Sam Rivers – Waves (Full Album)

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Waves is an album by American jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers featuring performances recorded in 1978 and released on the Tomato label.

AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn:
An explosive late ’70s set with underrated composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger Sam Rivers leading a strong quartet. While bassist and cellist Dave Holland and percussionist Thurman Barker merged to form a strong, challenging rhythm section, Rivers and Joe Daley, playing tuba and baritone horn, worked together to create instrumental dialogues in sequence. Their array of contrasting voicings, with Rivers on tenor and soprano sax and flute, makes for compelling listening (

Track listing:
All compositions by Sam Rivers
“Shockwave” – 14:58
“Torch” – 7:05
“Pulse” – 10:33
“Flux” – 6:10
“Surge” – 5:18
Recorded at Big Apple Studio in New York City on August 8, 1978

Sam Rivers – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, piano
Dave Holland – bass, cello
Joe Daley – tuba, baritone horn
Thurman Barker – drums, percussion


Released: 1978
Recorded: August 8, 1978
Length: 44:04
Label: Tomato