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I was reminiscing on facebook this morning about Peter Gabriel:

I met him once. We went to see Genesis during the Trick of the Tail/Wind and the Wuthering tour at Madison Square Garden. We were standing outside and this bald guy with two huge guys in football jerseys comes up to me, shakes my hand and says hi. I didn’t know who he was. Later he was running around on stage with Phil Collins, there was a note about it in Rolling Stone and I figured out who shook my hand. I think I was only 17 or 18.

Rolling Stone should check their own archives before writing things like this: Flashback: Peter Gabriel Reunites With Genesis in 1982

The two solo shows I attended later were from the Security tour. First, at the very beginning at Livingston College/Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ and then later at the much larger Mann Music Center in Philly. This was the tour that became the album Plays Live.


Summertime: Number 9A 1948 Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Purchased 1

Tyshawn Sorey – the Inner Spectrum of Variables
Spooky Tooth – It’s All About
Spooky Tooth – Spooky Tooth Two
Anderson/Stolt – Invention of Knowledge
Gong – Angels Egg
Focus – Hamburger Concerto
Dorthy Ashby – Django/Misty
Premiata Forneria Marconi – Chocolate Kings
Premiata Forneria Marconi – Cook
Dixie Dregs – Night of the Living Dregs
Peter Gabriel – Live in Athens 1987
Peter Gabriel – Plays Live
Peter Gabriel – Birdy

Summertime: Number 9A 1948 Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Purchased 1


Frank Zappa – Philadelphia 76
Meredith Monk – Dolmen Music
Focus – Live at the Rainbow
Harold Budd – Three White Roses and a Budd
Gentle Giant – Free Hand
Gentle Giant – In a Glass House
Steve Hillage – For To Next – And Not Or
Dorothy Ashby – Hip Harp
Dorothy Ashby – Afro-Harping
The Rubyat of Dorothy Ashby
Dorothy Ashby – Dorthy’s Harp
Philip Catherine – Nairam
Samla Mammas Manna – Samla Mammas Manna
Pete Namlook – Permutations
Pascal Roge – Ravel: Piano Works


from the Sam Rivers Sessonography

77.00.00 (3) • Sam Rivers & Stanley Crouch Duo [Street Fight]
“Summer, 1977” / Soho, New York City

1. smooth uppercut [0:01]
Sam Rivers (probably a right), Stanley Crouch (on the chin)

“I saw Stanley Crouch get decked by Sam Rivers one time, that was a great experience, Sam Rivers laid him out cold right on the stage.”
—Eugene Chadbourne [WIRE #117 November 1993 p.40]

“The book begins with thumbnail sketches of the various jazz styles that have evolved over the past century—bop, boogie-woogie, cool, free improv, etc.—and concludes with longer essays on history and genre, the earlier ones mostly by Scott Yanow and some excellent later ones by Eugene Chadbourne including ‘Loft Jazz’, the ‘NYC Scene 1980-2000’ and the ‘Chicago Scene 1980-2000’. Chadbourne explains how tension rose as critic Stanley Crouch and saxophonist Sam Rivers organised rival loft festivals in Summer 1977; in a fight on the streets of SoHo, Rivers got the better of Crouch, which some believe began the latter’s dislike of avant garde jazz.”
—All Music Guide To Jazz reviewed by Andy Hamilton [WIRE #232 p.82]

“What some considered the death knell of the loft jazz scene came in the Summer of 1977, which found Sam Rivers and Stanley Crouch organizing festivals scheduled for the same time, on the same street. Rivers noticed that many of the same musicians he was presenting were advertised for Crouch’s surprise event, and delivered an ultimatum that anyone participating in Crouch’s festival would be cancelled from RivBea. Since Crouch’s was strictly a door-money deal (no guarantees), many musicians bowed out of Crouch’s festival. At least one musician opted for RivBea, not because of the ultimatum, but upon learning of plans to tape his show & possibly make a record (without working out pay for the musicians who’d be recorded). Tensions heightened, and finally climaxed on the streets of Soho when a fight broke out, and Sam Rivers purportedly delivered a “smooth uppercut” to the competition; an event that some believe to be the source of Crouch’s dislike of avant-garde jazz.”
—Eugene Chadbourne []

“Let’s set the record straight. I was there, in front of Joe Lee Wilson’s The Ladies Fort, taking photos. Sam did come hustling up 2nd Street and confronted Crouch, but no punches were thrown by either party. Sam was particularly mad that Crouch had decided to put on a festival at the Tin Palace in conflict with the one Sam had going on around the corner at Rivbea. Joe Lee was also booked. The problem was not only the temporal overlap, but the musician overlap. Crouch was trying to take over the scene. He was succeeding. That night at Sam’s, Hamiett Bluiett came out solo, dressed in a dashiki, and angrily lectured the audience on ‘free music.’ ‘My music ain’t free; you got to pay,’ he insisted.
He then blew away the house. That was the death knell for Rivbea.”
—William Ellenberg 12.12.24

Sam Rivers confirmed to me in conversation that he had indeed knocked Stanley down. —RL
{Eugene Chadbourne; WIRE #117 November 1993 p.40; WIRE #232 p.82;}

Barry Harris at the Jazz Workshop
Baby Face Willette – Behind the Eight Ball
Charlie Christian – Genius of Electric Guitar, disc 1 & 2
The Exciting New Organ of Don Patterson
Joe Henderson – Page One
Sonny Stitt and Barry Harris – NYC Jazz Masters ’72
Keith Jarrett – Staircase
Harold Budd – Glyph
Harold Budd – Perhaps
Henry Cow – Western Culture
Henry Cow – Unrest
Stickmen – Deep
Stickmen – Open
Chick Corea – Solo Piano, 2014
Chick Corea – Further Explorations
Chick Corea – Childrens Songs
Einojuhani Rautavarra – Angel of Light, Annunciations
Einojuhani Rautavarra – Cantus Arcticus, Piano Concerto no.1
Einojuhani Rautavarra – Symphony no.6 and Cello Concerto
Einojuhani Rautavarra – Angels and Visitations
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