The Sirens

Chris Potter

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Jazz, Contemporary
January 28, 2013

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The Sirens is acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter's ECM debut as a leader, an album of mood and melody inspired by Homer's The Odyssey - both its epic atmosphere and its timeless humanity. Potter, who has featured on many ECM albums by Dave Holland and Steve Swallow, as well as making a profound contribution to the contemporary classic Lost in a Dream with Paul Motian and Jason Moran, has composed a cycle of irresistible songs without words.

These pieces are conveyed by a subtly virtuosic, strikingly textured band: with Potter on tenor and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet, plus Craig Taborn (piano), David Virelles (prepared piano, celeste, harmonium), Larry Grenadier (double-bass) and Eric Harland (drums). Potter declaims lyrical lines over the dynamically inventive rhythm section, as the colouristic keyboards shimmer like stars in the night sky.

Music like that of The Sirens, with its open forms and an emphasis on lyricism, presents challenges. Potter says: "You have to know when to dive in, but also when to leave space. The musicians need to have strong personalities but also a certain maturity - and that's why this band is just what I needed. These guys are state of the art."

Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney, Potter has become a potent improviser and composer-arranger. The youngest musician ever to win Denmark's Jazzpar Prize, his impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and 100 sideman appearances. He has played or recorded with such leading names as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Ray Brown, John Scofield and Dave Douglas, as well as with the Mingus Big Band.

Personnel: Chris Potter (soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet on The Sirens), Craig Taborn (piano), David Virelles (prepared piano, celeste, harmonium), Larry Grenadier (double bass), Eric Harland (drums)

Press Quotes

(5 stars) Potter's tunes unfold like a adventure and reveal a musician drawing up to his full height, playing with freedom and authority, aided by companions who are worthy of the task.

The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), February 15, 2013

(4 stars) The Sirens is arguably Potter's boldest, most persuasive recording as a leader to date...Potter is on sizzling form throughout.

Jazzwise, (Selwyn Harris), February 2013

(4 stars) Something remarkable has happened to US tenorist Chris Potter...a lyrical suite of eight originals inspired by the ancient Odyssey of Homer.

Evening Standard, (Jack Massarik), February 1, 2013

(4 stars) The pacesetting saxophonist's highly recommended ECM debut is a beautifully crafted acoustic set inspired by Homer's The Odyssey.

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), February 8, 2013

Potter has come up with a collection of tunes that certainly call the listener back, not just for their strong, quickly memorable, melodic qualities but for the improvisations and group interaction they inspire in supporting musicians...a thoroughly involving listen.

The Sunday Herald, (Rob Adams), March 3, 2013

For his first ECM CD as leader, Chris Potter has produced one of the finest recordings of his career. Superb, fully empathetic support...and a framework of compositions inspired by The Odyssey bring out some of the most inspired and imaginative playing you could wish.

Northern Echo, (Peter Bevan), February 14, 2013

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Key Value
Catalogue number 2794579
Barcode 0602527945798
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 122g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Wine Dark Sea 08:47
2. Wayfinder 06:49
3. Dawn (With Her Rosy Fingers) 07:23
4. The Sirens 08:38
5. Penelope 07:14
6. Kalypso 08:24
7. Nausikaa 05:40
8. Stranger At The Gate 08:12
9. The Shades 02:11