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viernes, 19 de octubre de 2018

Billy Butler • Legends of Acid Jazz



Review by Scott Yanow
A greatly in-demand studio player throughout his life, guitarist Billy Butler fortunately had opportunities to lead four albums for Prestige along with a couple of slightly later European records. Butler was a versatile musician who, on ballads in particular displayed a very interesting sound, sometimes sliding between notes as if he were playing a steel guitar. This 1998 CD reissues all of the music from Butler's first (This Is Billy Butler) and fourth (Night Life) Prestige records. Despite the generic title and a few grooving tracks, the music doesn't have much to do with acid jazz and is generally in the soul jazz vein. Butler performs some standards (including "Work Song," "Wave," "In a Mellow Tone" and a memorable rendition of "Cherry") along with some basic originals. His sidemen include either Houston Person or Jesse Powell on tenors, Ernie Hayes or Johnny "Hammond" Smith on keyboards (electric piano or organ), electric bassist Bob Bushnell, and Rudy Collins or Jimmy Johnson on drums. This is the definitive Billy Butler release and is highly recommended, particularly to listeners not familiar with his rather distinctive sound.

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Revisión por Scott YanowA lo largo de su vida, un jugador de estudio muy solicitado, el guitarrista Billy Butler afortunadamente tuvo la oportunidad de liderar cuatro álbumes para Prestige junto con un par de discos europeos un poco más tarde. Butler era un músico versátil que, en baladas en particular mostraba un sonido muy interesante, a veces deslizándose entre notas como si estuviera tocando una guitarra de acero. Este CD de 1998 vuelve a emitir toda la música de los primeros discos de Prestige de Butler (This Is Billy Butler) y de Night Life. A pesar del título genérico y unas pocas pistas, la música no tiene mucho que ver con el acid jazz y está generalmente en la vena del soul jazz. Butler interpreta algunos estándares (incluidos "Work Song", "Wave", "In a Mellow Tone" y una versión memorable de "Cherry") junto con algunos originales básicos. Sus miembros incluyen a Houston Person o Jesse Powell en tenores, Ernie Hayes o Johnny "Hammond" Smith en teclados (piano u órgano eléctrico), el bajista eléctrico Bob Bushnell y Rudy Collins o Jimmy Johnson en la batería. Este es el lanzamiento definitivo de Billy Butler y es muy recomendable, especialmente para los oyentes que no están familiarizados con su sonido distintivo.


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Tracks list:
1 The Twang Thang (Butler) 5:17
2 Cherry (Redman) 6:45
3 Work Song (Adderley, Brown, Jr.) 5:55
4 The Soul Roll (Butler) 4:42
5 She Is My Inspiration (Butler) 5:14
6 Bass-IC Blues (Butler) 5:26
7 Night Life (Breeland, Buskirk, Nelson) 5:58
8 Wave (Jobim) 5:53
9 Watch What Happens (Demy, Gimbel, Le Grand, Legrand) 5:06
10 Peacock Alley (Butler, Doggett) 4:10
11 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills) 5:08
12 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler) 9:43


Personnel
[# 1-6] This is Billy Butler (Prestige 7622)
Billy Butler - g & bs g [# 6]
Houston Person - ts
Ernie Hayes - p & org
Bob Bushnell - el b
Rudy Collins - dr
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; December 16, 1968
[# 7-12] Night Life (Prestige 7854)
Billy Butler - g
Jesse Powell - ts
Houston Person - ts [# 9]
Johnny "Hammond" Smith - org & el p [# 9]
Bob Bushnell - el b
Jimmy Johnson - dr
Recorded same place as above ; December 21, 1970


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