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The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes, legends whose careers proceed from one great accomplishment to another. Coincidentally, the saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite of compositions, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey. The Sirens is geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself.

Like brave Odysseus, Potter returns to a place which has been a home base for him. His quartet celebrates the release of The Sirens at the Village Vanguard in New York. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Chris Potter Quartet in concert.

Set List

All compositions by Chris Potter unless otherwise indicated.

  • "Wine Dark Sea"
  • "Wayfinder"
  • "The Owl Of Cranston" (P. Motian)
  • "Kalypso"
  • "The Sirens"
  • "Sky"
  • Chris Potter, saxophones
  • Ethan Iverson, piano
  • Larry Grenadier, bass
  • Eric Harland, drums
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