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Jackson Potter


by Tom Haugen



Wise Cat, 2021


Listen to Restless

A young guitarist who takes inspiration from names like Scofield and Metheny, Jackson Potter cut his teeth in the Twin Cities scene when he was in high school, and then continued his craft while at college in Miami.

Here, Potter is in the company of some of Miami’s finest, including Patrick Leavy (bass), Gibb Mandish (drums) and Leo Folsom (piano), among others, as 6 originals and 6 standards are executed with a rock and jazz fusion that’s quite exciting.

“Bird Flu” starts the listen with plenty of warm, dynamic instrumentation as David Mason’s soulful sax is met with Folsom’s agile keys amid the swingin’ fun, and “Falling Grace” continues the strong musicianship with Potter’s spirited guitar work alongside Mandish’s proficient drumming as many solos appear.

Halfway through, “Sophia’s Waltz”, an original about Potter’s girlfriend, trims the pace back with much sublime beauty packed into the thoughtful, intimate climate, while “Amalfi” glides with precise bass plucking from Leavy as a stylish delivery unfolds that’s packed with much melody.

The cleverly titled “Hindsight Is 2020” lands near the end and meshes Joey Curreri’s cautious trumpet with Mason’s sax prowess as the fuller tune emits much sophistication and playfulness, and “Restless” exits the listen with no shortage of thick guitar riffs amid Carter Key’s trombone, Folsom’s key acrobatics and dueling horns that cultivate plenty of grooves.

Potter’s already made quite a name for himself with his playing and writing, and if this strong record is any indication, he’s got a luminous career on the horizon, as his guitar driven jazz sounds wiser than his years and is delivered with a skillset that parallels the names that inspire him.

Travels well with: David LarsenDeviate From Standards; Billy Test Trio- Coming Down Roses

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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