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February 13, 2006

New York Jazz Saxophonist Visits Canada

Written by
cindy mcleod

New York saxophonist Chris Potter visits Alberta this week for shows at Edmonton’s Yardbird Suite, and in Calgary at Quincy’s. The multi-reedman/composer is often cited by critics, musicians, and fans alike as the finest saxophonist of his generation.

Potter has built a long list of impressive credits and garnered numerous awards for his work, including having his 1993 release ‘Vertigo’ being named one of the year’s top ten CDs by both Jazziz and The New York Times. He also performed on Steely Dan’s Grammy-nominated, gold album ‘Two Against Nature’, with the following tour resulting in the live CD, ‘Alive in America’. He received his own Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo for his work on Joanne Brackeen’s ‘Pink Elephant Magic’. He’s the youngest recipient ever to receive the annual Danish Jazzpar Prize.

Although he’s performed extensively with the incredible bassist/composer Dave Holland’s various ensembles since the early ’90’s, he’s toured the globe as leader since early 2001. An unabashedly rhythmic player, Potter’s most recent CD ‘Traveling Mercies’ (Verve) is a groove-oriented date that makes no sacrifices or compromises in the quest for musical integrity and communication with his audience.

“The best saxophonist of his generation. In the opinion of many musicians and a growing number of observers, Chris Potter deserves that label, and his music suggests he can handle the responsibility.”
—The Playboy Guide to Jazz

“His work is remarkably free of cliches and default licks… daring yet precise, with clean edges and unexpected implications…he is something special…
—Down Beat

February 15, 2006
Toronto
Chris Potter Underground
Craig Taborn, Nate Smith, Tim Lefebvre (el. bass) Revival

2/18/2006
Calgary
Chris Potter Underground
Adam Rogers , Craig Taborn, Nate Smith

2/19/2006
Edmonton
Chris Potter Underground
Adam Rogers , Craig Taborn, Nate Smith

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