Frank Butrey: Malicious Delicious (2009)
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