Chris Potter: Yesterday




Chris Potter (tenor sax)


Underground (Sunnyside 3034)

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Chris Potter (tenor sax),

Craig Taborn (Fender Rhodes), Wayne Krantz, Adam Rogers (guitars), Nate Smith (drums)


Composed by Lennon/McCartney


Recorded: unknown date; released 2006


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Hundreds of covers have dulled the luster of Paul McCartney's "Yesterday," but like a fresh coat of wax on a vintage Rolls-Royce, Chris Potter's unique version restores the sparkle and magnificence, making an old tune sound new again. Beginning in chorale-like fashion, Potter tenderly guides the guitars and electric piano through McCartney's heartbreakingly gorgeous melody. The understated counterpoint and voice leading create some unanticipated and interesting harmonic moments, enough to catch your ear but not distract from the leader's touching rendering of the melody. The bridge is a more typical jazz ballad, with the introduction of Smith's brushes and hi-hat and Potter's improvised embellishment of the melody padded by rich, sustained chords from Krantz, Rogers and Taborn. The second verse is accentuated by more elaborate movement from one of the guitars (especially from 2:13 to 2:20). One of the best jazz Beatles covers out there, Chris Potter's interpretation of this classic is simply marvelous.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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