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Saxophonist and composer Chris Potter has covered a lot of musical territory in his career. Early on, he gigged with bebop legend Red Rodney; later he played with the late drummer Paul Motian, an artist known for his deep swing and sense of gestural nuance. Potter has also recorded charged electric jazz. The Sirens is an interesting project inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Potter is joined here by pianist Craig Taborn, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Eric Harlan, and David Virelles on prepared piano, celeste, and harmonium. Things start with “Wine Dark Sea,” where Potter displays his big, commanding tone on tenor, and the band moves easily from impressionism to a fractured groove. The title cut features mysterious bass clarinet utterances backed by melancholy piano, bowed bass, and shimmering cymbals. Later, Grenadier steps forward with some fine arco work and Harlan cuts loose with emotive clatter and rumble as Potter soars on tenor sax. On “Nausikaa,” Virelles’ celeste nicely intermingles with soprano sax and piano. The Sirens closes with “The Shades,” a muted improvisation crafted by Taborn and Virelles.

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An Inspiration

One of the most inspiring sets of compositions I've ever heard by an artist of this caliber. This album and Kurt Rosenwinkel's Star of Jupiter are among my personal top 2 (of late). If you like stories and beautiful ones, this is a must buy!

Time and Time again...

Chris Potter is likely the greatest improviser alive. As musicians, we should be studying this man every chance we get. With Sirens, he is testing his compositional kung-fu in areas not heard in decades, but perspectives we've never heard before. Listen to this epic poem in the dark, with a drink, you will not be disappointed.

She-ight this is simply great

First, David Virelles is brilliant. His rhythmic sense and his phrasing are engaging and fresh. The dialog between Virelles and Eric Harland is just too hip. It's just too excellent. Chris Potter is a true master. His strong, commanding and distinctive sound is always deep and rich with imagination. This recording flows from start to finish and is uncompromising in its badness. Warning: It might be difficult to listen to different music shortly after hearing The Sirens. Immediate effects should wear off in a day or two. If problems persist longer than a week call a doctor.


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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The Sirens, Chris Potter
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 2013

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