Sam Rivers: Beatrice




Sam Rivers (tenor sax)


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Sam Rivers (tenor sax),

Nol Akchot (guitar), Tony Hymas (piano), Paul Rogers (bass), Jacques Thollot (drums)


Composed by Sam Rivers


Recorded: Pernes-les-Fontaines, France, Spring 1996


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

This ballad (played here at a rather swift tempo) is one of Sam Rivers's most famous compositions, and its fame is deserved. In the sympathetic company of a French-British team that has long admired him, the horn player from Boston gives his best. His tenor has a suave, almost liquid delivery that will make many listeners wonder why Rivers is so often associated with free jazz and raunchy playing. Well, he can do both, but on this song dedicated to his wife, he obviously decided to show "the gentle side of Sam Rivers."

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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  • 1 shirley // Apr 06, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    Is this Sam Rivers that had a brother Gator?