Chris Potter – There is a Tide (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:16 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Edition Records
For Chris Potter, a musician who has been on the road continuously since the 1990s, whose raison d’etre is playing live, lockdown presented both a challenge and an opportunity. It’s a tribute to his creativity, personal integrity and huge musical talent that Chris was able to take on this challenge and make something unbelievably fresh from the opportunity.
Starting in May 2020, as the Black Lives Matter movement was kicking off (reflected in the track ‘I Had A Dream’), Chris set out to create something alone, to express his reaction to these chaotic times. Uniquely, playing each and every instrument: piano, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, drums, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute, percussion, samples and of course saxophones, Chris took just six weeks to complete the whole process.
Recording an album like this for the first time required Chris to think about the process of writing, recording and producing in a completely new way. As Chris explains:
‘This project grew out of a wish to continue creating at a time when most of the usual channels of musical expression were unavailable. I offer it as a musical perspective on the issues we are facing: the importance of community at a time of physical distance, the need for strong leadership, the necessity of supporting vulnerable members of society who have always gotten the short end of the stick, the troubled relationship we have with the natural world, and the difficulty of dealing with all the fear and uncertainty we face. My hope is that this extremely difficult period will also have positive effects, leading us to focus on the true value of things. Of course part of the beauty of instrumental music is how its meaning is defined by the listener, but these are some of the thoughts I had while creating it.
1. Chris Potter – I Had a Dream
2. Chris Potter – Like a Memory
3. Chris Potter – Mother of Waters
4. Chris Potter – Rising Over You
5. Chris Potter – Oh So Many Stars
6. Chris Potter – Drop Your Anchor Down
7. Chris Potter – Beneath the Waves
8. Chris Potter – Rest Your Head
9. Chris Potter – As the Moon Ascends
10. Chris Potter – New Life (In the Wake of Devastation)