Chris Potter: Boogie Stop Shuffle


Boogie Stop Shuffle


Chris Potter (tenor sax)


Lift: Live at the Vanguard (Sunnyside 3022 )

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Chris Potter (tenor sax), Kevin Hays (piano, Fender Rhodes), Scott Colley (bass), Bill Stewart (drums).

Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, December 13-14, 2002


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

After a four-minute-plus unaccompanied tenor sax introduction (so substantial that it is separated onto another track!), these four in-demand New York jazz musicians perform a powerful rendition of this Mingus classic. Kevin Hays solos early in the track on both Fender Rhodes (first) and piano (second), before Potter reenters and picks up where he left off from his introduction with his identifiably crisp rapid-fire runs and motivic development. Colley and Stewart perform superbly together, managing to simultaneously play with great energy and overall effortlessness.

This track hints at the “State of the Vanguard” in the 21st century. The players are modern, there are combinations of electric and acoustic instruments, the ideas are complex yet historical, and they are paying homage to a past master with a reach into the Mingus repertoire. Modern jazz at its best. Here’s to the next 70+ years of live jazz at the Village Vanguard!

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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