Sam Rivers RIP

(Gibson) Jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers, a leading figure during the strikingly innovative post-World War II jazz period, died on Monday from pneumonia, the New York Times has reported.

Rivers was 88. A multi-instrumentalist, Rivers zeroed in on the tenor saxophone in the mid '40s, and soon became an integral part of the then-thriving Boston jazz scene. During the '60s he played with such seminal artists as Miles Davis, T-Bone Walker and Billie Holiday.

In the '70s, working out of his loft-apartment studio in New York's East Village, he made a series of albums that solidified his reputation as a central figure in New York's avant-garde jazz "loft scene." Later Rivers work extensively with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, who had been an early influence. more on this story

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