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Album Review

Saxophonist Chris Potter honors the legacy of some of jazz's greats on Gratitude, his debut for Verve. The award-winning virtuoso and composer is compelling on his tributes to John Coltrane, Eddie Harris, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, and several other legendary saxophonists. Gratitude contains nine original compositions written by Potter, who plays tenor saxophone on the majority of the songs, switches to soprano saxophone on "Eurydice," his tribute to Wayne Shorter, and plays the alto saxophone and Chinese wood flute on "Star Eyes," the tribute to Charlie Parker. Chris Potter is outstanding on bass clarinet on his composition "The Visitor" for Lester Young and captures the ambience that reflects the many styles of these accomplished players, including sliding from one note to a higher or lower note with intermediate pitches on "The Source," his tribute to the glissandi (sheets of sound) of John Coltrane, and capturing the dense, soulful sound of Joe Henderson on "Shadow." Gratitude also includes a song titled "What's New," for the current generation which completes the set. Potter, leading his great quartet of contemporaries — keyboardist Kevin Hayes, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade — makes a significant contribution to jazz history with this project and offers musical statements and voices that are truly varied in scope and deep in their essence.

Customer Reviews


Chris Potter is without doubt one of the most orginal saxophonists alive. His is popular because unlike Brecker, Redman, and other modern sax players, instead of trying to imitate their main influence (Brecker-Trane, Redman-Rollins and others, not just those influences), he differs from them completely, without losing their musical integrity. He is what a saxophonist should be.

Excellent album

Very tasty with a lot of influences here. Love it when I hear something new with each listen. Not a bad song on the album. This is a must have for any lover of jazz and saxophones.

Great album... If i could get it all

I recently purchased this album but itunes dif not download all of the songs completely. I could not redownload them because they were the ones labeled " album only." very frustrating and disappointing


Born: January 1, 1971 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Post-bop saxophonist Chris Potter quietly became one of the more sophisticated and respected stylists of the '90s and early 2000s, both as a leader and as a sideman in several prominent groups. Born in Chicago on New Year's Day 1971, Potter grew up mostly in Columbia, South Carolina, and started playing piano as a child. He took up the alto saxophone at age ten, initially inspired by Paul Desmond and Johnny Hodges, and went on to learn tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, and flute as well; by 13,...
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Gratitude, Chris Potter
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2001

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