Henry Butler: Homeland (2004)
It is Butler's piano playing that is the centerpiece of this recording, and his instrumentals are the most engaging of the songs. "Henry's Boogie" simply rocks, as does "the Game Band Strut" and "OS7.0," though these latter two pieces are more complex than twelve simple bars. Vocally, Butler runs the gambit from lowdown ("Jump To The Music" and "Casino") to tender ("The Way We Loved" and "I Stand Accused"). Homeland is much more satisfying than The Game Has Just Begun. His band is tauter and more seasoned and his rhythms are sure and expansive.
Track Listing: Jump To The Music; Henry?s Boogie; The Way We Loved; Homeland; Hey Little Girl; Casinl; Some Iko; The Game Band Strut; I Stand Accused; OS7.0; You Can?t Beat My Love; Ode To Fess.
Personnel: Henry Butler: Keyboards, Vocals; Vasti Johnson; Nick Daniels: Bass; Raymond Weber: Drums.
Record Label: Basin Street Records