Sam Rivers, Waves

Steve Smith

By Steve Smith

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
One of the loft-jazz scene point man’s most potent records.

Among the most technically proficient artists the avant-garde has produced, reedist Sam Rivers did time in bands led by Miles Davis and Tony Williams before establishing himself as a prolific composer and recording artist in the '60s. Rivers kept busy in the '70s, switching mid-decade from Impulse to a steady procession of independent labels. He also became a focal point of New York's burgeoning loft-jazz scene, housing concerts regularly in his home, which he dubbed Studio Rivbea. Waves, among the most potent records in Rivers's catalogue, finds him working alongside bassist Dave Holland (a regular collaborator) and inventive percussionist Thurman Barker; Joe Daley, on baritone horn and tuba, is both a nimble sparring partner and a hefty rhythm-section reinforcement.