Sam Rivers holds a rare place in the hierarchy of contemporary jazz. Since the late 1950s, he has shared stages with legendary figures across the spectrum, from one-of-a-kind vocalist Billie Holiday and bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie to chameleonlike bandleader Miles Davis and out-jazz founder Cecil Taylor. An essential link to the music's early traditions and a spiritual guru to the next-wave avant-garde, Rivers is one of the last living bridges between the old... More >>>