USA / Great Britain
With the release of “The Sirens” this spring, Chris Potter made his ECM debut as the leader of a highly reflective exploration of Homer’s “Odyssey”. In the enraptured record critiques one could once again read that Potter is perhaps one of the most important tenor saxophonists in his generation. This is something that often gets slightly forgotten because Potter likes to perform as sideman for Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and also Steely Dan, and only performs as a leader every now and again. One of his favourite projects for this is Underground, a usually bassless but very funky quartet with a distinct love for complex grooves, almost aggressive solos and unorthodox cover versions (The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Radiohead). Chris Potter´s Underground already presented at Enjoy Jazz in 2007; now they are back. With an interesting change: This year, keyboarder Craig Taborn, usually responsible for the bass, has been replaced by the bassist Fima Ephron. Can we now speak of a concentrated funk force? Let’s wait and see.