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New sounds from Chris Potter, Matthew Shipp, Sunjae Lee and more

Read "New sounds from Chris Potter, Matthew Shipp, Sunjae Lee and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This show features albums by Chris Potter, Matthew Shipp Trio with Nicole Mitchell, Sunjae Lee and Quinsin Nachoff together with releases from vocalists Angela Verbrugge and Karin Plato, and one or two surprises in between... Playlist Chris Potter “Hold It" from Circuits (Edition) 00:00 Matthew Shipp Trio invites Nicole Mitchell “Elements" from All Things Are (RogueArt) 07:41 Quinsin Nachoff's Flux “Path of Totality" from Path of Totality (Whirlwind Recordings) 15:45 Angela Verbrugge “Si Tu Pudieras Quererme (You ...

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An Embarrassment of Riches

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It's a great time to be a jazz lover, with so many fantastic new releases that it's almost overwhelming. To quote Shakespeare, it's an embarrassment of riches! This week we have handpicked some of the most exciting new music, from giants like Bill Frisell and Chris Potter to indie upstarts and international artists like Theon Cross and Hard Swing Mango. Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Theon Cross “Activate (feat. Moses ...

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Chris Potter: Circuits

Read "Circuits" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Circuits is, stylistically, relatively far removed from Chris Potter's previous album, The Dreamer Is The Dream (ECM, 2017) but is certainly no less attractive. Whilst the earlier album is, generally, more sedate (with some exceptions), this record is full of heterogeneous, unanticipated delights and handbrake rhythm turns. That said, the short-ish opener, “Invocation," with Potter on bass clarinet, atypically evinces a Duke Ellington-ish charm with an emphasis on elegant counterpoint. This makes “Hold It" sound funky by contrast. But it's ...

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Chris Potter: Circuits

Read "Circuits" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Reedman Chris Potter is one of the most influential and inventive improvisors of these times. Circuits is Potter and keyboardist James Francies, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Linley Marthe For more than two decades Potter's limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing have wowed critics, musicians and fans. Following three acclaimed albums on ECM, Circuits sees Potter with a new home at Edition Records and a return to groove, echoing his music from his earlier Underground ...

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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

Read "The Dreamer Is the Dream" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

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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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

Read "The Dreamer Is the Dream" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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 ...