Even among a generation of highly original and technically impeccable saxophonists, Chris Potter stands out. First coming to prominence as a sideman for such veterans as Paul Motian, Dave Holland, and Dave Douglas, Potter’s reputation as the hot newcomer on the jazz scene was solidified upon being named “Rising Star” for “Best Tenor Saxophonist” in the DownBeat Magazine Critic’s and Reader’s Polls for four consecutive years from 2004 to 2007. Potter’s remarkable creativity and versatility as a saxophonist manifests in his diverse roster of collaborators, which range from Pat Metheny to Snarky Puppy to Steely Dan.
Ever-fearless as a bandleader and composer, Imaginary Cities may be Potter’s most ambitious project yet. This date features Potter’s Underground Orchestra, an expansion of his core Underground Quartet that features a contingent of strings and a doubled rhythm section, all built around Potter’s luxurious sounds on saxophone and bass clarinet. This lush instrumental setting, at once evocative of contemporary chamber music and the seminal Charlie Parker with Strings, provides a launching pad for Potter’s freewheeling woodwind acrobatics.
Imaginary Cities suite