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Chris Potter: Way Above Ground with Underground

By Published: June 29, 2009
"I think my approach early in my career was to play as much as humanly possible. Do everything you possibly can. Which is good. That's when one of the difficulties young jazz musicians have sometimes. They don't have the chance to perform as much as the guys did back in the 50s or 60s. [Back then] you might be somewhere for two months and then go somewhere else for two months and have the chance to play every night. It's not like that anymore, unless you're willing to go on the road a ton and fortunate to be getting calls from a bunch of people, because no one has that much work by themselves. That's just the way the business is now. In the past few years, I've been trying to cut back to a few things I really want to do, in order to get deeper into my own music and what I want to say."

That's a good thing for music, as his latest recording shows. There's a lot more to come from this young musician who doesn't seem ready to stand pat or get comfortable and predictable. It's really not in his makeup. It will be a pleasure to watch this continuing journey. It could be among the more special trips that the jazz world will experience.

Selected Discography

Chris Potter, Ultrahang (ArtistShare, 2009)
Chris Potter, Song for Anyone (Sunnyside Records, 2007)
Chris Potter, Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard (Sunnyside Records, 2007)
Dave Holland, Critical Mass (Sunnyside Records, 2006)
Chris Potter, Underground (Sunnyside Records, 2006)
Chris Potter, Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard (Sunnyside Records, 2004)
Chris Potter, Traveling Mercies (Verve, 2002)
Dave Holland, Not for Nothin' (ECM, 2002)
Dave Douglas, Not for Nothin (Bluebird, 2002)
Chris Potter, Gratitude (Verve, 2001)
Steely Dan, Two Against Nature (Warner Bros., 2000)
Joanne Brackeen, Pink Elephant Magic (Arkadia, 1999)
Chris Potter, Vertigo (Concord, 1998)
Chris Potter, Unspoken (Concord, 1997)
Chris Potter, Concentric Circles (Concord, 1994)
Chris Potter, Presenting Chris Potter (Criss Cross, 1994)

Marian McPartland, In My Life (Concord, 1993)

Photo Credits

Page 1: Courtesy of Chris Potter

Page 2: Rogan Coles

Page 3: Ziga Koritnik

Page 4: Rogan Coles

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