Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Chris Potter: The Sirens (ECM)

This is the first album released in Chris Potters own name on ECM Records. Previous he has contributed to ECM releases with Dave Holland, Paul Motian and Steve Swallow.

The inspiration for this album comes from Odyssey by Homer. Craig Taborn is at the piano – he also plays with Chris Potters Underground, an orchestra which has done some wonderful albums. He is assisted by another piano player David Virelles on prepared piano, celeste and harmonium.
Larry Grenadier on bass and Eric Harland on drums complete the quintet.

Chris Potter plays soprano and tenor saxophone as well as bass clarinet. There is room enough for the big emotions on the album. The adventure, the journey home, the temptations and the identity are some of the things which have attracted Potter to the Odyssey.

It’s been 13 years since he received the Jazzpar Prisen. He is still on top of his game and this new album is a fine document from one of the strongest saxophone players on the American jazz scene.

The lyricism in his playing has a hint of melancholia which brings intelligence and body to his tone.

Review: Niels Overgård. Translation: DSI Swinging Europe.

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