Album review

Chris Potter - Travelling Mercies

His profile raised by his appearance on Steely Dan's Two Against Nature, Chris Potter continues to showcase a singular talent on this, his second album since then. With a basic quartet of Potter plus Kevin Hays (keyboards), Scott Colley (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums), the music on Travelling Mercies is occasionally augmented by guests, including John Scofield on guitar. Lithe, soulful and swinging, this is music which wears its sophistication lightly. Those following Potter's career can rely on a generous return for their money.

Rating: 4 / 10


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