Every once in a while I come across a video that’s so amazing and inspiring that I just have to share it. This video of Chris Potter playing Charlie Parker’s confirmation sans accompaniment is more certainly one of those videos.
The video is actually a part of a masterclass DVD series sold by Roberto’s Winds, and you can pick up the entire set here.
What I love about this excerpt is that it demonstrates the multitude of dimensions present in Chris’ playing. Besides truly having a beginning, a middle, and an end, the solo features utterly creative phrasing, and takes the listener on a journey through the entire history of jazz saxophone.
I defy you to watch the video and not be totally blown away and inspired. (…or depressed).