Sam Rivers (saxophone, flute jazz musician)

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Samuel Carthorne Rivers (September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011) was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano.

Active in jazz since the early 1950s, he earned wider attention during the mid-1960s spread of free jazz. With a thorough command of music theory, orchestration and composition, Rivers was an influential and prominent artist in jazz music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Fuchsia Swing Song Sam Rivers 2
1965 Contours Sam Rivers 2
1974 Crystals Sam Rivers 1
1980 Contrasts Sam Rivers 1
1988 Dimensions and Extensions Sam Rivers 1
1992 Salutes the Saxophone Roots - Arthur Blythe, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, Don Pullen, Santi Debriano, Tommy Campbell 1
1997 Hints on Light and Shadow Julian Priester, Sam Rivers 1
2002 Waves Sam Rivers 1
2004 Vista Sam Rivers 1
2004 Purple Violets Sam Rivers 1
Inspiration Sam Rivers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions Sam Rivers 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 The Dedication Series, Volume XII: The Live Trio Sessions Sam Rivers 1
2004 Celebration Sam Rivers 1
2012 Reunion: Live in New York Sam Rivers & Dave Holland & Barry Altschul 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Streams Sam Rivers 1
1998 Trio Live Sam Rivers 1

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