English: John Butcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
John Butcher’s resume goes back to the mid-eighties, mostly dabbling in free improvisation with like-minded folks, such as Gino Robair, Phil Durrant, and Jon Russell. Bell Trove Spools, however, is just Butcher and his sax.
While not without melody, the ten selections on this recording dabble in percolations, drones, chirps, other bird-like noises, and a bit of minimally-restrained blowing. While in some hands this approach might result in a slapped-together feel, Butcher instead lets his sax tell a story. A weird story, but one with structure and continuity nonetheless. Perhaps the best moments come when he shows his Evan Parker influences. But rather than sounding derivative, Butcher takes Parker’s multiphonics to new places.
Butcher earned his doctorate in theoretical physics 30 years ago, before leaving academia for music. Thus, it is not surprising that he brings intelligence, attention to detail, and innovation to his recordings.
English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
THE HENRY GRIMES TRIO featuring MARC MEDWIN and TYSHAWN SOREY at SOMETHIN’ JAZZ CLUB in Manhattan, Saturday, December 1st, 2012, 9-10:45p.m.
Brooklyn-based saxophonist/composer Josh Sinton‘s longstanding group Ideal Bread, featuring trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, bassist Richard Giddens and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, will close-out its 2012 schedule with hometown concerts at Noew York’s ShapeShifter Lab on November 27th and the Konceptions Music Series at Korzo on December 11th.
OutNow Recordings will hold a Showcase Evening at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn on November 23. 8:00pm – RIBBS (James Ilgenfritz – double bass, Jason Robinson – tenor sax, Dave Ballou – trumpet, George Schuller – drums), 9:00pm – Yoni Kreztmer 2BASS QUARTET (Sean Conly – double bass, Reuben Radding – double bass, Mike Pride – drums, Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax), 10:00pm – 9VOLT (Rick Parker – trombone + effects, Eyal Maoz – guitar + effects, Yonadav Halevy – drums), 11:00pm – Sean Conly + Micheal Attias “think Shadow”, Sean Conly – double bass, Micheal Attias – alto and bari sax). Address: 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, New York 11215.
A pair of videos featuring Abbey Rader and Kidd Jordan are here and here.
From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:
SET I: Daisy/Rosaly Duo
SET II: The Russ Johnson Quartet
SET I: Jeff Parker
SET II: HEAR in NOW
SET I: Sighs Too Deep For Words
SET II: James Falzone’s Early Music Convention