A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. (Sunrise Reprise Released today 5/14/2021 on Edition Records)

A potent improviser and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on “In Vogue,” a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown, and many others.

Chris Potter’s SUNRISE REPRISE

Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney (who himself had played as a young man alongside the legendary Charlie Parker), Potter has steered a steady course of growth as an instrumentalist and composer-arranger. Through the ’90s, he continued to gain invaluable bandstand experience as a sideman while also making strong statements as a bandleader-composer-arranger. Acclaimed outings like 1997’s Unspoken (with bassist and mentor Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and guitarist John Scofield), 1998’s Vertigo, 2001’s Gratitude, and 2002’s Traveling Mercies showed a penchant for risk-taking and genre-bending. “For me, it just seemed like a way of opening up the music to some different things that I had been listening to but maybe hadn’t quite come out in my music before,” he explains.

For more than two decades, Potter’s limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity, and vibrant sense of swing have wowed critics, musicians, and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisers of the modern day, a status that his first album for Edition, Circuits (2019) only enhanced. Chris has also collaborated with Dave Holland and Zakir Hussein on their Crosscurrents project Good Hope (2019). ~Edition Records

At your leisure, listen to the innovative sounds “SUNRISE REPRISE” by saxophonist-composer Chris Potter

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