A funny thing happened to Sam Rivers on the way to his 68th birthday last Friday--he turned 75. Every reference book and liner note states his birth year as 1930. He professes not to understand why, cheefully affirming the correct year as 1923, a difference that holds more than actuarial interest. When Rivers first came to attention, in 1964, touring with Miles Davis and recording his sadly out-of-print Blue Note cult classic, Fuchsia Swing Song, he was considered a late bloomer, someone who, along with Jaki Byard--whose own 75th birthday, in 1997, was not celebrated nearly enough--had spent more than a decade in the... More >>>
By Hiroyuki Ito
Sam Rivers (left), with Chico Freeman, Gary Thomas, Steve Coleman, and Greg Osby.