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The Sirens

Chris Potter Audio CD
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The Sirens is acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter’s ECM debut as a leader, an album of mood and melody inspired by The Odyssey – both its epic atmosphere and its timeless humanity. Potter – who has featured on many ECM albums by Dave Holland and Steve Swallow, as well as making a profound contribution to the contemporary classic Lost in a Dream with Paul Motian and Jason Moran ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Potter Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00A8ZZ570
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wine Dark SeaChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 8:49Album Only
Listen  2. WayfinderChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 6:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dawn (With Her Rosy Fingers)Chris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 7:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The SirensChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 8:39Album Only
Listen  5. PenelopeChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. KalypsoChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 8:26Album Only
Listen  7. NausikaaChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stranger At the GateChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 8:15Album Only
Listen  9. The ShadesChris Potter with Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 


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The Sirens is acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter's ECM debut as a leader, an album of mood and melody inspired by Homer's The Odyssey - both its epic atmosphere and its timeless humanity. Potter, who has featured on many ECM albums by Dave Holland and Steve Swallow, as well as making a profound contribution to the contemporary classic Lost in a Dream with Paul Motian and Jason Moran, has composed a cycle of irresistible songs without words.

These pieces are conveyed by a subtly virtuosic, strikingly textured band: with Potter on tenor and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet, plus Craig Taborn (piano), David Virelles (prepared piano, celeste, harmonium), Larry Grenadier (double-bass) and Eric Harland (drums). Potter declaims lyrical lines over the dynamically inventive rhythm section, as the colouristic keyboards shimmer like stars in the night sky.

Music like that of The Sirens, with its open forms and an emphasis on lyricism, presents challenges. Potter says: "You have to know when to dive in, but also when to leave space. The musicians need to have strong personalities but also a certain maturity - and that's why this band is just what I needed. These guys are state of the art."

Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney, Potter has become a potent improviser and composer-arranger. The youngest musician ever to win Denmark's Jazzpar Prize, his impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and 100 sideman appearances. He has played or recorded with such leading names as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Ray Brown, John Scofield and Dave Douglas, as well as with the Mingus Big Band.

Personnel: Chris Potter (soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet on The Sirens), Craig Taborn (piano), David Virelles (prepared piano, celeste, harmonium), Larry Grenadier (double bass), Eric Harland (drums)

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ECM 2258; ECM RECORDS - Germania; Pop Jazz

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potter's best to date 28 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a remarkable album. Potter plays with great passion and intelligence, supported by musicians at the top of their game. The title track is quite stunning. I love the variation of themes throughout. This is a disc to play again and again with delight. I've seen Potter in concert several times and this is representative of his very best work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Chris Potter has always been a modern master of both his instruments and his contribution to the ongoing development of modern 'jazz'. Eicher's production has added to the depth, while retaining the passion of Potter's soul. Track 4 - the title track is particularly mesmeric.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sirens 24 Oct 2013
By Corby
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Little bit annoyed when first played this cd,expecting more of this saxmans rockfunk jazz fusion adventures and found a more traditional feel to the sound and playing after a couple of listens the saxman won me over with the different approach.Great music.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Potter & mates in perfect shape 16 Feb 2013
By A. Zona
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Put together a solid rhythm section with Grenadier on double bass and Harland behind the drums, a rich and sophisticated harmonic section with Tabor (piano) and Virelles (prepared piano, celeste, harmonium) often left free in seductive layers of improvisation, and above all Chris Potter (heard on soprano and tenor sax as well as bass clarinet), always dominating the scene with some passionate and energetic playing, presenting one after the other his original compositions (except for the last track penned by the two pianists) inspired by the reading of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. I believe this is one of Mr. Potter most solid releases, possibly his best, to discover over and over again. Totally recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 May 2013
By Judy
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Excellent cd, pity the first one wouldn't play but very impressed with speed of reimbursement. Cd was present for my son and he loves it.
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