin but Cissy is fantastic. She's Dionne Warwick's aunt,
    and taught her to sing.’
    According to Moore, the New York Philharmonic, which was accused of bias ... several years ago, ‘is still typical of the whole orchestral
    scene.’ But he feels more strongly about the San Francisco situation. ‘I wouldn't do this piece for the San Francisco Symphony. I did it
    for Ozawa and if he left the orchestra tomorrow he could take it with him.’ The sticky situation in San Francisco developed this season
    when a black woman timpanist, Elayne Jones, was refused tenure by the players committee, in what was considered a direct slap in the face
    to Ozawa, who hired her. Moore has decided to make a musical comment on the controversy: ‘In my revised version of ‘Gospel Fuse,'
    there is a big timpani solo in the first few measures. I think that will get the message across out there.’
    [Donal Henahan "This Week's Most Wanted Composer: Carman Moore" The New York Times Jan 19 p.105]

75.01.24 • Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse" [BR]

KKHI-FM+AM Live Broadcast

January 24, 1975, 8:30pm / The Opera House, San Francisco, CA

1. Gospel Fuse [ : ]
Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse": Seiji Ozawa (Cond), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Sam Rivers (ss), Dennis Moorman (p),
Paul Griffin (org), Cissy Houston and Barbara Washington-Grant (Soprano), Ann Duquesnay (Contralto), Maeretha Stewart (Mezzo-Soprano), others

{The Argus Jan 17 p.39}


  • 75.01.25 - Carman Moore's "Gospel Fuse": as above / 8:00pm, Flint Center, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
    [Billboard Jan 18, 1975 p.38; The Argus Jan 17 p.39]


  • 75.01.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Chris Armberger (b), Eddie Marshall (dr) /
    Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [San Francisco Bay Guardian Jan 25 p.27; San Francisco Examiner Jan 28 p.21]
    —An unusual one-night stand at Keystone between a Stitt/Hutcherson Quintet run and an Ahmad Jamal run.
  • 75.02.22 - "Straight Ahead" w/ Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers... / Revolution & Social Change theme, 10:00am, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
    [W. S. Tkweme "Vindicating karma: jazz and the Black Arts movement" (2007) p.219, Doctoral Dissertation; The Onyx Feb 15 p.10]
  • 75.03.08 - George Russell: Russell (p), Sam Rivers and Jimmy Giuffre (reeds), Jimmy Owens (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Tony Williams (dr), others /
    Carnegie Hall, NYC [Musica Jazz May 1975 p.28 concert reviews, Giuseppe Dalla Bona]
    "...Included three percussionists, three keyboard instruments (acoustic piano, electric piano, organ), two basses (acoustic and electric),
    a dozen wind instruments, and two simulitaneously functioning conductors. They performed two long compositions by Mr. Russell—
    ‘Living Time’ (50 minutes) and ‘Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature’ (1 hour, 5 minutes)—as part of the New York Jazz
    Repertory Company's series of concerts." [John S. Wilson "Russell Presents His Episodic Jazz" The New York Times Mar 10 p.40]
  • 75.03.24 through 75.03.30 Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    8:00pm, (Sunday matinee 4:30), Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA [display ad, Boston Globe Mar 23 p.C16]
  • 75.04.01 to 74.05.31 - Sam Rivers: "Guiding Artists include..." / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    —"Group and orchestra workshops..." Rivers was in residence at various times during the Spring Term,
     most likely after the April engagements at RivBea [CODA Dec 1974 #134 p.27]
  • 75.04.04 and 75.04.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    10:00pm, New Foxhole Cafe, Philadelphia, PA [Philadelphia Inquirer Apr 4, 1975 p.20; Philadelphia Daily News Apr 4 p.38]
    —Like dates on RivBea calendar below were cancelled.

  • 75.04.11 and 75.04.12 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 10:00pm and 12:00am, Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 75.04.18 and 75.04.19 - Sam Rivers Trio / 10:00pm and 12:00am, Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
  • 75.04.25 - Sam Rivers Trio / 10:00pm and 12:00am, Studio Rivbea, NYC [ibid]
    —RivBea calendar date for the Trio on 75.04.26 was cancelled.



  • 75.04.26 - African-American Music & Song: Vishnu Wood (b, Dir), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ray Copeland (tp, flg), Randy Weston (p),
    Bev Roehler (voc, p, g), Clifford Jarvis (dr), four unknown (dance), + The World Music Workshop of Stockbridge School,
    The Price Memorial AME Zion Church Gospel Choir featuring 11-year-old Paul "Mr. Down Home Keele (p) /
    Patriots Arts Festival, 8:00pm, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
    [The Berkshire Eagle Apr 24 p.6 + Apr 29 p.6]
  • 75.05.01 (1) - Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul: Lectures in various classes /
    Michigan State University and Lansing Community College, East Lansing, MI
    [Lansing State Journal Apr 29 p.33]
  • 75.05.01 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    8:00 & 10:30pm, McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    [Lansing State Journal Apr 29 p.33; Henry Kuntz, ©2009 bells/Network: free-jazz.net]
    "Two concerts a night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the kiva (a small circular auditorium in the MSU dormitory complex)." —Henry Kuntz
  • 75.05.02 (1) - Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul: Lectures in various classes /
    Michigan State University and Lansing Community College, East Lansing, MI
    [Lansing State Journal Apr 29 p.33]
  • 75.05.02 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    8:00 & 10:30pm, McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    [Lansing State Journal Apr 29 p.33; Henry Kuntz, ©2009 bells/Network: free-jazz.net]
  • 75.05.03 (1) - Open Workshop: Sam Rivers Trio / 2:00pm, McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    [Lansing State Journal Apr 29 p.33]

75.05.03 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

May 3, 1975, 8:00 & 10:30pm / McDonel Kiva, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
—"We caught the earlier performance on Saturday night..." —Henry Kuntz

1. Early Show—improvisation [ : ]
 (ts section)
 (b solo)
 (p section)
 (fl+voc section)
 (dr solo)
 (ss section)
 standing ovation from the crowd
2."two unknown medleys" [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Anonymous; Henry Kuntz at free-jazz.net; Reviews by David Wild, BELLS Magazine Jul '75, p.1; CODA #144 August 1975, p.38}


75.06.01 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR—60:07]

WKCR-FM Broadcast during the "Loft Jazz Festival" January 10 through 15, 1994

June 1, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City

 announcement [0:22]
1. unknown title [59:30]
 announcement [0:15]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), other personnel unidentified [See 75.07.01]

{CD-R}


  • 75.06.03 through 75.06.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Edmonton Jazz Society,
    Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]
  • 75.06.15 - "Party in Harlem For Coltrane Book:" Sam Rivers, George Braith, others... / Harlem Performance Center, NYC
    "A book party celebrating a biography of John Coltrane, the jazz saxophonist, attracted several of his colleagues yesterday to entertain
    at the Harlem Performance Center in a benefit for the Schomburg Collection of Black History and Literature in Harlem.
    The Schomburg Collection... accommodates one of the world's largest assemblages of works on Afro-American and African art and literature.
    Sam Rivers, the jazz pianist, who knew John Coltrane; George Braith, John Coltrane's student, who plays alto and soprano saxophones
    at the same time; and Dr. Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins, author of the new book, ‘Coltrane, a Biography,’ drew a crowd of 200 to the event."
    [The New York Times Jun 16, 1975 p.21]

  • 75.06.19 http://skytime.org/IlluminatedWorkingmen.mp3

75.00.00 (1) • Sam Rivers & Rashied Ali Duo [BR—15:57]

WKCR-FM Broadcast May 22, 2007, "Sam Rivers Festival"

unknown date, 1975 or 1976 / Ali's Alley, New York City
1. improvisation [15:57]  (incomplete, fades in, fades out)
Sam Rivers (ts), Rashied Ali (dr)

{CD-R}


75.06.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—68:46 & BR—54:15]

WKCR-FM Broadcast during the "Loft Jazz Festival" January 10 through 15, 1994

June 22, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City

Broadcast Recording:
1. improvisation [54:15]
 (ss section—12:32, incomplete, fades in)
 (b solo—4:21)
 (fl+voc section—22:10)
 (dr solo—4:39)
 (ts section—10:02, incomplete, split track...)
 (announcement—0:31)
Audience Recording:
1. improvisation [68:46]
 (ss section—29:58, split track at 18:52)
 (b solo—4:21)
 (fl+voc section—22:10)
 (dr solo—4:30)
 (ts section—10:00, followed by applause, no announcement)
—Audience Recording circulating dated "1975 or 1976".

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Broadcast & Audience CD-Rs}


75.07.01 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR—88:00]

July 1, 1975 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. unknown titles [88:00]
Sam Rivers, Larry Nothington, Bill Saxton, Will Connell, Kay Shaven, and Fred Kelly (reeds), Gary Gordon (ss, fl),
Lauren Brown and Paul Jeffrey (ss), Hamiet Bluiett (bar), Ron Scott (bar, fl)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


75.07.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—131:30]

WKCR-FM Broadcast during the "Loft Jazz Festival" January 10 through 15, 1994

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 June 3rd through 7th.

1st Set:
1. improvisation [69:50]
 (fl section—4:50)
 (ts section—26:00)
 (b solo—3:15)
 (fl section—24:25)
 (dr solo—3:35)
 (ss section—6:45)
 announcement [1:10]
2nd Set:
2. improvisation [61:40]
 (ss section—18:45)
 (b solo—4:10)
 (ts section—21:30)
 (dr solo—4:20)
 (fl section—11:55)
 announcement [0:50]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{2CD-R; James Lindbloom}


    July 7, 1975 - The world premiere of for Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,
    a Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange, takes place on this day at Studio RivBea. I think that's worth mentioning. —RL

75.07.08 • Sam Rivers Solo [RivBea Archival Recording—52:48]

WKCR-FM Broadcast during the "Loft Jazz Festival" January 10 through 15, 1994

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 part 1 [4:11]
 SR announcement [0:44]
2. Composition on a Sunny Day for the Sun God part 2 [8:28]
 (ss section—3:13)
 (fl+voc 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 (ts-1, ss-2, fl-2, voc-2)

{RivBea CD-R; CD-R at 13:05}


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

75.08.01 • Bill Cole: The First Cycle

1980: Music from Dartmouth D100 (LP)

August 1, 1975 / Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1. First Cycle [20:48]  (A-side)
2. First Cycle [21:52]  (B-side)
Bill Cole (Ghanian flute, Chinese musette, Indian shenai, voc),
Sam Rivers (ts, p),
Warren Smith (dr, kettledrum, mba, perc)

{D100; Bennington Banner Jul 18 p.9}


  • 75.09.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Belvedere de Santa Croce, Allesio, Italy
    [La Stampa Aug 14, 1975 p.6 & August 19, 1975 p.6]
  • 75.09.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Notre Dame des Blanc Manteaux, Paris, France
    [Musica Jazz Nov 1975 pp.45-46]
  • 75.09.25 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Notre Dame des Blanc Manteaux, Paris, France [ibid]

75.09.26 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—90:37]

ORTF-FM Broadcast

September 26, 1975 / Notre Dame des Blanc Manteaux, Paris, France
—Recording is also circulating mis-dated 75.09.06, at "80:00".

1. Shapes for Paris [34:56]  (Radio voice-over at beginning, fades out at end)
2. Shapes for Paris [55:41]  (Radio voice-over at beginning)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R at 61:48 (incomplete, cuts in at beginning and out at end); Giuseppe Dalla Bona concert review, Musica Jazz Nov 1975 pp.45-46}


  • 75.09.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Notre Dame des Blanc Manteaux, Paris, France
    [Musica Jazz Nov 1975 pp.45-46]

75.10.16 and 75.10.17 • Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising

1976: Black Saint BSR 0004 (LP) It; JC 3504 (LP) Jpn;
1993: 120004-1 (LP) It; 120004-2 (CD) It; 12004-4 (CS) It;
2016: BSGG002-2 (CD, "Vinyl Replica") Eur
  • Don Pullen: The Complete Remastered Recordings
    2012: C.A.M. Jazz BlackSaint/Soul Note BXS 1017 (7-CD Box Set) It
  • (V/A) You Need This—An Introduction To Black Saint & Soul Note (1975-1985)
    2017: BBE Records BBE415CLP (3-LP Set—Remasters) UK

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]
You Need This has track 3.

Don Pullen (p), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Alex Blake (b), Bobby Battle (dr, tamb)

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



  • 75.10.21 and 75.10.22 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Chris Amberger (b), Eddie Marshall (dr) /
    7:30 & 10:30pm, New Varsity Theatre, Palo Alto, CA [Stanford Daily Oct 17 p.2 + Oct 28 p.5]
    Stanford Daily display ad: "The John Coltrane of the '70s."
    "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
    —"Two hour-long improvisations..." —Stanford Daily


  • 75.10.24 and 75.10.25 CANCELLED - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    9:00 & 10:00pm, New Foxhole Cafe, Philadelphia, PA [Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 24, 1975 p.32]
    —"Rescheduled from two weeks ago..." Nov 6 Philadelphia Daily Pennsylvanian announcement for 75.11.07 + 75.11.08 below.
    —WKCR-FM Archive claims a Broadcast Recording for a session 75.10.25 at Keystone Korner in San Francisco,
     which is likely just a broadcast date. [WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31]


  • 75.10.28 and 75.10.29 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [Berkeley Barb Oct 31-Nov 6 p.16; Argus Oct 31 p.14; San Francisco Bay Guardian Oct 24 p.26]
    —See 75.00.00 (2) below.
  • 75.10.30 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    "Jazz with Sam Rivers", 9:00pm, WBAI Free Music Store, Studio C, BAI Church, NYC
    [New York Magazine Nov 3, 1975 p.30; The New York Times Oct 30, 1975 p.49]
  • 75.10.30 (2) through 75.11.02 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [Berkeley Barb Oct 31-Nov 6 p.16; Argus Oct 31 p.14]
    —See 75.00.00 (2) below.

75.00.00 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [BR]

Between 75.10.31 and 75.11.02, 1975 / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA

unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31}


  • 75.11.07 and 75.11.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    9:00 & 10:00pm, New Foxhole Cafe, Philadelphia, PA [Philadelphia Daily News Nov 7, 1975 p.66]
  • 75.12.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 2:00pm, Kresge Auditorium, MIT University, Cambridge, MA
    [Boston Globe Dec 5, 1975 p.43]

75.12.09 • Sam Rivers: Sizzle

1976: Impulse! ASD 9316 (LP) [+ White label Promo]; IMPL 8025 (LP) UK
    Melody Park ABC/Impulse! YQ-8509-AI (LP, OBI, covered labels) Jpn

December 9, 1975 / Generation Sound Studios, New York City

** 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.

1. Dawn [12:38]
2. Flare [8:53]
3. Flame [12:20]
4. Scud [9:59]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp),
Ted Dunbar (g), Dave Holland (ce, b),
Warren Smith (dr, vb, tympani), Barry Altschul (dr)

{ASD-9316; Randy Aranson}


75.00.00 (3) • Sam Rivers Quintet [AR—45:49]

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]
Different personnel than the sessions below, so this may be an engagement from earlier in the year. —RL

Sam Rivers (ts, fl), Ronald Prince (g), Dave Holland (ce, b, el-b), Warren Smith (dr, vb, perc), Barry Altschul (dr, perc)

{CD-R}


    "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."
    [Billy Bang feature Down Beat Sep 1981 p.28]

  • 75.12.02 through 75.12.04 - Sam Rivers Quintet: (no personnel listed) / Five Spot, NYC [The New York Times Nov 30, 1975 p.D24]

75.12.05 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Warren Smith Archival Recording]

December 5, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Ted Dunbar (g), Dave Holland (b), Warren Smith and Barry Altschul (dr)

{Warren Smith Archive cassette}


  • 75.12.06 and 75.12.07 - Sam Rivers Quintet: (no personnel listed) / Five Spot, NYC [The New York Times Nov 30 p.D24]
  • 75.12.09 through 75.12.11 - Sam Rivers Quintet: (no personnel listed) / Five Spot, NYC [The New York Times Dec 7 p.D32]

75.12.12 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—71:59]

December 12, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City

1. improvisation [60:21]  (split track at 44:38)
 (p section—34:21)
 (dr solo—2:47)
 (ts section—23:13)
2. encore [11:21]  (incomplete, cuts out)
Sam Rivers (ts-1, p-1, voc-1,2, fl-2), Leo Smith (tp, perc), Karl Berger (vb-1,2, el-p-2), Barry Altschul (perc)

{CD-R}


  • 75.12.13 - Sam Rivers Quintet: (no personnel listed) / Five Spot, NYC [The New York Times Dec 7 p.D32]

75.12.14 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR]

December 14, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City

1. (3) unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Leo Smith and Woody Shaw (tp), Barry Altschul (perc)
—Some sources inexplicably have Leo Smith as "Lawrence" Smith.

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


  • 75.12.16 and 75.12.17 - Sam Rivers Quintet: (no personnel listed) / Five Spot, NYC [The New York Times Dec 14 p.D37]

75.12.18 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR]

December 18, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City

1. (5) unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Leo Smith (tp, perc), Peter Warren (b), Barry Altschul (perc)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


  • 75.12.19 and 75.12.20 - Sam Rivers Quintet: (no personnel listed) / Five Spot, NYC [The New York Times Dec 14 p.D37]

75.12.21 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR]

December 21, 1975 / Five Spot, New York City

1. (2) unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Leo Smith (tp, perc), Peter Warren (b), Barry Altschul (perc)

{Anonymous 06.01.01; The New York Times Dec 21 p.D33}


  • 75.12.26 - Black Cowboys—A Jazz Opera: Emory Taylor (text), Sam Rivers (reeds, Comp), others... /
    Black Bicentennial Celebration, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC [The New York Times Dec 26 p.L52]
    "The Harlem Cultural Council will present a Black Bicentennial program that includes excerpts from ‘Black Cowboys,’ a jazz opera
    based on original black cowboy tunes. The excerpts will be offered by the Harlem Opera Society. The mixed-media production
    was written by Emory Taylor with music by Sam Rivers.


  • Creative Music Studio New Year's Intensive—December 27, 1975 through January 5, 1976

    Ing Rid aka Ingrid Berger aka Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Leroy Jenkins, George Russell, Sam Rivers, others... /
    Concert & Workshop Program, Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    [The Kingston Daily Freeman Dec 18 p.20]


  • 75.12.31 Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    "I was a student at Creative Music Studio starting in 1975... I'm not sure if it was recorded. Sam also did a workshop
    with the participants, and Barry did a workshop on drumming." [Danny O. 12.01.09]

1976 : : :


76.01.01 • Sam Rivers [BR]

January 1, 1976, 8:00pm / The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, NYC
—WBAI Radio Broadcast, 7:30pm, February 20, 1976. Program was three-and-a-half hours long.

1. unknown titles [ : ]
"And tonight, to support these year-round ventures, [The Poetry Project] is having an appropriate blowout.
Poets, musicians and dancers will perform at the church... for about six hours."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), unknown others
"Among the poets, musicians, and dancers performing will be" John Cage, Sam Rivers, Allen Ginsberg, Helen Adam,
John Ashberry, Kenneth King, Jackie Curtis, Joel Oppenheimer, Patti Smith, John Giorno, Douglas Dunn, Maureen Owen,
Robert Wilson, Anne Waldman, Ted Greenwald, Taylor Mead, "and many others..."

{The New York Times Jan 1 p.12; Pacifica Radio Archive WBAI Folio February 1976 p.3+12}


76.00.00 (1) • Joe Cocker: Stingray

1976: A&M Records SP-4574 (LP); SP-4574 (LP; SP-4574 (LP, Promo);
    SP-4574 (LP, Pitman pressing); 27 145 XOT (LP) Neth; L 35811 (LP) NZ;
    SP-4574 (LP) Can; LPS-88.641 (LP) Vnz; 27 145 XOT (LP) Benelux;
    SA&MX-2179 (LP) Brz; 27 145 XOT (LP) Ger; 985 033 (LP) Fr;
    AMP-2002 (LP) Jpn; AMLH 64574 (LP) Gr; 27145-I (LP) Sp;
    SLAM 64574 (LP) It; AMLH 64574 (LP) UK; L 35811 (LP) Aus;
    PGP RTB Records/A&M LP-55-5607, 4574 (LP, 1st edition—1500 copies) Yug;
    GP-2010 SP-4884 (LP, gate) Jpn; SP-4574 (LP, Promo) Can;
1991: A&M 394 574-2 (CD) UK;
1992: Il Grande Rock De Agostini CDDEA 2300 (CD) It [Title "Joe Cocker"];
2016: A&M MOCCD13271 (CD) Eur;
unknown: A&M 8T-4574 (8-Trk, 1-sided); 394 574-2 (CD-R, Unofficial) UK
  • The Jealous Kind b/w You Came Along
    1976: A&M Records 1830-S (7" Single);
        1830/1830-S (7" Mono/Stereo, Promo, "The Jealous Kind" A&B-Sides);
        AMS 7243 (7" Single) UK; AMS 7243 (7" Single, Solid-center) UK;
        16848 AT (7" Single) Neth
  • Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits
    1976: A&M Records LP 4670 (LP); SP-4670 (LP, Promo); LP 4670 (LP, White Promo);
    1977: A&M SP 4670 (LP) [+Canada]; A&M-Columbia House SP 4670 (LP);
        A&M-RCA SP 4670 (LP); 8T-4670 (8-Trk); SP 69923 (LP);
        CS-4670 (CS); A&M-Columbia House CS-4670 (CS);
        A&M-Columbia House CS-4670 C 124404 (CS); CS-3257 (CS);
        CS-3257 (CS, clear-case); A&M-Columbia House CS-3257 (CS);
        SP 69923 (LP, Black label) Can [+ White label reissue]; SP 69923 (LP) Can;
        A&M of Canada Limited, Columbia House CS-4670 (CS) Can;
    1982: A&M SP-3257 (LP, Indianapolis pressing);
    1987: A&M CD 3257 (CD) [+ Reissue '98]; A&M-Columbia House CD 3257 (CD);
    1996: A&M 750213257-2 (CD) 1996 Vnz;
    1998: A&M CS-69923 (CS, Black casing) Can;
        CD 69923 (CD) Can [+ "546838T 569923" spine only]; 393 257-2 (CD) UK;
    unknown: A&M CS-69923 (CS, Value) Can; AMCS-69923 (CS) Can
  • Joe Cocker: Classics Volume 4—A&M Records 25th Anniversary Series
    1987: A&M Records CD 2503 (CD) [+ Can]; A&M CD-2053 (CD);
        A&M 83603 2503 4 (CS)
  • Joe Cocker: The Long Voyage Home—The Silver Anniversary Collection
    1995: A&M Records 31454 0238 2 (4-CD)
  • Joe Cocker: The Anthology
    1999: A&M Records 069 490 390-2 (2-CD);
        A&M 490 390-2 (CD) Eur [+ Reissue unknown date]
  • The Best Of Joe Cocker: 20th Century Masters—The Millennium Collection
    2000: A&M Records 314 541 606-2 (CD) [+ Can];
        A&M B0007761-02 (CD, PaperFoam® digipak) [+ Ecopack™ digipak];
        A&M 314 541 606-4 (CS)
  • Joe Cocker: Greatest Love Songs
    2003: Hip-O Records 440-069-887-2 (CD)
  • Joe Cocker: The Singles
    2003: BR Music CDBX 545-2 (CD) Neth
  • Joe Cocker: Gold
    2006: UMe/Hip-O Records/Chronicles B0006142-02 (2-CD);
    Hip-O Records 0249840763 (2-CD) Can
  • Joe Cocker: Legends of Rock
    2011: Golden Collection no issue# (2-CDr, Unofficial, MP3) Ukr

  • Images, top to bottom:
    Stingray LP cover
    The Jealous Kind (7" Mono/Stereo, Promo)
    The Jealous Kind 7" Single (Neth)
    Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits LP cover;
    Joe Cocker: ЛЕГЕНДЫ РОКА (Legends of Rock) 2-CDr (Ukr)

January or February, 1976 / unknown venue, 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—RL).
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 March 28, playing "material that would
appear on his Stingray LP the following month."
[The Great Rock Discography by Martin C. Strong]

Joe Cocker (voc), Sam Rivers (ss), Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale (g),
Richard Tee (keys), Gordon Edwards (b), Flaco (cga), Steve Gadd (dr)

{A&M SP-4670; A&M 394 574-2; Mr. Sam Rivers; discogs.com; Asya Ayrapetov-Robertshaw;
concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/joe-cocker-concert/20051191-3408.html}







  • 1976:

    "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, he 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’"
    [Dave Holland feature, WIRE #50 April, 1988 p.49]
    ———


  • 76.01.30-31 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (b), Altschul (dr) / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Patrick Clare archive, RivBea flyer]
  • 76.02.00 ("early February") - George Coleman, Sam Rivers, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, others? / unknown city, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Jan 1976 p.22, on-line index]
  • 76.02.10 through 76.02.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (b), Altschul (dr) / 10:00pm, Village Jazz Club, NYC
    "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..."
    [The New York Times Feb 12 p.37]

76.02.18 • Dave Holland Sam Rivers: S/T

1976: Improvising Artists Inc. IAI 37.38.43 (LP); Phonogram/IAI RJ-7143 (LP) Jpn;
1992: IAI 123843-2 (CD) It
  • Sam Rivers Dave Holland: S/T Vol.2
    1977: Improvising Artists Inc. IAI 37.38.48 (LP);
    1992: IAI 123848-2 (CD) It

February 18, 1976 / Big Apple Studio, New York City

1. Waterfall [17:08]
2. Cascade [21:19]
3. Ripples [23:49]
4. Deluge [23:23]
Dave Holland Sam Rivers has tracks 1 and 2.
Sam Rivers Dave Holland Vol. 2 has tracks 3 and 4.

Sam Rivers (ts-2, ss-1, fl-3, p-4; Comp),
Dave Holland (b)

{IAI 373843, IAI 373848, IAI 123843-2 & IAI 123848-2}





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


"This album is the face of two people by illustration, but something is creepy."
—Google Translate of a blog review at www.asahi-net.or.jp






  • 76.02.19 - The Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), no other personnel listed /
    "Eclipse Jazz" event, The Residential College Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI [Ebay poster dated "February 19"]
    —No year indicated, but date fits the universal calendar for 1970, '76, and '81, and Rivers' activities eliminate the former and latter. —RL

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

1976: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council HKTDC-A1 (LP)
    "This is an LP... released in celebration of the American Bicentennial.
    The music was first presented at the 9th Hong Kong Ready-to-Wear Festival."
    —Anthony B. Rogers

February 29, 1976 / Port Authority, Hong Kong

1. 1st Movement—Pastorale [13:29]
2. 2nd Movement—Urban Walk [14:16]
3. 3rd Movement—Colours [13:48]
4. 4th Movement—Folk Energy [12:15]
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

Images, top to bottom:
The Red Silk Book
The Label
A Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon LP Cover.
—Images courtesy Mark Frederick

Carman Moore (Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl),
Elliott Randal (el-g, pípa), Kenneth Bichel (p, hrpschrd, el-p, synth),
Richard Davis (b, el-b), Warren Smith (dr, perc)
Isaiah Jackson (Cond), The American Symphony Orchestra

{Primary Source: HKTDC-A1; Mark Frederick 08.02.27 and 08.12.12;
Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography, Aaron Horne, Greenwood Press}






The rather unusual (uncredited) Liner Notes from this disc : : :

Tone Roads to Hong Kong '76

Fashion is no longer simply what you wear. Like music, fashion is a lifestyle in itself; reflecting the mood of an era. It is inspired by, and in turn inspires
all aspects of the visual and aural media. And, as new fashion constantly evolves, so does new music.

In this presentation, the cross-stimulation and the cross-fertilization of the two separate elements—fashion and music—has resulted in an experimental
and totally new artform... fashion inspiring music and music inspiring fashion. The result—"Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon."

In this attempt, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council is in the vanguard of not only expanding the form of fashion, but of also producing an avant
garde musical form, which itself combines the classical symphonic, the traditional Chinese, and the modern rhythm-and-blues idiom. In a sense, it is the
creation of an international atmosphere, an environment, in which many "art" elements stimulate each other; a dual mirror image of society—one visual
and the other aural.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council, as a patron of the project, considers that in its endeavours to promote the fashions emanating from
its designers and its garment industry, it is launching a unique fashion statement. And this endeavour has presented an ideal opportunity for us
to pay tribute to the United States of America"a country that has provided Hong Kong with a means to develop its fashion industry. And, having
accepted the output of that industry so readily now as it has in the past, we hope that it will accept this gesture of goodwill in America's Bicentennial
Year. We hope the music in this long playing record will be both a fitting and lasting tribute.

To emphasize our gratitude, two of America's exciting new musicians were commissioned to execute the musical element of the presentation...
The choice of American musicians has a double significance as a great deal of the new music of this century has evolved from the traditional
American musical idioms.

This year, in which America celebrates its 200th Anniversary, is an extremely auspicious year. For 1976, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, is the
Year of the Dragon. The Dragon, one of the four fabulous creatures of good omen, symbolises prosperity, fertility, and energy, expressions which typify
our hopes for America. It is widely held that new projects undertaken in the Dragon Year will meet with great success, which we hope is prophetic for
our venture. It is for these reasons we have chosen the title—"Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon."

Almost as if celebrating the power and energy of this mythical and benevolent creature, the show presented is a synthesis of the dual artistic concepts
of fashion/music and music/fashion. The project was conceived by Len Dunning, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Inspired by the creativity, the industry and the poetic imagination of the Chinese, composer Moore, in collaboration with fashion co-ordinator, Julius
Schofield of London, created this new work, based on the colours, the designs and the feeling of the new fashions from Hong Kong's 1976 collection.

Chinese classical instruments and the traditional Chinese musical idiom are mixed with contemporary music and the symphonic tradition in this
unprecedented new musical form. The complete presentation was first staged at the 9th Hong Kong Ready-to-Wear Festival in February 1976.

On this recording, conductor, Isaiah Jackson, the Associate Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, is conducting the American Symphony Orchestra,
which was founded by one of his mentors, Leopold Stokowski, in 1962. The ASO is one of the world's only major self-governing orchestras. Based at
Carnegie Hall, the orchestra is noted for its interpretations of new music. The five soloists joining the orchestra in this work are each highly-acclaimed
throughout the world for their mastery of improvisation in contemporary music forms.

A festival of Hong Kong fashion inspired the "Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon." The clothes, representing four different feelings,
four modes of fashion, complement and in turn are complemented by the four movements of Carman Moore's music.
  • 1st Movement—Pastorale: A rustic mood. The sophisticate's dream of the uncomplicated country life. Petticoats and baskets,
    aprons and shawls; or tough and sturdy workwear that takes mountains and city canyons in equal stride.
  • 2nd Movement—Urban Walk: The mood of the metropolis. The City Girl—neat little heels clattering through busy streets;
    satchel slung over one shoulder, flannels fluttering.
  • 3rd Movement—Colours: A warm, luxurious mood. Fluffy knits—soft and cuddly. Wrappings to nestle in; warmed and soothed
    against winter's chill.
  • 4th Movement—Folk Energy: The exotic mood. The nomad, the wanderer, wild and free; swathed in brilliant garb that marks
    her trail from the Yucatan to Madagascar.

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

76.03.12
76.03.13 (1) • Sam Rivers: The Quest

1976: Red Records VPA 106 (LP) It;
1977: PAUSA Records PR 7015 (LP) It
  • Sam Rivers: Vision
    1977: Tobacco Road B/2512 (LP, "American Jazz & Blues History Vol. 12") It
  • Sam Rivers con Shiano, Altschul e Holland
    1977: Gong N° 6 Anno 4° di (magazine + vinyl 7" EP) It
        GONG: Monthly Music and Progressive Culture
        July/August 1977 720.pp, Supplemento
        —1st Session: [See also 77.04.28]
  • Sam Rivers: I Grandi del Jazz
    1979: Fabbri Editori GDJ-15 (LP) It
  • (V/A) I Grandi del Jazz: L'Avanguardia
    1981: Fabbri Editori no release# (8-LP Box—2nd in a 13-Box, 104-LP set) It
  • Just Jazz: Earl Hines/Sam Rivers
    1980: Fabbri Editori DLP 1012 (2-LP Box, Just Jazz Series) It
        —GDJ-03 (Earl Hines) + GDJ-15 Packaged together.
  • (V/A) Just Jazz Vol. 1
    unknown: Fabbri Editori no release# (5-LP Box) It
        —Hines, Albert Ayler, Rivers, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton

March 12 & 13, 1976 / Rassegna Internazionale Jazz, Palazzo dello Sport, Milan, Italy

1. Expectation [6:35]
2. Vision [12:20]
3. Judgement [10:15]
4. Hope [6:55]
Quest session complete on all of the Fabbri Editori editions. —RL
—PAUSA PR 7015 has the tracks reversed. Side A has tracks 1 [10:10] and 2 [6:51];
 Side B has tracks 3 [6:28] (titled "Tudgement") and 4 [12:15].
GONG 7" EP has excerpts of tracks 2 [2:00], 3 (mislabeled "Tudgement") [2:35],
 and 4 [2:05].
Images, top to bottom:
Original Red Records LP cover (1973)
GONG Supplemento Al N° 6 Anno 4° sleeve
GONG EP label
Fabbri Editori I Grandi del Jazz 13-Box set (left)
Fabbri Editori GDJ-15 LP cover (right)

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

On the Fabbri Editori editions:
"Part of a series of more than 100 LPs sold not in record stores but in newspaper
stands in the '80s. Every record was issued weekly and packaged as a booklet of LP size
+ record. The publisher was Fratelli Fabbri Editori (Fabbri Brothers Press), ...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 seventh record of the
box (the 15th from the start, so its catalogue number is GDJ 15) was the Rivers one...
[The Earl Hines was GDJ 03]. 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










{GdJ-15; PAUSA PR-7015; VPA 106; Lukas Notaras (GONG photos); Stefano Zenni, Giovanni Zanoni, and Rick Wallach;
Musica Jazz Mar 1976 p.20, Apr 1976 p.25, May 1976 pp.13-16}

76.03.13 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—47:18]

March 13, 1976 / Bergamo Jazz 8, Bergamo, Italy
—Recording is circulating mis-dated 76.03.16. Bergamo Jazz 8 ran from the 11th to the 13th—performance was on final day.

1. improvisation [42:52]  (incomplete, fades in)
 (ss section—8:46)
 (p section—9:36)
 (fl+voc section—15:28)
 (ts section—9:02)
2. encore [4:10]  (incomplete, cuts in)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R; Spettacoli Stampa Sera Feb 17 p.13}


  • 76.03.18 - Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon: Carman Moore (Comp), Sam Rivers (reeds), Eliot Randall (g),
    Kenneth Bichell—"Michel" in articles (p, synth), Edward DeMatteo (b), John Beck (dr, perc), Rochester Philharmonic and Isaih Jackson (Cond) /
    Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA [Syndicated article Indianapolis Star Mar 4 p.28+31; Mansfield News Journal Mar 30 p.8]
    —Pre-printed monthly schedule also has Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan at Studio RivBea on this date (weekly, see 76.03.11 + 76.03.25).
  • 76.03.24 - Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon: as above / Waldorf Astoria, NYC [ibid]
  • 76.03.25 - Sam Rivers' Winds of Manhattan: unknown personnel / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 76.03.27 - Second Cycle—Tribute to John Coltrane: Bill Cole (Chinese musette, Indian shenai, Ghanian flute), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p),
    Jayne Cortez (poetry), Vishnu Wood (b, oud), Warren Smith (perc) /
    8:30pm, Center Theater, The Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH [Bennington Banner Mar 18 p.9]
    "The second of seven programs conceived by Dartmouth faculty member Bill Cole... presented over seven years, representing
    the seven stages of reincarnation in the beliefs of the Ibo tribe of southeastern Nigeria." (See The First Cycle 75.08.01)
  • 76.04.03 (1) - Harlem Opera Society's Solomon and Sheba: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, Comp), Emory Taylor (Baritone, Dir),
    Geanie Faulkner (Lyric Coloratura), Robert Donaldson (Tenor), Abby Mason (Soprano), Von Ray (voc) /
    7:30pm, Reynolds Auditorium, Winston-Salem, NC [Winston-Salem Chronicle Mar 20 p.11]

76.04.03 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

April 3, 1976 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisations [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01}


  • 76.04.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    8:00pm, Fine Arts Theater, State University College at Brockport, Brockport, NY [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Apr 4, 1976 p.85]

76.04.09 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR]

April 9, 1976, 9:00 & 11:00pm / WXPN-FM Benefit, New Foxhole Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
—Live Broadcast, WXPN-FM 11:30pm

1. improvisations [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Philadelphia Inquirer Apr 4 p.172; Philadelphia Daily News May 7 p.44}


76.04.10 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—68:12 & BR]

April 10, 1976, 9:00 & 11:00pm / WXPN-FM Benefit, New Foxhole Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
—Live Broadcast, WXPN-FM 11:30pm
—Audience Recording also mistakenly circulating dated April 19, 1976, at "The Empty Foxhole".

Audience Recording:
1. improvisations [68:12]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 10.07.16; Patrick Clare 13.03.28; Philadelphia Inquirer Apr 4 p.172; Philadelphia Daily News May 7 p.44}


  • 76.04.16 through 76.04.25 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [Syndicated ad Reno Gazette-Journal Mar 29 p.5; San Francisco Bay Guardian Apr 9 p.21; Berkeley Barb Apr 16-22 p.14]
    San Francisco Bay Guardian Apr 16 p.21, however, excludes the 19th and has run as April 16-18 and 20-25.
  • 76.05.02 - Four Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon: Carman Moore (Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Kenneth Bichell (p, synth),
    Eliot Randall (g), Edward DeMatteo (b), John Beck (dr, perc), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Isaih Jackson (Dir),
    Garth Fagan (Chor, dance), Ronniev Baxter, Ron Blanco, Steve Humphrey, Bonnie Atkins, Pricilla Scott, Mary Greely,
    John Gourdine, Dana Ricks, and kathy Newcomb (dance) / Eastman Theater, Rochester, NY
    [Jackie Farnan "The Dance Beat: Preparing a Major New Work" Rochester Democrat and Chronicle May 2 p.G1+G6-7]

  • May, 1976:

    Heavy-hitting producers make things happen with a single phone call, usually because they know who to call. Douglas rang Cuscuna,
    knowing he was already working with many of the better-known musicians playing in the lofts. However, Cuscuna found Douglas' initial
    concept of placing a tape machine in several lofts for weeks at a time—and subsequently sifting through hours and hours of tape—to be
    unwieldy and cost-inefficient. Instead, Cuscuna persuaded Douglas to collaborate with Rivers, then in the process of programming Studio
    Rivbea's Spring Festival. Additionally, it was decided that the best performances would be gleamed for a multi-volume anthology and
    the tapes that failed to make the cut would be returned to the artists. Douglas decided to name the series "Wildflowers" after consulting
    a dictionary, and to issue the series as five separately sold LPs, not as a box set.

    Douglas then engaged former Hendrix engineer Ron Saint-Germain, who, upon seeing the bare bones ground-floor performance space,
    convinced the producers that a recording booth was needed; with the festival beginning in a matter of days, Saint-Germain, Rivers,
    and others built a loft over the bandstand. Coda reviewer Vladimir Simosko described the loft being "occupied by a master control board,
    tape recorders, and recording technicians, while the recessed, box-like bandstand became a maze of wires, microphones, and (between sets)
    technicians adjusting microphones and levels for the next group." Even though the logistics were simplified by using a single venue with
    a dedicated loft for recording, the task for the production team remained daunting; as 28 ensembles were scheduled to play over the course
    of two weekends, there were 28 opportunities for everything to go wrong in front of a paying audience.
    ["Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams" Bill Shoemaker (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) p.145]
    ———


76.05.15 • (V/A) Wildflowers I

1977: Douglas/Casablanca NBLP 7045 (LP, The New York Loft Jazz Sessions Series)
    —Part one of a five LP series (Douglas NBLP 7045-7049);
    Douglas NBL-87045 (8-trk); Douglas/Nippon Phonogram RJ-7307 (LP) Jp;
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording] Reel 24
  • (V/A) Wildflowers—The New York Loft Jazz Sessions Sampler
    1977: Douglas SMP 300 (LP)
  • (V/A) New York City Jazz 1
    1983: Polydor 815104-1 (LP, La Serie Douglas) Fr
  • (V/A) 1 Wildflowers—The New York Loft Jazz Sessions
    1995: Gravity 30 00 332 ARC 384 (CD) Fr;
        30 00 332/342/352 (3-CD Set) Fr
  • (V/A) Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions Complete
    1999: Knit Classics KCR-3037 (3-CD Box)
  • (V/A) Wildflowers: Loft Jazz New York 1976
    2005: Douglas AD-10 (3-CD) Fr

May 15, 1976 / Spring Festival, 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

Images, top to bottom:
Original US release LP cover (1973)
Loft Jazz New York 1976 3-CD cover, 2005 release on Douglas (AD-10)

Sam Rivers (ss, Comp), Jerome Hunter (b), Jerry Griffin (dr)

{NBLP 7045; NBL-87045; KCR-3037; Joel Washek 10.10.21; discog.piezoelektric.org}




: : : On the Studio RivBea Wildflower Series : : :







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

"mid 1976" / unknown venue, New York City
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Rashid Sinan (dr), others ?

{WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.21}


    Creative Music Studio June Intensive—June 1, through June 14, 1976

    Karl Berger, Ed Blackwell, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, David Holland, David Izenzon, Garrett List, Ing Rid aka Ingrid Berger aka Ingrid Sertso,
    Sam Rivers, Oliver Lake, Jumma Santos, Leo Smith, Richard Tietelbaum, others... /
    Creative Music Studio, Mount Tremper Camp, Woodstock, NY [Kingston Daily Freedom Jun 1, 1976 p.14]
    —"Two weeks of concerts, workshops, rehearsals, and discussions." Included Creative Music Festival Concerts on June 4-6 and 11-13.


  • 76.06.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), possibly Daley & Smart as below, possibly Dave Holland /
    8:30pm, Creative Music Studio, Mount Tremper Camp, Woodstock, NY
    [Kingston Daily Freedom Jun 3, 1976 p.12; Joe Daley 18.02.03]

  • "Alan Douglas, a record producer whose projects have included the Last Poets, Jimi Hendrix's posthumous recording releases
    and the first American disks by the jazz-rock guitarist John McLaughlin, recorded the entire spring festival at Studio Rivbea
    and plans to issue a series of loft jazz anthology records [Wildflowers 76.05.15]. Rivbea will be presenting the same lineup
    of groups at its summer festival, July 1-10, with three groups performing each night."
    ["Loft Jazz Goes on a Three-Day Toot" The New York Times Jun 4, 1976 p.C1+C17]

  • 76.07.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (flute, ss, fl, voc, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Syd Smart (dr) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's Muntu Sessionography, from MUNTU Recordings booklet (NoBusiness Records); Joe Daley 18.02.03]
    —Muntu Ensemble and David Murray Quartet were also on the bill.

    Photos by Tom Marcello
    Who also provided the session date.
    www.flickr.com/photos/tommarcello/


  • 76.07.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr) /
    52nd Street Jazz Fair, 11:00am to 4:00pm, Broadway from 50th to 54th Streets, NYC [The New York Times Jul 5, 1976 p.9]
    —"With Gary Bartz Quintet, Hannibal's ‘Sunrise,’ Beaver Harris' 360 Degree Music, Roy Haynes' Hip Ensemble, Machito's Band,
    Joe Newman Quintet, Original Traditional Jazz Band, New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, [and] Zoot Sims Quintet..."
  • 76.07.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (flute, ss, fl, voc, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Syd Smart (dr) /
    Arti e Mestieri Camarillo Brillo, Festival Internazionale del Jazz, Torino, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Jun 1976 p.25; October 1976 pp.17-19 concert reviews, Giuseppe Dalla Bona, on-line index]

76.07.11 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [SBR—46:56]

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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr)

{inconstantsol.blogspot.com/2009/11/sam-rivers-trio-live-in-pescara-76.html;
Marcello Piras concert reviews, Musica Jazz Oct 1976 pp.12-13;
Musica Jazz Jun 1976 p.25, and July 1976 p.2 (on-line index mistakenly has dates as 76.07.08-10);
Poster image from http://www.pescarajazz.com/index/timeline/1976}


76.07.11 (2) • (V/A) After Hours 2° / The Great Pescara Jam Sessions

2000: Ecamlab Produzioni Musicali Ports Song CD L1006 (CD) It;
    Philology Jazz Records W96-2 (CD, retitle "The Fabulous Pescara Jam Sessions")

July 11, 1976 / Pescara Jazz Meeting 76, Tortuga Club, Pescara, Italy

1. African Call (traditional/Rivers) [3:25]
2. Blue Moon (R. Rodgers) [1:55]
"The best of the [first] piece is sung by someone in the public(!)"
—Lucio Fumo (translated by Diego Conti)

Release is of after-hours jam sessions during the Pescara Jazz Festival. The Rivers
tracks, according to Lucio Fumo's liner notes, are from a rehearsal. —Stefano Zenni

First track is a weak percussion vamp with an African vocal over it, indeed the "best of
the piece." Second track sounds as if it were played at the tail-end of a very long party,
perhaps around 5:17am, 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

Sam Rivers (ss-2, perc-1, voc-2), Joe Daley (tu-2, perc-1),
"unknown" (p-2), Sidney Smart (dr, perc)
—Rivers is mis-credited in the liners as playing tenor on the second track.

{CD L1006; Stefano Zenni; session date via Angelo Valori of Ecamlab; www.ecamlab.it/diskafter2.html; www.depanorama.net/dems/2000-2.pdf}


  • 76.07.00 (1) - Sam Rivers: Rivers (flute, ss, fl, voc, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Syd Smart (dr) / Festival del Jazz, Arles, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Oct 1976 p.37, on-line index]
    —May have been later in the month (trio is in Spezia the 26th or 27th), but it also makes sense being on the road between Pescara and Pisa. —RL
  • 76.07.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Rassegna Internazionale del Jazz di Pisa, Italy [Musica Jazz Jul 1976 p.27, on-line index]
    —Exact date unknown, tour duration between 07.15 and 08.30.
  • 76.07.16 - Sam Rivers Trio / "1976 manifestzione organizzata dal giornale Fronte Popolare," Festival di MLS, Parco Ravizza, Milano, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Aug-Sep 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 Jun 1976 p.25, on-line index]

76.07.20 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—57:08]

July 20, 1976 / Festival di Verona, Verona, Italy

1. improvisation [57:08]
 (flute section—15:15, incomplete, cuts in)
 (tenor section—8:30)
 (p section—12:05)
 (flute section—6:35)
 (soprano section—11:40)
 (flute section—2:30)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr)

{CD-R; Musica Jazz Jun 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 [AR—64:34]

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)
 (p section—13:43)
 (flute section—9:46)
 (flute section—4:33)
 (soprano section—8:08)
 (announcement—0:34)
 (flute section—11:21)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 07.08.09; Musica Jazz Jun 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

1977: Horo HDP 3/4 (2-LP, Black Africa 1) It
    —1st Session: [See also 76.07.25];
2008: Movie Gold no release# (2-CDr, Unofficial, original cover art) Eur;
2009: Atomic Records 76813 (CD, Unofficial) Andorra

July 24, 1976 / Umbria Jazz Festival, Villalago, Italy

1. Black Africa—soprano section [19:54]
2. Black Africa—piano section (+fl) [19:56]  "piano & flute section" on Atomic
3. Black Africa—flute section (+ts) [19:58]  "flute & tenor section" on Atomic
4. Black Africa—flute section ( [11:04]  "Villalgo: encore" on Atomic
"Umbria Jazz certainly has got to be one of the most unique jazz events in the world...
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

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu),
Don Pullen (p-3), Sidney Smart (dr, perc)

{HDP 3/4; Musica Jazz Jun 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

1977: Horo HDP 5/6 (2-LP, Black Africa 2) It;
2008: Movie Gold no release# (2-CDr, Unofficial, original cover art) Eur
    —There was no 2009 Atomic Records release of this Perugia session.
  • Sam Rivers: Black Africa! Villalago
    1977: Horo HDP 3/4 (2-LP, Black Africa 1) It;
    2008: Movie Gold no release# (2-CDr, Unofficial, original cover art) Eur     —2nd Session: [See also 76.07.24]
  • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—51:37]

July 25, 1976 / Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy

1. Black Africa—tenor section [19:55]
2. Black Africa—piano section [19:47]
3. Black Africa—flute & soprano section [16:26]
4. Black Africa—tenor section [21:04]
5. Black Africa—finale [11:03]
Audience Recording:
 announcement [0:17]
1. improvisation [51:20]
 (ts section—16:12)
 (p section—11:59)
 (fl section—17:02)
 (ss section—5:54)
—Horo and Movie Gold Perugia releases have tracks 1 through 4.
Black Africa! Villalago has track 5.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr, perc)

{HDP 5/6; Audience CD-R;; DMG mailing 09.11.20}


  • 76.07.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr, perc) /
    Festival del jazz di Palermo, Italy [Musica Jazz Aug-Sep 1976 p.26, on-line index]
  • 76.07.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Festival Internazionale del Jazz di La Spezia, Spezia, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Jun 1976 p.25; October 1976 pp.19-20 concert reviews, Emanuele Di Matteo, on-line index]

76.08.08 • Sam Rivers Trio [AVR—4:00]

August 8, 1976 / Hammerveld Jazz Festival, Roermond, Netherlands

1. An Evening in Roermond (part of flute section) [4:00]
—The complete session lasted about an hour.

Sam Rivers (fl), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr)

{Video; date and session time from Peter Verhagen}


  • 76.08.10-14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr, perc) /
    Festival del Jazz Moderno, Anversa, Italy [Musica Jazz Oct 1976 p.38, on-line index]

76.08.22 • Hugo Heredia Quartet [AR]

August 22, 1976 / Jazz Festival, Chateauvallon, France

1. Rivers' Theme [ : ]
 "With [guest] Sam Rivers on soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano and flute in the last piece."

Hugo Heredia (ts, fl), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Franco D'Andrea (p), Peter Frei (b), Peter Schmidlin (dr)

{CD-R; Sergey Ivzhenko 17.11.04}


76.08.23 • Sam Rivers Solo [AR—11:14]

August 23, 1976 / Jazz Festival, Chateauvallon, France

1. improvisation
 (ss solo—2:31)
 (p solo—3:32)
 (ts solo—2:56)
 (fl + voc solo—2:14)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc)

{CD-R}


76.08.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—108:56]

August 27, 1976 / Willisau Jazz Festival, Willisau, Switzerland

1. improvisation
 (ss section—34:00)
 (p section—26:00, split track)
 (ts section—27:30)
 (fl section 1—10:00)
 (encore / fl section 2—11:20)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Warren Smith (dr, perc)

{2CD-R}


  • 76.08.25-29 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Sidney Smart (dr, perc) /
    Festival del Jazz d’Avanguardia, Rimini, Italy [Musica Jazz Jun 1976 p.25, on-line index]

76.09.02 • The Tuba Trio: Essence—The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz, Vol.I

1977: Circle Records RK 2976/1 (LP) Ger
  • The Tuba Trio: Essence—The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz, Vol.II
    1977: Circle Records RK 2976/2 (LP) Ger
  • The Tuba Trio: Essence—The Heat and Warmth of Free Jazz, Vol.III
    1977: Circle Records RK 2976/3 (LP) Ger
  • Sam Rivers Tuba Trio: Jazz of the Seventies + Earl Cross: Una Muy Bonita
    1977: Circle Records RK 7376/6 (LP, split) Ger
  • Sam Rivers & James Newton: Flutes!
    1977: Circle Records RK 7677/7 (LP, split) Ger
  • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—39:31]

September 2, 1976 / Live in the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 1. Essence Part I—instrumental solo of the tenor sax [3:20]
 2. Essence Part II—instrumental solo of the tuba [3:15]
 3. Essence Part III—instrumental solo of the drums [4:20]
 4. Essence Part IV—group with the tenor sax,
              dramatic intrusion of a second tenor sax player [11:10]
 5. Essence Part V—group with the flute [16:25]
 6. Essence Part VI—group with the soprano sax [20:20]
 7. Essence Part VII—group with the piano, with a tuba and a drum solo [19:30]
 8. Essence Part VIII—group with the tenor sax [18:05]
 9. Essence Part IX—drums interlude, group with the piano [14:10]
10. Essence Part X [8:05]
11. Essence Part XI [13:07]
The Tuba Trio, Vol.I has tracks 1 through 5.
The Tuba Trio, Vol.II has tracks 6 and 7.
The Tuba Trio, Vol.III has tracks 8 and 9.
Jazz of the Seventies has track 10.
Flutes! has track 11.

"Unfortunately, the three original LP's, as issued, reversed the entire sequence of
the music as played, i.e. LP3 (sides 5 & 6) comprised the first set, LP2 (sides 3 & 4)
comprised the second set, and LP1 (sides 1 & 2) comprised the third set."
—inconstantsol.blogspot.com
Actual performance order then was:
Essence Parts VIII and IX, Essence Parts VI and VII, Essence Parts I through V
Audience Recording:
1. improvisation [11:52]  (incomplete, cuts in at beginning)
2. improvisation [27:39]  (incomplete, cuts out at end)
—Audience Recording is also in circulation misdated 76.11.23,
 and includes "Essence" Parts I through V.

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..." —RL
—"In conversation in Amsterdam in September, 2012, flutist Ronald Snijders assured
 me it wasn't him. He played some soprano in the '70s, but not tenor. (And there went
 our last lead.) —Kevin Whitehead 14.05.08

Sam Rivers (ts-1,4,8,10, ss-6, p-7,9, fl-5,11, voc), Mr. Dramatic Intrusion (ts-4),
Joe Daley (tu/eu, frh-11, perc, pipe), Warren Smith (dr, perc)

{RK 2976/1; RK 2976/2; RK 2976/3; RK 7376/6; RK 7677/7; CD-R}






Images, top to bottom:
Essence Vol. I
Essence Vol. II
Essence Vol. III
(keeping it simple)

Jazz of the Seventies (left)
Flutes! (right)





: : : The Discographer's Life Encapsulated—June through November, 1999 : : :
  —From Bimhuis 25, Stories of twenty five years at the Bimhuis
   (Edited & Compiled by Kevin Whitehead, w/ Herman te Loo and John Corbett) pp.82-83

"I don't believe that G-d exists, but if he does, he is most certainly in the details." (—RL)

I began compiling the Sam Rivers Sessionography in February of 1997. It was the first of six, with a seventh on the way, and yes it sounds as if
I'm telling you about my children. I learned how by simply doing it, and it all suited me perfectly—the detective work; the search; the formalism.
Add to this the creation of something worthwhile, and my complete lack of interest in leisure time almost becomes reasonable.

One of the most tenacious details I had to track down was the mystery performer on Volume I of the Sam Rivers Tuba Trio recordings. Recorded live
at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam on September 2, 1976, with drummer Warren Smith and tuba-man Joe Daley, the trio suddenly became a quartet during
"Part IV" of the piece being performed, with the LP credit of this mini-event appearing simply as "dramatic intrusion of second tenor sax player."

This was not good enough for me. If it were a known player, someone who'd been invited onstage, then I felt it only right to identify and credit them.
Then again, perhaps it was someone who definitely had not been invited. Some stumbling interloper crashing the stage? I had to know.

In late June of 1998 I received my first lead from San Francisco pianist Graham Connah, who had heard "speculation that this could be the guy who
is always at the Bimhuis hanging out. He runs sessions ... and does a lot of drinking. I believe the guy's name is Sean Bergin..."

Adding this detail to my search list in early July got it forwarded by Boston saxophonist Allan Chase to Kevin Whitehead, who in turn passed it along
to Huub van Riel at the Bimhuis. Mr. van Riel turned out to be away, so this proved to be a dead end. Four days later, Kevin wrote to inform me that
he had contacted Bergin via Joost Buis, and that Sean had said it was not him. Following a few more dud missiles, the correspondence went quiet.

Late September had me firing off another dying quail to van Riel at the Bimhuis. I followed this with the last of several requests to Rivers and
his manager Matt Gorney at RivBea Sound, but everyone was far too busy, harassed, and preoccupied by their own lives to be able to afford me
help with mine.

Finally, while at a Sam Rivers Trio concert at The Painted Bride in Philadelphia on 3 October '98, I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Rivers himself,
and he informed me that it had been a fellow named "Ronald Schneider," though when he saw me write it down like that he cautioned me: "No, no,
it's not spelled like that, it was some strange European spelling..."

After another few weeks trying to confirm this, I received an e-mail from Matt Gorney filling me in on the recent happenings in New York City
during the Sam Rivers 75th Birthday celebration. Gorney: "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 onstage. 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."

The listing for this session still has "Mr. Dramatic Intrusion (ts-4)" listed in the personnel. Barring the miraculous and unlikely
appearance of a Bimhuis audience member from that night 22 years ago, I'll try to be satisfied with that.
—Rick Lopez / 99.03.10, in Bimhuis 25


Postscript...

Phil Allgaps (pianist with the Robin Bastard Orchestra): "For the record, after reading this, I left a phone message for the Surinam-born flutist Ronald Snijders, who in the '70s also played soprano saxophone, to ask if he might be Mr. Dramatic Intrusion. I never heard back."



Bimhuis 25
—Transclucent dust jacket (left)
—Book cover (right)

76.09.03 • Sam Rivers Tuba Trio [Warren Smith Archival Recording]

September 3, 1973 / De Kroeg, Amsterdam, Holland

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Warren Smith (dr, perc)

{Warren Smith Archive cassette}


76.10.10 • Kazuko Shiraishi: Dedicated to the Late John Coltrane

1977: Musicworks 3001 (LP);
2004: BRIDGE-024 (CD, "OTOKO TACHI YO!" Series) Jpn

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]
—Musicworks 3001 has tracks as above;
—Musicworks BRIDGE-024 has the first two tracks switched.

From Ms. Kazue Yokoi, a freelance jazz journalist:
"You can find English translation of the poems on the following book: Seasons
of Sacred Lust
by Kazuko Shiraishi, Edited and with an introduction by Kenneth
Rexroth (New Directions). Kazuko Shiraishi is one of the greatest poet in the world.
Born in Vancouver, Canada 1931, return to Japan before World War 2nd, graduated
Waseda University. She received several prizes. Published over 20 poetry books,
and essay, short story, etc. Her poems have been translated, appeared in collections
and anthologies in various language. She was invited to poetry festivals including
the Rotterdam Poetry Festival (the most important poetry festival in the world)
many times. She has performed with jazz musicians like Sam Rivers, Leo Smith,
Peter Brötzmann, Michel Pilz, Itaru Oki, Kazutoki Umezu, Masahiko She Sato,
Nobuyoshi Ino, and many others. —Kazue Yokoi, Tokyo, 97.12.14

Kazuko Shiraishi (voc, Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, perc), Buster Williams (b), Abdul Wadud (ce), Andrei Strobert (perc)

{Musicworks 3001; CD info KC White 05.08.22}


76.11.13 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

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 Nov 17, 1976, Proscenium p.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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Bobby Battle (dr)

{Christopher Smith 07.05.27; dspace.sunyconnect.suny.edu/bitstream/1951/28203/1/Statesman,%20V.20,%20n.%2026.pdf}


76.11.13 (2) • Charles Mingus Quintet + guest Sam Rivers [SBR—60:00]

November 13, 1976, 9:00pm & Midnight / Union Auditorium, Student Union Building, SUNY at Stony Brook, Long Island, NY

1. unkown title [ : ]
—"I also vaguely remember Sam Rivers playing with Mingus at some point during that concert..." —Christopher Smith 07.05.27
—"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
—Pogost has "The 2nd show, and Rivers is not on it."
Len Pogost's "Charles Mingus Live Recordings 1973-1977" has "For Harry Carney" [13:00]; "Remember Rockefeller At Attica" [11:00];
"Sue's Changes" [31:00, incomplete]; and "Ko-Ko—Cherokee [1:00], with no mention of Rivers.

Ricky Ford (ts), Jack Walrath (tp), Walter Norris (p), Charles Mingus (b), Dannie Richmond (dr), + Sam Rivers (ts, ss, or fl)

{Christopher Smith 07.05.27 and 09.02.15; Ralph Pantuso 06.02.24 Stereophile Forums; home.earthlink.net/~lpogost/mingus.htm#1976}


  • 76.11.20 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Bobby Battle (dr) / 10:00pm, Ethical Society, Philadelphia, PA
    [Philadelphia Inquirer Nov 19, 1976 p.22]
  • 76.12.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Tom Varner (frh), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    "late December" Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY [Anonymous correspondence]

1977 : : :


  • 77.01.01 - Sam Rivers Orchestra: Rivers, Paul Jeffrey, Gary Gordon, Lauren Brown, and Fred Kelly (reeds), Jack Walrath, Eddie Preston,
    and Oliver Beamer (tp), Charles Stephens (tb), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Willie Vasquez (?), Monette Sudler (g), Dave Holland (b), Warren Smith (dr) /
    Studio Rivbea, NYC [Village Voice]
  • 77.00.00 (1) - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    [Musica Jazz "Jazz insegnato a Woodstock" January 1977 pp.28-29]

77.00.00 (2) • (V/A) Silver Burdett's Pipeline Volume 5 Number 5

1977: Silver Burdett Records AVM-13335 PV-13335 (7-inch vinyl EP)

1977 / unknown venue or place
1. Sounds of Saxophones and Improvisations [7:23]
 (tenor sax improv—1:21)
  Tenor fades to background and presenter announcement begins at 0:31 in:
  "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,
  "You are listening to the saxophone music of Sam Rivers, one of the world's
  as well as saxophones, today Sam Rivers will demonstrate three instruments
  "You are listening to the saxophone music of Sam Rivers, one of the world's
  of the saxophone family, and his unique approach to improvisation."
  ...and ends at 0:51, tenor back to volume.
SR: "This is the sound of the B-flat soprano saxophone..." [0:05]
 (soprano sax improv—0:20)
SR: "The E-flat alto saxophone sounds like this..." [0:03]
 (alto sax improv—0:31)
SR: "The B-flat tenor saxophone, the one I learned on, and my favorite,
   sounds like this..." [0:07]
 (tenor improv—0:43)
SR: "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]
 (melody on tenor—0:27)
 (tenor improv on melody—0:18)
SR: "You will notice of course, that I stayed very close to the melody,
   when improvising." [0:05]
SR: "This time, I will stay close to the melody and do a rhythmic
   improvisation..." [0:10]
 (tenor improv—0:22)
SR: "And finally, I am going to improvise, by going further away from the melody.
   see if you can still recognize the tune..." [0:09]
 (tenor improv—1:47)
   Tenor fades to background, presenter announcement begins at 1:17 in:
   "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.
Sam Rivers (ts, as, ss, narration as above)

{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 [AR—2:12]

January, 1977 / unknown venue, New York City

1. interview [2:12]  (!)
SR: "Well I'm a third-generation musician. My Grandfather's a musician and my father and mother were both musicians and so I'm a musician.
   It was just natural that I should be a musician 'cause I was born into the family. So my mother taught me and I learned piano, studied piano,
   and took saxophone up in high school, in the marching band and then into college. I studied music and into the service, you know I'm
   studying... And my early influences I'd say were, well, just about all the old great masters like Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, naturally
   Charlie Parker, and quite a few others that are still around like Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis and Illinois Jacquet and of course my great friend
   Dexter Gordon. And so I mean I just can't think of, any of the great musicians of the past that I haven't really been influenced by. So I mean,
   I guess I mean by being influenced by all of them I sort of am a sort of a whole conglomerate of everyone, you know, coming out in myself,
   which I think is [urgent (?)]."
Host: "But you have continued to change and develop and go into new things year after year."
SR: "Yes well I suppose it's the way, I mean, I suppose it's my philosophy of music as I think of it, and there's really no way for me to do but develop.
   Once I make a record, I don't play that music any more you see, so I have to do something else. And so, I mean, I have made that one of my policies
   never to play anything that I've already put on record. So I constantly have to keep creating, y'know that's one of the things, and aside from the fact
   that I guess it's just my natural tendency to create so I just, you know, it's really just part of my nature I suppose just to keep trying to do things
   differently. Myself I just finished doing some work with the San Francisco Symphony and so I was a soloist with that orchestra last year, I'm
   going to be a soloist with the New World Symphony next month. So I also do some of the classical European style things. It's the rounded
   kind of knowledge that the rest of the musicians also in the group have the same kind of background." —Transcribed by RL.

Sam Rivers (speaking)

{CD-R}


  • 77.01.24 - Sam Rivers Big Band: (unknown personnel) / Storyville, NYC [Daily News Jan 21, 1977 p.24]
  • 77.01.25 through 77.01.29 - Sam Rivers Quintet: unknown personnel / 10:00pm, Storyville, NYC [New York Magazine Jan 31, 1977 p.19]
  • 77.02.03 - Harlem Opera Society's "Solomon and Sheba": Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, Comp), Emory Taylor (Baritone, Dir),
    Geanie Faulkner (Lyric Coloratura), Robert Donaldson (Tenor), Abby Mason (Soprano) / 8:15pm, Ogden Hall, Hampton Institute, Hampton, VA
    [Daily Press Jan 30, 1977 p.57]
  • 77.02.06 - Noel DeCosta's "Ceremony of Spirituals": DeCosta (vn, Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Barbara Grant (Soprano),
    The New World Symphony conducted by Leon Thompson, J. Weldon Norris' Howard University Choir / Carnegie Hall, NYC
    [John Rockwell "Music by Da Costa in Premiere" The New York Times Feb 7, 1977 p.25; Billboard Feb 26, 1977 p.40]

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

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

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]
Sam Rivers (ts and ss-1,3,6, fl-2), George Lewis (tb-1,2,3,6),
Muhal Richard Abrams (p-1,3,4,6), Dave Holland (b-1,3,4,6, ce-2),
Barry Altschul (dr, perc, gong-5, waterphone-5)

{MR 5124}


Barry Altschul: That band was an all-star band and didn’t work. We had a couple of gigs to warm-up up for the record date. One was at Sam's loft
and the other was at Fischer's loft—Environ or something like that. We did a couple of little gigs before the record date. First we rehearsed at my house,
then we did a couple gigs to see how we could play with the music in performance.
Harris Eisenstadt: One-day session?
BA: Six hours.
HE: Remember the session going real easy?
BA: Very.
HE: You'd been playing with these guys a bunch...
BA: It wasn't just that. I was also the least astute musically of the group. I mean, here you got Sam Rivers, a great composer, Muhal Richard Abrams,
you know, George Lewis, a motherfucker at 21, and Dave Holland, these are my first compositions, and they were beautiful to me, they showed me
all the respect in the world, there was no bad vibe at all, the date went down smooth, no problems whatsoever.
HE: But that quintet never worked?
BA: No, it was a record date.
[Destination Out Guest Post: Barry Altschul interviewed by Harris Eisanstadt, January 2013]
  • 77.02.00 - Sam Rivers / Storyville, NYC [Robert Palmer "Jazz: Lavish Sam Rivers" The New York Times Feb 23 p.39]
    —"Rivers... has been leading a big band on Monday nights at Storyville."
  • 77.02.24 - Harlem Opera Society's "Solomon and Sheba": Emory Taylor (Baritone), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, Comp),
    Geanie Faulkner (Lyric Coloratura), Robert Donaldson (Tenor), Abby Mason (Soprano), Von Ray (Voc),
    "Four singers, two dancers, and four musicians" / UTEP Paso Lyceum Series, 8:00pm, Magoffin Auditorium, University of Texas at El Paso, TX
    [El Paso Prospector Feb 11 p.5]
  • 77.02.26 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), probably Holland and Altschul, and an unknown other /
    8:00pm, New England Life Hall, Boston, MA [Boston Globe Feb 24 p.A9]

77.03.14 • Sam Rivers Quintet [Warren Smith Archival Recording]

March 14, 1977 / Ready-to-Wear Fashion Gala, Tokyo, Japan

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Mike Nock (p), Dave Holland (b), Warren Smith and Bobby Battle (dr, perc)

{Warren Smith Archive cassette}


  • 77.03.17 through 77.03.20 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), probably Altschul /
    9:30 & 11:30pm, Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [The Argus Mar 11 p.24; Daily Independent Journal Mar 12 p.54; San Francisco Chronicle Mar 19 p.32]
  • 77.04.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), Barry Atschul (dr) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]

  • 77.04.13 through 77.04.16 - CODA has the Sam Rivers Trio (w/ Holland & Altschul) in Vancouver on these dates. They were in fact in Europe.
    Probably a mistaken reference to the first two weeks of May (4th through 15th). [CODA #156 July-August 1977 p.29]

77.04.16 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [BR—38:25]

April 16, 1977 / Studio Radio France, Paris, France

 interview fragment [0:10]
1. improvisation [37:55]
 announcement [0:20]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b)

{CD-R}


77.04.18 • Sam Rivers: Paragon

1977: Fluid Records Fluid-101 (LP) Fr

April 18, 1977 / Davout Studio, Paris, France

1. Ecstasy [5:38]
2. Bliss [6:23]
3. Rapture [5:10]
4. Tingle [7:28]
5. Paragon [12:15]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,5, fl-2,5, ss-3,5, p-4,5, Comp),
Dave Holland (ce, b),
Barry Altschul (dr, perc)

{Fluid-101}


77.04.28 • Sam Rivers & Mario Schiano: Rendez-vous

1977: Red Records/Vedette VPA 8375 (LP) It
  • Sam Rivers con Shiano, Altschul e Holland
    1977: Gong N° 6 Anno 4° di (magazine + vinyl 7"EP) It
        GONG: Monthly Music and Progressive Culture
        July/August 1977 720.pp, Supplemento
        —2nd Session: [See also 76.03.12]

April 28, 1977 / Sciascia Sound Studios, Milano, Italy

1. Rendez-vous (Rivers/Schiano) [2:55]
2. Brother Sam (Rivers/Schiano) [9:48]
3. Lover Man (Ramirez/Davis/Sherman) [11:58]
4. Earth Dance (Rivers/Schiano) [8:33]
5. Sunrise (Rivers/Schiano) [6:21]
6. Cross Current (Rivers/Schiano) [6:23]
GONG has excerpts of tracks 2 [2:31] and 4 [3:09].

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Mario Schiano (as),
Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr, vb)

{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 through 77.05.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Abdul Wadud (ce), Bobby Battle (dr) / Vancouver Jazz Society,
    "Spring '77 Concert Series," Old Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [The Vancouver Sun May 5; CODA #154 Apr 1977 p.28; CODA # 156 Aug 1977 p.29;
    vancouverjazz.com/vjs/index.php; Norm Westbrook 09.10.19]
  • 77.05.07 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Afternoon Workshop, Old Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [ibid]

77.05.07 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—90:00]

May 7, 1977 / Vancouver Jazz Society, Old Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1. improvisation [90:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Abdul Wadud (ce), Bobby Battle (dr)

{The Vancouver Sun May 5; Brian Nation; Norm Westbrook 09.10.19}


  • 77.05.13 through 77.05.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Abdul Wadud (ce), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm; Norm Westbrook 09.10.19]
    —Holland and Altschul did not make this tour.



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



77.05.24 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—151:02]

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)
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
the 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... We 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 (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Abdul Wadud (ce), Bobby Battle (dr)

{Eric Devin 09.12.17}


    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 was not in the ensemble) [CODA #156 August 1977 p.32]
  • 77.05.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    6th International New Jazz Festival, Schlosspark, Moers, Germany
    [Musica Jazz Jun 1977 pp.25-26 (on-line index); www.moers-festival.com/history/chronik1976_78.html; The Stars and Stripes Apr 30 p.19]
    —Preceded earlier in the day by a production of Samuel Beckett's Play as part of the Jazz Fest at the Schlosstheater Moers,
     which I just have to mention since I was a Beckett scholar in a past life... [www.bb10k.com/Beckett.html]

  • —Of note: Broadcast of June 3, 1977, "Sam Rivers Orgy: recordings of the '60s & '70s", on WHRB-FM Boston at 10:00am.
     [Boston Globe Jun 3 p.51]

77.06.04 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—61:22]

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)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 77.06.10-12 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr) / Jazz d'avanguardia a Lovere, Bergamo, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Jun 1977 p.27, on-line index]
    —Julius Hemphill also noted on this gig in Musica Jazz Aug-Sep 1977 pp.40-41.

77.06.13 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—59:51]

June 13, 1977 / Jazz Festival 1977, Lovere, Italy

1. improvisation [48:08]  (tenor—piano—soprano—flute)
2. encore [11:42]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 11.02.19}


77.06.15 • Sam Rivers Trio [SBR]

June 15, 1977 / Orpheum, Haus der Jugend, Graz, Austria

1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{Dietrich Heinz Kramer 02.07.14; 08.08.20}



Photos courtesy Dietrich Heinz Kramer, reproduced with permission.


77.06.17 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—55:47]

June 17, 1977 / Ljubljana Jazz Festival (06.17-20), Laibach, Slovenia
German Radio Broadcast, originally broadcast from Yugoslavia

1. Earth Dramas [55:47]  (incomplete, fades out)
Sam Rivers (reeds), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R}


77.06-07.00 • Sam Rivers & Stanley Crouch Duo [Street Fight]

Between June 24 and July 4, 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, Hamiet 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

Sam Rivers confirmed to me in conversation that he had indeed knocked Stanley down. —RL

{Eugene Chadbourne; WIRE #117 November 1993 p.40; WIRE #232 p.82; www.allmusic.com}


77.06-07.00 • Sam Rivers Quintet [BR]

WKCR-FM Broadcast

Late June or July, 1977 / Storyville, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Abdul Wadud (ce), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Patrick Clare 09.11.24; CODA #157 October 1977 p.29; Robert Palmer "Lavish Sam Rivers" The New York Times Feb 23, 1977 p.39}


  • 77.07.02 - Sam Rivers (no personnel details) / Studio RivBea, NYC [Village Voice]
  • 77.07.04 - Sam Rivers Big Band: Sam Rivers (reeds), "a big band made up of some of the most provocative musicians in New York" /
    Studio RivBea Festival, Studio RivBea, NYC [Robert Palmer "Other Jazz Pests in Manhattan" The New York Times Jun 24, 1977 p.66]

77.07.18 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—46:35]

July 18, 1977 / Grendel's Lair Cabaret Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Broadcast on WXPN "Blues Genesis," 10:30pm, July 31, 1978
—Also circulating dated 72.01.01 and "unkown, 1972" [Plosin], but Holland's comments above the Conference of the Birds session (72.11.30)
 indicate his associaton with Rivers does not begin until late 1972. See also the somewhat confusing Barker interview:
[Barker, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM NYC, November 18, 1985] before the WAVES session on 78.08.08.

 "This concert took place much later than '72. I was there, and it was broadcast on the radio at a date soon after. My cassette says 7/77." —Danny O.
1. improvisation [46:35]  (incomplete, cuts out at end)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, inadequately amplified piano, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (mba), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R; Philadelphia Daily News Jul 15, 1977 p.36; The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul 31, 1978 p.C19;
Danny O 12.01.09; www.plosin.com/milesAhead/Tapes.aspx?s=19720000}


  • 77.07.22-23 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel details) / WKCR Benefit, Wollman Auditorium, Columbia University, NYC
    [CODA #157 October 1977 p.29]
  • 77.08.09 through 77.08.13 - Sam Rivers Sextet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Mike Nock (p), Dave Holland (b),
    Barry Altschul and Bobby Battle (dr), and either Joe Daley (tu/eu), or Abdul Wadud (ce) / Storyville, NYC
    [The New York Times Aug 7, 1977 p.D25; New York Magazine Aug 8, 1977 p.20]
    NYT Aug 7 names Holland, Battle, Altschul, and Nock.

    "I am holding in my hands a flyer I saved from 26 years ago—August of 1977 I was in NYC ... This flyer has Sam Rivers Quintet
    the 9th thru 13th... I saw one night of this run." —Graham Connah 03.03.10

77.08.19 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—82:51]

August 19, 1977 / Jazz Festival, Chateauvallon, France

1. improvisation [82:49]
 (ss section—15:48)
 (p section—14:28)
 (flute section—17:42)
 (ts section—21:51)
 (flute, voice section—11:07)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Oliver Johnson (dr)
—No information on why Altschul was absent on this date.

{2CD-R}


    Studio RivBea's Summer Festival of New Music, August 30 through September 4, 1977
    [CODA #157 October 1977 p.29]

  • 77.09.03 and 77.09.04 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel listed) / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Robert Palmer The New York Times Sep 3, 1977 p.6; Village Voice]
    "Studio Rivbea, the Bond Street jazz loft which abruptly canceled its traditional summer festival early in July because of competition
    from newer lofts and other factors, was back in business this week. The belated summer festival concludes tonight and tomorrow night
    with performances by Sam Rivers, the Studio's founder and a formidable tenor saxophonist."

77.09.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—67:04]

September 6, 1977 / Modena, Italy

1. improvisation [67:04]
 (ss section—16:00)
 (p section—17:00)
 (fl section—32:00)
Sam Rivers (ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr, vbs)

{CD-R}


77.09.24 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—88:46]

September 24, 1977, 8:00pm / Southeastern Massachussetts University Auditorium, Darthmouth, MA

1. improvisation [83:29]  (split track at 45:06)
 (ts section—14:33)
 (b solo—4:30)
 (p section—21:57)
 (dr solo—3:56)
 (ss section—25:18)
 (fl+voc section—13:13)
2. encore (fl) [4:55]  (incomplete, fades out)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu, bamboo flute), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (perc)
—Abdul Wadud is credited in pre-concert press, but this session is a quartet.

{2CD-R; Mattapoisett Presto Press Sep 21 p.35}


  • 77.09.26 through 77.12.17 - Creative Music Studio 1977-78 Season: Sam Rivers, others / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    [CODA #157 October 1977 back cover]

  • Studio RivBea Fall Festival : : :



  • 77.09.30 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers, Dave Holland (ce, b), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    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 McLean (reeds),
    Joe Daley (tu/eu), George Lewis (tu), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Youseff Yancy (tp, flg), Abdul Wadud (ce),
    Dave Holland (ce, b), Brian Smith (b), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (dr) / Midnight, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 77.10.01 (1) - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (ce, b) / 9:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [ibid; CODA Dec 1977 #158 p.32]
  • 77.10.01 (2) - Sam Rivers Orchestra: Rivers, George Adams, Byard Lancaster, Kalaparusha McIntyre, and Rene McLean (reeds),
    Joe Daley (tu/eu), George Lewis (tu), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Youseff Yancy (tp, flg), Abdul Wadud (ce),
    Dave Holland (ce, b), Brian Smith (b), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (dr) / Midnight, Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Studio RivBea flier from Ed Hazell, 10.09.25]
  • 77.10.02 (1) - Sam Rivers Solo (p) / 9:00pm, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 77.10.02 (2) - Sam Rivers Orchestra: Rivers, George Adams, Byard Lancaster, Kalaparusha McIntyre, and Rene McLean (reeds),
    Joe Daley (tu/eu), George Lewis (tu), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Youseff Yancy (tp, flg), Abdul Wadud (ce),
    Dave Holland (ce, b), Brian Smith (b), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (dr) / Midnight, Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 77.10.07 Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce,b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Quaker City Jazz Festival, Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA
    [Philadelphia Daily News Sep 2, 1977 p.43; The Philadelphia Inquirer Sep 11 p.F4; The Daily Pennsylvanian Nov 3 34th Street p.2]


  • October 10, 1977 : : :


    [Charles Kaiser "SST Foes Roll at Speed of Snail..." The New York Times Oct 10, 1977 p.56]

77.10.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR & BR—42:45]

October 12, 1977 / Nancy Jazz Pulsations 1977, Nancy, France
—Radio France Broadcast; WBAI Broadcast, July 14, 1978, with program note: "Tapes courtesy of Radio France and BFA."

Broadcast Recording:
1. Image [42:45]
Sam Rivers (reeds, Comp), Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Byard Lancaster, Chico Freeman, and Rene McLean (reeds),
Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Yousef Yancey (tp), Charles Stephens (tb), George Lewis (tb, tu), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Yousef Chauncey (frh),
Don Pullen (p), Abdul Wadud (ce), Dave Holland (ce, b), Brian Smith (b), Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (dr)
—George Adams credited on reeds from a festival report in the German magazine JAZZ PODIUM Dec, 1977 pp.18-20,
 but Ahmed Abdullah says otherwise.
—Another source has Charles Defense (tu), and Brian Smith (p).
—Broadcast Recording circulating omits Yousef Yancey (tp) and has Yousef Chauncey mistakenly credited on french horn.

{Broadcast CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal; Ahmed Abdullah; Ed Hazell 16.11.06}


77.10.13 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [AR—25:41]

October 13, 1977 / Nancy Jazz Pulsations 1977, Nancy, France

1. improvisation [25:41]
Sam Rivers (ts, fl), Dave Holland (b)

{inconstantsol.blogspot.com}


77.10.15 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—33:00]

October 15, 1977 / Nancy Jazz Pulsations 1977, Nancy, France

1. improvisation [33:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


77.10.19 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [SBR—92:25]

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,
and Rene McLean (reeds), Frank Gordon, Ahmed Abdullah, and Yousef Yancey (tp),
Charles Stephens (tb), George Lewis (tb, tu), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Don Pullen (p),
Abdul Wadud (ce), Brian Smith and Dave Holland (ce, b),
Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip (dr)

—On the recording in circulation, Yousef Yancey (tp) is omitted; "Youseff Chauncey" is incorrectly
 credited on french horn; Chico Freeman (reeds) is omitted; George Adams is incorrectly listed
 on sax (in pre-concert print sources as well).
 "How do I know? I was very fortunately there." —Ahmed Abdullah

{2CD-R; Poster image from Patrick Clare 10.09.01; Ahmed Abdullah at bigozine2.com/roio/?p=720 on 11.04.09; Ed Hazell 16.11.07}


  • 77.10.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr) / Le Stadium, Paris, France
    [Serge Loupien, "En direct: Lowe/Rivers" Jazz Magazine Jan 1978, p.13]
  • 77.11.00 (between 77.11.02-06) - Sam Rivers: Joe Daley (Duo? or same as 77.11.06 below?) / Giornate del Jazz, Berlin, Germany
    [Musica Jazz Jan 1978 pp.6-8 concert reviews, Joachim Ernst Berndt, on-line index]

77.11.06 • Sam Rivers Quintet [BR—53:54]

November 6, 1977 / Jazztage 1977, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

 Broadcast announcement
1. Universal Message—Rivers announcement [36:15]
2. unknown title—Broadcast announcement [17:39]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul and Charles Persip (dr)

"Are you sure that the second drummer besides Altschul was Persip and not Warren Smith?" —Bettina Bogumil 04.05.05
—Persip is confirmed at the festival archives. —RL

{CD-R incomplete at 44:54; Jakob Blumenthal 09.09.18; archiv.berlinerfestspiele.de/jazzsuche; Stars and Stripes Oct 29 p.17}


77.11.13 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—19:03]

November 13, 1977 / Jazz van 3 tot 3, unknown venue, Rotterdam, Netherlands
 "The name of the festival was ‘Jazz van 3 tot 3’. The schedule ran from 3:00pm to past 3:00am,
 —so technically Rivers did play on November 13, but the date of the festival was November 12." —Pierre Crépon 17.03.24

1. Waves (p section) [19:03]
Radio announcement mentions a "four-part composition"—duration of the complete performance about 68:00,
but only the piano section was broadcast. —Heinrich Smejkal

Sam Rivers (p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal; Gérard Rouy "En direct: Rotterdam" Jazz Magazine Jan 1978 p.9}


    77.11.25 - (CANCELLED) Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers, Daley, Holland, Altschul, unknown / Two Nights of New Music Festival,
    DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC [Baltimore Sun Nov 3, 1977 p.29; November 24 p.48]
    "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."
    CODA #160, April '78 p.30 had this as a Trio in Odessa, Ukraine, USSR...

  • 77.12.22 and 77.12.23 - Sam Rivers "Quartet": Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Barry Altschul (dr),
    and possibly Holland, though Schlanger has the group as a trio the next day. / Studio Rivbea, NYC
    [Village Voice]
  • 77.12.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Barry Altschul (dr) / Studio Rivbea, NYC
    [Jeff Schlanger musicWitness® 16.08.07]

    "Original art 22.5x30" made Live"



  • Creative Music Studio New Year's Intensive—December 28, 1977 through January 6, 1978

    Sam Rivers, others... / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY [CODA #157 October 1977 back cover]


  • 77.12.26 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Grendel's Lair, Philadelphia, PA [The Philadelphia Inquirer Dec 25, 1977 p.G8]
  • 77.12.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Studio RivBea, NYC
    [Ed Hazell's RivBea Research Project 16.11.08]
    "The text of the review [Jean-Loup Bourget "Jazz en direct: Sam Rivers" Jazz Magazine Feb, 1978 p.12] mentions the presence
    of a crew filming the performance." —Pierre Crépon 17.03.24
  • 77.12.30 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]
  • 77.12.31 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Studio RivBea, NYC [ibid]

1978 : : :


78.01.01 • Sam Rivers Quintet [AR]

January 1, 1978 / Studio RivBea, New York City

1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), George Lewis (tb), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Anonymous 06.01.01; Village Voice}


78.00.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—9:23]

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 (ts-1, fl-2, p-2,), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 78.01.10 through 78.01.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    9:30pm, Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [Billboard Jan 14 p.32; Berkeley Barb Jan 13-19 p.14 (which only had through the 14th); San Rafael Independent-Journal Jan 6 p.20]
  • 78.01.17 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 8:15 & 10:30pm, Boon's Treasury, Salem, OR
    [The Capital Journal Jan 12 p.17]



Sam Rivers Trio Artists-in-Residence with the University of Utah Department of Music : : : January 20 through 23, 1978

78.01.20 • Sam Rivers Trio: The World of Sam Rivers [BR—18:39]

National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" The World of Sam Rivers, Broadcast December 9, 1979 & July 19, 1981
1st session: [See also 78.06.30; 78.10.02; 78.10.00 (1)]

January 20, 1978, 12:00noon / Union Ballroom, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
—"Originally scheduled to play at the Club Blue Note..."

 radio announcement [0:20]
1. improvisation (ss section) [18:19]  (incomplete, fade out by radio announcer)
—Concert lasted for two hours.

Sam Rivers (reeds), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R; Ed Hazell; Down Beat Jul 1981 p.12; Norbert Kreutzer 05.10.31; The Daily Utah Chronicle Jan 18 p.2 + Jan 20 p.9}


    78.01.20 (2) - Master Bass Clinic: Dave Holland / 4:30pm, Room 200, Music Building

  • 78.01.21 - Sam Rivers Trio—Seminar / 2:00pm, Room 200, Music Building
    "Informal rap and jam sessions."
  • 78.01.23 - Sam Rivers Trio—A Session on Jazz Improvisation / 1:10pm, Room 302, Music Building

  • "Sam Rivers... and backup musicians Barry Altschul, percussionist, and Dave Holland, bassist, are sweeping the States
    with their first American tour."
    —Mike Watkiss "Sam Rivers and Company Will Add a Touch of Class" The Daily Utah Chronicle Jan 20 p.9


  • 78.01.25 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (ce, b) / Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX
    [Austin American-Statesman Jan 24 p.21]
  • 78.01.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Holland (ce, b), Altschul (dr) / 8:00pm, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX
    [Michael Kelly 07.05.25; Poster, eBay listing; Austin American-Statesman Jan 27 p.44; Austin Daily Texan Jan 30 p.18-19]
    "90 minutes of continuous music..." —Austin Daily Texan
    —The Trio was at Record Town at the Dobie Mall at 4:30pm for a public meet-and-greet.
  • 78.02.01 through 78.02.04 - Sam Rivers Trio / 9:00 & 11:00pm + 1:00am 3rd and 4th, Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL
    [Chicago Tribune Feb 3 p.21]


78.02.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—74:05]

February 5, 1978 9:00pm, 11:00pm, & 1:00am / 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)
—Another Recording noted: 12 tracks at 78:50.
 "I don't know if this is another set, or a more extended version of the same set..."
 —Jakob Blumenthal
 Contrary to rumors, "Kevin Eubanks was NOT there... I recorded the whole thing."
 —Michael McLaughlin

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

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


78.02.10 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

February 10, 1978 / Eclipse Jazz Winter 1978 Series, Power Center, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, MI

1. improvisation [ : ]
 (ss section)
 (p section)
 (ts section)
 (fl section)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Patrick Clare archive; Anonymous; CODA #160 April '78 p.28; Lansing Star Jan 27-Feb 16 p.12}


  • 78.02.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Eclipse Jazz Winter 1978 Series, Power Center, Ann Arbor, MI /
    [Patrick Clare archive; Winter Jazz Series 1978 poster; CODA Feb 1978 #159 p.31; Lansing Star Jan 27-Feb 16 p.12]
  • 78.02.12 Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (b) / Gilly's, Dayton, OH
    [Dayton Daily News Feb 11 p.47] —Multiple sources have "Sam Rivers & Dave Holland" billed, but it was the trio.
  • 78.03.06 through 78.05.27 - CMS 1977-78 Season Spring Session: Sam Rivers, others / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    [CODA #157 October 1977 back cover]
  • 78.03.16 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Boston Globe Jazz Fest, 11:00pm, Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA [display ad, Boston Globe Feb 19 p.32, and feature Mar 23 p.19]
  • 78.03.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Public Theatre, NYC [The New York Times Mar 26 p.D35]

78.03.30 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—29:10 & BR—69:17]

Broadcast by WKCR-FM, NYC

March 30, 1978 / Public Theatre, New York City

Broadcast Recording:
 WKCR announcement [1:12]
1. improvisation [68:05]
 (ts section—19:44)
 (b solo—4:40)
 (ss section—16:24)
 (dr solo—4:02)
 (p section—15:09)
 (fl section—7:42, incomplete, fades out)
 WKCR announcement [0:33]
Audience Recording:
1. piano solo [13:00]  (incomplete)
2. piano solo [16:10]  (incomplete)
—Announcer identifies Broadcast (on my copy) as "first reel" of this concert performance, and suggests that the second
 may be aired in the future. Also circulating as "Audience Recording: 54:00," although it, also, is the Broadcast at 70:00 long. —RL
—Audience Recording in circulation—noted as "Sam Rivers piano solos, Mid '70s, Public Theatre, NYC, 28min."—is actually
 two excerpts of Rivers' piano work with the quartet. The first 13:00 piece is from this session (at around 44:00 in on the Broadcast);
 the second 16:10 piece is unidentified, possibly from the second reel mentioned in the Broadcast.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R; CODA #161 June 1 p.33; WKCR-FM Archive}


  • 78.03.31 through 78.04.03 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    Cabaret, Public Theatre, NYC [CODA #161 June 1, 1978 p.33; The New York Times Mar 26 p.D35]
  • 78.04.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / 8:00pm, Lyman Auditorium, Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven, CT
    [Hartford Courant Apr 23 p.159; and May 1 p.26]
  • 78.05.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    8:00pm, Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California at Berkeley, CA [Berkeley Barb May 5-11 p.11]
    —Double-bill with Dexter Gordon...
  • 78.05.10 through 78.05.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Edmonton Jazz Society, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    [www.yardbirdsuite.com/archives/index-shows.htm]
  • 78.05.16 through 78.05.20 - Sam Rivers Trio / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [CODA #162 August 1, 1978 pp.30-31]
  • 78.05.21 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio / "Improvisation Workshop," Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [ibid]
  • 78.05.21 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [CODA #162 August 1, 1978 pp.30-31; Keystone Korner "Spring Jazz" poster]
  • 78.05.22 through 78.05.24 - Sam Rivers Trio / Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Canada
    [ www.yardbirdsuite.com/index-shows.htm]
  • 78.05.24 - Sam Rivers Trio / 8:00pm, Punch & Judy, Detroit, MI [Detroit Free Press May 24 p.F10]
  • 78.06.18 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / South Lawn, The White House, Washington, DC
    [Down Beat Nov 16, 1978 p.21; Musica Jazz Aug-Sep 1978 p.26, on-line index]
  • 78.06.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Barry Altschul (dr) /
    8:30, 10:30pm, & 12:30am, Grendel's Lair, Philadelphia, PA
    [The Philadelphia Inquirer Jun 16 p.D20]
  • 78.06.22 and 78.06.23 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Holland (ce, b) / DC Space, Washington, DC
    [Down Beat Jul 13, 1978 p.62; CODA #161 June 1, 1978 p.34]

78.06.24 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [AR—119:52]

June 24, 1978, 9:00 and 11:00pm / DC Space, Washington, DC

1st Show:
1. improvisation [58:08]  (split track)
2nd Show:
2. improvisation [61:44]  (split track)
"This was the only time I went to DC Space, which was essentially a row home. They had a restaurant or bar downstairs, and the upstairs was used for
the performances. None of the instruments were mic'd, so it was like you were sitting in your living room, and the guys came in to play for you. They did
have a P.A. for announcements, and that was it. While the sound was good, you also unfortunately pick up other noises that would have been drowned
out if the instruments had been amplified. This includes my camera shutter, and some odd noise, especially on the second show, that sounds like a minor
loose connection, or something rubbing against the mic. It's not horrible by any means, but it is noticeable. I seem to remember there was little or no
seating, and my friend Paul and I sat on the floor in front of Sam and Dave (no relation to the great soul band!)." —‘bpthree’

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b)

{2CD-R; CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.28}


78.06.30 (1) • Sam Rivers Quintet: The World of Sam Rivers [BR]
78.06.30 (2) • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: The World of Sam Rivers [BR]

National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" The World of Sam Rivers, Broadcast December 9, 1979 & July 19, 1981
—2nd Session [See also 78.01.20; 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 [ : ]
 Joy—Sophistication—Serenity—Fun
Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra—2nd Program
2. Evocation (four sections) [ : ]
—The "Hong Kong Suite" was written for the event a year after the Carman Moore/American Symphony recording.
—Track 2 was four of the eight sections of this composition commissioned by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. (See 76.02.29)

Quintet:
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Mike Nock (p and synth), Ted Dunbar (g), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)
RivBea Orchestra:
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Hamiet Bluiett, Ricky Ford, Chico Freeman, and JD Parran (reeds), Jack Walrath, Malachi Thompson,
Oliver Beamer and Frank Gordon (tp), Ray Anderson (tb), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Warren Smith (dr and perc)

{Down Beat Nov 16, 1978 p.39 + Jul 1981 p.12; Hong Kong Suite chat with Sam Rivers; Village Voice Jul 17 p.61; CODA #162 Aug 1, 1978 pp.30-31}


    Studio RivBea's Early-Summer Festival, July 1 through July 6, 1978
    [CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.25]

  • 78.07.09 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Players Tavern, Westport, CT [Westport Fairpress Jul 5 p.C8]
  • 78.07.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr), one other? /
    Jazz Festival du Nimes (July 11-16), Arenes des Nimes, Nimes, France [Stars and Stripes Jul 8 p.19]

78.07.16 • Sam Rivers Trio + Joe Daley [RivBea Archival Recording—100:20]

July 16, 1978, 23:30 / Northsea Jazz Festival, Palazzo dei Congressi, Bon Bini Zaal, 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]
"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 (ts-1, ss-2, fl, p-1,2), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{2CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21; Luciano Federighi festival review Musica Jazz Oct 1978 pp.13-16 on-line index;
Jakob Blumemthal 11.01.11; CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.31; www.northseajazz.com/en/program/1978/sunday-16-july/timetable}


  • 78.07.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Teatro Comunale dell'opera, Genoa, Italy [Musica Jazz Aug-Sep 1978 p.29, on-line index]

78.07.22 • Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR—77:47]

July 22, 1978 / Festival Internazionale del Jazz, Nervi, Italy

1. improvisation: "Una Giornata a Genova" [77:47]
 (ss 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)
 (ts section—23:53, incomplete, cuts in at beginning)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R; Musica Jazz Aug-Sep 1978 pp.32-33 festival review, Giorgio Lombardi, on-line index}


78.07.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—46:57]

July 23, 1978 / Festival del Jazz, Auditorium del Parco Marsaglia, San Remo, Italy

 announcement [0:40]
1. untitled improvisation [46:12]
 (ts section—4:17)
 (b solo—4:33)
 (ss section—15:05)
 (dr solo—6:43)
 (p section—7:19)
 (fl section—8:16)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R; Musica Jazz Oct 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 NYC, November 18, 1985, www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php?read=panken13]
    ———


78.08.08 • Sam Rivers: Waves

1979: Tomato Records TOM-8002 (LP);
1988: Affinity AFF 186 (LP) UK;
1989: Tomato 2696491 (LP) [+Ger, w/ "Shockwave" as title on spine only);
    Tomato 2696492 (CD) Hol; Tomato 2696494 (CS) Hol
2002: TOM-2030 (CD, Green Tomato Series)
  • (V/A) The Tomato Sampler
    1989: Tomato Records 2696164 (2-CS, Ltd Edition, 1st issue) Hol; Tomato 2696162 (2-CD) Hol
        [Includes tracks by Townes Van Zandt; Lightnin' Hopkins; Albert King; Jon Hassell; Heiner Stadler; Melanie; Leroy Jenkins;
        Haans Eisler and Bertolt Brecht; Magma; Harry Partch; Louisiana Red; Johnny Shines; Robert Cray; John Cage; others...]

August 8, 1978 / Big Apple Studio, New York City

1. Shockwave [14:41]
2. Torch [6:56]
3. Pulse [10:22]
4. Flux [6:03]
5. Surge [5:13]
The Tomato Sampler contains a 5:13 excerpt of track 2.

Sam Rivers (ts-1,5, ss-3, fl-2, p-1,4; Comp), Dave Holland (b, ce-4), Joe Daley (tu-2,3,4, eu-1,5), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

[Tomato Records 2696492 & 2696162; Session date, Sam Rivers feature Down Beat Nov 16, 1978 p.49; "Daniel Gr" 18.06.19}




  • 78.08.11 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Holland (ce, b) /
    The Tabernacle, Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Grounds, Martha's Vineyard, MA / 8:00pm [Boston Globe Jul 28 p.26]
  • 78.08.22 (1) - Sam Rivers & the Studio RivBea Orchestra: (no personnel given) / Harlem Jazz Festival, Vincent's Place, NYC
    [Billboard Aug 28, 1978 p.29]
  • 78.08.22 (2) - Sam Rivers Sextet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), unknown others / 8:00pm, Storyville, NYC
    [New York Magazine Aug 28, 1978 p.29]
  • 78.08.26 (1) - "Leroy Jenkins, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Sam Jones Quartet..." / Harlem Jazz Festival, Small's Paradise, NYC
    [Billboard Aug 28, 1978 p.29]
  • 78.08.26 (2) - Sam Rivers Sextet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), unknown others / 9:00pm, Storyville, NYC
    [New York Magazine Aug 28, 1978 p.29]
  • 78.08.27 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc) /
    Left Bank Jazz Society, 5:00pm, Famous Ballroom, NYC [Baltimore Sun Aug 4 p.18; Baltimore Afro-American Aug 26 p.15]
    Baltimore Afro-American mistakenly has Barry Altschul on drums in a display ad.
  • 78.09.10 - The Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, p), Vishnu Wood (b, oud), Bobby Battle (dr), Andrew Salkey,
    Bob Marquez, and Robert Ruff (poetry) / "Tribute to Malcolm X," 7:00pm, Robert Crown Center, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
    [Massachusetts Daily Collegian Sep 8 p.4 + Sep 13 p.4]
    "The Tribute combined Black Classical music, poetry, and taped speeches of Malcolm X, as the musicians and poets relived events
    of Malcolm's life. The 280 people on hand heard Malcolm's voice open the Tribute... The 'Trio' provided musical improvisations...
    Vishnu Wood played a solo on the oud... and after the Tribute he said he had written the piece for the occasion and that he would
    name it 'Malcolm.' Bobby Battle also did a solo on drums, accompanied by Wood's vocal improvisations... The evening closed with
    a taped song by Bernice Reagon, 'We Gonna Rumble Through the Streets of Soweto.' The Trio played a song dedicated to the memory
    of Malcolm, and his voice was heard at the end." —Terrell Evans Massachusetts Daily Collegian Sep 13

78.09.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—52:61]

September 23, 1978, 9:00 & 11:00pm / International House, Philadelphia, PA

1. improvisation [52:61]  (split track at 28:49)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, perc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{CD-R; The Philadelphia Inquirer Sep 22 p.54}


78.10.02 • Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [BR—16:28]

National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" The World of Sam Rivers, Broadcast December 9, 1979 & July 19, 1981
—3rd Session [See also 78.01.20; 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 an additional 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.

"The quartet began in unison and played continuously for almost two hours..." —Austin Daily Texan

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

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: 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..."
—A very helpful Amelia Brunskill / Reference Services, The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

{CD-R; Ed Hazell; Down Beat Jul 1981 p.12; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.06; Austin Daily Texan Oct 4 p.12}


78.10.00 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet: The World of Sam Rivers [BR]

National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" The World of Sam Rivers, Broadcast December 9, 1979 & July 19, 1981
—4th Session [See also 78.01.20; 78.06.30; 78.10.02]

October, 1978 / probably Southern University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

1. improvisation [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, perc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{Down Beat Jul 1981 p.12; venue Bret Sjerven 18.05.22}


  • 78.10.05 Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, perc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc) /
    Neeb Hall, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ [Arizona Republic Oct 1 p.N5]
  • 78.10.07 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Acrosanti Festival '78, 2:10pm, Main Stage, Cordes Junction, AZ
    [CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.34; date from Jonathan, AnthonyBraxtonProject Group; madaraz.com/events/arcosanti-78/arco-78-schedule]
  • 78.10.12 through 78.10.14 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc) /
    9:30 & 11:30pm, and 1:00am, Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA [Spartan Daily Oct 12 p.3; Bay Area Reporter Oct 12 Sec.2 p.28]

78.10.15 • Sam Rivers Quartet & Anthony Braxton [BR—57:40 & AR—53:46]

October 15, 1978 / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
—KPFA-FM Broadcast during the week following the session.

Broadcast Recording:
1. unknown titles [57:40]  (split track, fades out at 28:03, back abruptly at 28:16)
 announcement [0:54]
Audience Recording:
1. unknown titles [53:46]  (split track at 46:36)
The Audience Recording, horrid in quality, may be another set, or some other session. 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). "1977 San Francisco, CA" is likely a mis-dated recording of this '78 session.
This weekend at Keystone was a double-bill with Anthony Braxton solo. —RL

Sam Rivers (ss, p), Anthony Braxton (as), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{Audience + Broadcast CD-Rs; Berkeley Barb Oct 12-25 p.18}



Photo by Kathy Sloane (with permission) / Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club.

  • 78.10.22 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), David Holland (ce, b), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [vancouverjazz.com/vjs/index.php; CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.24; The Province Oct 23 p.11]

78.10.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR]

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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{Brian Nation 11.12.30; vancouverjazz.com/vjs/index.php; CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.24}


"Sam Rivers Quartet photographed next to the Oceanside Hotel on Pendrell, where they stayed during their appearance
at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, October 1978." —Brian Nation

The Quartet in Vancouver
Photo by Brian Nation

78.10.25 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—61:18]

October 25, 1978 / Egyptian Moore Theater, Seattle, WA

 announcement [0:12]
1. improvisation [61:06]
 (ss section—10:10)
 (b solo—4:14)
 (p section—13:51, tuba solo in at 6:44)
 (ts section—8:53)
 (dr solo—3:19)
 (fl section—3:33)
 applause & band intro [0:48]
 (fl section—16:04)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 05.10.31}


  • 78.10.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Big Band: unknown personnel / Woluwe St Pierre, Centre Culturel, Brussels, Belgium
    "Professional recording engineer Michaël W. Huon did one recording... with the Sam Rivers Big Band on October '78."
    —Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg 04.11.29]

  • October through November, 1978 Sam Rivers Quartet "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 Nov 1978 p.22 + Rivers interview, Dec 1978 pp.8-10, on-line index]


  • 78.10.00 (3) (28th or 29th) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    "Festival L'improvvisazione," Aula Magna Trevano, Lugano, Italy [Musica Jazz Dec 1978 pp.39-40, on-line index]

78.10.31 • Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR—89:25]

October 31, 1978 / Supercinema, Brescia, Italy

1. Tides (Maree) Suite [80:07]
2. encore [9:18]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{Pat Clare 11.07.13}


  • 78.11.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc) /
    Nel 24° Festival Viottiano, Vercelli, Italy [Musica Jazz Dec 1978 p.14, on-line index]
    —"Encounter with Jazz" three evenings of concerts and an introductory conference.

78.11.06 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—120:00 & RivBea Archival Recording—34:00]

November 6, 1978 / Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università di Padova, Padova, Italy

RivBea Archive / Reel 17
1. improvisations [34:00]
"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

"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 (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{CD-R; Joe Washek 09.03.29; Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.03; Heinrich Smejkal 04.01.12}


78.11.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—120:00]

November 7, 1978 / Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università di Padova, Teatro Tenda, Padova, Italy

1. improvisations [120:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{Veniero Rizzardi 12.01.03}


  • 78.11.11 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    Brass Club di Palermo, Auditorium SS Salvatore, Palermo, Italy [Musica Jazz Jan 1979 p.17, on-line index]
  • 78.11.13 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Cinema Teatro Ciack, Milano, Italy
    [Musica Jazz Jan 1979 p.20 concert reviews, Arrigo Polillo, on-line index]
  • 78.11.29 and 78.11.30 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    [Horseshoe Tavern November schedule; The Globe and Mail Oct 28, 1978 p.31]


  • December, 1978:
    "Studio Rivbea, the ground-floor performing center that was responsible for some of the earliest
    and most important jazz loft activity, closed with little fanfare recently." —Robert Palmer
    ["Loft Jazz Shifts to a Different Scene" The New York Times Jan 26, 1979 p.C19


  • 78.12.05 and 78.12.06 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    8:00 & 10:30pm, Jonathan Swift's, Cambridge, MA [Boston Globe Nov 30, 1978 p.A32 + Dec 3 p.A15]

78.12.11 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [BR—92:28]

CKCU-FM 93.1 Ottawa, Broadcast "In a Mellow Tone" host Ron Sweetman

December 11, 1978, 8:00 & 10:00pm / 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 (ts-2, p-1,2, ss-3, fl-1,2), Dave Holland (b)

{2CD-R; CODA #166 April 1979 p.30; stommel.tamu.edu/~baum; The Ottawa Journal Dec 7, 1978 p.54}


  • 78.12.15 and 77.12.16 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    10:30pm, Public Theatre, NYC [New York Magazine Dec 18 p.42]
  • 78.12.26 - Harlem Opera's "Hodges & Co.": Sam Rivers, Roland Alexander / 7:00pm, Entermedia Theater, NYC
    [Daily News Dec 26 p.90]
  • 78.12.28 - Harlem Opera's "Solomon & Sheba": Sam Rivers, Roland Alexander / "Opening Thursday...", Entermedia Theater, NYC [ibid]

1979 : : :


  • 79.01.12 and 79.01.13 - Sam Rivers: no personnel details / Stars, Philadelphia, PA
    [The Philadelphia Inquirer Dec 31 p.9-H]
  • 79.01.21 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Holland (ce, b) / 9:30, 11:00, & 12:30am, Lulu White's, Boston, MA
    [Boston Globe Jan 18 p.A13]

79.01.24 • Sam Rivers Big Band [AR]

January 24, 1979 / Storyville, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), others...

{2CD-Rs in WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31}


  • 79.01.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, flute, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Michael Carvin (dr) /
    Hartford Jazz Society, 7:00pm, Opera Room, Sheraton Tobacco Valley Inn, Windsor, CT
    [Hartford Courant Jan 21 p.G7; CODA #166 April 1979 p.36]
    "Two loosely structured pieces, each which ran well past an hour."
    —Preview ads had Thurman Barker on drums, review noted Carvin.
  • 79.01.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, flute, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b) /
    Great Black Music Series, Town Hall, St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    "The trio played but one piece... Eighty minutes..." —Mark Miller
    "Opening the series... Unfortunately percussionist Thurman Barker chose an African tour in preference to the inclement winter." —CODA
    [Mark Miller review The Globe and Mail Jan 31 p.F10; CODA #166 April 1979 p.29]


The Kent Winter Jazz Festival : : : February 3 and February 4, 1979

    "Musicians' workshops, an open jam session in the Student Center Rathskellar, and other special events."
    Billboard Feb 3 p.65+90 has the Orchestra on both the 3rd and 4th, but I only find references to the 4th elsewhere.

  • 79.02.04 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, flute, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    7:00pm, Student Center Ballroom, Kent State University, Kent, OH [ibid]
    [Elyria Chronicle-Telegram Jan 19 p.13; Billboard Feb 3, 1979 p.65+90]
    "Followed by the Chico Freeman Quartet, the Hamiet Bluiett Trio, and the entire Rivers' Jazz Festival Orchestra." —Billboard
    "A series of four ensembles and quintets that lasted more than five hours." —Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

79.02.04 (2) • Sam Rivers' Jazz Festival Orchestra [AR—54:10]

February 4, 1979 / Student Center Ballroom, 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]
Sam Rivers, (ts, ss, fl, voc), Chico Freeman, Ricky Ford, and Hamiet Bluiett (reeds), Frank Gordon (tp), Joe Daley (tu/eu),
Jay Hoggard (vb), Abdul Wadud (ce), Don Pullen (p), Dave Holland (b), Warren Smith (perc)
—The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram (Jan 19) had a "10-piece" Orchestra with Jack Walrath (tp) instead of Gordon,
 Ray Anderson (tb) added, and Hoggard and Wadud omitted.
—The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram (Feb 9) had an "18-piece" Orchestra, but no personnel noted.

{Audience CD-R; Kevin Skotnicki; JAM 9134-2; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21;
Elyria Chronicle-Telegram Jan 19 p.13 + Feb 9 p.16; Billboard Feb 3, 1979 p.65 + 90}



[Also, sort of:]
  • Hamiet Bluiett / Muhal Richard Abrams: "Saying Something for All"
    Just a Memory Records JAM 9134-2 (CD) 1998 CAN

    February 4, 1979 / Kent Winter Jazz Festival, Kent State University, Kent, OH

    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 Rivers doing
    the introduction, as has been suggested. That being said, this is a fine recording, with five
    other tracks, all Abrams/Bluiett duets, and a cover I really like, which I've included here
    just for the hell of it. —RL

    1. Requiem for Kent State (Bluiett) [10:49]
    Hamiet Bluiett (bar)
Saying Something for All


    February through March, 1979
    "Some dates with an 18-piece group, and toured in duo with Holland" [Down Beat Mar 22, 1979 Sam Rivers Blindfold Test p.29]
    —There is no evidence of the February 25th gig at Gross Pointe (below) in the Punch & Judy concert database,
     and nothing but Quartet dates on the tour. —RL



  • 79.02.16 (1) - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland: Presentation followed by a workshop /
    2:00pm, Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO [The Catalyst Feb 9 p.5]
  • 79.02.16 (2) - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (b) / 8:15pm, Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
    [ibid]
  • 79.02.19 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: as above, so below / Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
    [The Atlanta Constitution Feb 24 p.83]
  • 79.02.23 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo / "Two shows," University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    [Baltimore Sun Feb 23, 1979 p.37]
    —"Tour of five Southern cities."
  • 79.02.24 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo / 10:00pm, Stimson Hall, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD [ibid]

  • 79.02.25 "tentative", likely cancelled - Sam Rivers Orchestra: (no personnel details) / New Music Festival,
    Punch & Judy Theatre, Gross Pointe, MI [Down Beat Mar 8, 1979 p.47]

  • 79.02.26 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Holland (b) / Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
    [Atlanta Journal and Constitution Feb 24, 1979 p.T-37]
  • 79.02.00 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: as above / "And later to Memphis..." Memphis, TN [ibid]

79.03.01 • Sam Rivers with the New Jazz Festival Orchestra [BR]

March 1, 1982, 8:00pm / Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
—LIVE Broadcast on KSJN-FM, "The Jazz Image", hosted by Leigh Kamman

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), unknown others...

{The Minneapolis Star Sep 12, 1978 p.10C; news clipping stamp-dated "Feb 25" on back of promo photo}


  • 79.03.04 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Grenoble Jazz Festival, Grenoble, France [Festival web-site]
  • 79.03.08 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 79.03.09 - Sam Rivers Quartet / International Jazz Focus Festival, Entrepôt Laîné, Bordeaux, France
    [Pierre-Henri Ardonceau "Jazz en direct: International Jazz Focus" Jazz Magazine Jun, 1979 p.11;
    "Où jouent-ils?" Jazz Magazine Mar, 1979 pp.20-21]
  • 79.03.15 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Le Stadium, Paris, France
    [Bernard Amiard "Jazz en direct: Motian/Harper/Rivers" Jazz Magazine May, 1979 pp.15-16, Pierre Crépon 17.03.24]

  • Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg on 04.11.29: "Professional recording engineer Michael W. Huon... also one trio concert
    the year after [1978] in Antwerpen with Barry and Dave...."
    —I'm skeptical, as by this point Holland last appeared April of '78, and does not again
     until January of '81. May be the session below... —RL
  • 79.03.16 - Sam Rivers Quartet:: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Hnita Jazz Club, Heist op de Berg, Antwerp, Belgium
    "It is... the only concert of about 40 years ago that I remember vividly, if only because I did not understand it at the time."
    —Photos and info from Jef Vandebroek, FB posting on February 6, 2018.


79.04.07 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [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 and Hamiet Bluiett (reeds), Frank Gordon (tp), Joe Daley (tu/eu),
Abdul Wadud (ce), Dave Holland (b), Warren Smith (perc), others...

{Joe Washek 10.10.21}


79.04.20 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—58:20]

April 20, 1979 / DC Space, Washington, DC

1. improvisation [58:20]
 (ts 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 (ts, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R; WKCR-FM Broadcast 07.05.22}


  • 79.04.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    DC Space, Washington, DC [Ben Young, WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31]
  • 79.04.23 and 79.04.24 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA [Atlanta Journal and Constitution Apr 14 p.T-4]

79.04.27 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—35:52]

April 27, 1979, "Midnight till Dawn" / Jazz & Blues Festival, "Dew Drop Inn '79," New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
—National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" The World of Sam Rivers, Broadcast December 9, 1979 & July 19, 1981.
—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.

 radio announcement (Billy Taylor) [0:24]
1. improvisation [28:19]
  (p and ts sections; dr 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]
"Sam Rivers... meets New Orleans jazz professor Kid Jordan." (not present in this Broadcast)

Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R; Martin Milgrim 05.02.17; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.06; 1979 Jazz Fest Program Book p.31, nojh.saas.dgicloud.com}


  • 79.04.28 - Sam Rivers meets keyboard magician Henry Butler Quartet: perhaps with SR Quartet, as in 79.04.27 /
    Jazz & Blues Festival, "Midnight till Dawn," "Dew Drop Inn '79," New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
    [1979 Jazz Fest Program Book p.31, nojh.saas.dgicloud.com]
  • 79.04.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Jazz & Blues Festival, 6:15pm, Jazz Tent, Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA
    [1979 Jazz Fest Program Book p.31, nojh.saas.dgicloud.com]

  • 79.05.09 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc),
    Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc) /
    Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    [Yves Thébault, Jazz Magazine Jul-August, 1979 pp.15-16; Pierre Crépon 17.03.24]

  • 79.05.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc),
    Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    20:00hr, Hotel Mohren, Willisau, Switzerland
    [Kevin White 02.10.21; www.troxlerart.ch/pages/posters.php]



  • —"As illustrated on the Niklaus Troxler poster
     in OREOS Collection Jazz—Niklaus Troxler Jazz Posters, p.95."

79.05.15 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—115:49 & BVR]

May 15, 1979 / Studio 10, Hamburg, Germany
—NDR JAZZ WORKSHOP Nr.:145 (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Radio/TV Broadcast

Broadcast Recording:
 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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{2CD-R; Anonymous}


  • 79.06.01 through 79.06.03 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr, perc) /
    9:00pm, The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, CA
    [Los Angeles Times Jun 5 p.66; CODA Aug 1979 #168 p.32]

  • 79.06.05 through 79.06.10 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / 9:00 & 11:00pm, + 1:00am the 8th and 9th, Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [Billboard Jun 2, 1979 p.66; Todd Barkan 18.06.12]

79.06.12 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—158:14]

June 12, 1979, 8:00 & 10:00pm / The Gnu Deli, Olympia, WA

Early Show:
1. improvisation [79:24]
 (ts 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]
Late Show:
 warming up [0:32]
2. improvisation [78:18]
 (ss 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)
 —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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{3CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 05.11.01; Poster, RivBea Archive}


79.06.17 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording—97:31]

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)
"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 (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Bobby Battle (dr)

{2CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21}


79.06.22 • Sam Rivers & The Studio RivBea Orchestra [BR—30:03]

June 22, 1979, 8:30 and 11:30pm / New Jazz at the Public Theatre, New York City
—National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" The World of Sam Rivers, Broadcast December 9, 1979 & July 19, 1981.

 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, Comp), Steve Coleman, Jimmy Vass, John Stubblefield, John Purcell, Hamiet Bluiett, Ron Bridgewater, Lee Rozie, Bill Cody,
James Ware, and James Stewart (reeds), Jack Walrath, Oliver Beamer, Frank Gordon, and Ted Daniel (tp), Ray Anderson, George Lewis,
Charles Deffinitz, and Richard Harper (tb), Vincent Chancey, John Clark, and Greg Williams (frh), Joe Daley and Bob Stewart (tu),
Abdul Wadud, Pat Dixon, and Muneer Abdul Fatah (ce), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker and Warren Smith (perc)

{CD-R; CODA Aug 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, NYC
    [New York Magazine Jun 25, 1979 p.28]
  • 79.06.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    Studio RivBea Festival, Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, NYC [Robert Palmer The New York Times Jun 25 Sec.3 p.14]
  • 79.07.00 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: unknown personnel / Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, NYC
    [Robert Palmer The New York Times Jun 28, 1978 p.18; Robert Palmer review The New York Times Jul 9 p.40]

79.07.05 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR]

July 5, 1979 / Kent State University Jazz Festival, Kent, Ohio
—Broadcast WCBN-FM Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan, on "Reel Live Music,"

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Don Pullen (p), Dave Holland (b), others...

{Anonymous}


  • 79.07.13 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Bobby Battle (dr) /
    6:30pm, North Sea Jazz Festival, Carrousel Zaal, Congresgebouw, Den Haag, Netherlands

79.07.13 (2) • Archie Shepp & Sam Rivers Double Quartet [BR—37:56]

July 13, 1979, 8:15pm / 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, 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 7:15pm by the Archie Shepp Quartet.
On 8:15pm, both groups were joined together on stage." —Sander Piek 07.02.08

Archie Shepp and Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Siegfried Kessler (p),
Dave Holland and Yon Takahashi (b), Clifford Jarvis and Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R; Franz Herzog 06.03.23; Stars and Stripes Jun 2 p.19; Billboard Jun 2, 1979 p.61; www.northseajazz.nl}


  • 79.07.13 (3) - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: unknown personnel / Northsea Jazz Festival, Congress Center, Amsteradm, Netherlands
    [Billboard Aug 18, 1979 p.39]
  • 79.07.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    4th International Wiesen Jazz Festival, Wiesen, Austria
    [Stars and Stripes Jul 14 p.19]
  • 79.08.08 - Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra / 1:00pm, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, NYC [New York Magazine Aug 13, 1979 p.25]
  • 79.08.20 through 79.08.22 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA ["in residence... to conduct workshops," CODA Aug 1979 #168 p.37]

79.08.23 • Sam Rivers Quartet with The Seattle Composers & Improvisers Orchestra [AR—113:43]

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)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p-2, voc-2), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr), others unknown (track #1 only)

{Norbert Kreutzer 06.01.16; CODA Aug 1979 #168 p.37}


  • 79.08.24 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr) /
    Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA ["In residence... to conduct workshops." CODA Aug 1979 #168 p.37]

79.11.06 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—31:00 & BVR—15:45]

November 6, 1979 / Teatro CIAK, Mailand, Italy
—"Schlegge/Raitre" TV Broadcast

1. Evening Breeze [31:00]
 (ts section—9:57, excerpt)
 (p section—8:29)
 (fl section—12:34, incomplete)
—The Broadcast Video is a tenor and piano excerpt of 15:45.

Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{CD-R; Video}


79.11.15 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—148:17 & AVR—59:34]

November 15, 1979 / Loft, München, Germany
—AVR is posted on Youtube in six parts and mis-dated as the 14th.

1st Set:
 pre-game [1:18]
1. improvisation [70:10]
 (ts section—26:40)
 (dr solo—6:49)
 (p section—11:47)
 (b solo—8:11)
 (fl+voc section—16:15, incomplete)  —AVR cuts out at 4:49
 (2nd Set:
2. improvisation [76:30]
 (ss section—24:30)
 (b solo—14:10)
 (p section—16:55)
 (dr solo—5:55)
 (fl+voc section—15:00)
—Video Recording is the opening 58:16 of 1st Set.

Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p, ss, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{2CD-R; DVD}


79.11.17 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—148:00]

November 11, 1979 / The Loft, Munich, Germany

1. improvisation [148:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p, ss, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Thurman Barker (dr, perc)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18; Stefan Weskott review, undated typed manuscript copy, RivBea Archive}


79.11.20 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR—94:16]

November 20, 1979, 21:00hr / Piemonte Autunno Jazz 79, Palasport, Turin, Italy

1. unknown title [32:22]
2. unknown title [40:41]
3. unknown title [22:12]  (incomplete)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, flute, p, Cond), Chico Freeman, Steve Coleman, Hamiet Bluiett, and Duane Armstrong (reeds),
Malachi Thompson, Jack Walrath, and Oliver Beamer (tp), Malachi Thompson (cor), Charles Stevens and Craig Harris (tb),
Richard Ancell [or Pincell] (tu), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr)

—Pre-concert promo had drastically different players credited, substituting Ted Daniels, Rank Gordon, and Olu Dara for the three trumpets;
 George Lewis and Ray Henderson for the two trombones; Joe Daley the tuba; and has Ricky Ford in place of Duane Armstrong on sax.
 [www.centrojazztorino2.it/index.php/1979j/piemonteautunnojazz1979]

{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 NYC, November 18, 1985, www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php?read=panken13]
    ———


79.12.00 • Sam Rivers: Contrasts

1980: ECM 1162 (LP) Ger; ECM-1-1162 (LP); ECM-M5E-1162 (CS);
    ECM/Trio Records PAP-9227 (LP, Obi, Promo only) Jpn;
2014: ECM 1162 (CD, Re:solutions Series) Ger [+ LP, same configuration];
    ECM Records, no release# (7xFile, FLAC, 24-Bit Remaster) Ger;
    ECM 1162 (7xFile, AIFF, 24-Bit Remaster)
  • (V/A) ECM Sampler 7
    1980: ECM PRO-E-895 (LP, Promo only)
  • The Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Contemporary Currents
    1986: Franklin Mint Record Society Jazz 25 (4-LP)
        [+ (4-LP) Swd, Red Box and Vinyl]
  • (V/A) Re:solutions Series (ECM Reissues 2014/I)
    2013: ECM no release# (CDr, Promo only) Ger
  • (V/A) Re: Seoul
    2013: ECM 2365 (CD, Promo only) Ger
        Exhibition Special Sampler in Seoul, South Korea
        "ECM—Think of your ears as eyes"
  • (V/A) Ecm—The Story of Our Listening
    2014: Musica Jazz ECM/MJCD 1278 (CD) It
        Supplement to Musica Jazz Magazine, Issue No.4 December 2014
  • (V/A) Top Jazz 2014
    2014: Musica Jazz MJCD 1288 (CD) It
        Supplement to Musica Jazz Magazine, Issue No.1 January 2015

December, 1979 / Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany

1. Circles [4:10]
2. Zip [4:42]
3. Solace [6:54]
4. Verve [7:09]
5. Dazzle [9:12]
6. Images [3:48]
7. Lines [7:15]
Ecm—The Story of Our Listening, Re:solutions Series,
 and Re: Seoul have tracks 1 and 3.
ECM Sampler 7 has track 2.
Top Jazz 2014 has track 4.
Contemporary Currents has track 6.

Images, top to bottom:
Original release LP cover
Re: Seoul CD cover, 2013 ECM Promo
Contemporary Currents LP Box, Franklin Mint Society (1986)

Sam Rivers (ts-2,5, ss-1,3,6,7, fl-4,6, Comp),
George Lewis (tb),
Dave Holland (b),
Thurman Barker (dr, mba)

{ECM 1-1162; ECM PRO-E-895; Franklin Mint Jazz 098A}






    79.12.09: First Broadcast of 78.06.30 mistakenly circulating under this date.


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    January 16, 1980 - "The Sam Rivers Orgy," 10:00am on WHRB-FM in Boston, MA. Starting your day off right.
    [The Boston Globe Jan 16 p.19]


  • 80.02.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr) / 9:00pm, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX
    [Patrick Clare 08.11.05; Austin American-Statesman Feb 3 p.169]

    Ticket! A ticket to the event...
    Courtesy Patrick Clare
  • 80.02.16 (1) - Sam Rivers Workshop / 9:00am, KiMo Theater, Albuquerue, NM [Albuquerque Journal Feb 15 p.103]

80.02.16 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—44:24]

February 16, 1980, 8:00pm / KiMo Theater, Albuquerue, NM

RivBea Archive / Reel 40
1. improvisation [44:24]
 (ts section—20:14)
 (dr solo—5:41)
 (fl+voc section—11:23)
 (b solo—5:01)
 (fl+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 (ts, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr)
Santa Fe New Mexican has Barker on drums pre-concert.

{ RivBea CD-R, Reel 40; Albuquerque Journal Feb 15 p.103; Santa Fe New Mexican Feb 15 Weekend p.9}


80.02.19 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—60:00]

February 19, 1980 / Bloomdido, Brussels, Belgium

1. improvisation [60:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


80.02.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—71:40]

February, 1980 / Gluepot Tavern, Auckland, New Zealand

1. improvisation [71:40]  (incomplete, fades in)
 (ts section—15:35)
 (b solo—8:35)
 (el-p section—14:50)
 (dr solo—7:40)
 (ce solo—6:00)
 (fl+voc section—18:45)
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, el-p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 80.02-03.00 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Praxis Jazz Festival, Athens, Greece [CODA #190 June 1983 p.33]
    —Festival run "mid-February to mid-March..."
  • 80.03.09 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Holland (ce, b) / 9:00pm, Lulu White's, Boston, MA
    [The Boston Globe Mar 9 p.2B]

80.03.20 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—169:00]

March 20, 1980 / Ülm, Germany

1. improvisation [169:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


  • 80.03.00 (21st or 23rd) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    "Urban Jazz in the Ballroom," Wiener Jazz Frühling, Wiener, Germany [www.lps.at/festivals/wrjazz.html]

80.03.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—96:18]

March 22, 1980 / Jazzclub Schlachthof-Geststätte, Karlsruhe, Germany

1. improvisation [66:45]
 (ts section)
 (dr solo)
 (ss section)
 (b solo)
 (fl and voc)
2. improvisation [28:31]
 (ss section)
 (b solo)
 (ts section)
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{2CD-R}


80.03.28 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—35:14]

March 28, 1980 / Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany

1. improvisation [35:14]  (incomplete, fades in, cuts out)
 (ts section)
 (dr solo)
 (p section)
Sam Rivers (ts, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{CD-R}


80.04.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—132:47]

April 1, 1980 / Basel, Switzerland

1st Set:
1. improvisation
 (ts section—18:25)
 (dr solo—4:40)
 (p section—13:20)
 (b solo—7:50)
 (fl section—17:00)
 (2nd Set:
2. improvisation
 (ss 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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{2CD-R}


  • 80.04.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) / Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    "[beginning] in April... Spring 1980" [CODA Aug 1980 #174 p.34]

80.04.11 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—87:00]

April 11, 1980 / Public Theatre, New York City

1. improvisation [87:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Jan Ström 11.01.11; CODA #173 June 1980 p.34}


80.04.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR—23:33]

April 12, 1980 / Public Theatre, New York City

1. unknown title [22:42]
 announcement [0:51]
—Most circulating copies (but not mine) are followed by: title / faded-in [17:56]; title [7:10].
 "[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 (ts, ss, fl), Chico Freeman, John Purcell, Marty Ehrlich, and Bobby Eldridge (reeds),
Oliver Beamer, Malachi Thompson, and Stanton Davis (tp), Charles Stevens and Craig Harris (tb),
Bob Stewart (tu), Dave Holland (b), Freddie Waits (dr)

{CD-R; Norbert Kreutzer 05.12.26}


80.04.00 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—115:55]

April, 1980 / Perugia, Italy

 (1st Set:
1. improvisation [69:33]
 (ts section—29:45)  (split track, cuts out)
 (dr solo—8:38)  (split track, cuts in)
 (p section—10:06)
 (b solo—8:05)  (split track, cuts out and back in at 55:54)
 (fl+voc section—12:59)
 (2nd Set:
2. improvisation [46:22]
 (ss section—30:59)  (split track, cuts out and back in at 15:15)
 (ce solo—10:04)
 (p section—5:19)  (incomplete, cuts out)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Marco Renzini www.youtube.com}


80.04.30 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—66:42]

April 30, 1980 / Foggia, Italy

1. improvisation [66:42]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{inconstantsol.blogspot.com}


  • 80.05.06 through 80.05.10 - Sam Rivers (no personnel details) / 9:30 and 11:30pm + 1:15am Friday and Saturday, Fat Tuesday's, NYC
    [The New York Times May 4 p.167; New York Magazine May 12, 1980 p.117]
  • 80.05.17 - Sam Rivers Solo / 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 [AR—125:09]

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)
—Also circulating mis-dated as 78.06.24.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b)

{Jakob Blumenthal 10.10.12; 2CD-R (at 119:52; CODA Oct 1978 #163 p.28; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05}


  • 80.06.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) / The Showbox, Seattle, WA
    [Patrick Clare 12.01.26; show flyer]
  • 80.06.10 through 80.10.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 9:30 & 11:30pm, Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA
    [Bay Area Reporter Jun 5 p.28]
  • 80.06.20 through 80.06.22 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Holland (b) / 9:00pm, The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, CA [San Bernadino Sun Jun 20, 1980 p.49]

80.06.28 • Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo [SBR—52:40]

June 28, 1980 / Pisa, Italy

1. improvisation [52:40]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b)

{CD-R; CODA #175 October 1 1980 p.37}


  • 80.08.10 - Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Dave Holland (b) /
    Real Art Ways presents..., 9:00pm, Old State House Lawn, Hartford, CT [Hartford Courant Aug 3, 1980 p.G1; August 8, 1980 p.55]
  • 80.08.11 through 80.08.14 - Carman Moore with Sam Rivers, others... / Democratic National Convention, Madison Square Garden, NYC
    [Billboard Aug 30, 1980 p.94]



  • 80.08.15 and 80.08.16 - Festival of Innovative Music conceived by Carman Moore presenting works by Sam Rivers /
    9:00pm, Lenox Arts Music Center, Hartford, CT [Hartford Courant Aug 15, 1980 p.62]
  • 80.09.29 Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    The Basement, Sydney, Australia [Chris Frazier 14.02.20]
  • 80.09.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 8:30pm, The Met, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [The Age Sep 29 p.36]

80.10.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—44:32]

October 2, 1980 / The Cellar, Brisbane, Australia

RivBea Archive / Reel 36
 introduction [0:18]
1. improvisation [44:14]
 (ts section—9:58)
 (b solo—8:47)
 (el-p section—12:49)
 (d solo—7:02)
 (ss 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 (ts, ss, el-p), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{RivBea CD-R, Reel 36}


  • 80.10.03 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, el-p), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr) / 8:30pm, The Met, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    [The Age Sep 29 p.36]

80.10.05 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—45:00+]

October 5, 1980 / The Basement, Sydney, Australia

  1st Set:
  introduction [1:33]
 1. improvisation [15:20]  ("Improvised Piece #1" on cassette)
 2. improvisation [16:10]  ("Second Movement" on cassette)
  (trio—5:00)
  (b solo—8:20)
  (b+dr duo—2:50)
 3. improvisation #3 [11:15]  ("Third Movement")
  (trio—6:48)
  (p solo—4:27)
 4. improvisation [11:05]  ("Fourth Movement")
  (trio—3:15)  (split track at 2:15)
  (dr solo—7:50)
 5. improvisation [10:50]  ("5th Movement")
  (trio—4:25)
  (ce solo—6:25)
 6. improvisation [8:15]  ("6th Movement")
  (trio—5:50)
  (fl+voc—2:25)
 7. improvisation [8:05]  ("7th Movement", incomplete, fades out)
  2nd Set / no track times:
 8. improvisation [ : ]  ("Improvised Piece #2" on cassette)
 9. "Second Movement" (w/ ss solo)
10. "Third Movement" (w/ dr solo)
11. "Fourth Movement" (w/ p solo)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Chris Frazier 13.11.26}



  • 80.10.05 Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    The Basement, Sydney, Australia [Chris Frazier 14.02.20]

80.10.00 • Sam Rivers [AR—7:10]

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.

{CD-R}


  • 80.10.29 through 80.11.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Paris Jazz Festival, at the Dreher, Paris, France [CODA Feb 1981 #177 p.36]

80.11.03 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—121:23]

November 3, 1980 / Athens, Greece

1. improvisation [121:23]
 (ts section—15:37)
 (b solo—8:05)
 (p section—11:20)
 (dr solo—7:20)
 (ss section—10:25)
 (ce solo—8:20)
 (fl+voc section—16:00)
 (ss 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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{2CD-R}


  • 80.11.15 - Sam Rivers' Studio RivBea Ensemble: (no personnel listed) / Hopkins Center, Dartmouth, NH [CODA #176 December 1, 1980 p.38]

80.11.16 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—60:00]

November 16, 1980 / Club Fashing, Stockholm, Sweden

1. unknown titles [60:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (ce, b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Jan Ström 11.01.11}


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

{Joe Washek 10.10.21}


80.11.28 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—94:00]

November 28, 1980 / unknown venue, Munich, Germany

1. improvisation [94:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Dave Holland (b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


  • 80.12.01 through 80.12.19 - 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 [Advertisement, CODA Aug 1980 #174 p.37]
    "The Winter Cycle 1980-81 Advanced Studies in Improvisational..."
    "[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



  • Creative Music Studio New Year's Intensive—December 27, 1980 through January 4, 1981

    "The 1980/1981 New Year's Intensive with Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, and special guests" / Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY
    [CODA #176 December 1, 1980 p.34]


1981 : : :


81.01.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—15:00]

January 1, 1981 / Creative Music Studio, 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 temporarily on hold." —Patrick Clare

Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Dave Holland (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{Ed Hazell; Patrick Clare 09.11.24}


81.01.06 • Sam Rivers [RivBea Archival Recording]

January 6, 1981 / Zelda Bloomdido's, Northampton, MA

RivBea Archive / Reel 35
1. 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 (perc)

{Joseph Washek June 2008, Reel 35}


  • 1981:

    "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 Skip Bey on bass instead of Holland,
    who moved on at some point during the first two months of '81.
    ———

81.01.31 • Ramsey McLean Quintet [AR—51:39]

January 31, 1981 / Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1. improvisation [51:25]  (incomplete, fades in / split track at 29:10)
  (ts section—15:09)
  (b+dr duo—1:51)
  (b+dr+keys—8:27)
  (fl section—26:07)
"Subject to final confirmation as Wavelength goes to press, saxophonist Sam Rivers plans to fly in from New York on January 30
to play with his former student Ramsey McLean, who will augment his band, The Lifers, by adding a second drummer."
Wavelength January 1981 p.4, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/3

Sam Rivers (ts, fl), Larry Sieberth (p, keys), Ramsey McLean (b, ce, perc), Johnny Vidacovich and Alvin Fielder (drums)

{extremely hot digital files; Bret Sjerven 18.05.22}


    81.02.08 - (CANCELLED) Sam Rivers & Dave Holland Duo / Children's Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
    [Down Beat Jan 1981 p.70]

81.02.08 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording—81:23]

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 (ts, ss, p, fl, voc), Jerry Byrd (g), Skip "Crumby" Bey (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{RivBea CD-R, Reels 44/47}


  • 81.02.09 Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Jerry Byrd (g), Skip "Crumby" Bey (el-b)—Holland not on this tour, Steve Ellington (dr) /
    9:00pm, The Joynt, Eau Claire, WI [Eua Claire Leader-Telegram Jan 31 Hilites p.17]
    —Oddly, though touring the midwest here, there is also a small notice in the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Feb 8 p.26)
     that has the quartet at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA on this date.


81.02.10 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—92:43]

February 10, 1981 / Tut's, Chicago, IL
—"Occasional jazz one-nighters, recently including... Sam Rivers." —Down Beat

1. improvisations [92:43]
—A shorter version is circulating at 73:18, a continuous performance with arbitrary tracks
 marked of 8:29 / 11:25 / 9:02 / 10:17 / (15 sec silence) / 6:04 / 19:51 / and 8:00.

"The beginning of the various guitar bands in the '80s after the break-up of the great Holland/Altschul trio. —"Fredito"

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Jerry Byrd (g), Skip "Crumby" Bey (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{2CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; Down Beat Apr 1981 p.69}


  • 81.02.15 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Jerry Byrd (g), Skip "Crumby" Bey (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    9:30 & 11:30pm, Gilly's, Dayton, OH [CODA #185 August 1982 p.4; Dayton Daily News Feb 14 p.41]
    The Daily Guardian Feb 13 p.5 mistakenly credits Dave Holland on bass.


  • 81.02.19 CANCELLED - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / 8:00pm, Residential College Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    [CODA #177 February 1981 p.32; Down Beat Feb 1981 p.72; Lansing Star Feb 20-26 The Calendar p.8]
    Lansing Star had the cancellation notice post-concert date, offering ticket refunds. —RL

  • 81.02.24 through 81.02.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet / 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. —RL
  • 81.03.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet / Music Hall, San Francisco, CA [CODA #179 June 1981 p.35]
  • 81.03.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet / University of California, San Francisco, CA [ibid]

81.03.13 • Sam Rivers Solo [AR—57:12]

March 13, 1981 / DC Space, Washington, DC
—WKCR-FM Broadcast, "Sam Rivers Festival" May 22, 2007.

1. improvisation [37:19]
 (ss section—10:47)
 (ts section—13:03)
 (p section—13:29)
2. Wind Song [13:52]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl-2, p, voc-2)

{CD-R; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05}


    81.04.02 through 81.04.04 - West on the Black Side: Edward K. Taylor Jr (Libretto and concept), music by Sam Rivers (not present),
    Roland Alexander, Fred Benjamin (Chor) / Symphony Space, NYC [Daily News Mar 31 p.42]

81.04.04 • Sam Rivers: Crosscurrent—Live at Jazz Unité

1982: Blue Marge 1005 (LP) Fr; Blue Marge/DIW DIW-1055 (LP, with Obi) Jpn;
2009: Blue Marge 1005 (CD) Fr
  • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording]

April 4, 1981 / 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
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Two BASF reels "#33" and "#38" written on boxes. "Sam Rivers 4-4-81 # I"
ritten 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 multitrack equipment
to play this tape." —Joe Washek, September 2010

Images, top to bottom:
Original release LP cover
2009 CD release

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Jerry Byrd (g),
Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Blue Marge 1005; Joel Washek 10.10.21; Tyczynski Piotr 18.01.11}




81.05.17 • Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR—139:21]

May 17, 1981 / Florence, Italy

1. improvisation [139:21]
Recording is also circulating incorrectly dated 81.03.17.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Jerry Byrd (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{2CD-R}


  • 81.06.10 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Jerry Byrd (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 81.07.10 and 81.07.11 - Sam Rivers Trio / 10:00pm until 4:00am, World Stage Cafe, Detroit Jazz Center, Detroit, MI
    [Cadence Jun 1981 p.63; Lansing Star Jul 2 p.4+6]
  • 81.08.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Jerry Byrd (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Edmonton Summer Fest 1981 (Aug 16-23), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [The Lethbridge Herald Aug 1 p.B12]

81.08.28 • (V/A) Niklaus Troxler: Jazz in Willisau

2011: Point de vue (DVD, PAL format, 75:00) Swz
  • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—19:50]

August 28, 1981, 20:00hr / Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Broadcast Recording:
1. An Evening in Willisau [19:50]  (incomplete, excerpt)
Jazz in Willisau has an excerpt, no info on how long.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Jerry Byrd (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{CD-R; OREOS Collection Jazz—Niklaus Troxler Jazz Posters p.119; www.filmvandaag.nl}



  • 81.09.00 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Jerry Byrd (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr) /
    Jazz Unité Club, Paris, France [CODA Oct 1981 #180 p.38]

81.09.04 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—71:34]

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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Jerry Byrd (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)

{Franz Herzog 06.03.23; Stefan Hautke 07.09.01; Stars and Stripes Aug 12 p.19}


  • 81.10.00 - Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra: Marvin Horne (g), Eddie Gomez (b), 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

81.12.06 • Sam Rivers Orchestra [AR—169:00]

December 6, 1981 / Jazz Forum, New York City

1. unknown titles [169:00]
Sam Rivers and Chico Freeman (reeds), unknown others...

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


81.12.18 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—46:26 & BR—59:05]

December 18, 1981, 10:00pm / New Jazz at the Public Theatre, New York City
—WBGO-FM Broadcast

Audience Recording:
1. improvisation [46:26]
Broadcast Recording:
 announcement [0:32]
1. improvisation [57:56]  (split track at 48:42)
 announcement [0:37]
"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

Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Marvin Horne (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr)
—Some recordings and on-line sources incorrectly note Skip "Crumby" Bey on bass, Jerry Byrd on guitar, and Steve Ellington on drums.

{Audience and Broadcast CD-Rs; Patrick Clare 09.11.24; New York Magazine Dec 21, 1981 p.98}


  • 81.12.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, fl, p), Marvin Horne (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr) /
    10:00pm, New Jazz at the Public Theatre, NYC [New York Magazine Dec 21, 1981 p.98]

1982 : : :


  • 82.01.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Tuba Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Newman Baker (dr) / Gullivers, West Paterson, NJ
    —82.01.01 & 01.03 or 01.15 & 17—"Early to mid-January"
    "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]
  • 82.01.00 (2) (festival duration 07-09) - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc),
    Kevin Eubanks (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr) / Jazzfestival, Stadthalle, Hofheim, Germany
    [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.11 p.33, 1982]

82.02.05 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—59:02]

February 5, 1982 / Theater am Ring, Villingen, Germany
—SWF Jazz Session

 intro, Joachim Ernst Berendt [1:48]
1. An Evening in Villingen [57:14]
 (ts section—13:58)
 (b solo—6:47)
 (ss 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 (ts, ss, fl, p), Kevin Eubanks (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr)

{CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}


82.02.06 • Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR—185:09]

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)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Kevin Eubanks (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr)

{3-CD-R; Franz Herzog 06.03.23}


  • 82.02.07 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Kevin Eubanks (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr) /
    Bazillus, Zürich, Switzerland [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.02.08 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Amerikahaus, München, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.02.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Kulturforum, Bonn, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.02.13 - "The New" Sam Rivers Quartet / JazzClub Luxembourg, France [www.jazzclub.lu/historique_concerts81-82_FR.htm]
  • 82.02.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
    —Marvin Horne is listed at the Bimhuis archive instead of Eubanks.

82.02.21 • Sam Rivers Quartet [SBR—57:28]

February 21, 1982 / Florence, Italy
—Incorrect date or venue on this circulating recording. Quartet is in the Netherlands this day and the day before.

1. unknown title [28:41]  (incomplete, fades out)
2. unknown title [4:33]  (incomplete, fades in, cuts out)
3. unknown title [13:50]  (incomplete, cuts in, fades out)
4. unknown title [11:15]  (incomplete, fades in, fades out)
Sam Rivers (ts-1,3, fl-2, ss-4), Kevin Eubanks (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve Ellington (dr)
—Soundboard in circulation has Jerry Byrd mistakenly listed on guitar.

{CD-R}


  • 82.02.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Kevin Eubanks (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Newman Baker (dr) /
    Den Haag, Netherlands [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.2 p.34, 1982]
  • 82.03.08 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Amerikahaus, München, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.51, 1982]
  • 82.03.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Schweizerbund, Bern, Switzerland [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.41, 1982]
  • 82.03.18 and 82.03.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany
    [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.46, 1982]
  • 82.03.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Jazz Studio, Nürnberg, Germany [Sander Piek 09.06.23; Jazzpodium, No.3 p.51, 1982]
  • 82.03.06 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]

82.05.05 • Ramsey McLean's Lifers + Sam Rivers [AR—67:25]

May 5, 1982, 12:00 midnight / Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA
Wavelength May 1982 p.9 has a photo with this date incorrectly as 82.05.08

1st Set:
1. improvisation [53:24]  (incomplete set)
  (ts section—20:04, incomplete, fades in)
  (fl+dr—2:50)
  (ss section—9:49)
  (b solo—3:09)
  (fl section—10:42)
  (dr solo—2:09)
  (fl section—4:41)
 announcement [1:05]
2nd Set: (incomplete ?)
2. improvisation [7:56]
  (ts+b duo—1:54)
  (fl section—6:02)
 announcement [0:56]
3. encore [3:28]  (g+b+dr rhythm vamp without Rivers)
 announcement [0:14]
—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 (ts, ss, fl, voc), Steve Masakowski (g-2), Ramsey McLean (ce, b), Irving McLean (steel pans-3), Herlin Riley (dr-2), John Vidacovich (dr)
—Announcement has an indistinguishable "David ...Moblette"(b-3), introduced as a "special guest."

{CD-R; Wavelength May 1982 p.43, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/19}


  • 82.05.06 - Ramsey McLean's Lifers + Sam Rivers: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Steve Masakowski (g), Ramsey McLean (ce, b),
    Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich (dr) / New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Fair Grounds, New Orleans, LA
     "Tomorrow at the fairgrounds, in the tent," —From 1st Set announcement on 82.05.05 Audience Recording.
    [Wavelength May 1982 p.28, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/19]

  • Wavelength May 1982 also has Ramsey McLean's Lifers were at The Fauborg on May 1st and 8th (pp.8+71), and the Jazz and Heritage Fest
     Program has them at the Jazz Tent on The Fairgrounds early May 8th at 3:00-4:15pm (p.73), but without mention of Rivers.

82.05.31 • Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra [AR—77:00]

May 31, 1982 / Trossingen, Germany

1. unknown titles [77:00]
Sam Rivers, unknown others... (See 82.06.06)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


82.06.06 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR—87:35 & BR—46:30]

June 6, 1982 / 10th Anniversary Concert Series, Baird Auditorium, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
—WKCR-FM Broadcast was of the Audience Recording, during the Sam Rivers Festival, May 22, 2007.

Broadcast Recording:
1. Evocation [21:12]
2. Piece for Flutes [24:14)
 broadcast announcement [1:04]
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]
"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 Oct 10, 1981 p.68

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Chico Freeman and Bobby Watson (reeds, fl), unidentified, likely Patience Higgins (bar),
Jack Walrath, Ken Rogers, Jack Walrath, and Wallace Roney (tp), Vincent Chauncey (frh), Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, and Doug Purviance (tb),
Anthony Cox—listed as "Hopps" (b), Cindy Blackman (dr)

{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}


82.06.12 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR—80:50]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Carlos Ward (ts, fl), Bernd Konrad (ts, as), Patience Higgins (bar, fl), Jack Walrath and Oliver Beener (tp),
Vincent Chauncey (frh), Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, and Doug Purviance (tb), Anthony Cox (b), Eli Fountain (dr)

{CD-R}


82.06.13 • Sam River's RivBea Orchestra: Jazzbühne Berlin '82

1990: Repertoire Records RR 4910-CC (CD, Jazz Bühne Berlin/Rundfunk Der DDR—Vol.10) Ger;
    PRECD4910-CC (CD) Ger; 33WD-1015 (CD) Jpn
  • (V/A) Jazz Highlights Live in Berlin
    1989: Amiga Records Amiga 8 56 468 (LP, Amiga Jazz Series) Ger

June 13, 1982 / Rundfunk der DDR, Live at Volksbühne, East Berlin, Germany

1. Evocation Suite, part 4 [19:35]
2. Evocation Suite, part 3 [23:10]
3. Roses (from "Flower Suite") [12:59]
4. Evocation Suite, part 2 [10:23]
Jazz Highlights Live in Berlin has an excerpt of track 3 at 9:17.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Patience Higgins (bar, fl), Jack Walrath and Oliver Beener (tp),
Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, and Doug Purviance (tb), Vincent Chauncey (frh), Anthony Cox (b), Eli Fountain (dr)

{RR 4910-CC; rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/47687/PDF/1/play}




82.06.17 • Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra [AR—123:00]

June 17, 1982 / Munich, Germany

1. unknown titles [123:00]
Sam Rivers, unknown others... (See 82.06.13 above)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


82.08.26 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR—71:10]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Comp), Marvin Blackman (ts, ss, fl), Talib Kibwe (ts, ss, fl, cl), Nat Dixon (ts, fl, cl), Bill Cody (ts, ob),
Eddie Alex (ts, pic), Steve Coleman and Bobby Watson (as, fl), Chris Roberts (ss, fl), Jimmy Cozier and Patience Higgins (bar, fl)

{CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25}


  • 82.08.00 (08.30 or 31) - Sam Rivers: (no personnel info) / Greenwich Village Jazz Festival, NYC
    [CODA #185 August 1982 p.36; Billboard Jul 17, 1982 p.74]

82.09.01 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [BR—54:24]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Patience Higgins (bar, fl), Jack Walrath and Oliver Beener (tp),
Dick Griffin, Robin Eubanks, and Doug Purviance (tb), Vincent Chauncey (frh), Anthony Cox (b), Eli Fountain (dr)

{CD-R}


82.09.05 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [SBR—96:16]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Comp), Marvin Blackman (ts, ss, fl), Talib Kibwe (ts, ss, fl, cl), Nat Dixon (ts, fl, cl), Bill Cody (ts, ob),
Eddie Alex (ts, pic), Steve Coleman and Bobby Watson (as, fl), Chris Roberts (ss, fl), Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins (bar, fl)

{2CD-R; track detailing Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31; Stars and Stripes Aug 18 p.18}


82.09.13 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan: Colours

1983: Black Saint BSR 0064 (LP) It; BSR 0064 (CD) It;
1993: 120064-2 (CD) It;
2017: CAM Jazz/Black Saint CDSOL 45021 (CD, Ltd Edition, w/ Obi) Jpn

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 (ts, ss, fl, Comp), Marvin Blackman (ts, ss, fl), Talib Kibwe (ts, ss, fl, cl),
Nat Dixon (ts, fl, cl), Bill Cody (ts, ob), Eddie Alex (ts, pic),
Steve Coleman and Bobby Watson (as, fl), Chris Roberts (ss, fl),
Jimmy Cozier and Patience Higgins (bar, fl)

{BSR 0064 120 064-2}


Winds of Manhattan—Colours / Liner notes reprinted with permission of Lee Jeske:

There is a fascinating little museum in the section of Manhattan known as Soho—the Museum of Holography. Don't ask me how it works,
but what this museum exhibits are amazingly realistic three-dimensional images and artworks that seemingly just float on thin air. Just like
those cheap old science-fiction movies—you see something sitting there as large as life, yet when you try to grab it, all you come up with
is nothing. And to make matters worse, for somebody like me who is still amazed that a wireless radio can actually make music, the images
move. They tell me that holography is a thing that will be quite common in the future—you might telephone your Aunt Martha and end up
with a full-sized, life-like Aunt Martha sitting in your living room.

Now you might think I'm setting you up for one of those liner-note writer's analogies: holography is modern and fresh, as is Sam Rivers;
holography is based on simple and traditional methods, as is the music of Sam Rivers; holography is mind-boggling, as is Sam Rivers.
Well, you're right, in a way, but what brings to mind that Soho museum in conjunction with Samuel Carthorne Rivers is much more
obvious: you can enter that museum, lay down your money, and leave with your very own holograph of Sam Rivers working out on the
soprano saxophone. You have a choice of sizes and prices (I, cheapskate that I am, bought a teeny-weeny one), but there it is—a Sam Rivers
holograph for your very own. Okay, what's the point? The point is: if there's something that's advancing art, that is new and unique, it shouldn't
be surprising to find Sam Rivers somehow involved in it.

There is no end to the facets that make up Sam Rivers and this recording of his Winds of Manhattan ensemble adds yet another new
dimension to his recorded oeuvre: an entire herd of smoking reeds and woodwinds.

About the music contained herein, Sam Rivers says, "When I had my studio (Studio Rivbea), one of the reasons I had it was because I had all
this music and I needed a place to rehearse it and perform it. I had most of this music then, and a lot of musicians played it. I'd say I wrote most
of this—except for "Lilacs", which is new—about 1973, or even earlier. And some of the members of the World Saxophone Quartet—Hamiet
Bluiett and Julius Hemphill—were part of the group that played that music then. I want people to know that this music has been around for
some time and no one's heard it for lack of record exposure.

I tell Sam that the music here reminds me, at times, of a pipe organ or calliope. He says, "I noticed that. The closeness of the sounds of the
instruments does make it sound like that. I was surprised at some of the things that happened on it—it wasn't altogether experimental, but there
were some things that I didn't think would work when I wrote them, because of my knowledge, earlier in my career, of so-called traditional
harmonies. But then I did them anyway, and they really work. A lot of the things that I was always taught weren't correct for arranging—like
the clusters with the same timbre instrument—were not supposed to happen at all. But they do, they sound very good. And there are times
when these things sound like trumpets and trombones. All these things surprised me."

I ask Sam why there isn't any soloing on the album, and he explains, "These are all very long pieces with the improvising. I wanted to get
the music in rather than the improvising and that's why I took that out. I knew that each composition would fit on an album itself. It didn't matter
to me because I know that I've got too much music to get it all recorded, so I can afford to be extravagant. And I did have some good soloists.
I know they're going to be quite perturbed that I took out all the solos."

What we are left with is high-caloric music with Sam Rivers' typical intensity and brilliance. There are rave-ups of counterpoint; joyous,
sassy honking and testifying; and bright bouquets of lushness. When you hear writing of this calibre for a reed section, only one name comes
to mind and Sam Rivers acknowledges, "Duke Ellington is my role model." It is clear to see.

About the specific music on the album, Sam Rivers only wants to point out that "Colours" is a completely written piece—136 dense bars
and every one of them is notated. I'll also add that "Lilacs" is part of a 24 song suite, "The Flower Suite".

"I consider myself to be a pretty well-rounded musician in all styles," says Sam Rivers. "Just not 'free,' which is what I'm known for. That's
pretty much the latest part of my thing. There's no such thing as having music without chords or harmony. Even though you say you're playing
'free,' if you put that stuff down, you can put the chords right with it, whether the player knows he's doing it or not. That's the point."

The point here is that Winds of Manhattan adds another dimension to an immensely talented, determinedly individualistic musician. Sam Rivers
is a force in contemporary music. There ain't no moss on Sam Rivers. And, for yet another dimension, set up your Sam Rivers holograph before
you put this album on. The future, here we come!!

[Anyone have a Sam Rivers Hologram for sale? Rick Lopez ]



82.09.16 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [AR—73:00]

September 16, 1982 / Freie Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany

unknown titles [73:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Comp), Marvin Blackman (ts, ss, fl), Talib Kibwe (ts, ss, fl, cl), Nat Dixon (ts, fl, cl), Bill Cody (ts, ob),
Eddie Alex (ts, pic), Steve Coleman and Bobby Watson (as, fl), Chris Roberts (ss, fl), Jimmy Cozier and Patience Higgins (bar, fl)

{Bettina Bogumil 04.05.05}


  • 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, and 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: Sam Rivers (Cond), Bill Paxton and Alan Givens (ts), Arthur Blythe (as),
    Stanton Davis and Lew Soloff (tp), Bob Stewart, Howard Johnson, Joe Daley, Dave Bergeron, and Ray Draper (tu),
    Don Pate (b), Charles Persip (dr) / 7:00pm, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, NYC
    [Jon Pareles The New York Times Sep 17, 1982]
    "Conducted by Sam Rivers, the program includes pieces by Gershwin, Monk, Parker, and Hendrix conducted and arranged by Gil Evans."

  • 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 (ts, ss, fl) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]

82.10.14 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—149:30]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Alain Chinape (g), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{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." [Sergiusz Lipnicki 02.12.14]

  • 82.10.17 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Alain Ginape (g), Jay Oliver (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    Warszawa, Aquarium Club [as above]
  • 82.10.18 - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Wroclaw, unknown venue [ibid]
  • 82.10.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Kraków, unknown venue [ibid]
  • 82.10.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet / Warszawa, Riviera Club [ibid]

82.11.14 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—75:57]

November 14, 1982 / Musikhochschule, Köln, Germany

1. improvisation [75:57]  (incomplete set)
 (ss section—16:02)
 (ts 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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Joe White (g), Kevin Harris (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{Norbert Kreutzer 05.10.31}


  • 82.11.19 through 82.11.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Billy White (g), Kevin Harris (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    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

1983: Freelance FRL 005 (LP) 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]
Sam Rivers (ts, p), Talib Qadir Kibwe (as, fl, sanza),
Agnes Zsigmondi (Hungarian flute-6), Steve Neil (b),
Stephen McCraven (dr, perc, conch shell)

{FRL 005}


  • 82.12.18 and 82.12.19 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Marvin Horne (g), Paul Ramsey (b), Newman Baker (dr) /
    New Jazz at New York Public Theatre, NYC [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." —Craig Nixon

1983 : : :


83.01.25 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

January 25, 1983 / Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Santi DeBriano (b), Steven McCraven (dr)

{WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31; Manchester Evening News Jan 26}


  • 83.01.26 and 83.01.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Santi DeBriano (b), Steven McCraven (dr) /
    Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK [Manchester Evening News Jan 26]
  • 83.01.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Santi DeBriano (b), Steven McCraven (dr) /
    Jazzkeller Jazzforum Mödling, Bühne Mayer Theatre, Mödling, Austria
    [www.jazzforum.eu/jazzforum_chronologie.php]

83.02.00 • Peter Sonntag Quartet featuring Sam Rivers [BR—32:49]

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 (ts, fl), Axel Petry (ts, as, bcl), Peter Sonntag (b, Comp), Jurgen Dahmen (dr)

{Norbert Kreutzer 06.04.13}


  • 83.02.04 - Sam Rivers + Axel Petry Quintet: Rivers and Axel Petry (reeds), Georg Gristoff (g, melodica), Jochen Schmidt (vb, mba),
    Peter Sonntag (b), Jürgen Dahmen (dr) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]
  • 83.02-03.00 - 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 [AR—79:23]

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 (ts-1, ss-2,3, fl-2,3, p), Dave Holland (b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{CD-R; personnel details via Paul Bastien 03.09.11}


83.03.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR]

Probable live broadcast on RTA FM 104

March 1, 1983, 22:00hr / Grande Serata Jazz al Big, Torino, Italy

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{www.centrojazztorino2.it/index.php/1983/jazz-live-percorsi-musicali-in-piemonte-1982-83}




83.04.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [BVR—41:38]

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]
—This was a one-hour program shared with the Stan Tracey Sextet.

"While clearing out my videos I came across a Sam Ram Rivers Trio broadcast from the Band On the Wall club in Manchester Eng.
This was broadcast mid '80s... 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

Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{Video; 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 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Kevin Eubanks (el-g), Rael Wessley-Grant (b), Newman Baker (dr) / Gullivers, West Paterson, NJ [Patrick Clare 09.11.18]
    "Mid-April... Friday and Saturday night... They were in top form, I wish I had been able to record this."
  • 83.04.22 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Sam Rivers (reeds), others /
    "Meet the Moderns concert," 8:00pm, 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..."
    —No indication if all of these were participating as an ensemble or separately. [New York Magazine Apr 25 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."
    [Jon Pareles "Classical vs. Jazz" The New York Times Apr 24]

  • 83.04.23 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Sam Rivers (reeds), others / Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York
    [ibid]
  • 83.04.24 - Ramsey McLean's Lifers + Sam Rivers: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Steve Masakowski (g, g-synth), McLean (ce, b),
    Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich (dr) / Longue Vue Gardens Performing Arts Series, 6:00pm, Pavillion, Longue Vue Gardens, New Orleans, LA
    [Wavelength Apr 1983 p.5, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/30]
    —Billed as "Ramsey McLean/Sam Rivers Duo" in display ad from Wavelength February 1983 p.8, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/28.

83.04.30 • Ramsey McLean's Lifers + Sam Rivers [AR—54:11]

April 30, 1983, 11:00pm & 1:00am / Fauborg Marigny Jazz Series, Snug Harbor, New Orleans, LA

1. improvisations [53:09]  (split track at 45:38, fades out and back in)
  (ss section—10:40)
  (g+b+dr—3:32)
  (b solo—1:48)
  (p section—11:46)
  (g-synth section—4:16)
  (dr duo—3:22)
  (fl section—7:18)
  (b solo —3:05)
  (fl section—6:08)
 announcement [0:32]  (incomplete, fades out)
—Masakowski created his own guitar synth. —Bret Sverjen

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Steve Masakowski (g, g-synth),
Ramsey McLean (ce, b), Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich (dr)
—Some sources have Steve Robinson mistakenly credited on guitar.

{CD-R; Bret Sverjen 18.05.23; Wavelength Apr 1983 pp.13+28, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/31}


  • 83.05.01 - Ramsey McLean's Lifers + Sam Rivers: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Steve Masakowski (g, g-synth), Ramsey McLean (ce, b),
    Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich (dr) / New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 5:30pm, Festival Tent, Fair Grounds, New Orleans, LA
    [Wavelength Apr 1983 p.18+23, scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength/30; 1983 Jazz & Heritage Festival Program p.65]
  • 83.05.24 through 83.05.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Kevin Eubanks (g), Billy Hart (dr) /
    Sweet Basil, NYC [CODA #190 Jun p.37; The New York Times May 27]
  • 83.06.22 through 83.06.29 - "Seminar conducted by Sam Rivers" / Civic Music School, Rovereto, Italy
    ["Great Jazz opens the Meetings International" Rovereto Daily; www.barryexit.org; Barry Wedgle 09.11.14]
    "The course for... musicians from all over Italy, will conclude on Wednesday 29 with a concert."
    —"We also did a one-week workshop in Rovereto... I remember teaching 5 guitarists together." —Barry Wedgle
  • 83.06.28 - Sam Rivers, Barry Wedgle, Steve Neil, Steve McCraven / 12:00pm, Rovereto, Italy [Rovereto Daily; www.barryexit.org]
    "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."
  • 83.06.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Barry Wedgle (g), Steve Neil (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    Outdoor Theatre, Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, Trent, Italy [ibid]
  • 83.07.00 (1) - Sam Rivers Quartet: as above / Berlin, West Germany [Barry Wedgle 09.11.14; www.barryexit.org]
  • 83.07.00 (2) - Sam Rivers Quartet / Paris, France [ibid]
  • 83.08.04 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Seattle Kool Jazz Fest '83 [Down Beat Aug 1983 p.54]
  • 83.08.27 - Herb Pomeroy Band: Sam Rivers (reeds), Pomeroy (tp), Jaki Byard (p) "...are expected." others? / Sandy's Jazz Revival, Boston, MA
    [Cadence Vol.9 No.8 August 1983 p.4]

83.09.02 • Beaver Harris Trio [SBR—70:46]

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 (Arthur Herzog & Billie Holiday)—Summertime (George Gershwin) [5:36]  (Haynes solo)
 announcement [2:33]
5. Calypso [3:14]
 announcement [1:00]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Francis Haynes (steel drum), Beaver Harris (dr)

{CD-R}


83.10.08 (1) • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—43:32]

October 8, 1983 / Leverkusen, Germany

1. unknown title [9:13]
2. unknown title [27:12]
3. unknown title [7:06]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Charlie Mariano (as, ss, fl), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 83.10.08 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, fl, p, voc), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany
    [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]
    —Same day as play-date above. Locales are less than an hour apart, uncertain as to which happened earlier.

83.10.15 • Sam Rivers & Köln Workshop Orchestra [BR—54:55]

SWF Jazz Session

October 15, 1983, 8:30pm / Donaueschingen, Germany

 introduction by Joachim E. Berendt [2:10]
 intro by Sam Rivers [0:25]
1. Spectrum [52:20]  (split track)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, Cond, Arr), Norbert Stein, Michael Heupel, Armin Tretter, Cornelia Rienhard, and Friedrich Kullmann (reeds),
Tobias Netta, Theo Schotten, and Karl Farent (tp), Meinold Humpert, Peter Feil, and Joachim Gellert (tb), Paul Shigihara (g),
Ulla Oster (b), Andreas Terhoven and Matthias von Welk (dr, perc)

{CD-R; www.swr.de/swr2/donaueschingen/programme/1921-1997/-/id=2136956/nid=2136956/did=3459952/1okblsy/index.html}


1984 : : :


84.01.00 • [AR—180:00+]

"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 (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Kevin Eubanks (el-g), Kevin Harris (b, el-b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{Patrick Clare 09.11.24}


84.01.19 • Max Roach Quartet + Sam Rivers [BR—107:08]

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]
—This tape also includes "Scott Free," "Six Bits Blues," and "Jordu", all sans Rivers.

Another version 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."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Odean Pope (ts-2,3), Cecil Bridgewater (tp-2,3), Tyrone Brown (b-2,3), Max Roach (dr)

{2CD-R}


84.01.30 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—54:08]

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]
"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 (ts, ss, p, fl, conch shell-3), Paul Shigihara (g), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{Paul Shigihara 14.02.11; soundcloud recording}


84.02.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—105:47]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, p, fl, conch shell-3), Santi DeBriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{John Chacona 08.08.20}


  • 84.02.13 - Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Waldron (p) / The Lighthouse, Valenza, Italy
    [youtube video ASIzYZcEJsE, an unusual clip at 3:46 of stills with audio of "If I Were a Bell"]
  • 84.02.15 - Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo: as above/ Teatro Toniolo, Mestre, Italy
    [Associazone Culturale Caligola, www.caligola.it/about.html]

84.02.19 • Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [AR—90:57]

February 19, 1984 / Club Dunois, Paris, France

1st Set:
1. improvisation/Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen) [35:23]
2. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen) [9:07]  (cuts out during ending)
2nd Set:
3. unknown title [21:12]
4. unknown title [11:14]
5. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers) [11:53]
"The long opening number is mainly improvised. Waldron could be playing some of his pieces during his solos,
but... when Sam moves to tenor sax, he's definitely playing ‘Come Rain or Come Shine.’ ...The opening of the second
set is same as the first, improvisation with maybe Mal playing his tunes when he solos."

Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,4,5, ss-1, fl-3), Mal Waldron (p)

{2CD-R; track detailing 18.03.07}


84.02.20 • Sam Rivers & Mal Waldron Duo [RivBea Archival Recording—86:47]

February 20, 1984 / unknown place, venue

RivBea Archive / Tape 57
1. improvisation [21:54]
2. What a Difference a Day Makes (María Grever) [9:15]
 noodling around [1:39]
3. Once I Had a Secret Love (Sammy Fain) [8:48]
4. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) [7:07]
 more noodling around [2:03]  (clearly a casual setting)
5. Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma) [8:52]
6. A Blues () [7:38]
7. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [8:36]
8. Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard) [8:12]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,5,7, ss-4,6, fl-3,8), Mal Waldron (el-p and bass pedals)

{RivBea 2CD-R, Tape 57; track detailing 18.03.07}


84.03.21 • Sam Rivers & Abdullah Ibrahim Duo [AR—68:11]

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. Medley [21:58]  (split track at 9:52)
 In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)  —ts
 unknown title  —fl—ss
 Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk)  —ss
5. encore [7:20]
—Ibrahim solo track is a medley of his tunes. Encore is either an Ibrahim tune or just a jam over a South African vamp that Ibrahim sets up.
—Partial Audience Recording 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)

Sam Rivers (ts-1,4, ss-4, fl-2,4,5, voc-2), Abdullah Ibrahim (p-3,4,5, voc-3)

{CD-R; track detailing 18.03.08}


84.05.25 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—35:12]

May 25, 1984 / Village Gate, "On Time" Series, New York City

1. improvisation [12:09]
2. improvisation [22:03]
 announcement [1:00]
"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 (ts, ss, fl, voc), Ed Cherry (g), Kevin Harris (b, el-b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{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? /
    10:30pm & 1:00am, Village Gate, NYC [The New York Times Jun 30 p.14A]
  • 84.07.04 - Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan: "11-piece ensemble" / New Music America '84 Festival, Real Art Ways,
    11:30am and 1:30pm, Old State House Lawn, Hartford, CT [New York Daily News Jun 13 p.46; Hartford Courant Jun 14 p.116 + July 5 p.33]

84.07.05 • Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan [BR—34:40]

July 5, 1984, midnight / Montreal Jazz Festival, Theatre St. Denis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1. unknown title [5:40]
2. unknown title [27:30]
3. unknown title [1:30]  (incomplete)
"[Show was] 80 minutes including an intermission, a 15-minute second half, and an encore..."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Comp), Jean Toussaint, Bill Cody, 1 unknown (ts, fl), two unknown (as, fl),
Al Gibbons, 2 unknown (ss, fl), Jimmy Cozier and Patience Higgins (bar, fl)

{CD-R; Mark Miller The Globe and Mail Jul 7 p.E7}



"Sam Rivers and his Winds of Manhattan band were on stage blowing some of the most challenging sounds all week... The orchestrations for two baritone
saxes, three tenors, two altos, and three sopranos involved unison lines reminiscent of a wilder and more extravagant version of the World Saxophone
Quartet. The brief second half of the show shifted in mood as all 11 musicians came out playing flutes in a swirling clash of color."
The Gazette Jul 7 p.H10 / Photo by Arne Glassbourg

84.07.28 • Sam Rivers & Reggie Workman Duo [AR—43:05 & BR—116:57]
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]
Audience Recording:
1. unknown title [43:05]
—2CD-R Broadcast noted in WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, flute, p), Reggie Workman (b)

{Audience CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 10.10.12; Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05; W. Royal Stokes Washington Post Jul 25, 1984}


  • 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; Lansing Beat Aug 30-Sep 19 p.5]
  • 84.09.02 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Steve Ellington (dr), unknown others / Atlanta Jazz Festival,
    7:30pm, Inaugural Stage, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA [The Atlanta Constitution Aug 25 p.82]
  • 84.09.21 - Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Alice Coltrane (org, harp, voc), Reggie Workman, (b), Rashied Ali or Roy Haynes (dr) /
    John Coltrane Commemoration, Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC
    [The New York Times Sep 21 p.C28 + Sep 23 p.64; Patrick Clare 10.02.09]
    "Recreated 'Impressions,' one of his complex, jubilant free jazz compositions." —Stephen Holden in NYT Sep 23, who also erroneously
     refers to "Mr. Haynes" as the drummer late in the article after noting Ali as the drummer to begin.
    —Further, New York Magazine issue of Sep 24, 1984 (p.140) has Roy Haynes credited pre-concert as well.
     Welcome to Shape-Shifter Central...
  • 84.10.13 - Reggie Workman & Friends: Sam Rivers (reeds), Cecil Bridgewater (tp), John Blake (vn), Stanley Cowell (p),
    Workman (b), Milford Graves (dr) / New Jazz Series, 8:30pm, Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC
    [Robert Palmer The New York Times Oct 10]
  • 84.11.03 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel details) / 8:00pm, Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
    [Hartford Courant Nov 1 p.110]

1985 : : :


  • 85.03.05 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel details) / Teatro Toniolo, Mestre, Italy
    [Associazone Culturale Caligola, www.caligola.it/about.html]

85.03.08 • Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [AR—78:27 & BVR—18:42]

March 8, 1985 / Wackerhalle, Burghausen, Germany

1. unknown title + 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]  (dr solo-encore)
—Broadcast Video has tracks 4 and 5.

Sam Rivers (ts), Vincent Chancey and Guntram Burger (frh), Dave Burrell (p), Steve Neil (b), Ghene Kwado Larbi (cga), Beaver Harris (dr)

{Video; CD-R}


  • 85.03.17 - Beaver Harris' French-Horn Connection: Sam Rivers (ts), Vincent Chancey (frh),
    Dave Burrell (p), Santi Debriano (b), Kenny Johson (steel drums), Babafumi Akunyun (cga),
    Beaver Harris (dr) —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]

  • 85.03.19 - Beaver Harris' French-Horn Connection: Sam Rivers (ts), Vincent Chancey (frh),
    Dave Burrell (p), Santi Debriano (b), Vincent Taylor (steel drums), Càndido (cga),
    Beaver Harris (dr) / 22:00hr, Grande Serata Jazz al Big, Torino, Italy
    [www.centrojazztorino2.it/index.php/1985/jazz-x-torino]

85.03.21 • Beaver Harris' French Horn Connection [BR—52:15]

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 02.10.18

Sam Rivers (reeds), Vincent Chancey (frh), Dave Burrell (p), Walter Schmocker (b),
Ghene Kwado Larbi (cga), Kent Johnson (steel drums), Beaver Harris (dr, perc)

{Paul Wilson, British Library National Sound Archive}


  • 85.04.12 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Alain Ginape (g), Santi de Briano (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl]

85.04.19 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—98:17]

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 and 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 was an American
expatriate living in London..." —Paul Shigihara

Sam Rivers (reeds), Paul Shigihara (g), Walter Schmocker (b), Doug Hamond (dr)
—Paul Ramsey is wrongly credited on bass on the circulating Audience Recording.

{2CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; Paul Shigihara 07.10.08 }


  • 85.04.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Paul Shigihara (g), Santo Debriano (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    Jazzkeller Jazzforum Mödling, Bühne Mayer Theatre, Mödling, Austria
    [Paul Shigihara 11.01.08; www.jazzforum.eu/jazzforum_chronologie.php]
    —Website incorrectly has Alain Ginape on guitar.

85.04.27 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording—141:05]

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 [5:16]
10. Beatrice [7:27]
11. unknown title [7:53]
12. unknown title [4:15]
13. drum & voice solo [7:24]
14. guitar solo [5:37]
  SR announcement [0:41]
15. Fade Away [6:39]  (flute and bass duet / bass solo)
  SR announcement [0:28]
16. unknown title [10:12]
  SR announcement [2:19]
17. encore [7:20]
  SR announcement [1:02]
"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 (ts-1,2,3,9,10,11,12, ss-5, fl-6,8,15,16,17, voc-6,15, p), Paul Shigihara (g), Tim Wells (b), Doug Hammond (dr, voc)

{2CD-R; Joe Washek 10.10.21}


85.09.02 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR—72:34]

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 (ts, ss, fl), Chico Freeman (ts), Kenny Garrett (as), Bobby Eldridge (bar), Stanton Davis (tp), Robin Eubanks and Alfred Patterson (tb),
Joe Daley (tu/eu), Ed Cherry and David Gilmore (g), Cecil McBee (b), Freddie Waits (dr), one other?

{CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; John Pareles, The New York Times Sep 4, 1985; Javier de Cambra El Pais Spetember 6, 1985}


  • 85.10.24 through 85.10.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Steve McCraven (dr) / 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 NYC, November 18, 1985, www.jazzhouse.org/library/index.php?read=panken13]
    ———


  • 85.11.04 - Carman Moore and Ensemble: Moore (Comp, Cond), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Katherine Hay (fl), Leroy Jenkins (vn), and others... /
    American Music Week, Judson Memorial Church, NYC [Cash Box Oct 26 p.28]

85.11.08 • Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [AR—78:57]

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)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Rod Williams (p, synth), Dan O'Brian (b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{CD-R; Christopher Carville 10.08.16}


  • 85.11.09 - Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Rod Williams (p, synth), Dan O'Brian (b), Barker (dr) /
    Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA [Cadence Vol.11 #11 November 1985 p.2]

85.11.10 • Thurman Barker: Voyage

1999: UPTEE103 (CD)

November 10, 1985 / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA
—CD liner has this mistakenly as November 11th.

1. Impulse [13:66]
—One of three CD bonus tracks not included on original vinyl (UpTee 1001, 1987).

Sam Rivers (ss),
Rod Williams (p),
Dan O'Brian (b),
Thurman Barker (dr)

{UPTEE103; The Boston Globe Nov 7 Calendar p.21}


  • 85.11.11 - Carman Moore and Ensemble: Moore (Comp, Cond), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Katherine Hay (fl), Leroy Jenkins (vn), and others... /
    American Music Week, Public Theater, NYC [Cash Box Oct 26 p.28]


  • 85.11.15 and 85.11.16 CANCELLED - Sam Rivers Quartet / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA [The Boston Globe Sep 8 p.B4]
    —This engagement was replaced by the Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers on November 8 and 9.


  • 85.11.00 (festival 21-24) - Sam Rivers... also Anthony Braxton, Elton Dean... others / 2nd European Salon de Jazz, Paris, France
    [Billboard Dec 14, 1985 p.44]

  • 85.12.29 - Solomon Sheba: Written by Ed Taylor, Composed by Sam Rivers (not present), Harlem Opera Society, Bobby Watson (reeds),
    Donald Smith (p), Anthony Cox (b), Eli Fountain (dr), Jeanne Faulkner (Soprano), Hugh Harrell III (Tenor), Elaugh Butler (Mezzo-Soprano),
    Von Ray and Robert Donaldson (voc) / Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC [Jon Pareles review, The New York Times Jan 1 1986]

1986 : : :


86.00.00 • Chaka Khan: Destiny

1986: Warner Bros. 1-25425 (LP) [+ gold-stamped Promo; + Allied Pressing];
    W1 25425 (LP, Club) [+ Can]; 92 54251 (LP) Can; 92 5425-1 (LP) It;
    925 425-1 (LP) Spn; 1590761 (LP) Por; Suzy/WB 1-25425 (LP) Yug;
    925 425-1 WX45 (LP) Ger [+ UK]; 604.7234 (LP) Brz; 3.134 (LP) Vnz;
    P-13286 (LP, w/ Obi) Jpn [+ White-label Promo]; 254251 (LP) NZ [+CS, CD];
    9 25425-2 (CD) [+ Ger + UK]; 32XD-469 (CD, w/ Obi) Jpn;
    4-25425 (CS); 92 54254 (CS) Can; 925425-4 (CS) Spn;
    WEA/WB 99135 (CS, retitle "Destino") Arg; Contessa P 1612 (CS) Indonesia;
1989: Pioneer/WB 18P2-2674 (CD, "Forever Young Series") Jpn;
1997: WPCR-1009 (CD, "Hot Price 1800") Jpn;
2008: WPCR-12926 (CD, Ltd Edition, "Super Funk 1800") Jpn;
2013: 1-25425 (LP)
  • Chaka Khan: Love of a Lifetime b/w Coltrane Dreams
    1986: Warner Bros. 7-28671 (7" 45rpm); 92 86717 (7" 45rpm) Can;
        W 8671 (7" 45rpm) UK [+ Silver Injection labels];
        928 671-7 (7" 45rpm) Ger; 92 8671-7 (7" 45rpm) It;
        928671-7 (7" 45rpm) Spn; 1590727 (7" 45rpm) Por;
        P-2140 (7" 45rpm, Promo only) Jpn; 7-28671 (7" 45rpm) Australia;
        —12" MAXI-Singles:
        0-20487 (12", 45rpm) [+ Blue-stripe sleeve variant];
        PRO-A-2500 (12", 33rpm, Promo only); 92 04870 (12", 45rpm) Can;
        W 8671(T) (12", 45rpm, Extended Dance Version) UK;
        W8671TF (2-12", 45rpm, Special Edition) UK
         [above = W 8671(T) Repackaged with W 9209(T) "Feel For You"];
        920 487-0 (12", 45rpm) Ger [+ Spn];
        0-20487 (12", 45rpm) Australia
  • Chaka Khan: Perfect Fit
    1986: P-6248 (12" EP, 45rpm w/ Obi) Jpn [+ White-label Promo];
    1987: 28XD-664 (CD w/ Obi) Jpn
  • Chaka Khan: This is My Night—Extended 12" Mixes
    2005: (Not on label) XR-08-179-6 (3" CDr, Unofficial) Fr
Early 1986 / Atlantic Studios, New York City
—Release 86.06.27 [Review in Billboard Aug 9 1986 p.72]
1. Coltrane Dreams (Arif Mardin/Julie Mardin/Chaka Khan) [4:59]
Destiny releases all have a 1:38 edit of this track.
Love of a Lifetime 7" Singles have a 2:30 edit.
Love of a Lifetime 12" MAXI-Singles, This is My Night,
  and all of the Perfect Fit releases have the track unedited.

Images, top to bottom:
Original LP cover (1986)
Japanese LP release w/ Obi (P-13286)
Perfect Fit 12" 33rpm release (P-6248)

Chaka Khan (voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Cengiz Yaltkaya (keys)
John Mahoney (Synclavier programming, with Ken Cummings)
Thomas Oldakowski (Roland Drum programming), Steve Ferrone (dr)
—Khan's vocals include drum, percussion, and bass sounds created
 by processing Khan's voice samples through a Synclavier.

{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 [AR—15:46]

February 1, 1986 / Jimmy Lyons Benefit, Public Theater, New York City
—Lineup included Don Pullen Trio; Anthony Davis Solo; Sun Ra Orkestra; others...

1. Capricorn Rising [15:46]
Sam Rivers (ts), Don Pullen (p), Cameron Brown (b), Bobby Battle (dr)

{CD-R; CODA #207 April 1986 p.29; John Chacona 09.08.05}


  • 86.04.25 - Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers: Rob Schwimmer (keys), Dan O'Brian (b), Barker (dr, mba, glockenspiel),
    "and special guest" Sam Rivers (ts, fl) / Charlie's Tap, Cambridge, MA [The Boston Globe Apr 24 Calendar p.27; CODA #208 June 1986 p.31]
    "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..."

86.04.26 • Thurman Barker Trio with Sam Rivers [AR—69:52]

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 (ts, ss, fl), Rob Schwimmer (p, synth), Dan O'Brian (b), Thurman Barker (dr)

{CD-R; Christopher Carville 10.08.16; The Boston Globe Apr 24 Calendar p.27}


86.05.06 • Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra with Sam Rivers [AR—45:00]

May 6, 1986 / Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA

1. unknown titles [45:00]
Sam Rivers, unknown others...

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18; CODA #209 August 1986 p.36}


    May 19, 1986 —Jimmy Lyons succumbs to cancer... [CODA #208 June 1986 p.33]


86.05.28 • Rivers-Pullen Quartet [AR & AVR—225:00]

May 28, 1986 / Memorial Service for Jimmy Lyons, St. Peter's Church, New York City

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (reeds), Don Pullen (p), unknown (b), unknown, possibly Bobby Battle (dr)

Also present: Rev. John Gensel, Joseph Jarman (reeds), Jemeel Moondoc and Marco Eneidi (as), Raphe Malik (tp), Cecil Taylor (p, voc),
Michele Rosewoman (p), Ellen Christi (voc), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr, Andrew Cyrille, Sunny Murray, and Denis Charles (dr),
Thulani Davis Jarman, Brenda Bakr, Patsy Parker, Jeanne Phillips, Joan Thornell (dancers)
+ Anthony Davis, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp All-Stars, Walt Dickerson, "...and others..."

{Jan Ström Jimmy Lyons Sessionography}


  • 86.06.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Joe Daley (tu/eu),
    Thurman Barker (dr, mba) / 9:30 & 11:00pm, Jazztrack at Greenwich House, NYC
    "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. —RL
    [Patrick Clare archive, Jazztrack flyer; New York Magazine Jun 16, 1986 p.95]




  • musicWitness® : Sam Rivers Tuba Trio + Kwame Shaw announcing & Yuko Otomo listening.
    Original art 100x70cm made Live at Jazztrack, Greenwich House, NY June 14, 1986.
    (Also present at the performance: the Stones, Wilber Morris, Bob Stewart.)

86.10.14
86.10.15 • Hilton Ruiz: Something Grand

1987: Novus 3011-1-N (LP); 3011-2-N (CD); ; 3011-4-N (CS);
    PL83011 (LP, Promo) UK; RCA Victor/Novus 102-02072 (LP) Vnz
  • Hilton Ruiz—Peter Moffitt: Home Cookin' b/w Rocinante
    1987: RCA PT 49622 DJ (12" Single, Promo) UK
  • (V/A) American Beauty / Feature Film Soundtrack
    1999: Dreamworks 85382 (DVD)

October 14 & 15, 1986 / 39th Street Music, New York City

1. Home Cookin' [4:52]
2. Puerto Rican Children [7:23]
3. Four West [6:29]
4. Something Grand [6:40]
5. Sunrise Over Madarao [9:04]
6. One Step Ahead [6:58]
American Beauty DVD has track 4, which appears at 29:52,
 and runs through the end of the party scene to 33:44.

Hilton Ruiz (p, Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Lew Soloff (tp),
Steve Turre (tb, seashells), Russell Blake (el-b), Daniel Ponce (cga),
Charlie Santiago (tmb, guiro, cga-6), Ignacio Berroa (dr, tmb-1)

{RCA Novus 3011-1-N; 3011-4-N}


  • 86.10.20 - Sam Rivers Quartet: unknown presonnel / 1er Festival des Musiques Mutantes, TLP-Déjazet, Paris, France
    ["Festivals: Déjazet" Jazz Magazine Dec, 1986 pp.22-23; placard.ficedl.info/article3158.html?lang=fr; CODA #212 February 1987 p.7]
  • 86.10.26 - Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra: unknown presonnel / 1er Festival des Musiques Mutantes, TLP-Déjazet, Paris, France [ibid]
  • "The Jazz Magazine review indicates that all the concerts of the festival were recorded
    and were scheduled to be broadcasted on Radio Libertaire." —Pierre Crépon 17.03.24

1987 : : :


  • 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, The New York Times Jan 30, 1987 C-21]

87.01.31 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR—68:52]

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]
Sam Rivers (reeds), John Purcell (ts), Greg Osby (as), Hamiet Bluiett (bar), Jack Walrath (tp), Stanton Davis (tp, flg)
Al Patterson (tb), Vincent Chancey (frh), Joe Daley (tu/eu), Bob Stewart (tu), David Gilmore (g), Kevin Harris (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07; CODA #212 February 1987 p.38}


    1987:
    "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 04.01.01]

    "Sam Rivers... says he'd wanted to play in Dizzy's group since he met him 40 years ago. ‘I was in the Navy band when I first heard Dizzy,’
    Rivers says. ‘I put this record on, "Blowin' the Blues Away," by Billy Eckstine's band. Near the end comes this trumpet. I enjoyed it right
    away. We all sat around listening, cracking our sides. The chord structure was different from anything we'd been playing. There was no
    name on it. I didn't find out who it was until I heard "Groovin' High" with Charlie Parker and Dizzy.’
    Dizzy called Rivers in January and they left for Europe two days later."
    [Mary Campbell, AP Honolulu Star-Bulletin Aug 30 p.97]


      —This may be an inexact memory, as the first date we have for the "European tour" is 87.02.25.
       The only dates I find for Gillespie earlier in the month are

      87.02.07 DG and the Jazz Members Big Band, New Trier Jazz Fest, New Trier High School, Auditorium, Winnetka, IL
      [Chicago Tribune Feb 7, 1987 p.12]
      87.02.10 DG w/ no personnel noted, Fulton Chapel, University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS [Clarion-Ledger, Jan 25 p.66]
      87.02.14 DG, Great Plains Jazz Festival, Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
      [The Lincoln Star Feb 8 p.70]

      87.02.21 below is the first date I find with Rivers. —RL

  • 87.02.21 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, North High School, Springfield, OH [Dayton Daily News Feb 19 p.15]
    —No personnel listed, but billed as a Quintet.
  • 87.02.25 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany [Peter "NovaSpeech" 06.01.02]
    "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."

87.02.27 • Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert [BVR—11:30]

ZDF Broadcast [Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen—Second German Television Network] on October 26, 1987

February 27, 1987 / Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
—This session is circulating with the incorrect date 87.10.28, and locale as 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.

1. Tanga (Gillespie) [11:30]
—The program [complete Broadcast was 90:00 long] also included tracks with various side groups including J. Griffin,
 Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Hank Jones, Eddie Gomez, Ed Thigpen, etc.

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Video; DH Kraner}


  • 87.02.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Banff, Alberta, Canada [Chris Sheridan 06.07.20]
  • 87.03.01 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    [CODA #213 Apr p.36]
  • 87.03.00 - Dizzy Gillespie: (unknown personnel) probably the Quintet / Boston Globe Jazz & Heritage Festival (87.03.12-23), Boston, MA
    [The Daily Journal Feb 7 p.3]


    • 87.03.19 DG w/ Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, James Williams, Ray Drummond, and Kenny Washington /
      Berklee Performnace Center, Newton, MA [The Boston Globe Mar 20 p.35]


  • 87.03.27 and 87.03.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 9:00 & 11:45pm, Caravan of Dreams, Fort Worth, TX
    [TCU Daily Skiff Mar 27 p.2]


    • 87.03.28 (cancelled?) DG "Combo" made up of young luminaries... w/ Wallace Roney (tp) Hilton Ruiz (p), others...
      1987 Yale Jazz Festival, New Haven, CT [Hartford Courant Feb 18 p.37]
      87.03.29 DG w/ Moe Koffman Quintet, 1987 Palm Beach Festival of the Performing Arts, 2:30pm, Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL
      [Palm Beach Post Feb 6 p.114]


  • 87.04.03 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with Jon Faddis: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Faddis (tp), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 8:00pm, Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    [The Courier-News Apr 3 p.25]
  • 87.04.07 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, p, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Fisher Auditorium, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA [Indiana Gazette Apr 10 p.25]
  • 87.04.11 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Columbus Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, The Commons, Columbus, IN
    [The Republic Apr 12 p.14]
    A Night in Tunisia, 'Round Midnight... "The two hours he spent playing..."

87.04.00 (1) • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR—91:30]

KERA-FM Radio, Live Broadcast

April, 1987 / Caravan of Dreams, Fort Worth, TX

—Only Caravan of Dreams references with Gillespie during this year: 87.03.27-28 above; and "May Calendar"
 [Austin American-Statesman May 29 p.56]
  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 You (Don Redman) [10:10]
  radio call letters... [0:13]
 3. Fiesta Mojo (Gillespie) [8:25]
 4. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [15:28]
 5. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [14:04]
  2nd Set:
 6. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [7:03]
 7. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You [12:47]
 8. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [13:28]
 9. High Fly [13:05]
10. A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie) [15:23]
—Also noted: partial tape in circulation with first two tracks only, at 32:22.

"The Caravan of Dreams: An upscale beatnik jazz and cabaret establishment decorated to resemble a chic Mexico City Abortion Clinic,
frequented by younger hipper blacks, older arty whites, and the well-dressed of all races."
—Dave Hickey "Le Ville des Vache," under the heading "The Seven Wonders of Fort Worth" Texas Observer May 29, 1987 p.23

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R of 1st Set only; venue Tosiyuki Nomoto; 2nd Set info Michael McLaughlin 08.06.22}


  • 87.04.16 through 87.04.19 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, per, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 9:30pm, Catalina's Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA
    [Los Angeles Times Apr 12, Calendar p.69; Leonard Feather in Los Angeles Times Apr 21, 1987 p.J10]
    "A long opening piece, the Toccata movement from Lalo Schifrin's ‘Gillespiana’ suite, as well as his own ‘Night in Tunisia’ and ‘Fiesta Mojo’..."
    —Also noted, "Hi Fly" and "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Don Redman)", others...
  • 87.04.25 Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 8:00pm, Reeves Gymnasium, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ
    [The Central New Jersey Home News Apr 17 p.47]
    "And while he chatted amiable [sic] with the audience through the first few numbers, his final remark, in response to the soundman's
    explanation for the problems, was an exasperated ‘So what the hell am I supposed to do?’" —Bernardsville News May 7 p.80


  • 87.05.02 and 87.05.03 Dizzy Gillespie Quartet: Rivers present?? / Springfield Symphony Pops,
    8:00pm, Springfield Symphony Hall, Springfield, CT [Hartford Courant Apr 30 p.115]


  • 87.05.06 through 87.05.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, per, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 8:00 & 10:00pm, Ethel's Place, Baltimore, MD [Baltimore Sun May 8, 1987 p.82]

87.05.12
87.05.13 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [BVR]

—Uncertain if TV Manchete Broadcast was of one or both dates.

May 12 & 13, 1987 / Canecão Show House, Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil

1. unknown titles [ : ]
"He came in 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."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss), James Moody (ts, as, fl), Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Anonymous correspondence; www.oassuntoejazz.com.br/DGillespie.htm}




      87.05.21 through 05.24 / Caravan of Dreams, Fort Worth, TX ??


  • 87.05.31 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), James Moody (ts, as, fl), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / Cape & Islands Special Olympics Gala Benefit, 1:00pm, Tara Dunfey Hotel, Hyannis, MA
    [The Boston Globe May 29 p.9]
    —They were also in town 05.30 for promotional activities for the benefit, signing albums, doing radio shows, etc.


    • 87.06.01 DG at Village Gate as guest soloist for "Salsa Meets Jazz" Daily News Jun 1 p.39


  • 87.06.05 - "[About 100] Jazz musicians gather to celebrate:" Sam Rivers, about 99 others... / 12:45pm, Penn Bar at New York Penta Hotel, NYC
    [Daily News Jun 5 p.37]
    The day before the concert, [Gillespie] and some musical friends will board the American Zephyr, a restored 1940s train,
    in New York for a jazz-filled trip to Washington [The Town Talk May 30 p.25]

87.06.06 • Dizzy Gillespie: An All-Star Tribute to the Jazz Master

1989: Pioneer Artists PA-89-254 (LaserDisc, Full-frame)
  • Wolf Trap Salutes Dizzy Gillespie [BR—90:00]
    —Maryland Public Television/WNET New York, Broadcast on PBS, February 26, 1988; "Great Performances"
     Library of Congress Off-Air Taping Collection 90 mins., color, 3/4" videocassettes, VBF 2852-53
     —LOC Archive has broadcast date incorrectly as "January 26".

June 6, 1987 / Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

  An All-Star Tribute: [116:00]
 1. Toccata from Gillespiana Suite (Lalo Schifrin)
 2. Birk's Works (Gillespie)
 3. Wheatleigh Hall (Gillespie)
 4. A Beautiful Friendship (Donald Kahn)
 5. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)
 6. Tour de Force (Gillespie)
 7. Con Alma (Gillespie)
 8. Oop-Pop-A-Da (Babs Gonzales)
 9. Fiesta Mojo (Gillespie)
10. Tanga (Gillespie)
11. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie)
12. Happy Birthday to You (Lalo Schifrin, Arr)
Broadcast Recording: [90:00]
 Program intro by Willis Conover
1. Toccata from Gillespiana Suite (Lalo Schifrin)
2. Fiesta Mojo (Gillespie)
3. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie)
4. Happy Birthday to You (Lalo Schifrin, arr)
5... others in unknown order
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."

"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

Sam Rivers (ts), Mike Crotty, Ron Holloway, James Moody, and Cecil Payne (reeds-1,3,4), Arnie Lawrence (as), Dave Valentin (fl-2),
Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Owens (tp), Jon Faddis, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, and Vaughan Nark (tp-1,3,4),
Steve Turre (tb), Slide Hampton, Douglas Purviance, and Angel Rangelov (tb-1,3,4), David Amram (frh-1,3,4, penny whistles-2),
Lalo Schifrin (p, Arr, Cond-1), Walter Davis Jr. (p-2,3,4), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b-2,3,4), Rufus Reid (b-1,3),
Airto Moreira (perc-1,3,4), Nickey Marrero (tmb-2), Mongo Santamaria (cga-2), Candido Camero (cga-2,3,4), Ignacio Berroa (dr)
—Additional personnel on track 4: "other unspecified artists from the concert joined them on stage."

{WKCR-FM Archive; Library of Congress Archive; www.lddb.com/laserdisc; brandenburgproductions.com/fri_apr_15d_036.htm;
Richard Harrington, "Doing Dizzy Proud," Washington Post Friday, 88.02.26; jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Hampton;
12-page Program "Wolf Trap Celebrates John Birks 'Dizzy' Gillespie," RivBea Archive}


  • 87.06.07 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr),
    + Special Guest James Moody (tp, voc also) / Ohio Bell Jazz Festival, 5:00pm, Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    [The Akron Beacon Journal Jun 4 p.25; Jun 8 p.17]
  • 87.06.09 through 87.06.13 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    9:00 and 11:00pm, Michael's Pub, NYC
    [Lee Jeske, "Gillespie: Powerful at the Pub" The New York Times (no date), p.29, newspaper clipping from Patrick Clare archive]
    "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)
  • 87.06.16 through 87.06.20 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 9:00 and 11:00pm, Michael's Pub, NYC
    [John S. Wilson, "Dizzy Goes Broadway," The New York Times Jun 13]
  • 87.06.21 - Hilton Ruiz Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ruiz (p), Russell Blake (b), Walter Perkins (dr) / Ethical Society, Philadelphia, PA
    [The Philadelphia Inquirer Jun 20 p.40]
  • 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 (cga), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, NYC
    ["The Pop Life," Robert Palmer, The New York Times Apr 1; "A Pair of Still-Jumping Jazz Giants...," John Pareles, The New York Times Jun 23]
  • 87.06.24 through 87.06.26 - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Sam Rivers, Frank Wess, Ralph Moore, Bill Easley,
    and Howard Johnson (reeds), Gillespie, Glenn Drewes, Virgil Jones, Earl Gardner, and Jon Faddis (tp), Steve Turre, Britt Woodman,
    Frank Lacy, and Bob Stewart (tb), James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Daniel Ponce (cga), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Blues Alley, Washington, DC [Newsday Jun 14 p.17; Baltimore Sun Jun 19 p.70; Jun 26 p.80]
  • 87.06.27 - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band / Newport Jazz at Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY
    [Democrat and Chronicle Jun 21 p.26]
  • 87.06.28 - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band / Newport at Saratoga, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    [The Post-Star Jun 21 p.32]

  • —Two Festival dates below (both ran 06.26-07.05, performance dates uncertain) would have been on either 06.29, 06.30,
     07.01, 07.03 or 07.05 (Montreal first; Glasgow second). —RL

  • 87.06.00 - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band / Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    [The Cincinnati Enquirer Jun 21 p.77]
  • 87.07.00 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: (see 87.07.02) / "Blowing Up a Storm in Glasgow,"
    Glasgow International Jazz Festival '87, Glasgow, Scotland [CODA #214 June '87 p.38]

87.07.02 • Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: Live at the Royal Festival Hall

2000: BBC Music BBCJ 7002-2 (CD) UK
  • Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band [BVR]
    —BBC Television Broadcast

July 2, 1987, 7:30pm / Royal Festival Hall, London, England

"The programme as broadcast was as follows (I watched it):" —Chris Sheridan 06.07.20
  Broadcast Recording:
 1. Prelude & Toccata from Gillespiana Suite (Lalo Schifrin) [ : ]  (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 [ : ]  (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 [ : ]  (Broadcast only)
Live at the Royal Festival Hall has tracks 2 through 4 and 6 through 9.

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Ralph Moore (ts), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl),
Jukka Perko and Jerry Dodgion (as), Howard Johnson (bar),
Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Glenn Drewes (tp),
Frank Lacy and Britt Woodman (tb), Steve Turre (tb, conch shells)
Bob Stewart (tu), James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b),
Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{BBCJ 7002-2}


87.07.04 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [AR—61:20]

July 4, 1987 / Stockholm Jazz Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

1. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [11:25]
2. Emanon (Gillespie) [8:15]
3. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [12:10]
4. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [15:45]  (split track at around 10:00 in)
5. unknown title [13:45]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Jukka Perko and Arnie Lawrence (as), Ralph Moore (ts, ss), Howard Johnson (bar)
Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Glenn Drewes (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 87.07.00 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: as above, or as below / Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
    [CODA #214 June 1987 p.38; Cadence Vol.13 no.3, March '87 p.93]
    —Either 07.05, 07.08, or 07.10 (Festival ran 87.04-12).

87.07.06 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [AVR—63:00]

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]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Jukka Perko and Jerry Dodgion (as), Ralph Moore (ts, ss), Howard Johnson (bar),
Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Glenn Drewes (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Videotape}


87.07.07 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BR—27:30]

July 7, 1987 / Teatro della Fiera, Cagliari, Italy

—Vintage Radio 20 Broadcast
 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 (Gillespie) [13:15]
 program announcer [0:08]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Jukka Perko and Jerry Dodgion (as), Ralph Moore (ts, ss), Howard Johnson (bar),
Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Glenn Drewes (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 87.07.09 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band: as above /
    JVC Grand Parade du Jazz, Cimiez Park, Nice, France [CODA #216 October 1987 p.39]
    —'Round Midnight; Emanon; "...other classic arrangements."

87.07.09 (2) • Sam Rivers Jam Session [AR]

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

Sam Rivers and Ralph Moore (ts), Earl Garner (tp), James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), Giorgio Dini (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R; Giorgio Dini 05.06.19, 05.06.26; web.tiscali.it/giorgiodini}


87.07.11 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR—57:27]

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

 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]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R; Chris Sheridan 06.07.20}


87.07.12 (1) • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BR—77:31]

July 12, 1987 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands

1. unknown [11:40]
 DG announcement
2. Lover Come Back to Me (Romberg/Hammerstein) [6:19]
 DG announcement
3. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius [11:44]
 announcement [0:49]
4. Things to Come [8:55]
 announcement [1:46]
5. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [17:02]
 Gillespie solo intro and announcement
6. Whisper Not (Benny Golson) [6:23]
7. The Champ [11:21]
 announcement [1:30]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers and Ralph Moore (ts), Jukka Perko and Jerry Dodgion (as),
Virgil Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Glenn Drewes (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb),
Bob Stewart (tu), James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)
—"Arturo Sandoval appears as a guest. He was playing at NorthSea with his own Cuban band." —Chris Sheridan

{CD-R; Chris Sheridan 06.07.20}


87.07.12 (2) • Sam Rivers & Friends [AR—89:12]

July 12, 1987 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Toneel-Zaal, Den Haag, Netherlands

1st Set:
1. unknown title [10:42]  (piano trio without SR)
 announcement [1:08]
2. unknown title [10:05]
3. unknown title [19:54]
2nd Set:
 announcement [0:20]
4. unknown title [12:41]
5. unknown title [12:41]
6. unknown title [12:01]
7. unknown title [5:14]
8. unknown title [9:45]
 announcement
9. unknown title [5:54]  (encore, piano trio)
 applause [1:21]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Dado Moroni (p), Reggie Workman (b), John Engels (dr)

{Norbert Kreutzer 05.07.20; 05.11.03}


87.07.13 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BR—84:24]

July 13, 1987 / Montreux Jazzfestival, Casino Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland

1. Toccata from Gillespiana Suite (Lalo Schifrin) [13:09]
2. Emanon (Gillespie) [10:55]
3. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [5:36]
4. Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg/Hammerstein) [4:47]
5. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [12:17]
6. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [11:36]
7. Blues For Emily [3:40]
8. Things To Come [8:19]
9. A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie) [14:04]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers and Ralph Moore (ts), Jukka Perko and Jerry Dodgion (as), Howard Johnson (bar),
Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Glenn Drewes (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Jay Hoggard (vb), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr),
+ Emily Hadda (voc-7), and "guest star" Milt Jackson (vb)

{San Diego Union-Tribune Jul 21 p.C7; WIRE #41 Jul '87 p.4}


87.07.17 • Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band [BR—88:09]

July 17, 1987 / Arkadenhof, Rathaus, Wien, Austria

1. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [13:14]
 announcement DG
2. Whisper Not (Benny Golson) [5:18]
 announcement DG
3. I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson) [6:29]
 announcement DG
4. A 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]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Ralph Moore (ts, ss), Jukka Perko and Arnie Lawrence (as), Howard Johnson (bar),
Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Glenn Drewes, and Earl Gardner (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{2CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}


  • 87.07.19 - Dizzy Gillespie & the 70th Anniversary Big Band: as above / 3rd International Jazz Festival, Andorra, Germany
    [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03]

87.07.25 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Summer Jazz Live at New Jersey 1987

2005: Alpha Centauri Entertainment (DVD)
    —"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..."

July 25, 1987, 4:00pm / Live at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan (Freehold), NJ
—NJN TV Broadcast

  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BVR—60:00]
BVR & Summer Jazz Live DVD:
1. First Movement, from Gillespiana (Lalo Schifrin) [11:05]
2. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [9:03]
3. The Blues (from Gillespiana) [14:30]
4. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [9:11]
5. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [11:08]
—Set included an opening "Blues from Gillespiana" (soundcheck); "'Round Midnight" (after "Manteca"); and an untitled blues jam encore.
—Also noted: FM Broadcast Recording [40:00]

"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... 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

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, perc-2, p-4, cga-5), Sam Rivers (ts-4,5,6, ss-2,3), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Video; Michael Fitzgerald posting to RivBea_Research Group 05.12.26; Asbury Park Press Jul 23 p.71}




  • 87.07.27 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Seaport Jazzsail, 7:00pm, DeWitt Clinton Steamship, South Street Seaport Pier 16, NYC [Daily News Jul 26 p.110]
  • 87.07.31 - Dizzy Gillespie: (unknown personnel) / Waterville Valley Festival of the Arts, Waterville Valley Resort, Campton, NH
    [The Sentinel Jun 4 p.26; The Journal News Jun 26 p.73]
  • 87.08.02 - Dizzy Gillespie: (unknown personnel) / Scenic River Days '87, 7:00 & 9:30pm, Riverfront Park, Reading, PA
    [Philadelpia Inquirer Jul 31 p.8]

  • : : : Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao, Japan : : :

  • 87.08.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band "Groovin' High": Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson,
    and Frank Wess (reeds), Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Lew Soloff (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb),
    Bob Stewart (tu), Mike Longo (p), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.06 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band "Things to Come": as above /
    Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.07 (1) - Mal Waldron Sextet: Sam Rivers (ts), Arne Lawrence (reeds), Waldron (p), Larry Coryell (g),
    Reggie Workman (b), Ed Blackwell (dr) / Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00pm to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.07 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Special Guests James Moody and Bireli Lagrene—"Manteca": Gillespie (tp, voc),
    James Moody (ts), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, and Frank Wess (reeds), Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis,
    Earl Gardner, and Lew Soloff (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu), Mike Longo (p),
    Bireli Lagrene (g), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.08 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Special Guests Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison "A Night in Tunisia": Gillespie (tp, voc),
    Donald Harrison (ts), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence, Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, and Frank Wess (reeds), Blanchard, Virgil Jones,
    Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Lew Soloff (tp), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu), Mike Longo (p),
    Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.09 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Special Guests James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Jackie McLean, Ernestine Anderson,
    and many more... "Grand Finale": Gillespie (tp, voc), Moody and Marsalis (ts), McLean (as), Sam Rivers, Arnie Lawrence,
    Ralph Moore, Howard Johnson, and Frank Wess (reeds), Virgil Jones, Jon Faddis, Earl Gardner, and Lew Soloff (tp),
    Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, and Britt Woodman (tb), Bob Stewart (tu), Anderson (voc), Mike Longo (p),
    Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr), others... /
    Afternoon Jazz Picnic (12:00 to 4:45pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.09 (2) - "Chasin' the Trane": Sam Rivers and Branford Marsalis (ts), Mal Waldron (p), Reggie Workman (b), Ed Blackwell (dr) /
    Evening Jam Session Program (8:00 to 10:00pm), Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • 87.08.09 (3) - "10th Anniversary Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie": Gillespie (tp, voc), Jon Faddis and Lew Soloff (tp), Kenny Kirkland (p),
    Delbert Felix (b), and many more... —Likely Sam Rivers was among them. / Evening Jam Session Program (8:00 to 10:00pm),
    Main Stage, Madarao, Japan
  • [www.madarao-jazz.com/MJ198700.htm]

      87.08.10 DG w/ Cobb, Jewel Brown, Sammy Price in Arnett Cobb Benefit, Wortham Center, Houston, TX
      —Fantasy Records release, Austin American-Statesman Sep 23 1988 p.60
      87.08.11-14 possible "An all-day jazz jam... culminated the week-long first US Virgin Islands Jazz Festival [August],
      which had featured jazz great DG at a $100-a-person formal dinner a few nights before." So between the 11th and 13 or 14th.
      [St Louis Dispatch Oct 4 1987 p.226; archive.org/stream/cashbox51unse_2/cashbox51unse_2_djvu.txt]
      as an 8 day event it was a success with concerts on all three Virgin Islands ending with an all day jazz jam on Magens Bay Beach


  • 87.08.14 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), others... /
    The Festival d'été de Lanaudière, 8:30pm, Salle Rolland-Brunelle, CEGEP, Joliette, Montreal, Canada
    [The Gazette May 7 p.D11 + Aug 8 p.52]
  • 87.08.15 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: as above / Town Point Jazz Festival (14-16), Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA
    [Daily Press Jul 26 p.110] —Another mention in Washington Post Aug 14 says "September."
  • 87.08.16 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: "18-piece" / Newport JVC Jazz Festival, 6:30pm, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
    [Hartford Courant Jul 12 p.36]
  • 87.08.18 through 87.08.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b),
    Ignacio Berroa (dr) / Tue thru Thur + Sun 8:00 & 10:00pm; Fri and Sat 9:00, 11:00 & 1:00am, Jazz Showcase at Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL
    [Chicago Tribune Aug 14, 1987 Sec.7p.20 and August 19 Sec.2p.13; Chicago Sun-Times Aug 21, 1987 Sec.2 p.45]
  • 87.08.28 Dizzy Gillespie Quintet + David Amram: as above, + Amram (frh, penny whistle) / Musikfest '87, 7:30pm, Kunstplatz, Bethlehem, PA
    "100 minutes of solid combo jazz." [The Morning Call Aug 29 p.88]
    —Originally billed as the Big Band: "18-piece" —Democrat and Chronicle Jun 29 p.13


    • 87.09.04 DG with Rivers? / 7:00pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami, FL [The Palm Beach Post Aug 21 p.128]
      87.09.05 DG with Rivers? / 1:00pm, Caleb Center, Miami, FL [South Florida Sun Sentinel Aug 28 p.68]
      87.09.06 NO RIVERS: DG w/ JC Heard & His Orchestra / 8:00pm, Amphitheater/Stroh's Mainstage, Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI
      [Detroit Free Press Aug 30 p.71]
      87.09.07 "Trumpet Summit," w/ DG, Jon Faddis, Donald Byrd, Russell Green, Louis Smith, and Johnny Trudell /
      Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 8:30pm, Amphitheater/Stroh's Mainstage, Detroit, MI [Detroit Free Press Aug 30 p.71]


  • 87.09.12 and 87.09.13 - Hilton Ruiz Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ruiz (p), Jimmy Rowser (b), Steve Berrios (dr) /
    1987 Lake George Jazz Weekend, 2:00pm, Lake Theatre, Lake George, NY
    [The Gazette Sep 10 p.C16 + Sep 17 p.D15; CODA #217 December 1987 p.36; www.lakegeorgearts.org/lakegeorge-jazz.htm]
    —Originally scheduled at the Outdoor Amphitheatre, Sheppard Park, Lake George.


    • 87.09.16 DG at Peace Fest '87 held September I6-l9 at the Louis Gregory Baha'i Institute near Hemingway, SC


  • 87.09.18 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Physical Education Building, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio [Dayton Daily News Sep 17 p.17]


    • 87.09.20 Vancouver - 09.25 LA / DG on Regency Jazz Crusie


  • 87.09.26 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Manchester College, North Manchester, IN [The Kokomo Tribune Sep 10 p.9]
  • 87.09.27 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 7:00pm, Tilles Center Concert Hall, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
    [Daily News Sep 20 p.159]
  • 87.09.29 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Tillman Auditorium, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
    [The Greenville News Sep 24 p.25; Clemson Yearbook Taps 1988 p.96]
    "Two-plus hours of hard-driving jazz music." —Joel Lehrer Taps 1988
  • 87.09.31 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Amsterdam, Netherlands [The Greenville News Sep 30 p.27]
  • 87.10.04 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    21:30, New Morning, Paris, France
  • 87.10.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 22:00, New Morning, Paris, France


    • 87.10.10 DG & Moe Super Jazz Show, DG and the Moe Koffman Quintet (no indication of Diz with own band, or... /
      Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA [The Petaluma Argus-Courier Oct 9 p.12]
      87.10.13 DG w/ Williamette University and Mount Hood Community College jazz bands... arrived two hours before rehearsal
      on a plane from California... / 8:00pm, Smith Auditorium, Williamette University, Salem, OR [Statesman Journal Oct 2 p.16]


87.10.15 • Hilton Ruiz: El Camino (The Road)

1988: Novus/RCA 3024-1-N (LP); PL83024 (LP) UK; 102-02089 (LP) Vnz;
Novus 63024 (LP, Promo); 3024-2-N (CD); PD83024 (CD) Ger; 3024-4-N (CS)
  • (V/A) Novus Sampler '88
    1988: RCA Novus 3039-1-N (LP); PD83039 (CD) Ger
  • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz
    1999: RCA 68706-2 (CD)

October 15, 1987 / Uptown Chelsea Sound, New York City

1. West Side Blues (Ruiz) [6:42]
2. Come Dance With Me (Griffin) [8:25]
3. Sometimes I (Griffin) [6:26]
4. El Camino (The Road) (Ruiz) [6:19]
5. Message From the Chief (Ruiz) [1:54]
6. Eastern Vibrations (Ruiz) [14:55]
Novus Sampler '88 contains a 4:00 edit of track 1.
The Collected Hilton Ruiz has tracks 1 and 4.

Hilton Ruiz (p, Arr), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Lew Soloff (tp), Dick Griffin (tb, Arr-2,3),
Rodney Jones (g), Andy Gonzalez (b), Endel Dueno (tmbl),
Jerry Gonzalez and Jose Alexis Diaz (perc, cga), Steve Berrios (dr, guiro)

{Novus 3024-1-N; 3024-4-N; 3039-1-N}


87.10.17 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII [BVR]

October 17, 1987, 10:00am / Jacksonville Jazz Festival '87, Florida National Pavilion, Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, FL
—WJCT-TV Broadcast Jacksonville, 1988

1. 'Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk) [ : ]
2. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [ : ]
3. Oop-Pop-A-Da (Babs Gonzales) [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/466716/Jacksonville-Jazz-Festival-VIII; Florida Today Oct 15 p.46}


      87.10.19 DG at Queens College for Louis Armstrong Archive ceremony [The Orlando Sentinel Oct 21 p.21]


  • 87.10.21 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, perc, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    7:30pm, Meridian Hall, University Center, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
    [St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sep 3 p.82; Ernie Santosuosso review The Boston Globe Oct 23 p.S49]
  • 87.10.22 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Nightstage, Cambridge, MA
    —Gillespiana, Tenor Song, New Faces, 'Round Midnight, Birk's Works, Rain On The Roof, Ooh-Pa-Pa-Da; encore: Happy Birthday
    [Ernie Santosuosso review The Boston Globe Oct 23 p.S49; Cadence Vol.13 no.10, Oct '87 p.2]
  • 87.10.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Nightstage, Cambridge Club, Cambridge, MA [ibid]
  • 87.10.24 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Fine Arts Center Theatre, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
    [Asbury Park Press Oct 14 p.182]


    • 87.10.26 DG at Academy of music awards philly [Courier-Post Oct 25 p.115]
      87.10.24-31 ish... DG on Jazz Cruise St Louis Post-Dispatch Oct 7 p.102


    87.10.28 - Mis-dated Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Concert; a Broadcast Video Recording with tracks with various side groups including
    J. Griffin, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Hank Jones, Eddie Gomez, Ed Thigpen, etc., is actually from 87.02.27. —RL
  • 87.11.04 and 87.11.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 7:30 & 10:00pm, Peabody's DownUnder, Cleveland, OH
    [The Akron Beacon Journal Sep 11 p.39]


    • 87.11.13 DG w/ Lawrence University Jazz Ensembles, Appleton, WI [Green Bay Press-Gazette Nov 5 p.28]
      87.11.20 DG w/ Alabama Symphony


  • 87.11.24 through 87.11.29 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Blues Alley, Washington, DC
    [The Evening Sun Nov 19 p.56]
    —Ron Holloway (reeds) mentioned in review, Evening Sun Nov 27 p.B7+10.


  • "...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]
    —No indication which night (12.15-20) this was. —RL

      87.11.29 DG w/ Salsa Meets Jazz at Village Gate Daily News Nov 29 p.191


  • 87.12.15 - Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars": Gillespie (tp, voc), John Faddis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 9:00 & 11:30pm, Blue Note, NYC [Display ad Daily News Dec 18 p.M20]

87.12.16 • Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [AR—65:55]

December 16, 1987, 9:00 & 11:30pm / 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 (Thelonius Monk) [9:30]  (cuts out at end)
5. unknown title [15:43]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), John Faddis (tp), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}


87.12.17 • Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [BR]

December 17, 1987, 9:00 & 11:30pm / Blue Note, New York City

—LIVE broadcast on WNEW-AM Les Davis "Jazz Remote"
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), John Faddis (tp), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Daily News Dec 6 City Lights p.30}


87.12.18 • Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [AR—98:39]

December 18, 1987, 9:00 & 11:30pm, + 1:30am / 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]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), John Faddis (tp), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{2CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}


  • 87.12.19 - Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars": Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), John Faddis (tp), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 9:00 & 11:30pm, + 1:30am, Blue Note, NYC [Display ad Daily News Dec 18 p.M20]

87.12.20 • Dizzy Gillespie "All-Stars" [AR—59:40]

December 20, 1987, 9:00 & 11:30pm / 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]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), John Faddis (tp), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R; Patrick Clare 07.02.07}


  • 87.12.25 Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 7:30 & 9:30pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Society, Santa Cruz, CA [Santa Cruz Sentinel Dec 25 p.60]

1988 : : :


88.01.07 • Dizzy Gillespie: The Sesjun Radio Shows

1988: Out of the Blue T2CD2012028 (2-CD) Neth
2012: T2 Entertainment (2-CD) Neth
  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR—78:09]

January 7, 1988, 23:00hr / IDe Thor club, Enschede, Netherlands
—Live Broadcast on "De Tor"

The Sesjun Radio Shows:
 Introduction [0:59]
1. The Tenor Song [7:41]
2. Tanga (Gillespie) [14:10]
3. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [10:36]
4. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [5:18]
Broadcast Recording:
1. Tanga (Gillespie) [13:42]
2. unknown title [16:34]
3. unknown title [10:06]
4. Oop-Pop-A-Da (Babs Gonzalez) [8:13]
 announcement [0:45]
5. The Tenor Song [7:34]
6. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Gillespie) [16:56]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25; Keepitswinging.blogspot.com/2012/12/dizzy-gillespie-sesjun-radio-shows.html;
jdisc.columbia.edu/issue/sesjun-radio-shows-dizzy-gillespie}


88.01.08 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR—119:28]

January 8, 1988 / Hamburg
1st Set:
1. Toccata (Gillespie) [17:00]
 Diz monologue, intros [8:25]
2. Manteca (Gillespie) [7:57]
 Diz announce [0:50]
3. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Don Redman) [7:56]
4. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [9:55]  (split track at 3:27)
 Diz announce [0:04]
5. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [12:38]
 Diz announce [1:00]
2nd Set:
6. Tanga (Gillespie) [14:38]
 Diz announce [0:52]
7. Tenor Song [6:50]  (split track at 6:25)
8. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Gillespie) [14:52]
9. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) [9:26]
 Gillespie interviewed + voiceover [6:07]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc-8, perc-8), Sam Rivers (ts-2,3,6,7,8,9, ss-1,4, voc-8), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{2 CD-R}


  • 88.01.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    19:00 and 22:00hr, New Morning, Paris

88.01.11-12 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet w/ special guests Tony Scott and Gegé Telesforo [BVR—21:00]

January 11 or 12, 1988 / International DOC club, RAI TV Studio, Rome, Italy
—RAI 2 TV Broadcast

1. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Gillespie) [9:20]
2. unknown title [4:40]
3. Oop-Pop-A-Da (Babs Gonzalez) [4:20]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), Tony Scott and Gegé Telesforo (voc), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Video; Giovanni Zanoni}


      88.01.16 DG + Lonette McKee Unity Concerts, 8:30pm, Montclair High School Community Auditorium, Montclair, NJ
      The Central New Jersey Home News Jan 15 '87 p.60


  • 88.01.17 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Art Deco Weekend '88, 1:00pm, Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL [Fort Lauderdale News Dec 19 '87 p.59]
  • 88.01.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above + surprise guest Clora Bryant (tp) / 8:00pm, Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College, Torrance, CA
    [Los Angeles Times Jan 23, 1988 p.202, and January 26, PartVIp.5]
    —Gillespiana; Manteca, Birk's Works, 'Round Midnight, The Tenor Sound, Day by Day, others...
     Bryant played an original dedicated to Gillespie, and on "Day by Day."
  • 88.01.24 - Sam Rivers Quartet: (no personnel listed, possibly Cherry, Lee, and Berroa) / 9:00pm, Alfonse's, North Hollywood, CA
    [Los Angeles Times Jan 23, 1988 p.203]
  • 88.01.25 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA [Santa Cruz Sentinel Jan 22 p.58]
  • 88.01.26 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Yoshi's, San Francisco, CA [San Francisco Chronicle Jan 28, 1988 p.E1]


    • 88.01.29 DG "and Friends" ... the Quintet? / Yoshi's, San Francisco, CA [Santa Cruz Sentinel Jan 29 p.55]
      88.02.17 DG & The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ Asbury Park Press Jan 29 p.33
      88.02.27 DG Saturday Night All-Star Show, Lionel Hampton-Chevron Jazz Festival, University of Idaho The Times-News Jan 29 p.26
      88.03.03 DG and U Arizona Studio Jazz Ensemble, Centennial Hall Arizona Daily Star Feb 26 p.45
      88.03.04 DG "and the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut", Fontana Performing Arts Center


  • 88.03.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00 & 10:30pm, Sacred Heart University Theater, Fairfield, CT [Hartford Courant Mar 3 Calendar p.15]
  • 88.03.08 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 8:00pm, Images Concert Hall, Woodbine Inn, Pennsauken, NJ
    [Philadelphia Daily News Feb 12 p.70; Philadelphia Inquirer Mar 4 Weekend p.30]
  • 88.03.12 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Alumni Gymnasium, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
    [Press and Sun-Bulletin Oct 2 1987 p.52]
  • 88.03.15 and 88.03.16 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Catalina's Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA
    [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92; Display ad Los Angeles Times Feb 28, 1988 p.368]

88.03.17 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [AR]

March 17, 1988 / Catalina's Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA

1. unknown titles [ : ]
"The recording that exists is long; 3CD-Rs worth."

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Sergiusz Lipnicki 04.07.08; Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92; Display ad Los Angeles Times Feb 28, 1988 p.368}


  • 88.03.18 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Catalina's Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92; Display ad Los Angeles Times Feb 28, 1988 p.368]
  • 88.03.19 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie and His All-Star Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers, Teddy Edwards, Jack Nimitz,
    Jerome Richardson, and Jackie Kelso (reeds), Snooky Young, Oscar Brashear, Jon Faddis, and Conte Candoli (tp), Charlie Loper,
    Garnett Brown, and Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Mike Daigeau (tu), Gerald Wiggins (p) + Lalo Schifrin (p)—"if schedule permits", Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (b), Victor Pantoja (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 11:00am to 2:00pm, Rehearsal + Interviews after 2:00pm,
    Musician's Union Rehearsal Room 3, Los Angeles, CA [PR Newswire Mar 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 Mar 14, 1988]
  • 88.03.19 (3) and 88.03.20 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / Catalina's Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA
    [Cadence Vol.14 no.4, April '88 p.92; Display ad Los Angeles Times Feb 28, 1988 p.368]
  • 88.03.24 and 88.03.25 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    7:30 & 9:30pm (+11:30 on the 25th), Bird of Paradise, Ann Arbor, MI [Detroit Free Press Mar 3 p.32]
  • 88.03.26 (1) - Sam Rivers: Interview 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: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    7:30, 9:30, & 11:30pm, Bird of Paradise, Ann Arbor, MI [www.umich.edu/~afroammu/index.html; Detroit Free Press Mar 3 p.32]
  • 88.04.05 through 88.04.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Blues Alley, Washington, DC [Baltimore Sun Apr 1 p.104]
  • 88.04.11 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 9:00 & 11:00pm, Valentyne's, Tampa, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Jan 31 Calendar p.27]
  • 88.04.12 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Palm Bay High School Auditorium, Melbourne, FL [Florida Today Mar 28 p.25]


    • 88.04.23 DG + Moe Koffman Quintet Peoria Civic Center The Pantagraph Apr 22 p.35
      88.05.13 and 88.05.14 DG and the Columbus Pops Orchestra 8:30pm Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH The Tribune Apr 27 p.22
      88.05.15 DG awarded Honorary Doctorate at Clark University, Worcester, MA The Chippewa Herald May 17 p.2
      88.05.21 DG w/ UIC Jazz Ensemble, UIC Jazz Festival University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago Tribune May 11 p.29
      88.05.20 DG University of Illinois at Chicago 1988 Jazz Festival 8:00pm, Illinois Room, Chicago Circle Center, Chicago, IL
      Chicago Tribune Apr 15 p.H7; The Dispatch May 8 p.67
      88.05.26 and/or 88.05.27 DG tribute to Cab Calloway, Carnegie Hall, NYC Journal News May 26 p.78


  • 88.05.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    1:00pm, Newton North Football Field, Newton, MA
    [The Boston Globe May 27, 1988 p.82; Hartford Courant May 26, 1988 Calendar section p.14]

88.06.03 • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band [Rehearsal]

June 3, 1988 / Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Vienna, VA

1. Tanga (Gillespie) [ : ]
—Rehearsal recording exists of track 1 only. Also worked 2) No More Blues, 3) Con Alma, and 4) Lorraine.

Sam Rivers (ts), James Moody (ts, fl), Paquito D'Rivera (cl, as), Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis (tp), Slide Hampton (tb),
Douglas Purviance (btb), Monty Alexander (p-1,2,4), Flora Purim (voc-1,2,4), John Lee (el-b-1,2,4),
Giovanni Hidalgo (cga and perc-1,2,4), Airto Moreira (perc-1,2,4), Ignacio Berroa (dr-1,2,4)

{www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Hampton/lwh-disc.htm}


  • 88.06.04 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band: (15-piece) Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers and Paquito D'Rivera (reeds),
    Jon Faddis (tp), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (tb), two other unidentified horns (probably James Moody and Doug Purviance),
    Monty Alexander (p), Airto Moreira (perc), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Vienna, VA
    [Statesman Journal May 27 p.13; The Times May 28 p.46; The Evening Sun Jun 2 p.26]
    —Con Alma, Jaminto, Partida Alto, Tin Tin Deo, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac —Geoffrey Himes review The Washington Post Jun 6, 1988 p.C7
  • 88.06.09 - Sam Rivers & The Jazz Composer Alliance: (unknown personnel) / 8:00pm, Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA
    [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe Jun 5; Burlington Free Press May 12 p.52]
    —"Performs four new compositions by guest composer and saxophonist Sam Rivers"
  • 88.06.10 - Dizzy Gillespie "and Friends": Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr),
    + Special Guests Walter Davis Jr (p), Giovanni Hidalgo (perc) / Discover Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Flynn Theater, Burlington, VT
    [Hartford Courant May 29, 1988 p.G9; Burlington Free Press Jun 1 p.11]
  • 88.06.12 - Sam Rivers & The Jazz Composer Alliance: (unknown personnel) / 8:00pm, Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA
    [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe 88.06.10]
    "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.’"
    —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


    • 88.06.13 DG guest w/ Mario Bauza Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Village Gate, NYC Daily News Jun 13 p.32


  • 88.06.17 - Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Super-Band: (see 06.22 for approximation) / du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival,
    8:00pm, Roy Thomson Hall, Ontario, Toronto, Canada [Democrat and Chronicle Jun 12 p.33]
  • 88.06.19 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Jon Faddis (tp, Dir), four additional unknown (tp),
    Ignacio Berroa (dr), others... / 10th Annual Playboy Jazz fest, Hollywood Bowl, CA
    "The 20-man Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra..." [The Los Angeles Times Jun 21 p.73; Cadence Vol.14 no.4 April 1988, p.92]
  • 88.06.22 - Dizzy Gillespie "and his All-Star Band": Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers, Doc Holladay, David Glasser, Jerry Dodgion,
    and Ned Otter (reeds), Jon Faddis, Glen Drewes, Virgil Jones, and John Marshall (tp), Garnett Brown, Keith O'Quinn, Douglas Purviance,
    and Dennis Wilson (tb), James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Frank Malabe (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Mellon Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA [Philadelphia Daily News Jun 22 p.51]
  • 88.06.23 - Dizzy Gillespie "and his All-Star Band,": The 16-piece big band... / Mellon Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
    [The Pittsburgh Press Jun 12 p.J1]


    • 88.06.24 DG Louis Armstrong Benefit, Carnegie Hall, NYC Daily News Jun 24 p.11


  • 88.06.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: (17-piece) Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Jon Faddis (tp), and 14 others...
    (+ four unknown french horns on Toccata) / JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, NYC
    [Mary Campbell Associated Press Jun 28, 1988; CODA #223 December 1988, p.39]
    —Toccata, Emanon, A Night In Tunisia, 'Round Midnight, Things To Come...
    "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 (tp), Sam Rivers, James Moody,
    Moe Koffman, and Paquito D'Rivera (reeds), Slide Hampton (tb), Monty Alexander (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b),
    Giovanni Hidalgo (cga), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / du Maurier Downton Jazz Festival, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    [The Globe and Mail Jul 2, 1988 p.C9; A scathing review by Jim Foster Toronto Star Jul 1, 1988 p.D18]
    —And Then She Stopped, Samba for Carmen, 'Round Midnight, A Night In Tunisia, Caravan, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac, others...
  • 88.07.01 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band: "featuring, among others," Paquito D'Rivera, Sam Rivers, and James Moody (reeds),
    Steve Turre and Slide Hampton (tb), Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditti (tp), Monty Alexander (p), Flora Purim (voc), Airto (perc) /
    8:00pm, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe Jul 1]
  • 88.07.02 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Big Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera,
    + Special Guest Moe Koffman (reeds), Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (tp), Slide Hampton (tb), Monty Alexander (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b),
    Giovanni Hidalgo (cga), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / 9:00pm, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Artts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    [The Globe and Mail Jun 30 p.C5; The Gazette Jul 2 p.E2 + Jul 3 p.F4]
    —'Round Midnight, Matilda, Kush, others...
  • 88.07.00 (1) - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band / Copenhagen Jazz Festival (88.07.01-10, so 3rd through 7th, or the 9th),
    Copenhagen, Denmark [Jazzpodium 7/1988, S.48 Festival schedule]
  • 88.07.00 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band / Istanbul International Festival (88.06.15-07.20),
    Yildiz Kultur ve Sanat Merkezi, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey [The Guardian May 2 p.22]
  • 88.07.08 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band / Kongresshalle Luisencenter, Darmstadt, Germany
    [Jazzpodium 5/1988, S.42 Festival schedule; 9/1988, S.32,33 Festival report]

88.07.09 • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band [BVR—92:04]

July 9, 1988 / Northsea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands
—AVRO Television "World of Jazz"

"First Performance:"
 announcement Gerrit den Braber [2:14]
1. unknown title [9:05]
 announcement Gerrit den Braber, and award presentation [3:52]
2. unknown title [5:05]
 DG announcement [1:35]
3. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) [11:32]
 DG announcement [1:12]
4. Jessica's Day (Quincy Jones) [4:10]
 DG announcement [1:05]
5. Things to Come (Gillespie) [5:44]
 —walk-off, either for a break, or ending of the "First Performance."
 DG announcement [1:05]
6. Con Alma (Gillespie) [10:04]
 DG announcement [1:11]
7. The Blues from Gillespiana Suite (Lalo Schifrin) [7:45]
 DG announcement [1:47]
7. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [7:25]
8. Toccata from Gillespiana Suite (Lalo Schifrin) [12:29]
—Dizzy Gillespie receives the Bird Award 1988 from the hands of Mike Hennessey, the Chairman of the jury.
 The announcements are made by AVRO Television producer Gerrit den Braber.

—The World Jazz youtube videos are a bit scattered: The "First Performance" video (p8dR2A_QUuc of 35:32) begins with the complete
 announcement/award presentation of 3:52. The "Second Performance" video (TsTev7DShA8 of 56:32) begins with the actual first song
 of the evening, "Blues" by Schifrin, and leads into the announcement/award presentation, which cuts off abruptly with a moment of video
 glitch at 12:48. I have no idea why. Tracks above are re-ordered as performed though it's unclear whether there were actually two separate
 concerts, or just a break between sets. —RL

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Nat Otter, Jukka Perko, and Jerry Dodgion (as), Marvin Halliday (bar), Virgil Jones, John Marshall,
Jon Faddis, Byron Stripling, and one unidentified (tp), Garnett Brown, Doug Purviance, and Dennis Wilson (tb), Keith O'Quinn (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Jazzpodium 7/1988, S.49 Festival schedule; youtube.com/watch?v=p8dR2A_QUuc + youtube.com/watch?v=TsTev7DShA8;
track detailing RL + Kris Kauffman 18.05.26}


  • 88.07.11 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band / JVC Capitol Radio Music Festival, 8:00pm, Royal Festival Hall, London, England
    [The Guardian Jul 11 p.33, Jul 15 p.25]
    —Emanon, A Night in Tunisia, 'Round Midnight, Things to Come...

88.07.15 • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band [BR—47:53 & BVR—22:00]

July 15, 1988 / Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz 88, Perugia, Italy

Radio Broadcast:
1. Emanon (Gillespie) [10:30]
2. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [18:36]
3. Lover Come back to Me [5:02]
 announcement
4. Gillespiana [13:44]
Broadcast Video:
1. unknown title [3:40] (incomplete)
2. unknown title [5:00]
3. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) [12:40]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Nat Otter, Jukka Perko, and Jerry Dodgion (as), Marvin Halliday (bar), Virgil Jones, John Marshall,
Jon Faddis, Byron Stripling, and one unidentified (tp), Garnett Brown, Doug Purviance, and Dennis Wilson (tb), Keith O'Quinn (tu),
James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Daniel Ponce (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{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: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Jerry Dodgion (as), Jon Faddis, Byron Stripling,
    and John Marshall (tp), Virgil Jones (tp), Bill Cosby (yes, on cowbell), others... / JVC Grand Parade du Jazz, Arenes de Cimiez, Nice, France
    [CODA #223 December, 1988 pp.39-40; Festival schedule Jazzpodium 7/1988, S.48]
    —Manteca, Lover Come Back to Me, 'Round Midnight, Night in Tunisia, and Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

88.07.23 • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Big Band [AR—91:48]

July 23, 1988 / San Sebastian Jazz Festival, San Sebastian, Spain

1. Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [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. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [17:45]
8. unknown title [13:30]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Marvin Halliday (reeds), Jerry Dodgion (as), Virgil Jones and Jon Faddis (tp),
Garnett Brown (tb), James Williams (p), Ed Cherry (el-g), Frank Marabi (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{2CD-R}


  • 88.07.25 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), James Moody (ts),
    Paquito D'Rivera (as, fl), Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (tp), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (tb), Monty Alexander (p),
    Flora Purim (voc), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Airto and Manenguito (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    7:00 and 10:00pm, The S.S. Dewitt Clinton, South Street Seaport, Pier 16, NYC [New Yorker Jul 29, 1988 p.C15]
    "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."

  • 88.07.27 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc),
    Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Animal Crackers Jazz Series,
    7:00pm, Racine Zoological Gardens, Racine, WI
    [The Journal Times May 8 p.112]


  • 88.07.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 1988 Jazzoo, 7:30pm, Coor's Peacock Pavilion, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, OH
    [Cincinnati Inquirer Jul 10 p.8]
  • 88.07.29 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Ravinia Festival, 7:00pm, Pavilion, Ravinia Highland Park, Chicago, IL
    [The Pantagraph May 13 p.20]
  • 88.07.31 - Dizzy Gillespie and his All-Star Band: See 88.08.03 / Jersey Jazz Festival, 3:00pm, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Freehold, NJ
    [Philadelphia Inquirer Jun 12 p.BR30]
  • 88.08.01 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band / 8:00pm, The Dell East, Philadelphia, PA
    [Philadelphia Inquirer Jun 24 p.117]
  • 88.08.03 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), James Moody (ts),
    Paquito D'Rivera (as, fl), Jon Faddis (tp), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (tb), Monty Alexander (p),
    Flora Purim (voc), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Airto and Manenguito Hidalgo (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    [Star Tribune Jul 24 p.69]
  • 88.08.04 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band / 8:00pm, Sea World's Nautilus Amphitheater, San Diego, CA
    [San Diego Union-Tribune Jul 29 p.C15]

  • 88.08.05 CANCELLED - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band / "two concerts"... Humphrey's, San Diego, CA
    [The Los Angeles Times Jul 8, p.82]
  • 88.08.06 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band / Robert Mondavi's Summer Music Festival,
    7:00pm, The Mondavi Winery, Oakville, CA
    [The Press Democrat Jun 24 p.34; Cadence Vol.14 no.6, June '88 p.92]
  • 88.08.07 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), James Moody (ts),
    Paquito D'Rivera (as, fl), Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (tp), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (tb), Monty Alexander (p),
    Flora Purim (voc), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Airto and Manenguito Hidalgo (perc), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    7:00pm, Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA
    [Orange County Register Aug 5; Personnel listed by Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times Aug 9 p.196]
  • 88.08.09 and 88.08.10 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band: as above / Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
    [Los Angeles Times Aug 9 p.196]
  • 88.08.11 - Dizzy Gillespie's All-Star Band / Paul Masson Summer Series, 7:30pm, Paul Masson Vineyards, Saratoga, CA
    [Santa Cruz Sentinel Aug 5 p.75]
  • 88.08.13 - Dizzy Gillespie's All-Star Band / Paul Masson Summer Series, 2:00pm, Paul Masson Vineyards, Saratoga, CA
    [ibid]
  • 88.08.14 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Superspace Band / Elliot Bay Jazz Festival, Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA
    [The Seattle Times Aug 13 p.C1]
    —Article says "17-piece" ensemble, no mention of who may have been added.
    —Tin Tin Deo, Samba for Carmen, 'Round Midnight, A Night In Tunisia, others...

  • 88.08.15 and 88.08.16 CANCELLED - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations' Festival Super Band /
    World Series of Jazz, Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, IL
    [Chicago Tribune Jul 29 Sec.7 p.23 and Aug 12 p.218]
    —This was also listed in some display ads as "Dizzy Gillespie and Kevin Eubanks & All-Stars" (Last sighting The Dispatch Aug 14)

  • 88.08.20 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Super Band / 8:00pm, The Lehman Center, The Bronx, NY [Poughkeepsie Journal Aug 4 p.C1]
  • 88.08.21 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Super Band / 3:30pm, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, OH
    [The Akron Beacon Journal Aug 19 p.43]
  • 88.09.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Montreux Atlanta International Music Festival, 7:00pm, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA
    [Bo Emerson Atlanta Journal and Constitution Sep 2 p.C1]
  • 88.09.11 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / ArtPark, Lewiston, NY [Press and Sun-Bulletin Aug 2 p.31]
  • 88.09.13 through 88.09.18 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Blue Note, NYC [Daily News Sep 11 City Lights p.10]


    • 88.09.18 through 88.09.23 DG Jazz festival at Sea, Vancouver to Los Angeles Santa Cruz Sentinel Jul 3 p.62
      88.09.23 DG with The Cunninghams and Biltmore Bowl All-Stars, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
      Los Angeles Times Sep 23 p.94
      88.09.27 DG w/ Front Line Jazz Ensemble, Joe Williams, Ellis Marsalis, others... / Duke Ellington Benefit, River Club, Georgetown
      Washington Post Sep 28
      88.09.28 DG scheduled to appear w/ JC Heard at Detroit Institute of Arts for a private event for General Motors Corp.,
      but Heard passed away the evening before...


  • 88.09.29 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Detroit Institute of Arts Auditorium, Detroit, MI [Detroit Free Press Sep 25 p.86]
  • 88.09.30 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 8:00pm, Hensel Hall, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
    [Lancaster Patriot-News Sep 29 p.C3]
  • 88.10.01 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Ocean County Center for the Arts, Strand Theatre, Lakewood, NJ
    [Asbury Park Press Jun 28 p.22]
  • 88.10.04 through 88.10.09 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00 & 10:00pm Tue thru Thur + Sun, 9:00 & 11:00pm, and 1:00am Fri + Sat,
    Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL
    [Chicago Tribune Oct 2 Sec.13p.45; Chicago Post Tribune Oct 3]
  • 88.10.14 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Performing Arts Center, Stockton State College, Galloway, NJ
    [Asbury Park Press Sep 18 p.E11; The Daily Journal Oct 13 p.14]


    • 88.10.21 DG 71st Birthday Celebration w/ John "Spider" Martin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Toni Bishop, —Rivers not present /
      8:00pm, Sunrise Musical Theatre, Palm Beach, FL Miami News Oct 21 p.30


    Down Beat Aug 1984 has "Floating Jazz Fest I and II departing 10.20 and 10.27, both week-long tours."
     Gillespie's activities exclude the possibility of the first week. Possibly/Maybe more sessions during the latter week,
     but below are the only three mentioned. —RL

  • 88.10.27 - Sam Rivers, Dexter Gordon, and Illinois Jacquet (ts), Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Erskine Hawkins, and Alan Hoel (tp),
    Frank Vignola (g), Ed Shaughnessy (dr) others... "an entire 16-piece orchestra" /
    "Day One," 11:15pm, Checkers Lounge, Norwegian Cruise Line's S.S. Norway Jazz Cruize, "into the Caribbean" off the coast of Miami, FL
    [Leonard Feather Los Angeles Times Nov 20, 1988 p.795-6+803; Down Beat Feb 1989, pp.48,53-54]
    "An SRO crowd."
  • 88.10.30 - Dizzy Gillespie and Red Rodney (tp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), others... /
    "Day Four," 10:10pm, Saga Theater, S.S. Norway Jazz Cruize, off the coast of Miami, FL [ibid]
    —"Round Midnight, Autumn Leaves, Bebop, Indian"
  • 88.11.01 - "JATP style:" Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb and Totti Bergh (ts), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Red Holloway (ts, as),
    Flip Phillips and Buddy Tate (ts, cl), Benny Carter (as), others... /
    "Day Six," 2:30pm, Saga Theater, S.S. Norway Jazz Cruize, off the coast of Miami, FL [ibid]
    —"Perdido, The Nearness of You, Jumpin' at the Woodside"

  • "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 turn 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


    —Photo from Chicago Tribune Sep 24, 1989 Sec.12p.4


  • 88.10.29 - Alex Elin Quartet with featured artist Sam Rivers / Highland Jazz, Newton, MA [Boston Globe Sep 11, 1988 p.B8]
  • 88.11.05 - Dizzy Gillespie Superspace Band: (no personnel details) /
    8:00pm, Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR
    [The World Sep 10 p.29; Statesman Journal Nov 4 p.8]
  • 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, NYC [New York Magazine Nov 14, 1988 p.128]


    • 88.11.13 DG w/ Front Line Jazz Ensemble, 2:00pm, Salisbury Moose Lodge #654, Salisbury, MD The Daliy Times Nov 11 p.2


  • 88.11.14 - Dizzy Gillespie "Superspace Band" or "United Nations All-Star Orchestra," depending on which paper you're reading:
    Gillespie and Jon Faddis (tp), Sam Rivers (ts), Jerry Dodgion (as), Mario Rivera (reeds), Slide Hampton and Steve Turre (tb), Flora Purim (voc),
    Airto Moreira, Ignacio Berroa, and Giovanni Hidalgo (perc) / Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
    [Andrew Ford The Sydney Morning Herald Nov 5 p.94; Gail Brennan review The Sydney Morning Herald Nov 16 p.22]
    1. Manteca; 2. Tin Tin Deo; 3. Swing Low Sweet Cadillac; others...
  • 88.11.20 - Dizzy Gillespie United Nations All-Star Orchestra: as above / 8:00pm, The Concert Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    [The Age Nov 17 p.33]
  • 88.11.22 through 88.11.27 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / Blues Alley, Washington, DC [The Evening Sun Sep 15 p.54]
  • 88.11.29 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 8:00, 10:00pm, and Midnight, Blues Alley, Baltimore, MD
    [The Baltimore Sun Dec 2 p.115]

88.11.30 (1)
88.12.01 (1) • Hilton Ruiz: Strut

1989: Novus 3053-1-N (LP); RCA PL83053 (LP) Ger;
    RCA 102-02125 (LP) Vnz; 3053-2-N (CD); PD83053 (CD) Ger
  • (V/A) Summertime
    1994: RCA/Bluebird 7432 1 21444 2 (CD, "Jazz Café Series") UK
  • (V/A) Tresors Jazz
    1996: RCA/BMG 74321390792 (3-CD) Fr
  • Hilton Ruiz: The Collected Hilton Ruiz
    1999: RCA 68706-2 (CD)

November 30 & December 1, 1988 / Studio B, RCA Studios, New York City

1. The Sidewinder (Lee Morgan) [6:17]
2. Goin' Back to New Orleans (Ruiz) [10:43]
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]
Summertime and Tresors Jazz have track 1.
The Collected Hilton Ruiz has tracks 3 and 4.

Hilton Ruiz (p), Lew Soloff (tp), Dick Griffin (tb), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Rodney Jones (g, b-7), Francisco Centeno (el-b),
Mongo Santamaria (cga), Robby Ameen (dr, tmbl, and perc-4,5), Steve Barrios (dr, tmbl, and perc, dr-4,5,7)

{RCA Novus 3053-1-N}




  • 88.11.30 (2) and 88.12.01 (2) - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc),
    Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00, 10:00pm, and Midnight, Blues Alley, Baltimore, MD
    [The Baltimore Sun Dec 2 p.115]
  • 88.12.02 through 88.12.04 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above /
    8:00, 10:00pm, and Midnight, Blues Alley, Baltimore, MD [ibid]
  • 88.12.23 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 19:30 and 22:30, New Morning, Paris
  • 88.12.28 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 6:30pm, Yubin Chakin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    [Pacific Stars and Stripes Dec 6 p.17]


  •   —Daily Tar Heel Dec 1 p.9

1989 : : :


    January, 1989: "Dizzy and the band spent January in the Near East and Africa thanks to the USIA"
    —The United States Information Agency Arts America Program [Down Beat Mar '89, p.59]

    All of the African Tour recordings below are from The Dizzy Gillespie Collection by NMAH Staff Archives Center,
    National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
    Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie, NMAH.AC.0979, P.30,
    "Series 11: Audio Visual Materials 1950-1992," Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings
    [docplayer.net/53698188-Guide-to-the-dizzy-gillespie-collection.html]


89.01.06 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 6, 1989 / Cairo Marriott, Cairo, Egypt

2nd Set—Box xx Tapes #6 and #7:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


89.01.07 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 7, 1989 / Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt

1st Set—Box xx Tape #3:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
2nd Set—Box xx Tapes #8, 9, and 10:
2. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


89.01.00 (1) • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January, 1989 / Casablanca Rialto House, Casablanca, Morocco
—Reuters Wire Service piece places this chronologically, but without a specific date.

Box xx Tapes #20, 21, and 22:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Reuters Wire Service, Tampa Bay Times Jan 24 p.48}


89.01.00 (2) • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January, 1989 / Robat Mohammed V Theatre, Rabat, Morocco
—Reuters Wire Service piece places this chronologically, but without a specific date.

1st Set—Box xx Tapes #24, 25, and 26:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Reuters Wire Service, Tampa Bay Times Jan 24 p.48}


89.01.11 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 11, 1989 / Marrakesh, Morocco

Box xx Tape #11:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


    89.01.12 to 89.01.15 - CANCELLED DG Big Band, 12th Annual Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach, FL [Indianapolis Star Dec 11 '88 p.120]

89.01.00 (3) • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January, 1989 / Dakar Sorano Theatre, Dakar, Senegal
—Reuters Wire Service piece places this chronologically, but without a specific date.

1st Set & 2nd Set (beginning)—Box xx Tape #14:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
2nd Set (ending)—Box xx Tape #23:
2. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Reuters Wire Service, Tampa Bay Times Jan 24 p.48}


  • January, 1989:

    —Interview taken at Gillespie's "modest split-level ranch house in Englewood, New Jersey, one evening in May 1991."

    "While Dizzy devoured a large quattro stagioni pizza, he regaled me with stories of his month-long jazz tour of Africa
    in 1989. In Senegal, the House of Slaves museum, which memorializes a notorious ‘door of no return’ for West Africans
    bound for the Americas, was closed when he dropped by for a visit one morning. But a Frenchman who lived in an adjacent
    building helped him sneak in by crawling through one of his windows. ‘Inside it looked like a bunch of animal stalls,’
    Dizzy said. ‘I could imagine my great-grandmother Nora locked up in there.’ Nora, who was purchased as a house slave
    in the late 1850s by a plantation owner in Cheraw, South Carolina, was the daughter of a Yoruba tribal chief from what is
    now Nigeria. When Dizzy visited Nigeria later in the tour, he was treated like returning royalty. The king of the Iperu,
    a Yoruba tribe, gave him the title Baashere, which means Chief of Entertainers. ‘The Baashere of Iperu,’ Dizzy said,
    savoring the sound of the words. ‘Ain't that a bitch.’"
    [David Grogan "The Chief of Entertainers" The American Scholar Winter 2018]
    ———


89.01.19 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 19, 1989 / Dakar University, Dakar, Senegal

Box xx Tape #12:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


89.01.22 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 22, 1989 / Jazz Club of Nigeria Festival, Iganmu Lagos National Theatre, Lagos, Nigeria

Box xx Tape #15:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Benson Idonije "Reminisces of The Nigerian Jazz Club" The Guardian Life Magazine Feb 6, 2010 Edition 223}


89.01.23 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 23, 1989 / Benin City, Benin

"Part I"—Box xx Tape #4:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"Part II"—Box xx Tape #5:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


89.01.24 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 24, 1989 / Benin City, Benin

"Part I"—Box xx Tape #1:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"Part II"—Box xx Tape #2:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


89.01.25 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 25, 1989 / Port Harcourt, Nigeria
—Reuters Wire Service piece places this chronologically, but without a specific date, however, it mentions "They will play in Port Harcourt
 and Benin City before returning to Lagos for a farewell appearance." The Benin tapes are dated, which leaves the 24th for Port Harcourt.

1st Set & 2nd Set (beginning)—Box xx Tape #14:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
2nd Set (ending)—Box xx Tape #23:
2. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Reuters Wire Service, Tampa Bay Times Jan 24 p.48}


89.01.26 • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January 26, 1989 / Lagos University, Lagos, Nigeria

Box xx Tape #16:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings}


89.01.00 (4) • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January, 1989 / Ambassador's House, Kinshasha, Zaire (Republic of Congo)
—Reuters Wire Service piece places this chronologically, but without a specific date.

Box xx Tape #17:
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Reuters Wire Service, Tampa Bay Times Jan 24 p.48}


89.01.00 (5) • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet [Gillespie Collection Archival Recording]

January, 1989 / Kinshasa Maison du People, Kinshasa, Zaire (Republic of Congo)
—Reuters Wire Service piece places this chronologically, but without a specific date.

Box xx Tapes #19 (beginning) and 18 (ending):
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Moody (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings; Reuters Wire Service, Tampa Bay Times Jan 24 p.48}





  • 89.02.03 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Artist Series 1988-89, 8:00pm, Weber Chapel Auditorium, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
    [The Times Leader Feb 2 p.47; The Crusader Feb 10 p.6]
  • 89.02.07 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / "Absolutely Music," 8:00pm, Shubert Theater, NYC [The New York Times Feb 5 p.C29]
    "A musical benefit saluting Vietnam veterans... An imposing array of talent will be on hand, including the jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie
    and Dave Brubeck, the Gregg Smith Singers, and Philip Glass with the premiere of a composition accompanying Alan Ginsberg's poem
    ‘Wichita Vortex.’ ... Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theater Company, the evening will benefit the company's community
    programs, including the Borden Avenue Shelter in Queens, a shelter for homeless people, especially veterans. A reception with the
    performers follows at Sardi's."
  • 89.02.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / 22nd Annual Tom Kinser Memorial Jazz Festival,
    8:00pm, Natrona County High School John F. Welsh Auditorium, Casper, WY [The Billings Gazette Feb 3 p.35]
  • 89.02.11 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 7:30pm, Coffee County Arts Alliance, Enterprise High Schhol Auditorium, Enterprise, AL
    [Montgomery Advertiser Feb 5 p.F3]
  • 89.02.14 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 7:00pm, Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX
    [Michael Point review Austin American-Statesman Feb 16 p.D5]
    —'Round Midnight, A Night In Tunisia, others... /
  • 89.02.16 and 89.02.17 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Carver Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX
    [The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise Feb 16 p.8]
  • 89.02.18 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Fraga's Nightclub, El Paso, TX
    [El Paso Times Feb 19 p.2B]
  • 89.02.25 - Dizzy Gillespie: personnel unknown / 8:00pm, Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
    [Herald and Review Feb 23 p.21]


    • 89.03.01 DG at Roy Eldridge Memorial, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, NYC Daily News Mar 2 p.21


  • 89.03.02 through 89.03.04 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Arturo Sandoval (tp), Ed Cherry (g),
    John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) / Bird of Paradise, Ann Arbor, MI [Detroit Free Press Mar 1 p.26]
  • 89.03.06 and 89.03.07 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above? / Berlin Night Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    [Toronto Star Mar 8 p.C8]


    • 89.03.08 DG Quartet w/ Arturo Sandoval (tp), probably John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr), unknown other, probably Cherry (g) /
      8:00pm Union Ballroom, McGill University, Montreal The Gazette Mar 4 p.6
      —"With him were four musicians" [The Gazette Mar 9 p.59]
      89.03.11 DG 8:00pm, Folly Theatre, Kansas City, MO The Manhattan Mercury Mar 5 p.25
      89.03.11-12 DG in Kansas City to announce Int'l Jazz Hall of Fame Dayton Daily Mar 14 p.2
      89.03.18 (1) DG w/ Nat Pierce and Frankie Capp's Juggernaut Band, 12:00pm Village Park La Quinta, La Quinta, CA
      Los Angeles Times Jan 28 Desert Life p.1
      89.03.18 (2) DG 8:00pm, Wadsworth Theater, Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA The Los Angeles Times Mar 5 p.62
      89.03.23 DG records Max + Dizzy Paris 1989 (A&M) with Max Roach at Banlieues Bleues Festival,


  • 89.03.31 - Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb 2 p.18 + Mar 31 Weekend p.12]
    Pittsburgh Press Feb 19 p.H1 has this incorrectly dated as 89.05.11.

89.04.01 • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet [BR—46:08]

April 1, 1989 / Tokyo, Japan

 Radio announcement [1:15]
 announcement DG
1. Tanga (Gillespie) [12:55]
2. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Don Redman) [9:08]
 announcement [1:07]
3. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [14:52]
4. Oop-Bop-She-Bam (or) One More Blues [6:49]
Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)

{CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


      89.04.03 - DG at James Moody wedding, Faith Chapel, Spring Valley, CA [The Los Angeles Times Jul 20 p.121]


  • 89.04.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Lower Cape May Regional High School, Cape May, NJ [Courier-Post Apr 9 p.F4]
  • 89.04.11 through 89.04.15 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: as above / Kimball's East, San Francisco, CA
    [Jesse Hamlin review San Francisco Chronicle Apr 13, 1989 p.E3; Down Beat Apr '89, p.12]
    —A Night In Tunisia, Birk's Works, Manteca, 'Round Midnight, Brother K, others...
  • 89.04.00 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Raise the Roof Musicfest (04.15-16), San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
    [Santa Cruz Sentinel Apr 14 Spotlight p.9]


    • 89.04.14 - DG w/ JC Heard Orchestra, Montreux Detroit Jazz Fstival [The Billings Gazette Apr 7 p.11D]


  • 89.04.22 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 8:00pm, Tucker Theater, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building,
    Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN [The Daily News-Journal Apr 13 p.9]


    • 89.04.23 - DG w/ Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, Slide Hampton, others, Hosts Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan,
      Benefit for Thelonious Monk Jazz Instutute, Durham, NC Statesman Journal Apr 25 p.12


  • 89.04.27 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Jazz Aktuell Unna '89, 20:00hr, Stadthalle, Unna, Germany
    [Concert poster, 23.25x33in., www.rhourtney-collector.com/Jazzposters6.html]
  • 89.05.06 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / 19:30 & 23:00hr, Dos Díos con la World Music, Club de Musica y Jazz, San Juan Evangelista, Madrid, Spain
    [www.sanjuanevangelista.org]



  • 89.05.10 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    8:00pm, Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
    [St. Cloud Times Apr 23 p.21]


    • 89.05.13 - DG receiving honorary doctor of music degree, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA The Press-Tribune Apr 21 p.15


    May 24, 1989... "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]



  • 89.05.19 through 89.05.21 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (el-b), Ignacio Berroa (dr) /
    Blue Note, NYC [Daily News May 19 p.MJ9]


    • 89.06.02 - DG United Nation Big Band, Rivers not on this tour, 8:00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
      [WIRE #64 June 1989 p.6; The Observer May 28 p.81, Jun 4 p.73]
      89.06.03 - DG United Nation Big Band, Bath International Jazz Festival, Bath, UK [WIRE #62 April 1989 p.5]
      89.06.10 - DG United Nation Big Band, Rivers not present / 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK [WIRE #64 June 1989 p.6]
      —"Two-thirds through a punishing three-week European schedule—a city a night." [The Guardian Jun 9 p.33]
      89.06.13 - DG Commander of Arts and Letters Award, Culture Ministry, Paris, France [multiple references]
      89.06.00 - DG at The Villette, Paris, France, 14th or 15th
      89.06.16 - "The Legendary" DG, plus Special Guest 8:00pm, The Brook Theater, Bound Brook, NJ
      [The Central Jersey Home News Apr 30 p.59] 89.06.17 - DG + Lionel Hampton, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Saturday Summer Pops Series 8:30pm Chastain Park Amphitheater
      [The Atlanta Constitution May 7 Weekend p.N5]
      89.06.20 through 89.06.25 - DG no ensemble mentioned, Blues Alley, Washington, DC [The Baltimore Sun Jun 16 p.95]
      89.06.27 - Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Bebop Jam, Rivers not present, JVC Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Avery Fisher Hall, NYC
      [Daily News Jun 25 City Lights p.20]
      89.07.02 - DG and his All-Star Band: unknown personnel, "Open-air Festival," Wiltz, Luxembourg [The Times Leader Jun 11 p.G12]
      89.07.00 - DG Umbria Jazz Festival (07.07-07.16) Star Tribune Jun 30 p.39
      89.07.00 - DG "Super Band", JVC North Sea Jazz Festival (89.07.14-16), Congresgebouw, Den Haag, Netherlands
      [WIRE #65 July 1989 p.67]
      89.07.00 - DG at Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland [Sydney Morning Herald Aug 11 p.59]


  • 89.07.15 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Carman Moore (Comp, Cond), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Leroy Jenkins (vn),
    Naomi Itami (voc), Ruby Shang (Chor), Gilbert Tsai (performance director), John Toth (dancer-manipulated fabric sculptures), others... /
    Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, "A stage next to the fountain", Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC
    "Tales of Exile" Adapted from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
    "Lincoln Center's salute to the bicentennial of the French Revolution ended a day late when rain forced the postponement to Saturday afternoon."
    [The New York Times Jul 18, 1989; www.johntoth.net/performance/performance.htm]

    "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.
    Tales of Exile will be performed again on August 5 at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors festival."



    • 89.07.21 DG Quintet Rivers not present Liederhalle, Stuttgart
      89.07.29 through 89.08.04 DG on Royal Viking Star New York-Bermuda Cruise


  • 89.08.05 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Carman Moore (Comp, Cond), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Leroy Jenkins (vn),
    Naomi Itami (voc), Ruby Shang (Chor), Gilbert Tsai (performance director), John Toth (dancer-manipulated fabric sculptures), others... /
    Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, NYC
    [Andrew L. Yarrow "The City Sings, Dances and Acts Up In Alfresco Mode" The New York Times Jun 23, 1989;
    www.johntoth.net/performance/performance.htm]


    • 89.08.04 DG NJ State Fair, 8:00pm, Bud Fun Tent, Garden State Park Racetrack, Cherry Hill, NJ Philadelphia Daily News Aug 4 p.40
      89.08.05 DG "Cabaret Concert", 8:00pm, Terrace Room, Symphony Hall, Newark, NJ The Journal News Aug 3 p.66
      89.08.06 DG Quintet, Syracuse Jazzfest '89, 3:00pm, Longbranch Park, Liverpool, NY The Ithaca Journal Aug 3 p.33;
      + Syracuse Herald-Journal Aug 3 p.D1 seems to indicate Rivers, Cherry, Lee, and Berroa
      89.08.07 DG at Alice Tully Hall w/ others, Rivers not present
      89.08.09 DG at Hilton Inn w/ unknown band, Troy, MI Detroit Free Press May 17 p.20
      89.08.13 DG Giants of Jazz II, 7:00pm, Westbury Music Fair, Long Island Daily News Aug 11 p.51
      + same evening Musicruise on Hudson
      89.08.18 DG Musicruise on the Hudson, 8:00pm, Pier 81 / Daily News Jun 4 p. City Lights p.22
      89.08.21 DG Latin Jazz Concert, Central Park, NYC / Daily News Jul 11 p.34
      89.08.26 DG and Conductor John Dankworth + Rochester Philharmonic, SummerMusic '89, 8:00pm,
      Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY
      Democrat and Chronicle Apr 7 p.C1+C14
      89.08.31 - DG and Lionel Hampton Big Band, Valley Forge Music Fair, Valley Forge, PA
      [The Philadelphia Inquirer Jun 15 The Summer Guide p.18]
      89.09.01 - DG Quintet, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA [The Ithaca Journal Jun 1 p.26]


    Chicago Jazz Festival, August 31 through September 3, 1989
    "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) / New Apartment Lounge, Chicago, IL [Down Beat Dec 1989, p.58]

89.09.02 (1) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—73:14]

September 2, 1989, 3:10pm / Chicago Jazz Festival, Jazz on Jackson Stage, Chicago, IL

1. improvisation [30:35]
 (ss section—ts section—p section—fl section)
2. improvisation [16:05]
 (b solo—dr solo—ss section, incomplete, cuts out at end)
3. improvisation [11:55]
4. improvisation [12:45]
Sam Rivers (ts-1, ss-1,2, fl-1,4, p-1,3), Malachi Favors (b), Hamid Drake (dr)

{CD-R; Chicago Tribune Aug 27, 1989 Sec.13p.5; Chicago Sun-Times Sep 1, 1989}


89.09.02 (2) • Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Super Band & Quintet [BR—10:18]

September 2, 1989, 9:00pm / Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL

1. Birk's Works (Gillespie) [10:18]
—Rivers was guest soloist on "Birk's Works" only.
—Audience Recording of the complete concert is also in circulation.

Set began with a Broadcast announcement; Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo) [13:58]; Kush [15:42]; The Latin-American Suite (Seresta, Samba for Carmen)
[12:03]; And Then She Stopped [8:58]; Moody's Mood for Love [4:34]; Tanga (Gillespie) [18:56]; Turre solo on conch shells [8:34], all interspersed
w/ Gillespie announcements, and followed by A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) [18:11] and a Broadcast announcement.

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc), Sam Rivers (ts), Ed Cherry (el-g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (dr)
—Other tracks had Mario Rivera (ts, ss), James Moody (ts, as, fl, voc), Paquito D'Rivera (as, cl), Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (tp),
 Slide Hampton (tb), Steve Turre (tb, conch shell-7), Danilo Perez (p), and Giovanni Hidalgo and Airto Moreira (perc).

{2CD-R Broadcast at 112:26; 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) - "Sam Rivers and Hank Crawford jammed at one of the traditional after-hours meetings at The Jazz Showcase." /
    Chicago Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL
    [Down Beat Dec, 1989 p.58; jazzinchicago.org/files/chicagojazzfestival1979-2008.pdf]

  • Summer, 1989 : : :
    "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 Sep 28, 1989]

    89.09.26 through 89.10.01 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: notes Sam Rivers for these dates at Jazz Showcase, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL,
    but last date I have is for Rivers appearing during a single tune on 89.09.02 (2). [Chicago Tribune Sep 24, 1989 Sec.13p.35]

89.10.07 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AVR—28:17]

October 7, 1989 / Jazztage 1989, The Forum, Leverkusen, Germany

1. Sprung [6:03]
2. Beatrice [8:36]
3. Streams [13:38]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Darryl Thompson (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (el-b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{Video; Down Beat Sep 1989 p.45}


89.10.09 and 89.10.10 • Sam Rivers Quartet: Lazuli

1990: Timeless Records CD SJP 291 (CD) Neth

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 (ts-7 thru 12, ss-2,4,6, fl-1,3,5, Comp), Daryll Thompson (g),
Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{CD SJP 291}


  • 89.10.11 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Daryll Thompson (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    Paris, France [Michael McLaughlin 04.01.05]
  • 89.10.21 through 89.10.27 - Sam Rivers, many others... / Norway Jazz Cruise, Miami, FL
    [Chicago Tribune Sep 24, 1989 Sec.12p.4]

89.11.27 • Sam Rivers Quartet [RivBea Archival Soundboard & Audience Recordings—92:46]

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)
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 (ts-2,3,5,6, ss-1,8, fl-4,9), Daryll Thompson (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (b, voc-7), Steve McCraven (dr)

{RivBea 2CD-R, Tape 67/68}


  • 89.12.28 through 89.12.30 - Carman Moore's Skymusic Ensemble: Carman Moore (Cond, Comp), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl),
    Charles Burnham (vn), Marianna Rosett (p), Ken Bichel and Eric Johnson ("synthesists"), Gordon Gottlieb (perc),
    Angela Verdurmen (Chor, dance), Hugh Murphy and Maria Rubinate (dance), Caterina Bertolotto (slide projections) /
    South Street Theater, NYC [James A. Oestreich, "Sound, Dance, and Art Mix To Create 'Magical Circles'" The New York Times 89.12.30]
    —1. Magical Circles (three movements: Autumn, Winter, Early Spring); 2. Righteous Heroes (1987)


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  • 90.02.09 - Carman Moore and the Skymusic Ensemble: Moore (Cond, Comp), Sam Rivers (ss, fl), Dale Kleps (fl, bcl),
    Kenneth Bichel and Eric Johnson (synth), Warren Smith (perc) / Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    [Syracuse Post-Standard Feb 10 p.B1]
    —1. Variations on a West African Lament; 2. Blue Cubes; 3. Rain Dance; 4. Righteous Heroes"

  • 90.03.01-11 - CANCELLED - Hilton Ruiz featuring Sam Rivers / Half-page ad for a CMN tour (March 1st through 11th) by Hilton Ruiz
    featuring Sam Rivers. [WIRE #72 p.23, #73 p.4, and #76 p.4]
    "In the very next issue, however, ...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—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"), and Hamiet Bluiett (reeds) / Reed College Commons, Portland, OR
    [Marty Hughley review The Oregonian May 1, 1990 p.D5]
    —For The Love Of Money, Love Like Sister's, I Heard That, Sophisticated Lady, others... /

90.07.12 • Sam Rivers Quartet [AR—42:00 & BR—21:17]

July 12, 1990 / North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands
Radio Broadcast NL 4

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 (ts, fl), Paul Shigihara (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr)
—Recordings are circulating with the drummer incorrectly identified as "Gene Jackson".

{Broadcast & Audience CD-Rs; WIRE #76 p.19}


  • 90.07.24 through 90.07.28 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Paul Shigihara (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    10:00pm & 12:00am, + 2:00am 23rd and 24th, Condon's, NYC [Daily News Jul 22 City Lights p.18]
  • 90.08.26 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Ricky Ford (reeds-1st set only), Rael-Wesley Grant and Ron McWhorter (b),
    Steve McCraven (dr) / 7:45 and 10:45pm, Middle East Restaurant, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
    [Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe Aug 24]
  • 90.11.16 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Rael-Wesley Grant (6-string bass), Steve McCraven (dr) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    [Sander Piek 07.07.30; www.bimhuis.nl; Ron Atkins review The Guardian Dec 17 p.27]

90.11.19 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—119:00]

November 19, 1990 / Berlin, Germany

1. improvisation [119:00]
Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Rael-Wesley Grant (6-string bass), Steve McCraven (dr)

{Ed Hazell 15.03.18}


  • 90.11.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Rael-Wesley Grant (6-string bass), Steve McCraven (dr) / Der Verein, Dortmund, Germany
    [www.domicil-dortmund.de/index.php]
  • 90.12.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Jazz Club Franco Borrini, Aversa, Italy
    [www.assmav.com/jazzclub/incontri.htm; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23]
  • 90.12.14 and 90.12.15 - Sam Rivers Trio / Jazz Café, London, England
    [Wire #81 Nov 1990 p.4; #82/3 New Year 1991 p.2]
    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

1991 : : :


91.00.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—18:48]

unknown date, 1991 / Lokeren, Belgium
1. unknown title [9:08]
2. Willows [9:40]
Sam Rivers (fl, p), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 91.03.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr) / JazzClub Luxembourg, Luxembourg, France
    [www.jazzclub.lu/historique_concerts90-91_FR.htm]
  • 91.03.11 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details, probably the Trio as above / Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, Netherlands
    [on-line resource, Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.23—Concert schedule, no details]

91.04.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—78:00]

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]  (dr 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]
"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 (ts, ss, fl), Rael-Wesley Grant (six string el-b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 91.04.03 through 91.04.05 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Rael-Wesley Grant (six string el-b), Steve McCraven (dr) /
    Sunset Jazz Club, Paris, France [JAZZMAGAZINE (France) No.403, Apr 91, Concert schedule S.8]
  • 91.04.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Club Marie-Guedon, Paris, France [ibid]
  • 91.04.10 - Sam Rivers Trio / Jazzhaus, Freiburg, Germany [Jazzpodium Apr 91, Concert schedule S.52]

91.04.12
91.04.13 • Sam Rivers Quartet [BR—45:16]

April 12 & 13, 1991, 8:30pm / "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]
"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. 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

Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,3, fl, p-4,5, Comp), Darryl Thompson (g), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{CD-R; Peter Hulsen 02.06.00; session dates from WIRE #86 Apr 91 p.8; The Guardian Apr 11 p.28}


  • 91.04.19 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, fl, p), Rael-Wesley Grant (b), Steve McCraven (dr) / 5th International Jazz Festival (91.04.19-20),
    Stadthalle, St. Ingbert, Germany [Jazzpodium Apr 91 Festival schedule S.43]

    Spring, 1991...

    "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]
    ———


  • 91.06.08 - Nathen Page Quartet with Sam Rivers: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Page (g), John Rangel (p),
    probably Mike Bochichio (b), possibly Tracy Alexander (dr, though he does not recall) / 9:30pm, Beacham's Blue Note, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Jun 7 p.93; John Rangel and Tracy Alexander 18.05.02]
    —"Those were the main guys I played with for straight-ahead gigs. You might wanna check with Tracy Alexander because we started
     playing with Sam for about a year off and on until I left Orlando in the spring of 93. We had a regular Jazz trio in Cocoa Beach
     and got Sam to play with us A few times. It was a long time ago." —John Rangel

91.07.26 • Sam Rivers & Michael Leasure Duo [RivBea Archival Recording—54:37]

July 26, 1991 / Michael Leasure's Studio, Winter Springs, FL

RivBea Archive / Cassette 92
1. 2nd View of an Ocean [54:37]  (split track 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..."
 —Michael Leasure 08.10.27

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Michael Leasure (guitar-synth)

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 92; www.michaelleasure.com; Michael Leasure 08.10.27}


  • 91.08.17 - Sam Rivers: (unknown personnel) / 9:30pm, Dino's, Cocoa Beach, FL [Florida Today Aug 16 p.75]
  • 91.09.01 - Tribute to Jack Simpson: Sam Rivers (ts), Longineu Parsons (tp), Scott Whitfield (tb), Ira Sullivan, Jacqueline Jones,
    Terry Goss, Per Danielson, many others... / "Informal Jam Session," 6:00pm, Dino's, Cocoa Beach, FL [Florida Today Aug 30 p.55]
  • 91.09.21 - Evelyn McGee Stone (voc) and Jesse Stone (p) with Sam Rivers (reeds): others? / 8:00pm, Bailey's, Winter Park, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Sep 20 p.84]
    —Jesse Stone penned such classics as "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" —Los Angeles Times Apr 3 1999 Obit.
  • 91.10.15 - Rick Drexler Quartet: Drexler (p), Sam Rivers (reeds), Eric Hochberg (b), Paul Wertico (dr) / "A Tribute to Miles Davis,"
    8:00pm, Westbrook Auditorium, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL [Bloomington Pantagraph Oct 12 p.B6]

  • "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." (See 91.10.19)
    [CODA #244 Jul '92 p.13]

91.10.18 • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone

1992: IN+OUT Records IOR 7016-2 (CD) Ger
    —1st Session [See also 91.10.19]
  • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 1
    1992: IOR 7016-1 (LP) Ger
        —1st Session [See also 91.10.19]

October 18, 1991 / Dierks Studio, Pulheim, Germany

1. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) [8:44]
Sam Rivers (ts), Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as),
Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{IOR 7016-2; IOR 7016-1}


91.10.19 (1) • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone

1992: IN+OUT Records IOR 7016-2 (CD) Ger
    —2nd Session [See also 91.10.18]
  • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 1
    1992: IOR 7016-1 (LP) Ger
        —2nd Session [See also 91.10.18]
  • Roots: Salutes the Saxophone, Volume 2
    1992: IOR 7016-3 (LP) Ger
  • Roots [SBR—71:19]

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 (Johnny Green) [5:38]
7. St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins) [10:23]
8. Red Top (Ben Kynard) [8:31]
9. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [5:13]
Soundboard Recording is complete.
Salutes the Saxophone CD release IOR 7016-2 omits track 5.
Volume 1 has tracks 1, 3, 7, and 9.
Volume 2 has tracks 2, 4, 6, and 8.




Sam Rivers (ts), Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{IOR 7016-1; IOR 7016-2; IOR 7016-3; CD-R}


91.10.19 (2) • Roots [BR—87:22]

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 (Ben Kynard) [9:45]
6. Impressions (John Coltrane) [11:09]
7. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [8:35]
8. Parker's Mood (Charie Parker) [10:18]  (incomplete)
—Also circulating 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 02.07.14

Arthur Blythe (as), Chico Freeman (ts), Sam Rivers (ts), Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{Dietrich Heinz Kraner; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


  • 91.11.24 - Sam Rivers and Jazz Now!: unknown personnel, "four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes, guitar,
    vibraphone, drums, bass, and percussion." / 8:30pm, Beacham's Jazz & Blues Club, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Nov 1 p.112]
  • —This was the debut performance of Sam Rivers' Orlando big band.


1992 : : :


92.01.12
92.01.13 • Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra with Julius Hemphill and Sam Rivers: Flux

1992: Northeastern Records/Popular Arts NR 5010-CD (CD)

January 12 & 13, 1992 / Newbury Sound, Boston, MA

1. Flux (Rivers) [8:22]
2. Out Looking for Onions, Potatoes and Bread (Johnson) [11:24]
Sam Rivers (ss-1, ts-1,2, fl-1), Julius Hemphill (as-1)
The JCA Orchestra:
Rob Scheps (ts, ss), Jay Branford, Douglas Yates (as, cl),
Kathy Halvorson (bar, ob), Susan Calkins (fl),
John Carlson, Mike Peipman, and Walter Platt (tp),
David Harris, Bob Pilkington (tb), Jim O'Dell (tu),
Marshall Sealy (frh), John Medeski (p, synth), John Dirac (g),
Howard Britz (b), Diana Herold (vb),
Jerry Leake (perc), Grisha Alexiev (dr)
Additional Musicians:
Joel Springer (ts-1), Bob Levy (tp-1),
Russell Jewell (tb-1), Duane Johnson (synth-2)

{NR 5010-CD}


  • 92.01.31 and 92.02.01 - Nat Adderley (tp), with guests Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Nathen Page (g), and "younger Central Florida musicians" /
    9:30pm, Beacheam's Jazz and Blues Club (aka "The Blue Note Restaurant"), Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Jan 31 p.80 and Feb 1 p.8]

92.03.24 • Roots: Salute to the Saxophone

1992: VideoArts VAJ ROO-020LD (LsrDisk, NTSC);
    VALJ-3326 (LsrDisk, w/ Obi) Jpn; VAVJ-326 (VID) Jpn;
1993: Home Vision Laserdiscs (LsrDisc);
1999: Image Entertainment ID5730ERDVD (DVD, snapcase);
2008: VA/Warner Bros. 2564614642 (DVD, Rgn4) Austrl
  • (V/A) Roots: Salute to the Saxophone—The Gadd Gang: Digital Live
    2004: Eagle Rock Entertainment (DVD)
        —Double Time Jazz Collection Volume 5

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 (Johnny 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]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,3,6), Chico Freeman (ts-1,4,6),
Arthur Blythe (as-1,2,6), Nathan Davis (as-1,6, ss-5),
Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{VAJ ROO-020LD; AJ Rogers; Billboard May 8 93 p.59;
Session date + Japanese issue #s, Tosiyuki Nomoto, from Swing Journal Sep 92}


  • 92.03.25 - Roots: Sam Rivers and Chico Freeman (ts), Arthur Blythe (as), Nathan Davis (as,ss), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr) / 21:30hr, New Morning, Paris [Jazzpodium 3/92, Concert schedule S.68]

92.03.26 • Roots [BVR—40:45]

March 26, 1992 / Burghausen, Germany
—Bayerischer Rundfunk/Fernsehen, Bavarian Radio & Television

1. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [18:05]
2. Misty (Garner) [5:35]
3. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul) [4:15]
4. My One and Only Love (Mellin/Wood) [4:05]
5. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [4:25]
6. Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) [4:20]
Sam Rivers and Chico Freeman (ts), Arthur Blythe (as), Nathan Davis (as,ss), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Video; venue Dietrich Heinz Kraner}


  • 92.03.29 - Roots: Sam Rivers and Chico Freeman (ts), Arthur Blythe (as), Nathan Davis (as,ss), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr) / Vienna, Austria [Jazzpodium 3/92, Concert schedule S.68]

92.04.01 • Roots [BR—134:11]

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 (Duke Ellington) [17:45]
5. Lester Leaps In (Lester 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]
—Also circulating in a shorter version at 69:15 with tracks 3, 1, 8, and 2 in that order.

Sam Rivers (ts), Chico Freeman, Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammed (dr)

{CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


  • 92.04.02 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (as), Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr) / Gütersloh, Germany [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03]
  • 92.04.03 - Roots: as above / 6th Jazz Festival, St. Ingbert, Germany [Jazzpodium 4/92, Concert schedule S.67]

92.04.04 (1) • Dave Holland Trio + Sam Rivers [BR—37:08]

April 4, 1992 / SJU Jazz Festival, Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands

 Broadcast announcement [1:07]
1. The Winding Way [23:15]
2. Dream of the Elders [12:20]
 Broadcast announcement [0:25]
Sam Rivers (ts, fl, p), Kevin Eubanks (g), Dave Holland (b), Marvin Smith (dr, perc)

{CD-R}


92.04.04 (2) • Roots [BR—41:03]

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 (Johnny Green) [7:55]
6. Mr. P.C. (Coltrane) [5:30]  (incomplete, fade-out)
 announcement [0:27]
Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, and Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


92.04.05 • Roots [AR—87:26]

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 (Charie Parker) [12:58]
6. Impressions [20:05]
7. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) [8:30]
Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, and Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31; Jazzpodium 4/92, Concert schedule S.63}


  • 92.06.20 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b),
    Idris Muhammad or Tommy Campbell (dr) / Mellon Jazz Festival, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA
    [CODA #244 July 1992 p.13; WIRE #100 June 1992 p.4]
    "Made its US debut June 20th at Philadelphia's Mellon Festival..."

92.06.25 • Roots [AR—66:55]

June 25, 1992 / New York JVC Festival, Town Hall, 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 (Raye/DePaul) [7:11]
5. Misty [6:00]  (split track at 3:45)
6. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [5:28]
 announcement [0:22]
7. Cottontail (Duke Ellington) [6:45]
 announcement [0:40]
8. out music [2:25]
"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

Chico Freeman and Sam Rivers (ts), Nathan Davis (ts, as, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{CD-R; track detailing Bill Hery 07.06.03; CODA #244 July 1992 p.13; Jazz Magazine No.416 6/1992, Festival schedule pp.41-42;
WIRE #100 June 1992 p.4; John Pareles "A Revolutionary Medley, From Marches to Chorales," The New York Times Jun 29 '92}


92.07.01 • Roots [AR—79:57 & BVR]

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]
Chico Freeman and Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Nathan Davis (ts, as, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{Video; CD-R; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


  • 92.07.02 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (as), Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr) / Innsbruck, Austria [Jazzpodium 7-8/1992, Concert schedule S.78]
  • 92.07.03 - Roots: as above / Neuwied, Germany [ibid]
  • 92.07.04 - Roots: as above / 16th Leipziger Jazztage Oper, Leipzig, Germany
    [Jazzpodium 6/1992, Festival schedule S.33]

92.07.08 • Roots [BR—124:06]

July 8, 1992 / Jazzhaus, Freiburg, Germany

1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [25:17]
2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [19:19]
3. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) [10:38]
4. Bessie's Blues (John 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 (Lester Young) [13:40]
8. The Way You Look Tonight (Fields/Kern) [14:01]
Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


92.07.10 • Roots [BR—50:00]

July 10, 1992 / Northsea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands

unknown titles [50:00]
Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{Jazzpodium 7-8/1992, Festival schedule S.73}


  • 92.07.11 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr) / Jazz Festival Festungsruine Hohentwiel, Singen, Germany
    [Jazzpodium 7-8/1992, Festival schedule S.64]
  • 92.07.13 (1) - Roots: as above / Katharinenruine, Nürnberg, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, Concert schedule S.72]
  • 92.07.13 (2) - Roots / Jazz Studio, Nürnberg, Germany [ibid]
    "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
  • 92.07.00 - Roots: Nathan Davis (ts), Sam Rivers and Chico Freeman (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b) Tommy Campbell (dr) / Jazz Festival Molde, Idrettens Hus, Molde, Norway [www.moldejazz.no/hoved/historie/list_musikere.php3]
    —Festival duration 92.07.13-18), so 14th or 15th.
  • 92.07.16 - Roots: as above / Festival Kulturarena Jena, Jena, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, Festival schedule S.65]

92.07.17 • Roots [BR—128:35]

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 (Ramirez/Davis/Sherman) [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)
Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{2CD-R}


  • 92.07.18 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr) / Festival Münchner Klaviersommer, Bayrischer Hof, München
    [Jazzpodium 7/8 1992, Concert schedule S.49]

92.07.24 • Roots [AR—101:32]

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]
"...the last night of a very long cencert tour, lasting about a month..." —Chico Freeman

Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Tommy Campbell (dr)

{CD-R}


92.09.10 • Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Broadcast Recording—17:21]

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." —Jason Hook

Sam Rivers (speaking)

{Jason Hook, Cassette 223}


  • 92.09.13 - Vicci Rock Benefit Concert: Sam Rivers (ts), Ira Sullivan (reeds, brass), Nathen Page (g), Jacqueline Jones (voc), others... /
    2:00pm, Chris' House of Beef, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 21 p.78]
  • 92.09.18 - Noble "Thin Man" Watts (ts), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Nat Adderley (tp), Nathen Page (g), Panama Francis (dr) /
    8:00pm, Fine Arts Building, Seminole County Community College, Sanford, FL
    [Billboard Mar 6, 1993 p.55; The Orlando Sentinel Sep 18 p.83]
    "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."
  • 92.09.20 - "Rich Vellon Group" and Sam Rivers: Rivers (reeds), unknown others... / 2:00pm, Chris' House of Beef, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 30 p.107]

92.11.00 • Longineu Parsons: Work Song

1993: Longineu Music LPCD-93 (CD);
1994: TCB Records TCB 94302 (CD) Swz
  • Longineu Parsons: Spaced—Collected Works 1980-1999
    1999: Ubiquity Records/Luv N' Haight LHLP032 (2-LP); LHCD032 (CD)

November, 1992 / Mangum Alford Studio, Jacksonville, FL

1. Work Song (Nat Adderley) [4:13]
2. Party in Morocco (Parsons) [5:25]
3. Soyuz Dance (Jack Gregg) [5:30]
Spaced—Collected Works 1980-1999 has tracks 2 and 3.

Longineu Parsons (tp, rec), Sam Rivers (ts), Kevin Bales (p), Lawrence Buckner (b), Adewole O'Kulu Mele (perc), Von Barlow (dr)

{LPCD-93; TCB 94302; LHLP032; LHCD032; session date via L. Parsons; R.L. Rardin; Cadence magazine}




92.12.14
92.12.15 • Roots: Stablemates

1993: IN+OUT Records IOR 7021-1 (2-LP) Ger;
    IOR 7021-2 (CD) Ger [+ re-release, year unknown];
1995: IOR CD 7021-2 (CD)
  • (V/A) Jazz on CD No.7—In+Out
    1994: Jazz on CD JAZ/7CD (CD+ Jazz on CD magazine) UK
  • (V/A) In+Out Story
    2006: Musica Jazz MJCD 1180 (CD+ Musica Jazz magazine n.6/2006) It

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 (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]
Jazz on CD No.7 has track 1.
IN+OUT Story has track 8.

Nathan Davis and Chico Freeman (ts, as, ss), Sam Rivers (ts, ss),
Arthur Blythe (as, ss), Don Pullen (p, org), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)
+ Guests: Helmut Nieberle (g-4), Helmut Kagerer (g-9)

{IOR 7021-2; IOR 7021-1}


1993 : : :


  • 93.01.21 - Sam Rivers Quartet: no personnel details / 21:00, New Morning, Paris
    [Jazz Magazine No.422 1/1993 Concert schedule S.51]
  • 93.02.07 - Brevard Community Food Bank Jazz Benefit Show: Ira Sullivan (reeds, Brass), Sam Rivers, Rick Fay, and Lenny Hambro (reeds),
    Scott Whitfield (tb), Bubba Kolb (tb, p), Jane Jarvis, Mark McKee, and Don Scatella (p), Nathen Page and Joe Perkins (g), Jacqueline Jones (voc),
    Randy Jennings, Dave Spring, and Chuck Lawson (b), Panama Francis (dr), and Rich Walker's Blues Band /
    7:00pm, Holiday Inn, Cocoa Beach, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Feb 4 Calendar p.B1]
    —As an avid baseball fan, I must point out that Jane Jarvis was the New York Mets' Shea Stadium organist from 1964 through '79,
    and the Milwaukee Barves' County Stadium organist from 1984 through '92. —RL
  • 93.02.14 - Jazz Club of Sarasota "Members' Concert": Sam Rivers (reeds), Nathen Page (g), William Evans (p), Barry Smith (b) /
    8:00pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL [The Tampa Tribune Feb 14 Tamiami p.2]
  • 93.03.16 - Sam Rivers: unknown personnel / Downtown Jazz & Blues Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Mar 12 Calendar p.20]

  • 1993:

    Barry Altschul: Then I formed a band and went out on the road with Uri Caine, Sam Rivers, and Santi Debriano. That was in the 90s. I have videotapes of that, all kinds of stuff.
    Harris Eisanstadt: And that band with Sam, Santi, and Uri was?
    BA: 1995. [sic]
    HE: That band toured Europe?
    BA: Europe and America. That's a band that the Village Vanguard... Lorraine (Gordon)... I gave her a tape of the band, that was during the time of the young lions... she said "I love the music but I'm not giving you a gig." "Why," I said. "Too old," she said.
    [Destination Out Guest Post: Barry Altschul interviewed by Harris Eisanstadt, January 2013]
    ———


93.04.09 • Barry Altschul Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording—91:06]

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 (ts-1,2,4,6, ss-2,3, fl-1,2,5), Uri Caine (p), Santi Debriano (b), Barry Altschul (perc)

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 226; Jazz Hot No.502 7-8/1993 S.23}


  • 93.04.10 - Barry Altschul Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss fl), Uri Caine (p), Santi Debriano (b), Altschul (dr) / Passage du Nord-Ouest, Paris, France
    [Jazz Magazine No.425 4/1993 S.62]

93.00.00 • Barry Altschul Trio + Sam Rivers [BR—27:29]

"Spring," 1993 / Camel Jazz Alive Summit, Sala Palatului, Bucharest, Romania
—"Jazz Alive in Concert" TVR2
1. unknown title [13:04]
2. Beatrice [8:22]
3. unknown title [6:02]  (incomplete, fades out under program credits)
Sam Rivers (ts-1,2, fl-3), Uri Caine (p), Santi Debriano (b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{vimeo.com/35926391; WIRE #117 November 1993 p.7}


93.04.14 • Scott Whitfield: To Be There

1997: Amosaya Music AM-2533-CD (CD)

April 14, 1993 / Lone Pine Recording Studios, Orlando, FL

1. Twinkletoes [6:29]
Scott Whitfield (tb, Comp), Sam Rivers (ss),
Mark McKee (p), Dave Spring (b), Randy Jennings (dr)

{AM-2533-CD}


  • 93.04.30 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr) / 8:00pm, Union Chapel, London, UK [The Guardian Apr 30 p.32]

93.05.01 • Roots [AR—76:01]

May 1, 1993 / Jazz Festival '93, Cardiff, UK

1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [20:09]
2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [18:26]
3. Indio Gitano (Pullen) [10:23]
4. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [18:23]
5. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) [8:36]  (incomplete, fades out)
Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31; www.donpullen.de/live.htm}


93.05.07 • Roots [BR—34:22]

May 7, 1993 / 18th Jazzfestival 1993, Kursaal, Bern, Switzerland

 announcement SR [1:14]
1. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [5:48]
2. Rhythm-a-ning (Monk) [15:06]
3. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [11:36]
 radio announcement [0:36]
Chico Freeman (ts), Sam Rivers and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


93.05.07 • Roots [BR & BVR—59:38]

May 7, 1993, very early morning / 18th Jazzfestival Bern, Kursaal, Bern, Switzerland
—DRS/SRG Video Broadcast

1. Requiem for a Rabbit (Freeman) [9:43]
2. Ah, George, We Hardly Knew Ya (Pullen) [18:01]
3. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [5:55]
4. Rhythm-A-Ning (Monk) [13:36]
5. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [11:50]
"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

Chico Freeman and Nathan Davis (ts and ss-1,4,5), Sam Rivers (ts and ss-1,3,4,5), Arthur Blythe (as and ss-1,2,4,5),
Don Pullen (p-2,3,4,5), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Dietrich Heinz Kraner 02.07.14}


93.05.08 • Roots [BR—42:34]

May 8, 1993 / Bonn, Germany

1. unknown title [16:39]
 announcement [1:53]
2. Body and Soul (Johnny 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)
Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 93.05.10 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr) / The Animal House, Donaueschingen, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, Concert schedule S.60]

93.05.00 (1) • Roots [AR—150:37]

May, 1993 / Grillo Theater, Essen, Germany

  radio announcement [0:57]
 1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [17:10]
 2. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [13:33]
  announcement [1:20]
 3. Lover Man (Ramirez/Davis/Sherman) [12:08]
 4. The Way You Look Tonight (Fields/Kern) [12:23]
  applause [1:19]
 5. Linden Boulevard (Debriano) [14:35]
  announcement [0:34]
 6. Stablemates (Benny Golson) [8:16]
 7. I Remember Eric (N. 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 (Lester Young) [20:38]
11. Straight No Chaser (Monk) [8:44]
Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.31}


93.05.00 (2) • Roots [BVR—58:30]

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]
—A shorter broadcast is circulating at 41:00, with track 3 omitted.

Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as, ss), Don Pullen (p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr)

{Video}


  • 93.05.13 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as, ss), Don Pullen (p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammad (dr) / Forum, Stuttgart, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, Concert schedule S.65]
  • 93.05.15 - Roots: as above / 11th Jazz Festival, Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale, Germany
    [Jazzpodium 5/1993, Concert schedule S.70]
  • 93.05.16 - Roots / Foyer des Landesmuseums, Münster, Germany [Jazzpodium 5/1993, Concert schedule S.64]
  • 93.05.18 - Roots / Printemps de Prades, Prades-Le-Lez, France [Jazz Hot No.500 5/1993, Concert schedule S.81]
  • 93.05.19 - Roots / Cri du Port, Cite de la Musiques, Marseille, France [ibid]

93.05.20 • Roots [AR—121:52]

May 20, 1993, 20:30hr / New Morning, Paris, France

1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [16:36]
2. Never, Always (Freeman) [11:45]
 introduction [1:25]
3. George, We Hardly Knew You (Pullen) [15:45]  (incomplete)
4. Cottontail (Duke Ellington) [13:30]
5. Linden Boulevard (Debriano) [13:07]
 announcement [2:00]
6. I Remember Eric (N. Davis) [8:54]
7. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) [7:20]
8. unknown title [11:00]
9. Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson) [10:40]
Chico Freeman (ts), Nathan Davis (ts, as), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (el-p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammed (dr)

{2CD-R}


93.05.21 • Roots [AR—41:10]

May 21, 1993 / Virgin Megastore, Paris, France

 soundcheck [2:33]
1. Impressions (John Coltrane) [13:54]
2. Never, Always (Freeman) [10:48]
3. drum solo [1:08]
4. unknown title [12:36]
5. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young) [3:05]  (incomplete, fades in)
Chico Freeman and Sam Rivers (ts), Nathan Davis (ts, as), Arthur Blythe (as), Don Pullen (el-p), Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammed (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 93.05.22 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis, and Arthur Blythe (reeds), Don Pullen (el-p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammed (dr) / 12th Jazz Festival Sous les Pommiers, Coutances, France
    [Jazz Magazine No.426 5/1993, Festival schedule S.68]
  • 93.06.09 - Sam Rivers Quartet: unknown personnel / 6:00pm, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL [Cadence Vol.19 no.6 Jun p.29]
    "Back stateside aftre a spate of international concert dates..." —The Orlando Sentinel May 21 p.70
  • 93.08.03 - Barry Altschul Trio: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Santi Debriano (b), Altschul (dr) / Jazz Festival, La Seyne sur Mer, France
    [Jazz Magazine No.428 7-8/1993 Festival schedule S.69 & No.432 12/1993 Concert review S.8; Jazz Hot No.504 10/1993 Festival report S.12]

93.09.27 • James Blood Ulmer Quartet [RivBea Archival Recording—61:08]

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)
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 (g, except trk 4), Sam Rivers (ts-1,3,5,7, ss-2,6, fl-2), Kim Clarke (b, voc), Aubrey Dayle (dr, voc)

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 63}


93.10.09 • James Blood Ulmer Quartet [BR & BVR—61:46]

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]
James Blood Ulmer (el-g), Sam Rivers (ts, ss), Kim Clarke (el-b), Aubrey Dayle (dr)

{CD-R; Video}


  • 93.10.00 - James Blood Ulmer Quartet: Ulmer (el-g), Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Mooni Abdul Farah (ce), Doug Hammond (dr) /
    Docklands Jazz Festival, Cabot Hall, Isle of Dogs, London, UK [London Financial Times Sep 24 p.17]
  • 93.10.15 - Roots: Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis, and Arthur Blythe (reeds), Don Pullen (el-p),
    Santi Debriano (b), Idris Muhammed (dr) / 20th Festival Jazz Pulsations, Nancy, France [Jazz Magazine No.430 10/1993, Festival schedule S.33]
  • 93.10.20 - Roots: as above / Jazz Festival, Tourcoing, France [Jazz Magazine No.430 10/1993, Festival schedule S.48]
  • 93.10.28 - Mike Nock Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts), Nock (p), Cameron Undy (b), Nick McBride (dr) /
    Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Sydney's Basement Club, Sydney, Australia [Gail Brennan Sydney Morning Herald Oct 22 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 Oct 11 p.20
  • 93.10.30 - Sam Rivers, Mike Nock, + String Quartet: Rivers (ts), Nock (p), Nicko Schoyble (perc), John Rodgers (vn), other three not identified /
    Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia
    [Darrin Farrant The Age Oct 29 p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 Nov 1993 p.107; Gail Brennan Sydney Morning Herald Oct 22 p.19 and Nov 2 p.18]
    "Among other events will perform with a string quartet and composer/pianist Mike Nock..."
  • 93.10.31 - Mike Nock Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts), Nock (p), Cameron Undy (b), Nick McBride (dr) /
    Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia
    [The Age Oct 29 p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 Nov p.107]
  • 93.11.04 - Mike Nock Quartet: as above / Wangaratta Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Sydney's Basement Club, Sydney, Australia
    [Sydney Morning Herald Oct 22 p.19]

93.11.10 • Barry Altschul Quartet [AR—113:40]

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]
—A tape is also circulating of the 1st Set only, with a few minutes of pre-gig banter and noodling.

"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

Sam Rivers (ts, ss-1, fl-2), Uri Caine (p), Santi DeBriano(b), Barry Altschul (dr)

{2CD-R; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 Nov p.107; Jesse Hamlin San Francisco Chronicle Nov 11 p.F3}


  • 93.11.11 through 93.11.14 - Barry Altschul Quartet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Uri Caine (p), Santi DeBriano (b), Altschul (dr) /
    Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.19 no.11 Nov p.107; Jesse Hamlin San Francisco Chronicle Nov 11 p.F3]
    —November 11th through 13th dates as announced by Altschul on 93.11.10 session recording; Cadence Vol.19 no.11 adds the 14th.

93.12.05
93.12.06 (1) • Reggie Workman: Summit Conference

1994: Postcards POST1003 (CD); SSCD-8061 (CD) Jpn;
1999: Postcards/Arkadia 7-1003-2 (CD);
2002: J SHP JA-94SHP000302 (CD, Unofficial) Rus
  • (V/A) Arkadia Jazz Presents: Out and Out Jazz
    2001: Arkadia Jazz 70054 (CD)

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]
Out and Out Jazz has track 1.
Sam Rivers (ts-1,3,4,5,6, ss-2,7, fl-8), Julian Priester (tb), Andrew Hill (p), Reggie Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr)

{POST1003; 70054}


93.12.06 (2)
93.12.07 • Music Revelation Ensemble: In the Name of...

1994: DIW DIW-885 (CD, 1st issue) Jpn;
    DIW/Columbia CK 67101 (CD);
    DIW/Columbia 480323 2 (CD) Aus

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 (el-g, Comp), Sam Rivers (ts-3, ss-1, fl-2)
Amin Ali (el-b), Cornell W. Rochester (dr)

{DIW CK 67101}


1994 : : :


  • 1994:

    Panken: First I'd like to ask you about the current trio, because you're always about the future and about the next step, and I guess this trio
    is the next step for the foreseeable future. So a few words about how it was formed and the musicians who are playing with you this week.
    Sam Rivers: Well, it was sort of formed organically, because I had no idea that something like this was possible. I moved to Florida around
    six years ago. I had been traveling around with Dizzy Gillespie, so I'd picked out where I'd go if I wanted to leave New York. I had a choice
    of New Mexico, California, Florida, Texas, whatever. So we went down to visit some people in Florida and we liked it, so we moved down
    there. In fact, the reason why we moved is because there musicians down there who work for Disney who are sort of trapped with the good
    money, but they're all good musicians. They can't leave, and they don't have any music to play, fortunately...
    TP: So there you were.
    SR: There I was with all these talented musicians. Most of them are teachers, and there are composers, and like I say they're trapped,
    because you've got a mansion and two cars in the garage... [LAUGHS] It's that kind of situation; you know, the good life.
    TP: A few words about Doug Matthews and Anthony Cole.
    SR: Right, I was getting to that. [LAUGHS] So I came down to Orlando, Florida, and fortunately at the same time Anthony Cole happened
    to move from Detroit—pretty much the same day. He comes from Detroit and I come from New York, and we meet pretty much at a jam
    session probably the second or third day we got into Orlando. Anthony Cole comes by his talents genetically, I suppose, because he's part
    of the Cole dynasty, Nat King Cole and Natalie. He's one of the relatives. And his mother, Linda Cole, is a singer, too, an excellent singer.
    He was sort of like me. He was born a musician, born into a family of musicians. I was born on the road, and he was pretty much the same.
    Our careers parallel. So he accompanies his mother for vocals...
    TP: On piano or drums?
    SR: Piano and drums. Saxophone he's been playing for six years, and he's really up on the saxophone. Well, it's easy. If you have the
    stamina and the will, you can learn an instrument in six years. I mean, a lot of guitar players are out here making thousands of dollars after
    six months! But he's a very talented musician. And Doug Matthews is a native Floridian. There's not too many of those down in Florida
    [LAUGHS], people that got started in Florida. I mean, some native Floridians, either they leave or they move back further into the swamps.
    [Rivers, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM New York City, September 25, 1997, tedpanken.wordpress.com]
    ———


94.01.29 • Sam Rivers and his High Density Orchestra [BR]

January 29, 1994, 9:00pm / probably WPRK-FM Studio, Orlando, FL
—Live Broadcast, WPRK-FM
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others...

{The Orlando Sentinel Jan 29 p.52}


94.03.02 • Sam Riversand his High Density Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording—79:46]

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)
7. unknown title [5:08]
"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), unknown others...

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 66}


  • 94.05.04 through 94.05.06 - Sam Rivers Quartet: , Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), other unknown /
    9:30pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel, Apr 22 p.74]
  • 94.05.18 - Sam Rivers' Big Band: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others, "18-piece" /
    9:00pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel, May 17 p.3]
  • 94.05.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) / The Lazy Bean, Melbourne, FL
    [Harry Anslinger 14.07.07, poster on Facebook]
  • 94.06.01 - Sam Rivers' Big Band: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others... / 9:00pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel, May 27 p.86]
  • 94.07.00 (Festival duration 07.08-10) - Roots: Arthur Blythe (as), Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds),
    Horace Parlan (p), Wayne Dockery (b), unknown (dr) / Jazz Festival, Wiesen, Austria [Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03]
    —"Festival report in Jazzpodium 9/1994, S.33 mentioned different personnel in the rhythm section from previous
     years: Horace Parlan (p) Wayne Dockerey (b) drummer not listed." —Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03
  • 94.07.13 - Sam Rivers' Big Band: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others, "19-piece" /
    9:00 & 11:00pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Jul 8 p.82]
    —I'm skeptical about this having taken place in the middle of a European tour (see date above), but I find multiple references
     up to the performance date, and nothing to refute it. —RL

94.07.00 • Roots [BR—11:30]

Early July, 1994 / Eldenaer Jazz Evenings, Eldena, Germany
—Broadcast NDR
1. All or Nothing at All [11:30]
Der Spiegel article mentions another title, "Lester Leaps In."

Arthur Blythe (as), Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), George Cables (p), Buster Williams (b), Winard Harper (dr)

{CD-R; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.03; Michael Naura festival review, Der Spiegel Jul 11 p.170}


  • 94.07.21 - Roots: Arthur Blythe (as), Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, and Nathan Davis (reeds), Horace Parlan (p),
    Wayne Dockery (b), unknown (dr) / "Merci Adolph Sax," 20:30, New Morning, Paris, France
  • 94.07.23 - Roots: as above / Kulturzelt, Kassel, Germany [Jazzpodium 7/8 1994, Concert schedule S.30]
  • 94.07.26 - Roots / Festival Münchner Klaviersommer, Bayrischer Hof, München, Germany
    [Jazzpodium 7/8 1994, Festival schedule S.101]
  • 94.07.27 - Sam Rivers' Big Band: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others, "19-piece" /
    9:00 & 11:00pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Jul 27 p.54]
  • 94.08.20 - Sam Rivers' Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) / 9:00, Lazy Bean Coffee House, Melbourne, FL
    [Florida Today Aug 19 Calendar p.64]
  • 94.08.24 - Sam Rivers' Big Band: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others... /
    9:00 & 11:00pm, Pinkie Lee's, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 19 Calendar p.34]

94.11.00 • Sam Rivers Interview [BR—19:56]

November, 1994 / Sam & Bea in sunny Florida, on the phone with WKCR, New York City
—WKCR-FM Broadcast during the "Loft Jazz Festival" January 10 through 15, 1994

1. Interview [19:56]  (incomplete, beginning truncated.)
"The last 20 minutes of what I believe was an hour-long conversation."

Sam Rivers & Beatrice Rivers

{CD-R}


94.12.21
94.12.22 • Bruce Ditmas: What If

1995: Postcards POST 1007 (CD)

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,3, ss-2), John Abercrombie (g),
Paul Bley (p, synth), Dominic Richards (b), Bruce Ditmas (dr)

{POST 1007}


  • 94.12.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) / 8:30pm, Lazy Bean Coffee House, Melbourne, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Dec 30 p.67]

1995 : : :


  • 95.01.07 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) / 8:30pm, Lazy Bean Coffee House, Melbourne, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Jan 6 p.77]

95.02.19
95.02.20
95.02.21
95.02.22 • Franklin Kiermyer: Kairos

1996: Evidence ECD 22144-2 (CD)

February 19-22, 1995 / Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY

1. Basheret (Kiermyer) [4:24]
Michael Stuart (ts), Eric Person (as),
Sam Rivers (ss), John Esposito (p),
Drew Gress (b), Franklin Kiermyer (dr)

{ECD 22144-2}


    "Jazz man Sam Rivers will team with Orlando acid-jazz mixer DJ BMF for a collaboration of dance-floor jazz and traditional jazz."
    [The Orlando Sentinel Mar 3 p.76]

  • 95.03.18 - Sam Rivers Trio with DJ-BMF (Greg Lentz): Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) /
    10:00pm, The GO Lounge, Orlando, FL
    [Parry Gettelman "Sam Rivers: Legendary Jazz Explorer Continues Journey" The Orlando Sentinel Mar 17 p.2]
    "If the Saturday night show goes well, Rivers and DJ BMF might bring their collaboration to downtown Orlando's Barbarella..."



    —Photo by Jim Leatherman (with permission)

95.03.25 • Thilo Wolf Big Band [BVR—14:30]

March 25, 1995 / Wackerhalle, Burghausen, Germany
—Bayerischer Rundfunk/Fernsehen, Bavarian Radio & Television

1. Beatrice (Rivers) [9:50]
2. One O'clock Jump [4:40]
Sam Rivers (ts, Cond), Queen Bey (voc-2), unknown others...

{Video; venue Dietrich Heinz Kraner}


95.04.05 • Improvisors Pool featuring Sam Rivers & Alexander Von Schlippenbach: Backgrounds for Improvisors

1996: FMP CD75 (CD) Ger

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Tilmann Dehnhard (ts, fl),
Felix Wahnschaffe (as), Tina Wrase (ss),
Claas Willecke (bar), Axel Dorner (tp),
Alexander von Schlippenbach (p),
Horst Nonnenmacher (b), Johannes Bockholt-Dams (dr)

{FMP CD75}



  • 95.04.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) / Lazy Bean, Melbourne, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Mar 17 p.92]

95.04.27
95.04.28 • Reggie Workman: Cerebral Caverns

1995: Postcards POST1010 (CD);
1999: Postcards/Arkadia 7-1010-2 (CD);
2002: J SHP ZZ-95GP000065 (CD, Unofficial) Rus
  • (V/A) Arkadia Jazz Presents: Out and Out Jazz
    2001: Arkadia Jazz 70054 (CD)

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 Jazz has track 2.

Sam Rivers (ts-2,3, ss-5, fl-1,4), Julian Priester (tb-2,3,4), Elizabeth Panzer (harp-1,4),
Reggie Workman (b, Comp), Tapan Modak (tablas-3,4),
Al Foster (dr-2,4), Gerry Hemingway (dr-1,3,5, elec d-1)

{POST1010; 70054}


  • 95.04.28 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr) / Lazy Bean, Melbourne, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Mar 17 p.92]
    Rivers either cut out after the April 27th Cerebral Caverns session, or this gig was cancelled...
    or he was in NYC early and Melbourne late... but probably the former. —RL

95.05.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [AVR—115:00]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-3,4,8,9, ss-1,2,10, fl-6,7,11, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr)

{John Chacona 09.07.09}


  • 95.05.13 - Sam Rivers' Dance Science Orchestra with DJ BMF: DJ BMF aka Greg Lentz (turntables), Rivers (ts, ss, fl),
    Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... "17-piece" / 9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    [Bigfoot and Wildboy/Eighth Dimension Studios at groups.google.com/group/rec.music.funky; The Orlando Sentinel Apr 21 p.84]
    "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."
  • 95.06.07 - Sam Rivers' Dance Science Orchestra with DJ BMF: DJ BMF aka Greg Lentz (turntables), Rivers (ts, ss, fl),
    Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... "17-piece" / 9:00pm, Coliseum, Daytona Beach, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Jun 2 p.85]

95.06.10 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—62:34]

June 10, 1995, 9:00pm / 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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, p, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr, p)

{CD-R; The Orlando Sentinel Jun 2 p.79}


95.06.17
95.06.18 • Sam Rivers: Portrait

1997: FMP CD 82 (CD) Ger

June 17 & 18, 1995 / Workshop Freie Musik, 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 (p-1,9, ts-3,6,8, ss-2,4,7, fl-5, voc, Comp)

{FMP CD 82}


95.06.25 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—67:41 & AVR]

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]
"A private videotape exists." —Giovanni Zanoni 02.07.12

Sam Rivers (ts-4,5, ss-1,2, fl-7, p-6 voc-3,7), Santi Debriano (b-1,2,4,5), Barry Altschul (dr)

{CD-R}


  • 95.07.01 - Sam Rivers' Freedom Jazz Band: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... "17-piece" /
    9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [Florida Today Jun 30 p.64]

95.00.00 • Sam Rivers Trio: Offering

1995: RivBea Sound RB 00 (CS)

unknown date, 1995 / unknown venue or place, FL
1. Divination [6:15]
2. Precepts [19:43]
3. Apropos [5:22]
4. Offering [27:31]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc),
Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl),
Anthony Cole (dr, ts)

{discogs.com}


95.07.08 • Sam Rivers: Concept

1997: RivBea RB50101 (CD) [+ re-issue 2000]
    —1st session: [See also 96.02.10; 96.03.18; 96.04.23; 96.05.13]

July 8, 1995 / Cafe Bravo, Coliseum, Daytona Beach, FL

1. Line [14:01]
—The CD liner incorrectly puts the time of this track at 10:59.

Sam Rivers (ts, voc), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr)

{RB50101}


95.07.14 • (V/A) Relaxing the Undertow

1996: Put It On a Cracker Records PIOAC 005 (CD)

July 14, 1995 / The Covered Dish, Savannah, GA

1. Blessings [5:33]
—This was a for-charity compilation CD for the North Central Florida Aids Network.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (el-b), Anthony Cole (dr)

{PIOAC 005; Session date via Jim Alley posting to Miles-list 95.07.27}



 —Cover paintings by Alyne Harris

95.08.02 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [AR—76:03]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,5,6, ss-4, fl-2), Julian Priester (tb), Andrew Hill (p), Reggie Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr)

{CD-R; www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Hill/hill-disc.htm}


95.08.12 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [BVR—30:56]

August 12, 1995 / Jazz Middelheim '95, Antwerp, Belgium
TV2 & BRTN Radio 1

—intro credits
1. unknown titles [30:04]
—production credits
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Julian Priester (tb), Andrew Hill (p), Reggie Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr)

{Le Soir Aug 16, lesoir.be/archive; de Volkskrant Aug 14; youtube.com/watch?v=NJn8j_20msc}


  • 95.08.16 - Reggie Workman's Summit Conference: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Julian Priester (tb), Andrew Hill (p),
    Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr) / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.8 Aug p.38]

95.08.17 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [AR—119:07]

August 17, 1995 / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA

1. unknown titles [119:07]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Julian Priester (tb), Andrew Hill (p), Reggie Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr)

{2CD-R}


  • 95.08.18 through 95.08.20 - Reggie Workman's Summit Conference: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Julian Priester (tb), Andrew Hill (p),
    Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr) / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.8 Aug p.38]
  • 95.00.00 - Introduction to Jazz and Blues course (Fall), 7:00pm, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 11 p.85]
    "Performances and presentations by Nat Adderley, Linda Cole, Mark Hodgson, Jesse Stone, Evelyn McGee Stone,
    Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Sam Rivers," others...
    —Thursdays from August 24 through December 7, so possible dates of Aug 24-31/Sep 7-21-28/Oct 5-12-19-26/Nov 2-9-16-23-30/Dec 7.
  • 95.09.14 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts) / Sapphire Club, Orlando, FL
    [www.scramblecampbell.com]
  • 95.09.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Benefit for art school and gallery, 9:00pm, Big Potato Academy, Apopka, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Sep 16 p.64]
  • 95.10.16 - Sam Rivers Trio / 10:00pm, Go Lounge, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Oct 6 p.128]
  • 95.10.27 - Sam Rivers Trio / 9:00pm, The Rubb, Ybor City, Tampa, FL [Tampa Tribune Oct 27 p.84]
  • 95.10.28 - Sam Rivers "and His 17-Piece Band" (multiple references to this name): Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc),
    Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... "17-piece" /
    9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Oct 13 p.70; Parry Gettelman, The Orlando Sentinel Oct 27]

95.11.04 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—121:19]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts), Mike Dabellows ? (dr-trck 17 only)

{John Chacona 09.02.02}


1996 : : :


  • 96.00.00 - Introduction to Jazz and Blues course (Spring), 7:00pm, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Nov 24 p.41]
    "Guests will include Nat Adderly, Linda Cole, Noble Watts, Mark Hodgson, Jack Simpson, Ed Metz Jr, Sam Rivers," others...
    —Thursdays from January 4 through April 18, so possible dates of Jan 4-18-25/Feb 1-8-15-22-29/Mar 7-14-28/Apr 4.
  • 96.01.12 and 96.01.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    The Rhythmic, London, UK [WIRE #143 January 1996 p.9]
  • 96.01.19 - Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b),
    Anthony Cole (dr), others... "17-Piece" / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Jan 19 p.100]
  • 96.02.09 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    9:00pm, The Vault, Melbourne, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Feb 2 p.65]

96.02.10 • Sam Rivers: Concept

1997: RivBea RB50101 (CD) [+ re-issue 2000]
    —2nd session: [See also 95.07.08; 96.03.18; 96.04.23; 96.05.13]

February 10, 1996, 8:30pm / Caffe da Vinci, Deland, FL

1. Figure [3:33]
Sam Rivers (ts, Comp), Doug Mathews (bcl), Anthony Cole (ts)

{RB50101; The Orlando Sentinel Feb 2 p.65}


96.03.01 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR]

March 1, 1996, 9:30pm / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts)

{WKCR-FM Archive 2CD-R 07.07.31; Central Florida Future Feb 29 p.F3; The Orlando Sentinel Feb 2 p.65}


  • 96.03.16 - Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b),
    Anthony Cole (dr), others... / Gainesville Jazz and Pop Festival, 11:00pm, Florida Theatre, Gainesville, FL
    [Bill Dwyer posting www.cmd.uu.se/AcidJazz/Backup/1996-Mar; The Orlando Sentinel Mar 1 p.125]

96.03.18 • Sam Rivers: Concept

1997: RivBea RB50101 (CD) [+ re-issue 2000]
    —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 (p, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr)

{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 too.
    So I contributed three or four compositions on it.
    [Interview, Ted Panken, WKCR-FM NYC, September 25 1997, www.jazzhouse.org/library/?read=panken20]
    ———


96.03.21 through 96.03.24 • Sam Rivers: Configuration

1996: Nato 777 711 (CD) Fr;
1998: Pelican Sound Recordings PSR 9803 (CD)

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 (ts-1,2,4,5,6,8,11,12, ss-9,10, fl-3,7), Noël Akchoté (g-1,2,4,7,8,9,10,12)
Tony Hymas (p-1,2,4,5,8,10,11,12), Paul Rogers (b-1,2,3,4,6,8), Jacques Thollot (dr-2,4,8)

{PSR 9803; Nato 777 711; session dates via Jean Rochard}


  • 96.04.13 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    8:30pm, Caffe da Vinci, DeLand, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Apr 12 p.101]

96.04.23 • Sam Rivers: Concept

1997: RivBea RB50101 (CD) [+ re-issue 2000]
    —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 (ts-1, fl-2, Comp), Doug Mathews (bcl-1, b-2), Anthony Cole (ts)

{RB50101}


  • 96.05.02 - Thurman Barker Quintet: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), James Emery (g), Barker (dr, perc), unknown others,
    probably Jerome Harris (b) and Rob Schwimmer (p) / 8:00pm, FW Olin Auditorium, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    [The Journal News May 2 p.61; www.bard.edu]

96.05.13 • Sam Rivers: Concept

1997: RivBea RB50101 (CD) [+ re-issue 2000]
    —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 (ts-1, ss-3,4,5, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr)

{RB50101}


  • 96.05.17 - Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... /
    The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [John Chacona 09.01.24; The Orlando Sentinel May 17 p.86]
    "There was a (weekly? monthly?) residency for the RivBea Orchestra, a 17-piece, almost all-horn ensemble..."
    —Rivers stated in an interview that the Big Band was booked a half-dozen times or so per year during this period. —RL
  • 96.05.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts), "17-Piece" /
    8:30pm, The Vault, Melbourne, FL [Florida Today May 21 p.62]

96.05.29 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—110:30]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-3,7,8,9, ss-1,2,10,11, fl-6,12,13, p-5,11, voc-3,4,10,11),
Doug Mathews (b-1,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13, bcl-2,9,12),
Anthony Cole (dr-1,3,5,6,7,8,11,12,13, p-3,10, ts-2,9)

{2CD-R; Peter Watrous The New York Times Jun 1 p.17}


96.05.30 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—66:19 & AR]

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]
—"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 (ts-3,4, ss-1,2, fl-7,8, p-6, voc-3,7), Doug Mathews (b-3,4,6,7,8, el-b-1,8, bcl-2), Anthony Cole (dr-1,3,4,6,7,8, ts-2, p-3,7,8)

{CD-R; Peter Watrous The New York Times Jun 1 p.17}


96.07.20 • Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra [AR]

July 20, 1996, 9:30pm / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
—"Twice a month... gigs at the Sapphire Club..." —Cadence Vol.23 no.2 Feb 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 (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (el-b), Anthony Cole (dr), others...

{www.dimeadozen.org}


  • 96.08.22 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 16 p.85]
  • 96.00.00 (2) - Introduction to Jazz and Blues course (Fall), 7:00pm, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 23 p.84]
    "Presentations from such artists as Nathen Page, Linda Cole, Panama Francis, Sam Rivers," others...
    —Thursdays from August 29 through December 12, so possible dates of Aug 29/Sep 5-12-19-26/Oct 3-10-17-24-31/Nov 7-21-28.
  • 96.08.31 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL
    [Radio Free Gainesville, 96.08.29, www.alligator.org/edit/issues/96-fall/960829/e03rfg88.htm]
  • 96.09.21 - Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), "17-Piece" /
    9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Sep 20 p.97]
  • 96.10.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    Fourth Annual Alachua Music Harvest, 7:00pm, Alachua County Fairgrounds, Gainesville, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Sep 20 p.82]

96.10.00 • Sam Rivers & Trudy Morse [BR]

WPRK-FM Broadcast

October, 1996 / Live at WPRK, Orlando, FL

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (fl), Trudy Morse (poetry)

{/www.the-temple.net/trudy/videos-tapes.html}


  • 96.11.08 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    8:00pm, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL [Tampa Bay Times Nov 1 Weekend p.18]

96.11.14 and 96.11.15 • Julian Priester / Sam Rivers: Hints on Light and Shadow

1997: Postcards POST1017 (CD)

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,3,5,7,8, ss-6, fl-9, p-2,4, voc-9), Julian Priester (tb), Tucker Martine (elec)

{POST1017}


96.11.22 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording—64:37]

November 22, 1996, 9:30pm / 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 [ : ]
Very nice sound, excellent low-gen audience tape. —Jason Hook

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Doug Mathews (el-b), Anthony Cole (dr), others...

{Jason Hook, Cassette 160; The Orlando Sentinel Oct 26 p.88}


  • 96.12.05 - Sam Rivers: no personnel listed / 7:00pm, Phat Cat Supper Club, Melbourne, FL
    [Florida Today Dec 5 p.57]

  • "Sam Rivers was the first major guest artist I invited in my first semester as Chair of Jazz Studies at NEC. (I asked him about it first
    at the Knitting Factory after hearing his trio there, got his number in Orlando, and called him.) He did two public clinics in the afternoons
    that week, both in St. Botolph Building Room 118, later called Pierce Hall... 12/10/96 was an improvised trio performance, about 80 minutes,
    with faculty members Cecil McBee (bass) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums). On 12/11/96, we did a reading of one of Sam Rivers' pieces
    for 10 saxophones. When I can view my VHS tape of this reading, I can give you all the names, probably. Quite a few of the student players
    in this and the big band concert have gone on to recording careers and will be recognizable names to serious jazz listeners and NY musicians.
    I believe the only other teaching he did at NEC was directing two rehearsals of the big band, probably Tuesday and Thursday 4-6 PM in Brown
    Hall, or the second one may have been on stage in Jordan Hall as a soundcheck/rehearsal." —Allan Chase, NEC Director

  • 96.12.09 - Sam Rivers: teaching / New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
    [Cadence Vol.23 no.2 Feb 1997, p.4]
  • 96.12.10 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Cecil McBee (b), Rakalam Bob Moses (dr) /
    New England Conservatory, Boston, MA [ibid]
  • 96.12.11 - Sam Rivers: teaching / New England Conservatory, Boston, MA [ibid]
  • 96.12.12 - Sam Rivers & the New England Conservatory Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, Comp, Cond), Felipe Salles and Grant Langford (ts),
    Jerry Uden and Gareth Orsmond (as), Michael Alberici (bar), Scott Aruda, Rob Dehlinger, Colin Fisher, and Kevin Tracy (tp),
    Joel Yennior, Phil Ostrander, JC Sanford, and Chris Mason (tb), Greg Burk (p), Frank Seeberger (g), Garrett Sayers (b),
    Jinwoo Paek (vbs) [source had Lolly Allen (vbs) pre-concert], Eric Thompson (dr) /
    8:00pm, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
    —Ten of his compositions: Duke, Collage, Solace, Reverie, Revelation, Indigo, Beatrice, Tranquility, Ripples, and Flair.

  • [Concert programs, 1996-1997. Boston: New England Conservatory. Courtesy of the New England Conservatory Archives;
    Allan Chase 18.06.13; Maryalice Perrin-Mohr, NEC Archivist/Records Manager 18.06.14;
    Kay Bourne "Reed man Rivers recalls roots in Boston..." Bay State Banner Dec 19; Cadence Vol.23 no.2 Feb 1997, p.4;
    Jon Garelick "No Ol' Man Rivers" Boston Phoenix Dec 5; Bob Young Boston Herald Dec 14 p.20; digitalcommons.ithaca.edu]

1997 : : :


  • 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 NYC, September 25 1997, www.jazzhouse.org/library/?read=panken20]


  • 97.00.00 (1) - Introduction to Jazz and Blues course (Spring), 7:00pm, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Dec 13 p.91]
    "Performances and presentations by such Central Floridians as Panama Francis, Linda Cole, Nathen Page, Nobel Watts, Sam Rivers," others...
    —Thursdays from January 9 through April 24, so possible dates of Jan 9-16-23-30/Feb 6-13-20-27/Mar 6-13-20/Apr 10-17-24.
  • 97.01.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    9:30pm, The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Jan 24 p.90]
  • 97.02.01 - Sam Rivers' Dance Science Orchestra: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Doug Mathews (el-b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... /
    Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [Jim Doherty "Out Late" Gainesville Sun Jan 31]



     —Gainesville Sun Jan 31, 1997

97.02.08 (1) • The Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble with special guest Sam Rivers [AR—76:14]

February 8, 1997, 8:00pm / Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Double bill with Sam Rivers Trio / See 97.02.08 (2)

1. unknown titles [76:14]
"The music for Barbary Coast and Sam Rivers will be selected from the following... Beatrice, Duke, Indigo, Revelation,
Reverie, Solace, Tranquility... additional selections featuring Aiyana Thompson will be announced from the stage."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), The Barbary Coast: Don Glasgo (Dir, v-tb), Lisa Gilbert and Drew Mowery (ts), Kevin Tompsett and Ian Gollub (as),
Cabray Haines (fl), Jarrod Tisdell (bar), Adrian Tompsett, Kazu Munikata, Andrew Butterworth, Bunker Highmark, Anita Hamalainen,
and Andy Bernasconi (tp), Hans Kieserman, Ben Mishkin, and Curt Dozier (tb), Fred Reiss (btb), Aiyana Thompson (voc),
Taurey Butler and Vadim Sarma (p), Travis Horton (b), Steve Ferraris (cga), Peter Meriwether (dr)

{CD-R; Pete Gershon}


97.02.08 (2) • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—55:36]

February 8, 1997 / Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
—Double bill with The Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble with special guest Sam Rivers (above).

1. unknown titles [55:36]
Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts)

{Pete Gershon}


  • 97.02.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    Moto Lounge, Jacksonville, FL [Tony Green The Florida Times-Union Feb 21 p.D8]
    —Double-bill with Matthew Shipp & William Parker Duo!

97.02.22 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra [RivBea Archival Recording—69:07]

February 22, 1997 / The Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
—Circulating mis-dated as 97.02.23.

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]
—All of the pre-gig media billed this simply as "Sam Rivers' 17-Piece Orchestra."

"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 (ts-1,3,7, ss-2,4, voc-5, fl-6), Doug Mathews (el-b), Anthony Cole (dr), others...

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 16}


  • 97.02.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, p, ts) /
    Coral Gables Congregational Church Japan/US Creative Music Festival, Coral Gables, FL
    [Cadence Vol.23 no.4 Apr 1997 p.125]
  • 97.03.25 and 97.03.26 - Sam Rivers Quintet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Noël Akchoté (g), Tony Hymas (p),
    Paul Rogers (b), Jacques Thollot (dr) / 21:00hr, Aux Trinitaires Metz, Metz, France [Concert poster, www.rhourtney-collector.com]

97.03.29 • Noël Akchoté: Complete K7 Recordings (1996-1997)

2011: Noël Akchoté Recordings (8-CDr, MP3 Downloads) Fr
—Set also includes Duos with Guillaume Orti (discs 1 and 8); and Solo Akchoté (discs 6 and 7)
 Akchoté Quartet with Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, and Paul Rogers (discs 2 and 3)
  • Sam Rivers, Noël Akchoté, Tony Hymas, Paul Rogers, Jacques Thollot: Lyon 29.03.1997
    2018: Noël Akchoté Downloads SAM-707 (Believe Digital) Fr

March 29, 1997 / La Tour Rose, Paris, France

Lyon 29.03.1997:
1. Free for All (Configuration) [20:40]
2. Low Down Moses (Configuration) [14:22]
3. Cheshire Hotel (Akchoté) [31:43]
4. Beatrice (Rivers) [14:22]
—Original relesase on Complete K7 Recordings is missing track ... (See box below image).

Sam Rivers (ts-1,3,4, ss-1, fl-2,3, voc-2,3), Noël Akchoté (g), Tony Hymas (p), Paul Rogers (b), Jacques Thollot (dr)

{Noël Akchoté 11.12.29, 18.05.00; CD-Rs; SAM-707}




—Cover of Lyon 29.03.1997

K7 Recordings Discs 4 + 5 Tracking
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] → →
Actual play sequence                                  Lyon 29.03.1997
 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]                                      End track 1.
2. improvisation [13:42]  (split track at 3:08, fades in and out)
  (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A2—3:08 / part two of A2)                 —OMIT
  (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.A3—10:34 / voice-over intros 10:58-11:34)
announcement [0:32]                                      End track 2.
3. improvisation [29:28]  (split track at 12:07 and 20:28, 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]                                      End track 3.
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, voice-over intros 0:13-0:40)
5. crowd chatter, low-volume string-4tet walk-out [19:31]            3:00 in End track 4.
  (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B5—8:00 / part two of B2)                 —OMIT
  (SrNaThMsPr.29.03.1997.B6—11:31)                            —OMIT

"More or less a self-bootleg, just a collection of live tape, recorded by a person who was at early stage in my works." —Noël Akchoté


97.04.04 • Sam Rivers Quintet [AR—61:54]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,3,4,5, fl-1, ss-2,3), Noël Akchoté (g), Tony Hymas (p), Paul Rogers (b), Jacques Thollot (dr)

{CD-R; La Tribune Apr 4, 1997}


  • 97.04.12 - Sam Rivers' Dance Science Orchestra: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Doug Mathews (el-b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... /
    8:00pm, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Apr 11 p.106]
    —All pre-concert press had simply "Sam Rivres," with no mention of an ensemble.

97.04.20 • Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra + Quartet and Duo with Chick Corea [SBR—57:19 & AR—87:57]

April 20, 1997 / Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville Jazz & Pop Festival, Gainesville, FL

Audience Recording:
1. Inspiration [11:24]
 SR announcement [1:02]
2. Riffin' [6:37]
 SR announcement [1:17]
3. Vines [14:11]
 SR announcement [2:23]
4. Beatrice [9:51]
 SR announcement [0:41]
5. Tranquility [7:42]
 SR announcement [0:44]
6. Rejuvenation [10:31]
 SR announcement [0:47]
7. Improvisation on C13 [12:42]  —Sam Rivers Trio + Corea
8. Sam Rivers & Chick Corea duet [7:10]
Soundboard Recording: (Circulating with tracks out of order)
1. Tranquility [7:12]
2. Rejuvenation [10:02]
3. Inspiration [8:40]  (incomplete, cuts in 2:40 from beginning)
4. Riffin' [6:26]
5. Vines [14:06]
6. Beatrice [9:47]
Sam Rivers (ts-1,2,3,4,7,8, fl-5,6, ss-7, voc, Comp), Charles DeChant and Rex Wertz (ts-1 through 6),
Jeff Rupert, Daniel Jordan, and Chris Charles (as-1 through 6), Don Black (bar-1 through 6),
Todd Beals, Don Rogozinski, Bruce Staelens, and John Castleman (tp-1 through 6),
Keith O'Shiro, Jerry Edwards, and Dave Sheffield (tb-1 through 6), Chick Corea (p-7,8),
Doug Mathews (el-b-1 through 7), Anthony Cole (dr-1 through 7), others ?

{CD-R; Brian Carpenter; }


  • 97.04.27 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    Jazz Fest Kissimmee '97, 2:00pm, Lakefront Park, Kissimmee, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Apr 20 p.99]
  • 97.05.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 8:00pm, Moto Lounge, Jacksonville, FL
    [Florida Times-Union May 2]
  • 97.06.22 - Pheeroan akLaff Trio: Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc), Reggie Workman (b), akLaff (dr) / Texaco New York Jazz Festival,
    Knitting Factory, NYC [Ben Ratliff "A Syncopated City Swings As Twin Jazz Festivals Ignite," The New York Times Jun 20]

97.06.29 • [RivBea Archival Recording—53:06]

June 29, 1997, 3:00pm / 14th Kalottjazz & Blues Festival, Pikisaari, Tornio, Finland

RivBea Archive / Cassette 164
1. improvisation [36:58]  (incomplete, cuts in)
 (ts section—7:14)
 (ss section—10:24)
 (fl section—5:07)
 (ts section—14:13)
 announcement [0:09]
2. improvisation [13:42]
 announcement [2:14]
"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 (ts-1, ss-1, fl-1,2), Reggie Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr)
—Rivers also credited with "And piano!" in last announcement, but not on this recording.

{RivBea CD-R, Tape 164; www.tornio.fi/kulttuur/jazz/kjazz97/tiedot.htm}


  • 97.07.26 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    Carrboro Arts Center, Chapel Hill, NC [Cadence Vol.23 no.6 Jun p.2; Vol.23 no.7 Jul p.2]

97.07.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—114:39]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p)

{2CD-R; Washington Post Jul 13 p.G03; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25; Cadence Vol.23 no.8 Aug p.123}


97.08.09 • Sam Rivers Interview [RivBea Archival Broadcast Recording—50:21]

August 9, 1997 / KPFA Studios, San Francisco, CA

RivBea Archive / Cassette 69
1. Sam Rivers interview [50:21]
—CD-R has all studio "bumper" music around actual interview cut.

Sam Rivers (talking)

{Jason Hook; CD-R, Cassette 69}


97.08.16 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—90:00]

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 (ts, ss, fl, voc), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p)

{Anonymous trade list; Will Getter 03.11.21; Cadence Vol.23 no.7 Jul p.124; Vol.23 no.8 Aug p.124}


97.08.17 • Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Project [RivBea Archival Recording—87:07]

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)
—"From soundboard cassette, 2nd Set. ...low generation recording." —Jason Hook March 28, 2008.

Sam Rivers (ts-1,7,8,9, ss-3, fl-5,6,10, p-4, Comp), Julian Priester (tb, except trk 5)
Tucker Martine (elec, except trks 2 and 5), Eddie Marshall (dr, except trks 2, 5, and 9)

{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}


  • 97.00.00 (2) - Introduction to Jazz and Blues course (Fall), 7:00pm, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Aug 27 p.27]
    "An opportunity to learn from guest artists and experts such as Nathen Page, Panama Francis, Linda Cole,
    Nobel Watts, Jeff Rupert, ... and Sam Rivers," others...
    —Thursdays from August 28 through December 11, so possible dates of Aug 28/Sep 4-11-18/Oct 16-23-30/Nov 13-20-27/Dec 4-11.
  • 97.09.06 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    9:00pm, The Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [St. Petersburg Times Sep 5 p.5]
  • 97.09.23 and 09.24 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / 9:00 & 11:00pm + 12:30am on Fri. and Sat., Sweet Basil, NYC
    [New York Magazine Sep 22 p.122]
  • 97.09.25 (1) - Ted Panken Interviews Sam Rivers— "as we celebrate Sam Rivers' 74th birthday on WKCR" /
    WKCR-FM, NYC [www.jazzhouse.org/files/panken20.php3?read]
  • 97.09.25 (2) - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) / 9:00 & 11:00pm + 12:30am on Fri. and Sat., Sweet Basil, NYC [New York Magazine Sep 22 p.122]

97.09.00 • Sam Rivers Trio [RivBea Archival Recording—83:23]

September, 1997 (23rd, 24th, 25th, or 28th) / Sweet Basil, New York City
—This cassette was undated, but they're running the same set list that they used on this tour. —RL

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)
 (p section—9:47)
 (dr solo—3:34)
 (ts 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]
—Also circulating as an Audience Recording.

"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

Sam Rivers (ts-5,6,7, ss-1,2,3, fl-7,8 p-5, voc-5,8), Doug Mathews (b-4,5,8, el-b-1,2,7, bcl-2,3,6), Anthony Cole (dr-1,2,5,8, ts-2,3,6, p-7)

{CD-R; Jason Hook, cassette 145}


97.09.26 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—74:51]

September 26, 1997 / Sweet Basil, New York City

  announcement [0:13]
 1. improvisation [5:00]  (SR ts solo)
 1. improvisation [3:24]  (SR ts solo)
 2. "A medley of some of my compositions..." [9:38]  (SR p solo)
  announcement [2:20]
 3. Impromptu for You [6:22]  (SR-ss, DM-b, AC-dr)
  announcement [1:08]
 4. Ripples [5:07]  (SR-ss, DM-b,bcl, AC-dr,ts)
 5. improvisation [1:09]  (SR-ss, DM-bcl, AC-ts)
  announcement [0:33]
 6. improvisation [2:41]  (DM b solo)
 7. improvisation [4:04]  (AC dr solo, into...)
 8. Inspiration [9:07]  (SR-ts, DM-b, AC-dr)
  announcement [0:53]
 9. Beatrice [5:45]  (SR-ts, DM-b, AC-dr, p)
10. Iris [9:38]  (SR-ts,fl,voc, DM-b, AC-dr,p)
11. taking it out, with introductions and solos [6:22]  (SR-fl, DM-b, AC-dr)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc), Doug Mathews (b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p)

{CD-R; New York Magazine Sep 22 p.122; track detailing 18.07.07}


97.09.27 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—65:49]

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]
Sam Rivers (ts-5,6,7,8, ss-1,2,3, p-5, fl-10,11, voc),
Doug Mathews (b-1,2,4,5,6,7,8,11, bcl-2,3,10),
Anthony Cole (dr-1,2,5,6,7,11, ts-2,3,10, p-8,9,10)

{CD-R; New York Magazine Sep 22 p.122}


  • 97.09.28 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    9:00 & 11:00pm + 12:30am on Fri. and Sat., Sweet Basil, NYC [New York Magazine Sep 22 p.122]
  • 97.09.30 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Middle East Downstairs, Boston, MA
    [Bob Young Boston Herald Sep 26 p.S19]
  • 97.10.02 - Sam Rivers Trio / 8:00pm, Erie Art Museum Annex, Erie, PA [RL in attendance]
  • 97.10.03 - Sam Rivers Trio / Unity Temple, Oak Park, Chicago, IL [Cadence Vol.23 no.10 Oct p.2]
  • 97.10.04 - Sam Rivers Trio / McKenzie Fine Arts Center, Henry Ford Community College, Detroit, MI
    [Cadence Vol.23 no.12 Dec p.2]
  • 97.10.06 - Sam Rivers Trio / 8:00pm, Tralfamadore Cafe, Buffalo, NY
    [RL in attendance with wife Sandra, Rick DiBello, and Alethea Bodine; ticket stub, memories; "Triple Double" Buffalo News Oct 3 p.G3]
  • 97.10.08 - Sam Rivers Trio / Recital Hall, USC School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    [reocities.com/SunsetStrip/alley/1166/concerts.html]
  • 97.10.11 - Rova Saxophone Quartet + Sam Rivers (ts) sitting in on "Body and Soul" / Earshot Jazz Festival, OK Hotel, Seattle, WA
    [Paul De Barros Seattle Times Oct 16 p.G18]
  • 97.10.12 - Sam Rivers & Julian Priester Project: Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Priester (tb), Tucker Martine (elec), "...with Tim Young" (keys) /
    Earshot Jazz Festival, 8:00pm, Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College, Seattle, WA
    [Roberta Penn "Earshot Music Festival a Kaleidoscope of Musical Styles," Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 10]
  • 97.10.13 - Rob Schepps (ts), Nancy King (voc), Glen Moore (b), + surprise guest Sam Rivers (ts) /
    Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA [Paul De Barros Seattle Times Oct 16 p.G18]
  • 97.10.25 - Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... /
    Lynx Jazz Festival, 2:00 & 5:00pm, Orchid Garden Ballroom, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Oct 24 p.84; Cadence Vol.23 no.11 Nov p.125]

97.11.08 and 97.11.09 • Sam Rivers & Alexander Schlippenbach: Tangens

1998: FMP CD 99 (CD) Ger

November 8 & 9, 1997 / "Total Music Meeting," Podewil, 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 (ts, ss, fl), Alexander Schlippenbach (p)

{FMP CD 99}


  • 97.11.22 - Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... /
    9:00pm, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Nov 14 Calendar p.70]

97.11.22 • Sam Rivers Trio [SBR]

November 22, 1997, 8:00pm / Raymond James Community Room, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p)

{Ron Lyles 10.04.30; Cadence Vol.23 no.11 Nov p.125; Tampa Tribune Nov 17 p.4}


1998 : : :


98.01.22 thru 98.01.24 + 98.01.31 • Sam Rivers & Tony Hymas: Eight Day Journal

1998: Nato 777 726 (CD) 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]
— Tony Hymas Compositions "for Sam Rivers."

Sam Rivers (ts, ss), François Corneloup (ss, bar),
Sylvain Kassap (ss, bcl), Carol Robinson (cl, bcl),
Tony Hymas (p, Dir, Comp), Henry Lowther (tp, bgl),
Noël Akchoté (g), Rita Manning and Sonia Slany (vn),
Philip Dukes (va), Sophie Harris (ce),
Chris Lauvence (b), Paul Clarvis (dr)

{Nato 777 726; Video; La Tribune Jan 9, 1998}

—Artwork and Illustrations by Mœbius

  • 98.02.13 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Studio Session, "East Coast," FL
    [Scramble painting of the event: Live Performance, Framed Canvas, Drawing, 3ft x 4ft —www.scramblecampbell.com]
    "A special session in the Studio that Keith "Scramble" Campbell sat in on."

98.02.22 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Live on the Internet [Web Broadcast—45:00]

February 22, 1998, 8:00pm / Full Sail's 1998 Success Seminar, Full Sail Real World Education, Winter Park, FL
—A Concert in Real Time on WebStationZero

1. unknown titles [90:00]
—Broadcast was a 45:00 excerpt of the concert.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p), unknown others...

{www.fullsail.com; Peter Hulsen; Andrew Solberg at Full Sail; Matt Gorney Miles-list posting 98.02.19}


  • 98.03.05 - Sam Rivers: (no personnel details) / Jazz at Teatro Central, Sevilla, Spain [Cadence Vol.24 no.12, Dec '98 p.142]
  • 98.03.13 - Sam Rivers and his Dance Science Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... /
    9:30pm, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Feb 27 Calendar p.4]
  • 98.03.21 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    8:00pm, Rogers Room, Keene Hall, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
    ["Acts To Watch For This Week" The Orlando Sentinel Mar 20 Calendar p.8]

98.03.27 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra [AR]

March 27, 1998, 9:30pm / Gainesville Jazz & Pop Festival, Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL

1. unknown titles [ : ]
—First reference in quite some time to "The RivBea Orchestra" being used in media PR.

Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b), Anthony Cole (dr), others... "16-Piece"

{"Acts To Watch For This Week" The Orlando Sentinel Mar 20; Brian Carpenter; www.ink19.com/issues_F/98_05}


  • 98.04.11 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    9:00 and 11:00pm, Knitting Factory, NYC [The New York Times Apr 10 p.E27; Jeff Zeitz posting to Miles list 98.03.31]

98.04.12 • Sam Rivers Trio [AR—72:00]

April 12, 1998, 9:00 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]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p)

{CD-R; Jeff Zeitz posting to Miles list 98.03.31; The New York Times Apr 10 p.E27; Daily News Apr 5 Extra p.58}


  • 98.05.15 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    9:30pm, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL [The Orlando Sentinel Apr 24 Calendar p.7]

98.06.10 • Reggie Workman's Summit Conference [AR—79:59 & BR—61:00]

June 10, 1998, midnight! / New York Jazz Festival, Knitting Factory, New York City
—Broadcast BBC Radio3 September 5, 1998

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.)
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl), Julian Priester (tb), John Hicks (p), Reggie Workman (b), Pheeroan akLaff (dr)

{Broadcast and Audience CD-Rs}


98.06.11 • Sam Rivers & The RivBea Orchestra: Live on the Internet [Web Broadcast]

June 11, 1998, 7:00pm / Full Sail Real World Education Success Seminar Series, University of Central Florida Arena, Orlando, FL
—A Concert in Real Time on WebStationZero

1. unknown titles [ : ]
Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p), unknown others...

{Matt Gorney posting to Miles-list 98.06.10; live audio-video netcast, www.fullsail.com}


  • 98.06.18 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    9:00pm, Moto Lounge, Jacksonville, FL
    [Florida Times-Union Jun 12 p.D7; www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]

98.07.02 • Sam Rivers Trio [BR—23:46]

July 2, 1998 / Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, France

1. Impulse [12:19]
2. Beatrice [5:36]
3. unknown title [5:51]
Sam Rivers (ts, p, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr, p)

{CD-R; La Tribune Jun 26; www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm}


  • 98.07.04 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    Norway Jazz Festival [www.starbacks.ca/BourbonStreet/Delta/2370/tour.htm]
  • 98.07.10 - Sam Rivers & the RivBea Orchestra: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b), Anthony Cole (dr), unknown others...
    "17-Piece" / Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL
    [The Orlando Sentinel Jun 26 Calendar p.6]
  • 98.08.00 - Sam Rivers: (likely with Tony Hymas) / Le Bourg, Uzeste, France [Le Monde Aug 17]
    —Festival duration 08.16 to 08.23.
  • 98.08.29 - Sam Rivers Quartet: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Bobby Koeble (g), Kevin Stever (b), Anthony Cole (dr) /
    9:30pm, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL ["What's On" The Orlando Sentinel Aug 29 p.E2]
  • 98.09.03 - Sam Rivers Trio: Rivers (ts, ss, fl, p, voc, Comp), Doug Mathews (b, el-b, bcl), Anthony Cole (dr, ts, p) /
    Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [www.scramblecampbell.com]
  • 98.09.12 - Sam Rivers Trio: as above / Covered Dish, Gainesville, FL [www.starbacks.ca