Waves (Sam Rivers album)

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Waves
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Studio album by Sam Rivers
Released 1978
Recorded August 8, 1978
Genre Jazz
Length44:04
Label Tomato
Sam Rivers chronology
Rendez-vous
(1977)
Waves
(1978)
Contrasts
(1979)

Waves is an album by American jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers featuring performances recorded in 1978 and released on the Tomato label. [1]

Sam Rivers American jazz musician and composer

Samuel Carthorne Rivers was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano.

The Tomato Music Co. Ltd., also known as Tomato Records, is an American independent record label founded in 1977 by music manager Kevin Eggers in New York City. A successor to his previous record labels Utopia and Poppy, the label was self-distributed and has released albums by influential artists such as Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lead Belly, Chris Smither, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone, Annette Peacock, Harry Partch, John Cage, Merle Haggard and Albert King. Rhino Records handled the distribution of Tomato Records' catalogue in the 1990s before initially disbanding. The label has since been revived in 2002.

Contents

Reception

The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars stating "An explosive late '70s set with underrated composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger Sam Rivers leading a strong quartet... Their array of contrasting voicings, with Rivers on tenor and soprano sax and flute, makes for compelling listening". [2]

Professional ratings
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Track listing

All compositions by Sam Rivers
  1. "Shockwave" - 14:58
  2. "Torch" - 7:05
  3. "Pulse" - 10:33
  4. "Flux" - 6:10
  5. "Surge" - 5:18
  • Recorded at Big Apple Studio in New York City on August 8, 1978

Personnel

Tenor saxophone type of saxophone

The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s. The tenor and the alto are the two most commonly used saxophones. The tenor is pitched in the key of B (while the Alto is pitched in the key of E), and written as a transposing instrument in the treble clef, sounding an octave and a major second lower than the written pitch. Modern tenor saxophones which have a high F key have a range from A2 to E5 (concert) and are therefore pitched one octave below the soprano saxophone. People who play the tenor saxophone are known as "tenor saxophonists", "tenor sax players", or "saxophonists".

Soprano saxophone the third smallest member of the saxophone family

The soprano saxophone is a higher-register variety of the saxophone, a woodwind instrument, invented in the 1840s. The soprano is the third smallest member of the saxophone family, which consists of the soprillo, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, contrabass saxophone and tubax. Soprano saxophones are the smallest saxophone in common use.

Flute musical instrument of the woodwind family

The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel–Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aerophones. A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, flautist, flutist or, less commonly, fluter or flutenist.

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References

  1. Sam Rivers sessionography accessed July 11, 2011
  2. 1 2 Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed July 11, 2011
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 169. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.