ABOUT CHRIS POTTER //
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. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on “In Vogue,” a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others.
Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney (who himself had played as a young man alongside the legendary Charlie Parker), Potter has steered a steady course of growth as an instrumentalist and composer-arranger. Through the ’90s, he continued to gain invaluable bandstand experience as a sideman while also making strong statements as a bandleader-composer-arranger. Acclaimed outings like 1997’s Unspoken (with bassist and mentor Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist John Scofield), 1998’s Vertigo, 2001’s Gratitude and 2002’s Traveling Mercies showed a penchant for risk-taking and genre-bending. “For me, it just seemed like a way of opening up the music to some different things that I had been listening to but maybe hadn’t quite come out in my music before,” he explains.
Looking back over his 20 years since arriving in New York, Potter says, “I’ve had the chance to learn a lot from all the leaders that I’ve worked with. Each gave me another perspective on how to organize a band and make a statement. It’s taught me that any approach can work, as long as you have a strong vision of what you want to do.”
Now a respected veteran, Potter continues to work as a bandleader and featured sideman. Surely many interesting chapters await. As his longtime colleague, alto saxophonist-composer Dave Binney, told Down Beat, “Chris is open to anything now. From here on anything could happen.” -Bill Milkowski
LATEST ALBUM // ‘CIRCUITS’
Chris Potter’s new trio album ‘Circuits’ features keyboardist and wunderkind, James Francies and the deep groove of drummer, Eric Harland.
– Limited Edition Numbered Double Gatefold Vinyl Album pressed on 180g
For more than two decades, Potter’s limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing has wowed critics, musicians and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisors of the modern day.
Chris’ new album, Circuits, due for release on 22nd February 2019, is immediate and uplifting, rooted in a strong sense of groove and intense improvisation. Blending a vibrant sound world of electronics, memorable hooky melodies and surprising turns of phrase, Circuits is sure to delight both the dedicated Potter fans and new listeners alike.
Described by Written in Music as a label that ‘blows through the jazz landscape with hurricane power’, Edition has earned a formidable reputation for their daring taste in music as well as a refreshing and forward thinking approach to engaging with their fans and artists. This new collaboration with Chris Potter and his trio presents an incredible opportunity for both to engage and develop new global audiences at an exciting period in Chris’ career.
As Chris explains: “This albums feels like a turning point in musical direction for me, so it feels very fortunate to have some fresh faces involved to help support it. To me, the album has a feeling of being unconstrained by convention, so I’m happy to have some folks on the business side who feel that way too.Edition has a lot of good ideas about how to connect this recording with a potential audience that might really like it if we can just make it onto their radar, and that’s very exciting to me”.
Circuits will be released on Edition Records on 22nd February 2019.
‘CIRCUITS’ TOUR DATES //
8th February 19 – Ground-Up Festival Miami, FL (Francies & Smith)
9th February 19 – El Cerrito Jazz Festival El Cerrito, CA (Francies & Smith)
1st March 19 – The Blueshore at Capilano University North Vancouver, BC Canada (Francies & Harland)
2nd March 19 – Revolution Hall Portland, OR (Francies & Harland)
4th March 19 – Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA (Francies & Harland)
5th – 6th March 19 – Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, WA (Francies & Harland)
7th March 19 – The John G. Shedd Intitute for the Arts Eugene, Oregon (Francies & Harland)
8th March 19 – Blue Whale Los Angeles, CA (Francies & Harland)
10th March 19 – Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona (Francies & Harland)
12th – 13th March 19 – Dazzle at Baur’s Denver, CO (Francies & Harland)
14th March 19 – Outpost Performance Space Albuquerque, NM (Francies & Harland)
27th March 19 – Vaulx en Velin, France (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
28th March 19 – Valence, France (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
29th March 19 – Vernouillet, France (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
30th March 19 – Rouen, France (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
31st March 19 – Auditorium del Conservatorrio Piacenza, Italy (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
1st April 19 – Porgy and Bess Vienna, Austria (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
3rd April 19 – Casa da Musica Porto, Portugal (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
4th April 19 – Rotterdam, Netherlands (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
5th April 19 – Tilburg, Netherlands (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
6th April 19 – Utrecht, Netherlands (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
8th April 19 – Moods Zurich, Switerland (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
9th April 19 – Blue Note Milano Milan, Italy (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
11th April 19 – Theater Russelhiwm Russelsheim, Germany (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
12th April 19 – Berlin, Germany (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
13th April 19 – Nasjonal Jazzscene Vitoria Oslo, Norway (Taborn, Lefevbre and Brown)
15th April 19 – Jazzit Musik Salzburg, Austria (Lefevbre and Brown)
16th April 19 – New Morning Paris, France (Lefevbre and Brown)
17th April 19 – Rijkevorsel, Belgium (Lefevbre and Brown)
26th – 27th April 19 – Regatta Bar Boston, MA
30th April – 1st May 19 – Blues Alley Washington, DC
2nd – 5th May 19 – Jazz Standard NY, NY
17th May 19 – Performance Hall at Logan Centre Chicago, IL
18th May 19 – Union Colony Civic Ctr Greenley, CO
21st June 19 – Miner Auditorium – SF Jazz SF, CA (Francies & Harland)