Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard

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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Hey everybody, my name is Blaine Fallis. Studied jazz at NTSU (now UNT) for 2 1/2 years before going on the road as a bassist for 4 years. I used to write for About.com as their Jazz Guide and later their Contemporary Jazz Guide, or whatever they decided to call it at the time. That went on 4 years. Later I edited for AllAboutJazz and wrote occasional articles and reviews there. Modernjazz.com is a site I ran for awhile but put it on hold. Well, it's back, baby! Currently my wife and I run A-Train Creative: atraincreative.com

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