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There are a couple of new ones by Potter. One a live one by the Underground band which I've been awaiting patiently after hearing them last summer. The other one, Song for Anyone, is due for release in a few days and features a 10 pc group including rhythm, flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola and more. Reviews welcome.
 

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I got Underground a month ago and I'm really liking it so far. That group really grooves. Potter's opening lick almost turned me off, but he makes up for it. It's my first CD of his, and overall I'm impressed.

I love the groove on Big Top, and the song builds really well to the end. His rendition of the Beatles song Yesterday was a pretty cool way to end the album. I just discovered that tune at the back of the Real Book (Vol 5) and have been playing it at gigs since then.
 

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Check Chris -- AND David Sanchez -- on this new one from Antonio Sanchez.

The basic lineup is Potter and Sanchez, saxophones (!!), Scott Colley on bass and Sanchez drumming and writing. The featured guests are two of Antonio Sanchez' employers, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea.

I just saw Antonio Sanchez and Scott Colley, with Chris Potter, backing up Kenny Werner. They were slayin' as you would expect.
 

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All of Potter's own albums are very good in my opinion. If you find some live recordings to fill in the spaces between albums, you can really follow his development and growth as a musician. I would say to check out Potter's own album Sundiatta, as well as Scott Colley's album This Place. Both have Potter and have some standards. I saw Antonio Sanchez with Colley, Potter, and George Garzone several months ago, they performed Inner Urge, as well as The Peacocks and several of Sanchez's originals. Amazing show.
 

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Sounds like a great show, Chops.

Anybody get these CD's yet?

From the couple numbers on Holland's Extended Play, I really like Potter as an alto player. Not to say that he is shabby on tenor and soprano...
 

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Anybody hear these yet? Song For Anyone has the larger group and Thin Red Line or similar is the Underground band live.
 

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Picked up Red Line on emusic.com (I got "Song for Anyone" as well but haven't listened to it yet). I'm liking Red Line though. Some nice stuff from the whole band.
 

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MM said:
Sounds like a great show, Chops.

Anybody get these CD's yet?

From the couple numbers on Holland's Extended Play, I really like Potter as an alto player. Not to say that he is shabby on tenor and soprano...
Those cd's are re-******n-diculous There's just no getting around how nasty Chris is. He can apparently play any horn. Honestly, I don't listen to those cd's much, as they're just all a little too busy for me. I have to be exactly in the mood to hear them.
It's a clinic on how to play together as a group though. They are all playing so much at once, yet all listening to each other. That's what impressed me the most about those recordings.
 

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Did any of you NE guys go see him this last weekend? I was going to but grabbed a gig on Friday night and was already booked Saturday.
 

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I went to the late show on Saturday night, and brought a group of my students as well. The set was sold out, which I thought was pretty cool.

Anyway, as for the show itself, it was typical, really high-quality stuff from the group. When I last saw them in February, there was a moment of pure transcendence in their performance of the tune Togo--there was no single moment as stunning as that on Saturday, but they are so rare...

I think the highlight for me was the encore, which was Lotus Blossom. Potter did an unaccompanied solo/intro that continually hinted at and referenced the melody. It was really creative and was really well crafted, and just beautifully played.

In general, Potter seemed to me to be experimenting even more than usual with the rhythmic possibilities of his playing. I spoke to him briefly as I was walking out and mentioned that I admired the fact that he seems to be continually evolving his playing--there's always something different about each one of his performances, and I've seen him 5 or 6 times in the last couple of years--and his answer to me was that he was "restless." Interesting sentiment.

So, like usual, the Potter show was absolutely worth the time and money!
 

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Did any of you NE guys go see him this last weekend? I was going to but grabbed a gig on Friday night and was already booked Saturday.
Damn. Where did he play? I was booked all weekend, but then my Friday night canceled so I just ended up drinking and watching the Sox game....at least I think that was Friday anyway.
 

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Ha, he was at the Reggatabar.

(Was wondering if he was playing on his new AMMA too).

I was curious to find out too, but no, he wasn't playing the AMMA. It looked like an old STM to me, including the Link lig.
 

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Song For Anyone is another amazing album; Chris' writing and arranging skills are just as ridiculously advanced as his improvisation skills :D
 

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I went to The festival de los siete Lagos, near Bariloche (is 2000 Km. from Buenos Aires), to hear to Cris Potter performing, that was excelent.
 
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