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Frank Butrey: Malicious Delicious (2009)

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The versatile Frank Butrey lends a psychedelic rock-infused flavor to the jazz repertoire in Malicious Delicious. The Philadelphia-based guitarist displays his wares through these original compositions (some co-written), performed with some of his favorite musicians including members of bassist Warren Oree's Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble (Butrey is a working member), who flavor the tracks in various ways. Acknowledging the influence of rockers Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
1942 - 1970
guitar, electric
and Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
b.1947
guitar
, along with Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
and Pat Martino
Pat Martino
Pat Martino
b.1944
guitar
from the jazz inner circles, Butrey whips up a series of intense and sometimes very personal statements that, as the title implies, shake things up and, at times, provide a rich taste of more sensitive playing.

While Butrey has all the virtuosity and resilience of a fine jazz guitarist, this is not an album for easy listening. The overall guitar sound is biting and sharp, at times becoming boisterous and obstreperous, echoing Pink Floyd and other groups from the psychedelic era. There are forays into various moods, from the distressing "Malicious Delicious Blues" to the laidback "Acoustic Afternoons" and everything in between.

Jazz guitarists will find Butrey's rich improvisational capabilities of great interest. He likes to play with possibilities and demonstrates rich motivic and chordal development. There is an ingenuity repeatedly occurring as he and his cohorts try on new "skins" in chameleon-like adaptations. After several listens, the head spins from exposure to the myriad musical changes that, in turn, evoke changes in the psyche. In that sense, the music is transformational, provoking changes in the sense of self much like a psychedelic drug.

This album will appeal to those who appreciate emotion-driven interpretations with a hard-rock accent and a touch of jazz fusion. Those seeking a straight-ahead fine arts guitar sound, however, had better look elsewhere.

Track Listing: Boisterous Voiceferous; Malicious Delicious Blues; Acoustic Afternoon; This End Up; Toast With A Ghost; Dimitri, Birks and Dewey; Little Workshops; Dodges, Denials and Delays; Niece and Nephews.

Personnel: Frank Butrey: electric and acoustic nylon string guitars; Tony "Stickman" Wyatt: drums (1, 2, 4, 5, 8); Clifton Kellem: acoustic and electric basses; (1, 2, 4, 5); Tom Lowery: percussion (3, 5); Joe Ruscitto: percussion (3); Leonard "Hub" Hubbard: electric bass (8); The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble (6): Warren Oree: acoustic bass; Umar Raheem: soprano sax; Greg "Ju Ju" Jones: drums; Doug "Pablo" Edwards: percussion..

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


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