(FMP CD 82)
Sam Rivers demonstrates the full range of his talents on this classic solo recording. At this Berlin concert, he jumps nimbly between piano, soprano and tenor saxophones, and flute. These concise tracks showcase Rivers at the peak of his powers, alternating between intense lyricism, dazzling pyrotechnics, and stately introspections. Highly listenable and simply riveting, this is one of his finest albums!
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"At 67, Sam Rivers has a staggering curriculum vitae – he’s backed everyone from Billie Holiday to BB King to Miles Davis to Cecil Taylor, originated the idea of artist-run lofts for militantly free music, and presented an evening at Carnegie Hall. Even so, he must regard Portrait as an exceptional achievement it provides documentary evidence that he held one of the sternest New Music audiences in the palm of his hand for 76 minutes." - The Wire
"His artistry, his technique, is rare today. This is a disc that deserves to be listened to in its entirety." - Cadence
"Sam Rivers is at the height of his creative powers. The proof lies in Portrait." - Jazziz
Four stars - Penguin Guide to Jazz
Four stars - All Music Guide
Sam Rivers: tenor & soprano saxophone, flute, piano, voice
Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on June 17th & 18th, 1995, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.