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A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" while Jazz Times identified him as "a figure of international renown." Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, "one of the best musicians around," a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine's 2008 Readers Poll. A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark's Jazzpar Prize, Potter's impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums

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Origin

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Remembering; On the Horizon; Dear Autumn; Winter Blues; Promise of Spring; Summer Rising; Midnight Waves; Angel Eyes; Rise Up; Hesitation.

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Rituals

Label: Double Moon Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Adoration I; Adoration II; Adoration III; Sacrifice I; Sacrifice II; Rebirth; Dawn; The Wheel; Wine Dark Sea; Okinawa.

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Article: Album Review

Joey Alexander: Origin

Read "Origin" reviewed by Peter Jones


Pianist Joey Alexander was never going to spend his life churning out standards. You could tell from his reimagined version of “Giant Steps," the first track on his 2015 debut album, which begins with a dazzling two-minute solo introduction. The same album also features an original tune, the prowling “Ma Blues." It was clearly only going ...

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Article: Album Review

Peter Madsen's CIA Trio: 88 Butterfly

Read "88 Butterfly" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Veteran pianist & composer Peter Madsen, despite having accompanied or mentored such leading lights and legends as Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Ravi Coltrane, Stan Getz, Roy Hargrove and Benny Golson, seems to prefer a career flying under the proverbial radar. But there is always something to write home about when his new music comes down the ...

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Article: Album Review

David Virelles: Nuna

Read "Nuna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Cuban-born pianist/composer David Virelles has never been far from the top of the jazz profession in his recording career. His initial appearance as a sideman was with Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett on her 2001 Blue Note release Alma de Santiago. Early in his career he studied with Henry Threadgill and played with Steve Coleman, Chris ...

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Article: Album Review

Justin Chart: The Scarlet Jazz Room

Read "The Scarlet Jazz Room" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Improvisation is one of the key elements of jazz, and it isomething listeners expect to hear in most performances. However, it is often a part of the overall composition, which is based around a central melody. But saxophonist Justin Chart takes improvisation a step further with The Scarlet Jazz Room. This album relies almost entirely on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz

Read "Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spurred by a number of recent albums, this week's edition of Mondo Jazz focuses on projects that blur the lines between jazz music and classical music. This segment's playlist features inspired and open interpretations of works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Henry Purcell as well as recent jazz compositions that are rooted in the classical canon. ...

Article: Album Review

Jim McNeely Frankfurt Radio Big Band feat. Chris Potter: Rituals

Read "Rituals" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Commissionata dall'Alte Oper Frankfurt a Jim McNeely nell'ambito del festival dedicato a Stravinsky del 2013, quest'originale esecuzione de “Le Sacre du Printemps" è stata registrata due anni dopo in studio e viene pubblicata solo ora. Assieme all'arrangiatore di Chicago, i protagonisti sono Chris Potter al sax tenore e soprano, e la Frankfurt Radio Big Band.

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Oli Astral

Read "Take Five with Oli Astral" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Oli Astral The musical universe of Montreal-Canadian guitarist Oli Astral (Olivier Grenier-Bédard) is a fusion between the sound of modern jazz guitar, digital music technology, and visual projection. At 32, Oli Astral embarked on the adventure of From the Astral (2022), his first album as a leader. The latter is an active member of the ...


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