No mention of Sam Rivers at the Grammys yesterday. Not even in memoriam. He only had a career that spanned 7 decades, that’s all. No big deal…
Not to get into a jazz culture war, because that’s a battle I just can’t win, but the fact that this record languishes somewhere in the Blue Note vaults while every Art Blakey crash or Jimmy Smith bleat ever recorded gets a shimmering new Rudy Van Gelder Edition remaster is suspect. “Beatrice,” Sam Rivers, Fuchsia Swing Song
Fuchsia Swing Song isn’t languishing. It was remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman for Music Matters on LP, directly from RVG’s master tapes. I have compared it to the original pressing. The Music Matters pressing is the definitive version. I wrote a review on it last year. See it here.
For those not into records, it will probably see a release in the future from Audio Wave.
Sam Rivers and unidentified music lover.
Rare photo from the Vancouver Jazz Society’s legendary (albeit short-lived) venue on Fourth Avenue at Trafalgar Street in Vancouver. The back of Abdul Wadud’s head can also be seen.
Jaki Byard recorded quite a bit with Charles Mingus and Booker Ervin. He also recorded with Eric Dolphy and Dannie Richmond. Ervin, Dolphy, Richmond and Byard all played in various Mingus lineups, so these men knew each other quite well. All their recordings are great, but one recording that really shows the dexterity and sheer genius of Jaki Byard is ‘Fuchsia Swing Song’ on Blue Note records by Sam Rivers. I can’t recommend it enough. Every reissue of it ends up going out of print. That should tell you something.
Essential Listening - The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions (Mosaic Boxset)