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Chris Potter Quartet and Melissa Aldana Group at SFJAZZ

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Chris Potter Quartet/ Melissa Aldana Group SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA June 13, 2017 It is rare that two saxophonists share a bill with their quartets. It's even less common when one of the two is female. The two were Chris Potter and Melissa Aldana, and they shared the stage at SFJAZZ in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. Aldana seemingly came out of nowhere to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 2013, ...

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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

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Saxophonist/composer Chris Potter's two previous ECM albums as leader both had a “special project" air about them. The Sirens (2013) was inspired by the epic poem The Odyssey, and featured an unusual quintet with two keyboardists. Imaginary Cities (2015) featured the Underground Orchestra, an expansive lineup of his Underground quartet plus two bassists, percussion, and string quartet. For this third release Potter presents a new acoustic quartet. It's not a studio band: the recording sessions were preceded by a long ...

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Mihaly Dresch Quartet with Chris Potter: Zea

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Hungarian reedman Mihaly Dresch is one of the more prominent jazz artists in Eastern Europe and generally sets high standards for his work. On this beautifully crafted live outing with American sax great Chris Potter, the ensemble melds tuneful melodies with Hungarian folk, dirge-like balladry, hyper-mode bop and progressive jazz via an uplifting mode of operations amid high-flying motifs and buoyant storylines. Potter contributes 2 tracks, but the opener “Togo," is a composition by famed drummer Ed Blackwell, ...

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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

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Multi-reedist and composer Chris Potter has been an in-demand artist since his late teen years when he began playing the New York clubs. With a diverse catalog that runs from Steely Dan to regular collaborations with Dave Holland, Potter has picked up a number of Grammy nominations and wins. His versatile abilities have made him equally at home touring with the lyrical Jim Hall or recording in the angular style of Steve Swallow's Damaged in Transit (WATT/ECM, 2003). The Dreamer ...

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Chris Potter Quartet at Village Vanguard

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Chris Potter Quartet Village Vanguard Greenwich Village, NY February 14, 2016 After showing so strongly at New York's 2016 Winter Jazzfest, Chris Potter and his quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore took the Village Vanguard by weeklong storm. The final performance dropped on Valentine's Day during this winter's coldest snap, filling the evening air with more than enough passion to combat the freeze. Among Potter's many gifts--he ...

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NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

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NYC Winter JazzfestNew York, NYJanuary 13-17, 2016 If you make the rounds in New York City on any night of the week, during any week of the year, there's always an abundance of quality jazz to hear. But when NYC Winter Jazzfest takes hold, the cup truly runneth over. This massive annual event amplifies this already-vibrant scene, bringing it to critical mass while drawing in jazz fans, musicians, and industry members from near and far. ...

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ECM Fest at SFJAZZ

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ECM Fest SFJAZZSan Francisco, CA March 26-29, 2015 In 1969, German record producer Manfred Eicher founded ECM, a label which would change music history. Since then his “Edition of Contemporary Music" imprint has more than lived up to its name, issuing well over a thousand albums by classic jazz, experimental, world and classical artists. A small yet brilliant portion of that artistry was brought to San Francisco's SFJAZZ for ...

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Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities

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Writing jazz music, says Chris Potter, is “a bit of a zen exercise." “A lot of what you're thinking about when you're writing is the stuff that's not there. You're thinking about the solos and the way the band is going to play it together--things that can't be notated." For Imaginary Cities, his eighteenth and most recent album as bandleader, composition presented the saxophonist with a greater challenge than usual on account of just how much ...

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A Fireside Chat With Chris Potter

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This article was originally published in December 2001.I remember first seeing Chris Potter playing with Paul Motian and most recently with the highly regarded Dave Holland Quintet. His improvement in the two or so years time is nothing short of remarkable. I can only compare his development with Scott Colley, who happens (and not just by chance) to appear on Potter's Verve debut, Gratitude, a tribute/dedication/thank you to a who's who of saxophonists. Potter has had one hell ...


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