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Friday March 18, 2011

From JazzTimes

Chris Potter: Way Out Southwest
By: Bret Primack

In first post in a new series at jazztimes.com, Jazz Video Guy presents his video of the saxophonist.

This entry begins a weekly feature on the JazzTimes website, where I’ll be posting video from my archives and new productions. My current projects include performances, workshops and interviews from the recent JEN Conference in New Orleans and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival; digitizing the late Dr. Billy Taylor’s video archives; my ongoing documentation of Sonny Rollins; and interviews with leading musicians and promising newcomers.

I am now based in Tucson, Arizona and when Chris Potter came out here to work with students in the jazz department at the University of Arizona, we decided to shoot some video in the desert. I’ve known Chris since his days with Red Rodney and wrote the liner notes for one of his Criss Cross recordings.

The idea for the location came from the cover of Way Out West, the 1957 Sonny Rollins recording. Hence the title “Way Out in the Southwest.”

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