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Song for Anyone

Chris Potter 10

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Album Review

In past recordings, Chris Potter has dedicated several of them to his heroes and influences, reflecting the diversity of his style and how he loves the tenor saxophonists who came before him. Though the title of this one is Song for Anyone, referring to those who may have passed away in either anonymity or eulogized, this CD is not necessarily dedicated to a nebulous "them." It is played and acknowledged as such directly for Michael Brecker, thus taking on a somber overall tone, accented by woodwinds and strings, making for an at times reflective and humbling requiem for the late contemporary jazz superstar. Melancholy moods begin immediately on "The Absence" as Potter's sax and the flute of Erica VonKleist set the mood immediately. VonKleist is a major player on this recording as her pastoral tones build powerfully and subside during "Closer to the Sun," and contrast with Potter's whimsical and inquisitive themes for the light funk chamber piece "Chief Seattle." The strings accent the modal horn lines for "Against the Wind," while the interactive "Family Tree" is a song of repast and memories, featuring the throaty bassoon of Michael Rabinowitz. A pensive, thoughtful piece, "The Arc of a Day" reflects a frame of mind involved with shock, juxtaposed against the drum inserts of Adam Cruz, then turns into a sheer free and anguished frenzy. "Cupid & Psyche" is a purposefully disjointed number, mysterious and elusive emotionally, while the final piece, "All by All" has a country blues or "Shenandoah Waltz" feel, and is a rustic selection. The string players meld well, not as an afterthought, but as the straw that stirs the drink. Rabinowitz, clarinetist Greg Tardy, violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Scott Colley, and guitarist Steve Cardenas are all truly outstanding players, leaders in their own right, and contribute a rich harmonious sheen to this well conceived and executed music. A departure from Potter's small group efforts, this project is close to perfect, and considering his high-level output, may be the highlight of his discography. Everyone should hear Song for Anyone. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Incredible

This may have become my new favorite Potter album. The instrumentation is great, and the tunes are extremely well compsed. Against the Wind and Song for Anyone are truly amazing. Any fan of Potter's must have this.

Family Tree song

This is a rarity in modern jazz: a truly beautiful song which is unabashedly lyrical, not falling back on historical stylings or multi-noted complexity. Reminds me of the best of Keith Jarrett's 1970s tunes, e.g. Country, My Song, Long as You're Living Yours, etc. Thank you, Pandora, for bringing this gem to my attention!

AMAZING, Just discovered this on iTunes Radio!

Gorgeous use of strings with horns and beautiful emotive melodies…

AWESOME, a side of Chris Potter I never knew existed.

Biography

Born: January 1, 1971 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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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