Thursday, March 27, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Chris Potter

Artist:Chris Potter
Song:The Wheel

Chris Potter is one of today's top sax players as a leader and a sideman. This band Underground was formed as a touring band and they recorded three albums together starting with the 2006 CD Underground. Potter has been a regular member of bassist Dave Holland's band for years and also worked a lot with the late drummer Paul Motian. Potter was born Jan. 1, 1971 in Chicago and he grew up in Columbia, SC. He played piano as a child but was inspired by the great Paul Desmond to take up the alto sax. He played local gigs as a teen and then moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Potter joined trumpeter Red Rodney's band and remained with him until Rodney's 1994 death. He first recorded as a leader in 1992 and then signed with Concord for the 1993 album Concentric Circles. He recorded with drummer Paul Motian and toured with Steely Dan and the Mingus Big Band. He first recorded with bassist Dave Holland in 1997 and joined his band shortly after. He still tours with Holland as I saw him at the 2009 Toronto Jazz Festival. Potter has also toured with trumpeter Dave Douglas and guitarist Jim Hall. He switched to Verve for the 2001 album Gratitude and then switched to Sunnyside Records for the 2006 CD Underground. This band included Wayne Krantz on guitar, Craig Taborn on keyboards and Nate Smith on drums. This band recorded three CDs together. Adam Rogers replaced Krantz for the 2007 CD Follow The Red Line. Chris Potter currently records for ECM Records. His latest CD The Sirens was released Jan. 2012. He is currently on tour with bassist Ben Williams. Here is Chris Potter with Adam Rogers, Craig Taborn and Nate Smith performing The Wheel at Jazz Open Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany July 2009.

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