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Chris Potter


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One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet


A figure of international renown

Jazz Times

Easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation

Detroit Free Press

Chris Potter’s impressive discography includes fifteen albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over one hundred albums. He is a potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize. Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an eighteen-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. 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.

Potter 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.

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