Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief “Last month, saxophonist Johnny Butler played a set at NYC’s Piano’s alongside trombonist Ryan Snow, bassist Aidan Carroll, and drummer Jason Nazary. They recorded a good ten minutes of their spacey, grooving set and shared it with us all for download. Check it out after the jump. Recorded live at Pianos, June […]
Recorded live at Rockwood Music Hall with Kassa Overall on drums. Video by Jake Remmington of Collabo, video software by Allan Pichardo. johnny butler x kassa overall from (collabo!) on Vimeo.
Grego Applegate Edwards Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Tuesday, October 21, 2014 “Saxman Johnny Butler returns with an EP Raise it Up. This is music that works because there is edgy conviction. It’s real and comes from the soul. It combines avant jazz, an electricity, rap and hip-hop elements. There’s a bit of soul-rap vocalizing. There’s […]
August 9, 2014 S. Victor Aaron Something Else! “Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender. This time, he’s back with just one song, but no matter, he’s stuffing that one song full of originality […]
Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief “Saxophonist Johnny Butler has just released an interesting video for his new song, “Macaroni Dip”. The video from French filmmaker Heloïse Haddad has a lot of different layers and is leaps and bounds more than a video of some performance. The snappy tune also features Jackson Kincheloe (of Sister Sparrow & The […]
Richard B Kamins Step Tempest June 9, 2014 “4 years ago, I reviewed the debut EP from saxophonist/composer Johnny Butler and really liked it, not only for its musicality but also for the risks the musician took with his music (read the review here.) Well, he’s back and raised the bar a bit higher. His […]
SomethingElse! S. Victor Aaron May 31, 2014 “Some jazz musicians are afraid to embrace technology with their music for fear of losing their purity. Saxophonist Johnny Butler has no such qualms. His fearless headlong dive into the joys of looping, dubbing and multi-tracking made 2010s’s Solo appear to include a whole orchestra of saxophonists when […]
NextBop – Next Generation in Jazz Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief “Brooklyn multireedist Johnny Butler has in the past done a great deal just playing solo. His previous EP, last year’s Carousel, pulled off its lush sounds with looping done on the fly. It was a rough but wholly satisfying work that indicated Butler thinks in multiple […]
I’m very excited to announce that my new EP ‘Raise It Up’ is now available for streaming and purchase! It features Kassa Overall on drums and production, Aidan Carroll on bass, and JJ Byars on alto saxophone along with a ton of samples and myself on tenor, baritone, and clarinet! Just go to johnnybutlermusic.bandcamp.com. I […]
January 29 @ 10:30pm Manhattan Inn 632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY January 31 @ 7:00pm Green Line Cafe 4239 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA February 1 @ 7:00pm Lilypad 1353 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA February 4 @ 8:00pm Logical Operations at Muchmore’s “3 solo artists perform original electronic music influenced by jazz, classical, experimental, and pop.” […]
“Carousel sticks to a simple equation, then spends the album’s entirety providing different facets of those components. Pulsing cadences and languorous drones, and the beauty of this album is the way in which Butler shifts into one before backsliding back to the other. “Album opener “Bowtie” opens strong with with a quick step rhythm, bolstered […]
“If there’s anything the last decade or so of jazz has cemented, it’s Radiohead’s place in the jazz canon. Tenor saxophonist Johnny Butler has grasped onto this fact with a very cool video of him looping himself alongside drummer Alex Ritz with this performance of “Optimistic” recorded live at Brooklyn’s Gallery Recording Studio by Keith […]
Carousel is now available from many online distributors! Download it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify.