The first time I learned of Sam Rivers was when a good friend of mine showed me the song Beatrice (named after his wife and manager, wh died a few years ago as well)... which is to this day one of my favorite songs to play at a session. It's a ballad - original in it's approach but not heady... in essence not trying to be anything it is not. I think that is what I always appreciated about Sam Rivers' music. He played out and he played in. He had a beautiful raw sound and was most definitely an original voice.
Thanks for your music Sam,