It was the year 1998 when Chris Potter entered the stage of the Donizetti Theatre as a member of the Dave Douglas quartet. At the time, the saxophonist from Chicago, where he was born on the 1st of January 1971, was an emerging talent and he has made a lot of progress since then. Other significant collaborations, first of all those with Dave Holland and Paul Motian, have in fact been followed by numerous engravings as leaders, including The Sirens (2013), Imaginary Cities (2015) and The Dreamer is The Dream (2017), all and three for ECM. Recently, with the change of team (the English Edition Records), Circuits and Good Hope of the Crosscurrents trio were released, formed by Potter together with Dave Holland and the Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain.
Tenor specialist (but also plays other types of sax, clarinets and flute), Chris Potter has a full-bodied sound put at the service of a fluid phrasing, full of lyricism: his return, after so many years, to Bergamo Jazz now takes place in the sign of an authentic supergroup depicting the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Eric Harland and, as a very special guest, Bill Frisell. Of the latter, well known to the public at home, there is little to add to what is well known. However, it is always a pleasure to be able to savour its refined guitar evolutions in any context.
Craig Taborn is one of the most popular contemporary jazz pianists and he has played alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, Chris Potter himself and many others. With the colleague of instrument Vijay Iyer, he recorded the album The Transitory Poems. With his trio, Taborn participated in Bergamo Jazz in 2012.
Eric Harland is one of the most requested drummers today, by virtue of his dynamic and imaginative drumming. Enough for all the names of Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard. His only previous presence in Bergamo Jazz dates back to 2010, as a member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective.