March 9, 2011 – 3:36 am

SAM RIVERS R.I.P. 1923-2011
Saxophonist, flutist and composer Sam Rivers died on December 26, 2011 from pneumonia. He was 88.

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Brussels 1977 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Centré Culturel, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels, Belgium; October 19, 1977. Very good soundboard; slight hiss.

For many listeners, free jazz proponent Sam Rivers (saxophone, flute, harmonica, piano) is noted for being a member of the Miles Quartet in 1964 and who appeared on Miles In Tokyo.

In his Autobiography, Miles Davis recounted how Rivers joined the group.

I want to clear up the story about me wanting to get Eric Dolphy in my band when George Coleman left. Eric was a beautiful guy as far as his personality went, but I never liked his playing. He could play; I just didn’t like the way he played. A lot of people loved it; I know Trane did, and Herbie, Ron, and Tony [Williams] did, too.

When George quit, Tony did bring up Eric’s name, but I didn’t even consider him seriously. Sam Rivers was the man Tony was really pushing because he knew him from Boston and Tony’s like that; he was always pushing people he knew. Afterwards, around 1964 when Eric Dolphy died, I got a lot of criticism because I was quoted in a Leonard Feather blindfold test in Down Beat saying that Eric played “like somebody was standing on his foot”. The magazine came out just about the time Eric died, and everyone thought that was so cold-blooded. But I had said that months before.

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.

The wikipedia added that Rivers’ playing style was too free to be compatible with Davis’s music at this point, and he was soon replaced by Wayne Shorter.

Listening to these two sets here, 13 years after Rivers had played with Miles, it is not difficult to see the direction Rivers had taken. The two wouldn’t have stayed together.

Thanks to relyles for sharing these tracks in 2007.

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Disc 1
Track 01. First Set - 46:11 (74.0MB)
Track 01. First Set (alternative link)

Disc 2
Track 02. Second Set - 46:14 (cut at end) (74.0MB)
Track 02. Second Set (alternative link)

Both sets played as continuous performance with no pauses between songs.

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

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  1. 9 Responses to “SAM RIVERS - BRUSSELS 1977”

  2. hey bigo, now you’re talking. thanks!!!

    sam’s on my friends on facebook. he’s cool. we’ve talked a few times.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 9, 2011

  3. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Luis Torregrosa on Mar 9, 2011

  4. hey bigo, aurora is a good album. i have it in my library. on aurora it’s actually sam rivers and the rivbea orchestra so i’ll put this in that folder.

    i have a signed poster by him in my garage on my freezer.

    my friend, jamie saft, of john zorn fame played with sam rivers on the song on green dolphin street in orland, fl at the holiday inn in 1989.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 9, 2011

  5. The credits are slightly inaccurate. For instance Youseff Yancy is the third trumpeter. There is no french horn and no one named Youseff c
    chancey. George Adams is also not on this but rather the other saxophonist is Chico Freeman. How do I know I was very fortunately there. My name is Ahmed Abdullah. I would love to get a copy of this if it at all possible.

    By Ahmed Abdullah on Apr 9, 2011

  6. Hello Ahmed

    Glad to hear from you and thanks very much for the feedback. Regards.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 9, 2011

  7. hey ahmed, it’s a pleasure to talk to you. big fan of sun ra-mayan temples.

    bigo offered sun ra’s last show. here is it, if you’re interested in downloading it. it’s a nice one. it’s possible billy bang is on violin. i swear the announcer at the end says his name. i know you have played with him too. big fan of his album called outline no. 12. david murray also plays on it and khan jamal on vibes.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 9, 2011

  8. if anybody is interested,


    By Ed Saad on Feb 10, 2015

  9. new link, if anybody is interested.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 9, 2015

  10. Oh wow, thanks for re-upping this! Great stuff

    By Mark on Mar 11, 2015

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