In 2011 we bid farewell to some unique voices in the jazz world. I don’t think there’s much I can say about Sam Rivers and Paul Motian that hasn’t been said elsewhere; their music speaks for itself and is the greatest testament to the legacy they leave behind. And not to leave out Bob Brookmeyer, but unfortunately, I have no live recordings of his to share.
Sam Rivers had a brief stint touring with the Miles Davis Quintet before Wayne Shorter joined the group. A live recording was issued as Miles in Tokyo detailing their Tokyo concert on July 14th, 1964. The following evening, they performed in Kyoto, and here’s an unreleased recording of that concert from July 15th, 1964:
all audio is in FLAC format
Also, I highly recommend checking out Larry Young’s album Into Somethin’ with Sam Rivers, Elvin Jones and Grant Green. Those late 60’s albums feature Elvin in his prime and it’s great hearing Sam Rivers in the group.
My first offering here is a Paul Motian trio you probably aren’t familiar with, featuring David Izenzon on bass and Charles Brackeen on tenor and soprano sax. This concert is from Germany in 1977:
and finally, a trio performance from Sweet Basil’s in 1984 with Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell: