The Sirens (album)

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The Sirens
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Studio album by Chris Potter
Released January 28, 2013
Recorded September 2011
Studio Avatar Studios, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 63:36
Label ECM
ECM 2258
Producer Manfred Eicher
Chris Potter chronology
The Sirens
Imaginary Cities
(2013)Imaginary Cities2013

The Sirens is an album by jazz saxophonist Chris Potter released on the ECM label in 2013.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "Potter's vision and compositions on The Sirens never lose sight of his goal: portraying the eternal essence of humanity in the mythos of his subject; his poetic lyricism as a soloist, and his empathy as a bandleader are consummate".[3]

The Guardian 's John Fordham noted "Only the faintly niggling sensation of this being a classically authoritative Potter jazz set with some suitable concept-exotica embroidery blunts The Sirens' impact".[4]

All About Jazz correspondent John Kelman observed "Through it all, there's no mistaking this for anything but a Chris Potter record, but with The Sirens he's delivered one unlike any he's done before. An eclectic album that couldn't have happened without what's come before, it's nevertheless a signpost of significant change, as the saxophonist opens himself up compositionally—and, from a performance perspective, one that, if he can keep this remarkable group together, promises even better things to come".[5] Another review by Ian Patterson stated "The Sirens will go down as one of Potter's best, but this is assuredly a collective triumph".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Chris Potter except as indicated

  1. "Wine Dark Sea" - 8:47
  2. "Wayfinder" - 6:49
  3. "Dawn (With Her Rosy Fingers)" - 7:23
  4. "The Sirens" - 8:38
  5. "Penelope" - 7:14
  6. "Kalypso" - 8:24
  7. "Nausikaa" - 5:40
  8. "Stranger at the Gate" - 8:12
  9. "The Shades" (Potter, David Virelles) - 2:11



  1. ^ ECM catalogue
  2. ^ "Chris Potter – The Sirens". Discogs. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 18, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, February 8, 2013
  5. ^ Kelman, J. Extended Analysis - Chris Potter: The Sirens, All About Jazz, January 25, 2013
  6. ^ Patterson, I. The Sirens Review, March 27, 2013