Sam Most

Sam Most ( born December 16, 1930 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, † June 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California ) was an American flutist and tenor saxophonist of the bebop and cool jazz. He was considered one of the pioneers and virtuoso player of the jazz flute; in the opinion of Leonard Feather, he was the " first creative jazz flutist. "


The younger brother of clarinetist Abe Most played in the 1940s in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey (1948 ), Boyd Raeburn Don Redman and. His first recordings under his own name he made in 1953, the other albums in the 1950s, followed ( in Bethlehem, Debut, prestige and vanguard ), with whom he established his reputation as one of the best jazz flutist and on which he partly also played clarinet. 1959 to 1961 he was a member of the band of Buddy Rich and then moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician. He took on his own albums ( in the 1970s at Xanadu, for example, Mostly Flute Flute Flight 1976, and 1976) and played in clubs in and around Los Angeles, partly with his brother Abe.

Most played with Herbie Mann, Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Red Norvo and Ali Ryerson. 2001 Edmond Goff turned on him the documentary " Sam Most - Jazz Flutist ". Most was a member of the Baha'i faith, and worked with other Baha'i musicians.