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Tenor saxophonist Chris Potter has been recording as a leader for a dozen years, after a rather audacious start in Red Rodney's band at the age of 20. A melodic player given to deliriously swooping runs in his improvisations--Sonny Rollins is a notable influence--Potter and his quartet stretch out on originals and three covers. From the gorgeous "Okinawa" to the relentless closer, Charles Mingus's "Boogie Stop Shuffle," the four musicians form a perfectly matched combo, playing off each other with evident glee. The live setting has energized them and given them an opportunity to fully explore these compositions, as on Potter's solo intro to the Mingus tune. What's astounding about it is that, at nearly 15 minutes, it never falls into a rut as he finds ever more layers to peer under and pull apart. --David Greenberger

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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • ASIN: B00023GG4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Miller on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I wouldnt normally take the time to write anything, but I noticed a few things in other reviews (particularly in "book and music lovers" review) that i feel need to be answered. I wonder if "book and music lover" actually listened to this albulm at all. "Mr. Potter has taken a simple bit of instrumental music and labeled it jazz" he says. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Surely, he had to be listening to a different albulm, else he would have heard the amazing tenor of Potter himself (which as a saxophonist myself i appreciate all the more), which although distinctive is certainly on the lines of Coltrane. He would have heard the rythm section: solid when in the background, progresssive in their own solos. He would have heard what is possibly the most brilliant take of the Mingus classic "boogie stop shuffle" (which is amazing all the more because it is in 13/4 time and subdivided in an oscillating time signature (if your not a musician, take my word that its complex and amazing)). I fail to see how this is "simple instrumental music at all.

He then says "Sorry, but good Jazz is loaded with improvisations, and written music is but an out line". This line is particularly aggravating. How does he not realize that except for the heads of the tunes, all of the albulm is improvised. More than hour of improvised music, none of which he managed to hear.

What angers me the most however is what he says last. "Take note Smooth Jazz. You are just a tiny bit above elevator music." Now, normally, i woould agree, i cant stand smooth jazz. But (please note this) THIS IS NOT SMOOTH JAZZ! i do not understand how this albulm could possibly be misconstrued as smooth jazz.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. SCORZA on July 21, 2004
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This is some serious stuff. Check it out, but be prepared to pay attention, it's not background music for your next dinner party. The contrasting Okinawa is nicely placed in between the slowburn, slightly twisted "Lift" and intense "Boogie Stop Shuffle". Scott Colley-yep!!! Potter is at his usual, ideas-at hyperspeed, best.

The only oddity is in the liner/Cd notes. For one Potter's playing sorano on Okinawa and Stella. Also notice that times listed for tracks 06 and 07 are reversed. This seems to have confused Amazon's review by Mr. Greenberger(which unfortunetly seems to happen too often-do they listen to these disks?). Potter does not play a 15 minute intro on Boogie Stop Shuffle.

Also, another reviewer mentions Brian Blade. The drums are being played by Bill Stewart. Drummers (like me) should check this one out. I've loved Stewart's drumming on all the Scofield and Lovano' disks. The high-end, slightly reverb-ish sound quality of these records gives you one view of his sound. This live disk gives you another. There is less density and more clarity. I could transcribe for days, and maybe I will. This is the closest thing to having Mr. Stewart in your living room. One also gets more of his brushwork, which I haven't heard enough of.

Buy it, set aside a night (or two). Enjoy!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2004
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For me, Chris has always been one of those artists that the studio seems to stifle. The constraints of being in a room with the red light on doesn't fit him well it seems. I've seen him live so many times (including these dates at the Vanguard) that when I saw there was a live disc coming out, I thought it would be a bit dissapointing. How would such an amazing live performer translate on to tape? I'm glad to say amazingly well.
If more jazz records had the intensity and beauty of this date, it'd be a golden age for the music no doubt. The album is simply smokin'. Chris' channelling of Sonny Rollins' style of improvisation with his own unique voice, he creates an excitment and level of energy that few are able to muster.
While the tunes have structure, much of the music is played free throughout - but quite melodically. Kevin Hays' weird creations on the Rhodes and Bill Stewart's always killing drumming are definitely highlights. Scott Colley anchors the whole affair with great command. (Plus, in person, Scott looks like a cross between Governor Ventura and Sgt. Slaughter. Gotta give him props on that.)
Simply put, this record is worth your money and then some.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Walton on December 31, 2004
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Jazz in its purist form, live. And who better to deliver it than Chris Potter( execept ofcourse the greats before him) Chris Potter is heated in this performance. He displays every aspect of his playing from lyrical to technical. Despite what other reviews may have said, this album does display musicality. (This is jazz folks, not Chris Botti) And don't forget the rythim section. They are as tight as they come and completely in tune with each other. Overall, a great album, surely one to go into the leagues of great albums.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By freddiefreejazz on September 4, 2004
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I like to compare this cd with the wonderful "Footprints Live" by Wayne Shorter (2001). The level is the same : quality, hits, swing, complexity. The musicians are all tremendous. Kevin Hays on piano (using funny electric gimmicks at periods), Scott Coley on bass (imperial) and Bill Stewart (who is to me one of the best jazz drummers with Bill Kilson, Ari Hoenig, Brian Blade and others...)

This Live performance is well released "mixing" up and mid-tempos.

Highly recommended.
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