Here are two short transcriptions of solos Chris Potter did on a March 8, 2008 Masterclass. The bootleg was floating around the internet (www.dimeadozen.org) and I was lucky enough to grab it. In these two examples Chris is showing the differences in his playing style from when he was younger to now.
The first solo is pretty straight forward rhythmically and he is sticking pretty close to the changes and a standard bebop type approach. The second solo (I call it “Potterized Rhythm Changes”) is a bit more advanced. He’s taking more liberties harmonically and rhythmically. The second “Potterized Version” much harder to transcribe and some parts were difficult to figure out rhythmically but I did my best. These are two great examples of how to play over rhythm changes and take it away from the standard bebop sound. Really check out the rhythmic approach on the “Potterized” version. Enjoy!
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