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Chris Potter, The Dreamer Is The DreamCHRIS POTTER, The Dreamer Is The Dream

Chris Potter has been one of the most significant and stimulating saxophonists of the past 30 years. His latest ECM release showcases him in a quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

Potter contributed all six compositions. His playing, even during the most heated stretches, always has a relaxed and thoughtful feeling to it. He builds up his tenor solo expertly on ‘Heart In Hand” while keeping the music very much under control. “Ilimba” has a Latin tinge and adventurous playing. “The Dreamer Is The Dream” is as laid back as one would expect from the title, with fine solos from the leader on bass clarinet and bassist Martin.

Memory And Desire” begins with some strange sounds from Potter’s samples before becoming an intense feature for his soprano. His tenor is heard at its best on the last two pieces: “Yasodhara” and the rhythmic “Sonic Anomaly.” Potter really wails on “Sonic Anomaly,” driving the CD to its climax.

The post bop music on The Dreamer Is The Dream (which is available from builds in momentum, power and passion as it progresses. It forms a suite that should be heard all the way through in one setting. Recommended.

- Scott Yanow