Chris Potter, Lift: Live At The Village Vanguard

Dylan Hicks

By Dylan Hicks

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
One of jazz’s great young virtuosos shines with his quartet onstage.

Chris Potter is a former child prodigy who can wow you with his tenor-sax technique without hitting you over the head with it. Sometimes he's a bit too unassuming, but Lift hits you over the head just enough to leave a mark but not a bruise. Backed with vim by pianist Kevin Hayes, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Bill Stewart, Potter honks, wails, stutters, and seduces his way through a set of modern hard bop, ballads, and askew blues. It's an old-fashioned blowing record that doesn't sound old-fashioned. When he's on, Potter stands with James Carter at the top of the tenor-players-under-40 heap, and he's very on here.