Imaginary Cities (album)

Imaginary Cities is a stusio album by American jazz saxophonist Chris Potter released on the ECM label in 2015.[1][2] This is his second ECM release.

Imaginary Cities
Imaginary Cities (album).jpg
Studio album by
Chris Potter Underground Orchestra
ReleasedJanuary 16, 2015
RecordedDecember 2013
StudioAvatar Studios, New York
GenreJazz
Length71:09
LabelECM
ECM 2387
ProducerManfred Eicher
Chris Potter chronology
The Sirens
(2013)
Imaginary Cities
(2015)
The Dreamer Is the Dream
(2017)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz     [3]
All About Jazz     [4]
Allmusic     [5]
The Buffalo News     [6]
Blurt     [7]
Financial Times     [8]
The Guardian     [9]
Irish Times     [10]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4​12 stars stating "Potter's writing on Imaginary Cities engages every aspect of his jazz palette. It embraces modern classical music as part of a striking whole. It is his most ambitious project to date, and arguably his most expertly articulated".[5]

The Guardian 's John Fordham noted "this feels like a work in progress with a fascinating future".[9] Jeff Simon writing for The Buffalo News commented, "The result is utterly spectacular, I think. It’s a disc that it is completely fresh and idiomatically only itself, with great solos all through it, not least of all by Potter on tenor and soprano saxophone and bass clarinet."[6]

All About Jazz correspondent John Kelman observed "with Imaginary Cities Potter has created the first real masterpiece of 2015. A profound paradigm shift for the saxophonist, Imaginary Cities suggests that the end point of Potter's potential seems still very far beyond the horizon".[3] Another review by Karl Ackermann stated "Imaginary Cities is an expansive album expressing divergent motifs linked together through a central theme. The septet is taut and adventurous; the strings impassioned and thoughtful and Potter's playing is his best to date. Though he emerged as a leader two decades back seemingly fully-formed in every creative aspect, he continues to evolve and surprise. Imaginary Cities is a superb album on every level".[4]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Chris Potter

  1. "Lament" − 8:07
  2. "Imaginary Cities 1: Compassion" − 8:34
  3. "Imaginary Cities 2: Dualities" − 8:44
  4. "Imaginary Cities 3: Disintegration" − 7:23
  5. "Imaginary Cities 4: Rebuilding" − 11:33
  6. "Firefly" − 8:37
  7. "Shadow Self" − 6:09
  8. "Sky" − 12:02

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ECM Reviews, accessed January 8, 2018
  2. ^ ECM Records catalog, accessed January 8, 2018
  3. ^ a b Kelman, J. All About Jazz Review, January 6, 2015
  4. ^ a b Ackermann, K. All About Jazz Review 2, January 8, 2015
  5. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Chris Potter – Imaginary Cities: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Simon, Jeff (15 January 2015). "Disc reviews: Chris Potter, American Horn Quartet, Marilyn Manson,". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  7. ^ Toland, Michael (13 January 2015). "CHRIS POTTER UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA – Imaginary Cities". Blurt. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ Hobart, Mike (23 January 2015). "Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities — review". Financial Times. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, January 23, 2015
  10. ^ Larkon, Cormac (6 February 2015). "Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities - Album Review". Irish Times. Retrieved 10 July 2018.