June 9th, 2011
Saxophonist Chris Potter with his group Chris Potter’s Underground at the 2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Cente last Thursday.
Playing with Chris were Fima Ephron, Bass, Nate Smith, drums, Adam Rogers, guitar.
A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney, Potter has steered a steady course of growth as an instrumentalist and composer-arranger.
Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.”
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.
Potter’s most recent recording, Ultrahang, is the culmination of five years’ work with his Underground quartet. Recorded in the studio in 2009 after extensive touring, it showcases the band at its freewheeling yet cohesive best.
Here are some pictures from their performance.