A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Potter’s music shows limitless creativity and a vibrant sense of swing, prompting critics, musicians, and fans alike to cite him as the one of the finest saxophonists today. Throughout his career, Potter has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock, and has toured the world over with the Dave Holland Quintet, the Overtone Quartet, and his own projects like the jazz-funk group, Chris Potter’s Underground.
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From Westword Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2015 By Jon Solomon 4. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra — Imaginary Cities (ECM) While Potter’s previous album, 2013’s The Sirens, was quite ambitious in scope, the brilliant reedsman takes things a step further with a much larger ensemble that includes string players. 5. The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman — The Bad Plus Joshua...
Posted Dec 30th, 2015
From Jazz Police Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, “Imaginary Cities” (ECM, 2015) By: Andrea Canter Imaginary Cities is the recording debut of Chris Potter’s new Underground Orchestra, an expansion of his long-standing Underground Quartet (Adam Rogers, Craig Taborn and Nate Smith). With Potter on tenor and soprano saxes as well as bass clarinet, Rogers on guitars, Taborn on piano and Smith...
Posted Nov 4th, 2015
At a time when so many so-called blues and jazz festivals rarely feature artists in those genres, it’s been refreshing to see the Toronto Jazz Festival return somewhat to its genre roots this year. For local lovers of contemporary jazz, the grouping of Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland appealed as a potential TJF highlight. That it...
Posted Jun 30th, 2015
It was a quartet so new they don’t even have a name. That didn’t stop the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival from giving bassist Dave Holland, saxophonist Chris Potter, guitarist Lionel Loueke and drummer Eric Harland a prime slot this week. Their reputations as jazz artists preceded them. Holland, who has performed with the likes of Miles Davis and Chick Corea...
Posted Jun 22nd, 2015
From NPR Music Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet by Becca Pulliam Now in his early 40s, Chris Potter is “the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation,” according to New York Times jazz writer Nate Chinen. Potter and JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater have just come off three months with the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, traveling the country by...
Posted Apr 25th, 2014
from NPR Chris Potter Quartet At The Village Vanguard At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we’re about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who’s launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens. To listen to the full set click...
Posted May 23rd, 2013
from The Boston Globe Saxophonist presents a different jazz ‘Odyssey’ By Jeremy D. Goodwin Chris Potter isn’t shy about crediting his influences — his 2001 album, “Gratitude,” comes complete with on-the-nose subtitles identifying the saxophone greats whose styles inspired each song. But for his latest album, he reached back a bit further than Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, choosing Homer’s...
Posted Mar 12th, 2013
from Something Else! Reviews Chris Potter – The Sirens By S. Victor Aaron Combined with his own vast facility and adventurous spirit, stints with Steely Dan, Dave Holland, Paul Motian and most recently, Pat Metheny’s Unity Band have made Chris Potter one of the best known and accoladed saxophonists of his generation. Tracing his solo career on record, we can...
Posted Feb 13th, 2013
from The New York Times Sax Inspiration In a Greek Epic By Nate Chinen Since recording his first album just over 20 years ago, Chris Potter has earned his stature as the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation, an improviser of deft insight and athletic poise. His high profile as a sideman — in the studio with Steely Dan,...
Posted Feb 5th, 2013
Release Date: January 29, 2013 “The Sirens” is acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter’s ECM debut as a leader, an album of mood and melody inspired by The Odyssey – both its epic atmosphere and its timeless humanity. Potter – who has featured on many ECM albums by Dave Holland and Steve Swallow, as well as making a profound contribution to the...
Posted Jan 29th, 2013
From Jazzpolice.com By:Andrea Canter Saxophonist Chris Potter has a thick resume dating back to his first gig in 1989 with Red Rodney, including his selection as the youngest winner of the Danish Jazzpar Prize, releasing 19 albums as leader, and playing with such stars as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Ray Brown, John Scofield, Dave Douglas, Steve...
Posted Sep 3rd, 2012
From All About Jazz Catching Up With Chris Potter: The Personal Stamp By: R.J. Deluke Chris Potter is one of the most visible saxophonists on the scene in recent years. There are reasons for that. Not only does he have incredible chops, inner drive, intensity and the impulse to always be creative—as if that’s not enough—he can fit into any...
Posted Aug 27th, 2012
From The Australian By: Ashleigh Wilson Chris Potter, modern master of the jazz tradition It’s jazz, so we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. To mention the name Chris Potter to a jazz fan doesn’t invite the same response as, say, whispering the words One Direction to a teenage girl. For a start, there’s no screaming. But the quiet devotion is...
Posted May 23rd, 2012
From londonjazz.blogspot.com Chris Potter Ensemble at Cheltenham By: Jon Turney Last seen at Cheltenham in the all- star Overtone Quartet, Chris Potter returned with something completely different: an intriguingly instrumented group of Birmingham Conservatoire students. They had worked with the leader to present pieces from his 2007 recording Song for Everyone. Its string and wind trios enrich the settings for...
Posted May 6th, 2012
from Financial Times As the Cheltenham Jazz Festival showcases saxophonist Chris Potter, he talks about balancing performance with composition By: Mike Hobart Chris Potter is the stand-out tenor sax technician of our times, with the same hard-edged fluency, harmonic know-how and pinpoint timing that marked out the late Michael Brecker. His 15 albums stretch from hard-edged fusion to the straight-ahead,...
Posted Apr 10th, 2012
From jazzwisemagazine.com Chris Potter Quartet shows its fire power at Ronnie Scott’s By: Stephen Graham Chris Potter brought the six-night Jazzwise to the Power of 15 festival at Ronnie Scott’s to a rousing close on Saturday night following support from talented newcomer singer Sara Mitra. Potter began his two nights at the club the night before, supported by the promising...
Posted Mar 19th, 2012
From The Ottawa Citizen Chris Potter Proves The Existence of God By: Peter Hum Is this unaccompanied solo anything less than divinely inspired? If you would like the full benefits of the visual aid, click on “full screen” in the bottom right corner. The sacred text transcription by Ben Doherty is here. To read more click here
Posted Sep 13th, 2011
From The Wall Street Journal Chris Potter Underground: Village Vanguard By: Will Friedwald Elitists talk about “playing down to a crowd,” but what if the crowd in question is the smartest group around? On Tuesday night, a sizable mob was storming jazz’s most famous red awning, on lower Seventh Avenue, trying to make its way down the stairs to hear...
Posted Jun 17th, 2011
From The Philadelphia Inquirer The Jazz of Art Two musicians interpret the Art Museum’s first acquisition in honor of Anne d’Harnoncourt By: Shaun Brady You can’t blame Chris Potter for being a little flummoxed. Tasked with composing a new piece of music based on one of the paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection, the saxophonist was handed not...
Posted May 19th, 2011
From All About Jazz Chris Potter and the Dr Big Band – Transatlantic (Red Dot Music, 2011) By: Tim Niland Saxophonist Chris Potter has become one of the leading lights of the mainstream jazz scene, playing with the likes of Dave Holland and Paul Motian, and recording several albums as a leader. But seldom have we had the opportunity to...
Posted May 3rd, 2011
From JazzTimes Chris Potter: Way Out Southwest By: Bret Primack In first post in a new series at jazztimes.com, Jazz Video Guy presents his video of the saxophonist. This entry begins a weekly feature on the JazzTimes website, where I’ll be posting video from my archives and new productions. My current projects include performances, workshops and interviews from the recent...
Posted Mar 18th, 2011
from stltoday.com Saxophonist Chris Potter comes to Jazz at the Bistro By Calvin Wilson Jazz saxophonist Chris Potter doesn’t get as much hype as Branford Marsalis or Joshua Redman. But when it comes to making music that’s as imaginative as it is engaging, Potter has few peers. Recently, he spoke with Go! about his upcoming Bistro gig. • What saxophonist...
Posted Feb 25th, 2011
From The New York Times Conversation for Four, With Homeric Accents By: Nate Chinen There are moments, in the tumble of a typical improvisation, when the saxophonist Chris Potter seems to be embarked on a hero’s journey. With his strong, focused tone and top-to-bottom proficiency on the horn, he brings a robust physical presence to his playing and an onward-driving...
Posted Feb 10th, 2011
From Drake University Jazz saxophonist Chris Potter inspires Drake students to pursue musical innovation By: Lisa Lacher Drake University recently played host to a master class and concert by Chris Potter, a Grammy nominee and renowned jazz saxophonist and composer. Both events were well attended by Drake students and faculty, as well as members of the Des Moines community and...
Posted Feb 1st, 2011
from thepraguepost.com Chris Potter’s Underground plays an exclusive two-night stand at the intimate Jazz Dock, this Tuesday & Wednesday evening. It’s a special treat for Prague, since the last time Chris Potter’s Underground performed in the city was a couple of years ago – and for thousands in the middle of Old Town Square at that – as part of...
Posted Nov 22nd, 2010
(From NPR) By: Patrick Jarenwattananon Posted: June 14, 2010 There’s a way that Chris Potter emotes through the saxophone that invites the obsessive, the highly passionate — basically, the superfan. One of those folks recently went to a rehearsal of the Chris Potter Underground with a film crew to make a movie about this particular band. To watch the video...
Posted Jun 14th, 2010
All About Jazz R.J. DeLuke Saxophonist Chris Potter, at age 38, has long been fast-tracked to the head of his class to become regarded as one of the strongest players on the scene. It doesn’t seem that long ago that he was first making waves on recordings, and then became part of the superb Dave Holland quintet, where his strengths...
Posted Jun 29th, 2009
Listening is key to all-star Monterey Quartet’s success Alexander Varty It’s a slight exaggeration to say that the Monterey Quartet is a pickup band. As saxophonist Chris Potter explains by phone from his New York City home, the all-star foursome did have a couple of rehearsals before making its debut at the fabled Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007. But for...
Posted Jun 25th, 2009
As part of the Underground Vision project, fans of Chris Potter will be able to participate in the creation of the new CD. But the experience only begins there. In this project you will be able to get inside and see Chris’ creative process through exclusive audio shows, photo galleries, videos and more. Follow Chris and the Underground band as...
Posted Jun 1st, 2009
WBGO, September 12, 2008 – In recent years, Chris Potter has been hatching a new identity. Already considered one of his generation’s premier improvisers, the tenor saxophonist has been devising a way to merge his cutting virtuosity into a different type of working band; one that conjures up crisp, backbeat-heavy electronic textures. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Potter leads his quartet,...
Posted Sep 15th, 2008
Fully Altered Media
Easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation.
Detroit Free Press
A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle.
The New Yorker
Daring yet precise, with clean edges and unexpected implications…he is something special.
Prodigiously talented saxophonist Chris Potter doesn’t get quite as much ink as, say James Carter or Joshua Redman, but he could show those whiz kids a thing or two.