Today Enid Oklahoma native Sam Rivers passed into another dimension of music. Every Rivers fans is listening to endless Sam Rivers albums right now. Maybe an early recording from a 1964 album or the final jams in 2006 from the Rivbea Orchestra. With nearly 50 years of jazz, Sam rarely strayed from the free jazz format.
Sam’s music fell into the broad category of free jazz, or pure jazz, or improv jazz. In any desscription the music still is what it is. Brain Magic.
This music experience could be compared to having your head cracked opened with a bat, then brain magic poured in, and then sewn back together.
While Herbie Hancock learned to play on Sam’s early Blue Note albums, Sam sat patiently while the young musician learned. He never stood in the path of any musician. If you were listening from London, England or a High School auditorium it was all the same.
“Teach the truth to the young black youth!”
Sam Rivers & Rivbea All-Star Orchestra Rehearsal Parts 1-3
Pure smooth melodies torn apart and then tactfully put back together. Sam’s audiences were typically stunned. confused, elated, aggravated, overjoyed and ultimately pleased. This was the strange dynamic of the Sam Rivers experience.
Bringing in local musicans, starting from a free jazz platform and developing a sound right before your ears and eyes. Torturous and rewarding experiences are real, just like real jazz is. Soft melodies followed by loud horns that really rip your fucking face off.
Sam’s carrer started in NY, spanned the globe, finished in Eatonville, Florida – with most of his later performances at Will’s pub with drummer Anthony Cole. Which is where I learned the legend in person, and remain awed.
R.I.P. Sam. Endless Sam Rivers available on Spotify.
Tell them what they missed.
Sam Rivers Quartet 1989 – Beatrice
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2.UPS (Dunc of DTMD Remix) 02:37
3.My Love (Georgia Muldrow RMX) (free) 02:17
4.Blink (Def Dee Remix) 03:18
5.Friction [MarvWon Remix] 02:18
6.Growth (14KT Remix) (free) 03:00
7.Detroit (prod. Apollo Brown) 02:49
8.Friends Like These (Amdex Remix) 04:05
9.Masterplan (Illastrate Remix) 05:31
10.Understanding (Audible Doctor Remix) 04:06
11.Marinate (Has-Lo Remix) 02:19
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