Having first heard pianist Taurey Butler while vacationing in Montreal, Canada at the House of Jazz, suffice it say that it was a great night of jazz from a trio also including bassist Eric Lagacé and drummer Wali Muhammad. Butler's self-titled debut features the same trio, playing six familiar tunes and five originals from the pianist.In his youth, a friend gave Butler a recording by pianist Oscar Peterson. And, in Butler's words, I knew right away that's what I had been looking for. That's what I wanted to learn how to do."Originally from East Orange, New ...read more
A keen interest in learning and a predilection for Oscar Peterson-style piano playing seem to be the two biggest guiding forces behind pianist Taurey Butler's life journey thus far. The New Jersey native started on piano in his youth, but put the instrument on the back burner until a Peterson-produced epiphany rekindled his interest in the 88s toward the end of his high school days. While he clearly had talent, he never put all of his eggs in a music basket and he pursued other interests. Butler moved on to Dartmouth College, where he studied Japanese and ...read more
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