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Sam Most (Samuel Most) is a Los Angeles-based jazz flautist and tenor saxophonist. Along with Frank Wess, he is one of the first jazz flautists. He was born on December 16, 1930, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He has a brother, clarinetist, Abe Most, with whom he has performed.

Early in his career (in the 1950s) he played with Tommy Dorsey, Boyd Raeburn and Don Redman. He also did session work for Chris Connor, Paul Quinichette and Teddy Wilson. He was a member of the Buddy Rich band from 1950 to 1961. [1]

He was the subject of a documentary film in 2001, "Sam Most, Jazz Flutist." He is a member of the Bahá'í Faith and has collaborated with other Bahá'í musicians as well.[2][3]

Recorded, as Sam Most (leader) with Prestige, Debut (reissued on Xanadu), Vanguard, and Bethlehem.


  • Mostly Flute - Sam Most - Xanadu 1237
  • Flute Talk - Sam Most & Joe Farrell - Xanadu 3001
  • From The Attic Of My Mind - Sam Most - Xanadu 160
  • Flute Flight - Sam Most - Xanadu 141
  • Herbie Mann-Sam Most Quintet - Herbie Mann and Sam Most (1956) (Most Rhino / Wea)
  • Complete Recordings - Sam Most & Bob Dorough - (Lonehill Jazz Spain)
  • Any Time Any Season - Sam Most (Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute) - (1987)


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