Although bassist Swallow is the ordained leader on these live recordings (cut late 2001 in France), having composed all of the basic material, this disc is absolutely owned by the tenor sax work of Chris Potter. Potter has been steadily making a name for himself in the New York scene over the last decade through a series of support gigs and solo work that gets continually more impressive and innovative. Swallow seems to appreciate Potter's talent and, for the bulk of these nine cuts, lets the tenor player lead the way. Sure, drummer Adam Nussbaum gets ample opportunity to shine and Swallow's bass is an integral element. But on these loping, expansive numbers, Potter's brilliantly melodious playing brings everything together wonderfully. Whether it's the somber and stretched-out "Item 3, D.I.T." or the more lively freneticism of "Item 9, D.I.T." (yeah, Swallow didn't spend a lot of time naming these pieces), the rhythm section is content to provide a solid foundation for Potter to dance all over.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.