Chris Potter: Iowa City

Track

Iowa City

Artist

Chris Potter (tenor sax)

CD

What Now? (CAM5005)

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Musicians:

Chris Potter (tenor sax), Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn), Dave Holland (bass),

John Taylor (piano)

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Composed by Kenny Wheeler

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Recorded: New York, June 1-2, 2004

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Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

There is no drummer on this track, but Potter's solo has a rhythmic drive that renders drums unnecessary. This solo is also absent the sprawling double-time lines that seem ubiquitous in Potter's oeuvre. However, it displays the ease with which Potter uses the entire range of the saxophone, including the altissimo register. The most striking feature of this near-perfect solo is its use of evolving motives, which Potter facilely transposes and inverts. Potter uses these motives to form overarching phrases that express an agitated yearning sentiment, all the while maintaining an intensity that causes the track to crackle with energy.

Reviewer: Jacob Teichroew

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