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Chris Potter

Chris Potter at home

Saxophonist Chris Potter misses his girlfriend. As usual, he’s on the road, this time with Dave Douglas in support of the trumpeter’s new Bluebird disc, The Infinite. The group’s been on tour for a month and another Dave, the bassist Holland, has Potter on tap next for a few weeks in Europe. To his girlfriend, the idea of “Chris Potter at home” is probably laughable. “It would be nice to be home more,” Potter says. “It’s pretty rare that I get a chance to get into a routine and really settle down much before it’s time to go again.”

It’s Potter’s own fault: he let his saxophone get the best of him. Inspired by Miles Davis and Eddie Harris records lying around his childhood home in Columbia, S.C, a 10-year-old Potter began blowing sax lines; he made the jazzman’s move to New York City eight years later, after graduating high school. The late bopmeister Red Rodney took a shine to Potter and put him in his quintet. That began Potter’s professional career, which has seen him play with Paul Motian, John Patitucci, Marian McPartland and the Mingus Big Band, among others. It’s with the two Daves, however, that Potter racks up the frequent flyer miles. But who knows what Potter would use the friendly-sky benefits for. Only an uncharacteristic breakdown out of exhaustion and homesickness would have the reliable saxophonist flying back to his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the middle of a tour.

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