Sam Rivers  

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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.

Rivers was born in Enid, Oklahoma. 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.


As leader

As Sideman

"With [Barry Altschul] "You Can't Name Your Own Tune" (32 Jazz, Muse) With Steven Bernstein

  • Diaspora Blues (Tzadik, 2002)

With Miles Davis

  • Miles in Tokyo (Columbia, 1964)

With Brian Groder

  • Torque (2007)

With Andrew Hill

With the Dave Holland Quartet

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Jason Moran

  • Black Stars, (Blue Note, 2001)

With Music Revelation Ensemble

  • In the Name of..., (DIW, 1993)

With Don Pullen

with Cecil Taylor

With Alexander von Schlippenbach

  • Tangens (FMP, 1998)

With Tony Williams

With Larry Young


  • City Of Neighbourhoods, (2004)

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