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viernes, 19 de octubre de 2018

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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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jueves, 18 de octubre de 2018

Peter Bernstein • Signs Of Life

Review by Scott Yanow
Peter Bernstein's second CD as a leader reunites him with pianist Brad Mehldau and once again features him in a quartet. However, both Bernstein and Mehldau had grown quite a bit as soloists during the previous two years (the pianist really tears into "Nobody Else but Me") and this time they are joined by the virtuosic bassist Christian McBride and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. In addition, the songs (five Bernstein originals and four standards) are stronger and challenge the soloists to play at their best. Among the highlights are "Jet Stream," "Jive Coffee" (Bernstein's sly revision of "Tea for Two"), "Will You Still Be Mine," and a tasteful "My Ideal" in addition to "Nobody Else but Me." An excellent effort.

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