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Follow the Red Line - Live at the Village Vanguard [Live]

Chris Potter, Chris Potter's Underground Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000UE7OAU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Train (Live At The Village Vanguard, NYC)15:58Album Only
Listen  2. Arjuna (Live At The Village Vanguard, NYC)14:41Album Only
Listen  3. Pop Tune #1 (Live At The Village Vanguard, NYC)11:55Album Only
Listen  4. Viva Las Vilnius (Live At The Village Vanguard, NYC)12:58Album Only
Listen  5. Zea (Live At The Village Vanguard, NYC) 6:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Togo (Live At The Village Vanguard, NYC)12:55Album Only

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Potter Hits an incredible new high 20 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having experienced this amazing band live, I want to be on record as saying that this is the proverbial "next best thing" to being there. At times, playing it at home and on the computer, I'm ready to jump into the air and take flight as does this exemplary music. Every true jazz fan needs to listen to this amazing artist take jazz in new directions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Giant 26 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is just excellent jazz-rock, what they strangely call "fusion" accross the pond (i.e. could be a fusion of jazz with anything). But more than that Potter has, for me, replaced Brecker as the top living exponent of cutting edge exciting rock orriented jazz. He uses riffs and develops themes in an original, intelligent, exciting and melodically soulful way that leaves my saying, why can't more contemporary jazz achieve this? Great stuff with fabulous imaginative soloing from a technical master of the instrument.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 13 April 2008
By Denys
Format:Audio CD
Just very beautiful swinging, rocking, exciting music including some stunning blues! What more could anyone ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live without a safety net 19 Feb 2013
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I have been listening to Potter for a while but avoided this CD because, as a bass player myself, I was 'unimpressed' by the absence of Potter's regular sideman Scott Colley. one of my favourite musicians. Thanks to the wonders of Spotify and a couple of hours to kill, I finally got to listen to FTRL today. It's a monster! It reminds me, in spirit and energy, of that marvellous CD of Antonio Sanchez with Colley and saxophonists David Sanchez and Miguel Zenon, also recorded live in New York. The tunes are long, most are in excess of 10 minutes, but the buzz being created by these four musicians is so energising, it makes you want to get your own horn out and 'get involved'! The band is Potter, Adam Rogers (guitar), Craig Taborn (piano) & Nate Smith (drums), each of them a master musician. There is talk of rock and fusion influences in other reviews here and I am not going to disagree but I just hear great, great Jazz.

Time well spent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 13 April 2008
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Chris Potter is one of my favourite saxophonists of all time. I'm also lucky enough to have seen a live performance (by another musician) at The Village Vanguard in NYC for myself. A friend took me there back in the 90s. I can thus easily picture in my head, what the gigs that led to this album might have been like. They must've been electrifying.

This six-tune set recorded live at the Vanguard over two dates in February of 2007, is fresh, exciting and bursting with energy and while not Potter's best album as far as I'm concerned (I personally prefer his studio sound), is definitely one of the best live jazz albums I've heard in a while. Apart from Potter himself of course, who plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet and is always amazing, I am particularly impressed by Adam Rogers on guitar - unusually, he has a very individual sound that doesn't remind me of any of the better known contemporary guitarists - and Craig Taborn on the Fender Rhodes. Things sound a bit hectic here and there as they often do during live performances but most of the time, nothing but magic shines through. I love all the tunes (the Ed Blackwell-penned "Togo", the only one Potter didn't write incidentally, is my overall favourite) but I wasn't exactly overjoyed at the way "Pop Tune #1" morphed from a beautiful ballad into a so-so dance tune halfway through.

A minor quibble though, I suppose, with what is undoubtedly, an outstanding CD overall. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Potter Blows the Doors Off 26 May 2008
By Ryan Wepler - Published on
Format:Audio CD
It is tough to add a lot to the superlatives thrown around by the other reviewers, but I am so thoroughly blown away by this album that I am unable to resist registering my enthusiasm. The one thing that bears mention and hasn't been discussed enough is the sheer power of Potter's playing. Potter's solo on "Train," the album's first tune, is truly otherworldly, dynamically building in intensity over the course of more than five minutes (and his solo on "Pop Tune #1" is almost as powerful). I'm not sure whether the title of the tune is an homage to Coltrane (the spelling would suggest that it isn't), but Chris sounds more like Coltrane here than anyone I've ever heard. However, the rest of the band is like nothing Coltrane ever played with. Adam Rogers' guitar fulfills the simultaneous function of a guitarist and a bassist, adding funk to the music and giving it the feel of a jam session or even, at times, a garage band, a feel that is augmented by Nate Smith's heavily rock 'n roll style drumming. The key for these musicians is that the tunes are open enough to allow Potter a great deal of solo space, which he takes advantage of with a combination of intensity and virtuosity that is unparalleled in anything I have heard recently (Taborn and Rogers' solos aren't too shabby either). If you own five jazz albums recorded this decade, this should be one of them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of The freshest New Music Being Played! 19 Jun 2009
By Jonathan Guarriello - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Well I imagine there's not to much more that can be said about how great this album is that hasn't already been said by others but here I go anyway. I really love the blend of musical styles that Chris Potter & Underground have so beautifully melded together in a melodic, virtuoso and very accessible sound that I can hear again and again without becoming boring or stale. All the players are in peak form and I really enjoy the guitar of Adam Rogers who manages not to sound like most of the other jazz fusion guitarists out playing today. The drummer Nate Smith is great blending the loose swinging feel of jazz with the hard pocket back beat of funk with chops aplenty and much taste. I really like all the songs but if I had to pick two favorites they would be Pop Tune #1 & viva la Vilnius. Pop tune is simply beautiful with some unexpected twists and turns and a killer solo by Adam Rogers. Vilnius is a diverse mind blowing piece that merits careful listening as does this whole album, because this cd is not one to be listened to in small segments. You need to bring it on a long car ride or along walk with your ipod cause each tune is extended.Chris Potter really shines as always on this,blasting away on tenor and bass clarinet, and let me say that I'm really glad he chose to bust out his bass clarinet for two of these tunes it adds a dimension not often heard on most jazz records today and he plays it beautifully. If you like this check out Undergrounds latest cd Ultrahang. Bottom line is buy this album for a fresh new listening experience you won't be disappointed I promise.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best jazz album of 2007 8 Nov 2007
By A. Dumont - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Once you put this album in your mp3 or CD player, you just can't stop listening to it again and again. The more you listen to it, the more you enjoy it. Great compositions, well played. In my opinion, clearly the best jazz album of 2007.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 1 Oct 2007
By Stephen E. Jardim - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the greatest album that chris potter has released. The variety, style, improvisation of this group is unbelievable. Besides it being great music, I love listening to it. I think it's really cool music. Chris Potter's improvisation is through the roof. Let's not forget adam rogers and craig tanborn improvising, they are great too. Nate smith tears it up on the drums. I saw this group live at the Village Vanguard in February when they were making this live CD, and they did not dissapoint. This is great music, not that popular garbage that is out there today.
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