Chris Potter: Lift




Chris Potter (soprano and tenor saxes)


Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard (SSC3022)

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Chris Potter (soprano and tenor saxes),

Kevin Hays (piano and Fender Rhodes), Scott Colley (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)


Composed by Chris Potter


Recorded: live at the Village Vanguard, New York, December 13-14, 2002


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This Chris Potter composition is marked by rhythmic modulations that increase the tempo and create the impression of music being propelled upward. Potter's solo takes place over the second modulation, a burning swing tempo. His lines, locked into Bill Stewart's cymbals, are reminiscent of Coltrane's breakneck solos. Like Coltrane, Potter toys with superimposed harmonies. He also uses rhythmic displacement, adding a level of excitement due to unease over whether or not he is going to fall back into the phrase. The fact that he always does it is exhilarating.

Reviewer: Jacob Teichroew

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