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Wednesday May 23, 2012

From The Australian
By: Ashleigh Wilson

Chris Potter, modern master of the jazz tradition

It’s jazz, so we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. To mention the name Chris Potter to a jazz fan doesn’t invite the same response as, say, whispering the words One Direction to a teenage girl. For a start, there’s no screaming. But the quiet devotion is there all the same, and with good reason.

Potter, a New York-based saxophonist who looks like a librarian and plays like a man possessed, has a way of inspiring awe.

A story in The New York Times last year noted the crowd of music students at one of his live shows, the young men sitting rapt as he played. (“It’s always men,” he points out.) Elsewhere, devotees pore over his improvisations and post transcriptions of his musical thoughts online.

It hasn’t always been like this, of course. Potter remembers how it felt, several years ago, when younger musicians started to shuffle up after a show to say how much he inspired them.

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