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.
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.
The first post of this new blog dedicated to improvised and avant-garde music is the interview I realized with the one and only Mr. Vijay Iyer. He needs no introduction any more, I’d just say that he’s one of the most prominent musicians, pianists, composers and bandleaders of the generation born in the 1970s. The encounter took place in Paris on November 13th, 2012. The night before I had attended his first set at the Duc des Lombards club where he performed with his trio mostly pieces from Historicity (2009) and Accelerando (2012), along with some new material.