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Album Review

Joe McPhee/John Butcher: At The Hill Of James Magee

Read "At The Hill Of James Magee" reviewed by John Eyles


The roots of this album lie in two previous John Butcher recordings, his four solo pieces recorded in the resonant Oya Stone Museum, Utsunomiya City, Japan, in November 2002, which featured on Cavern With Nightlife (Weight of Wax, 2004), and Resonant Spaces (Confront, 2008) which documented a 2006 tour he made of various resonant sites--including a reservoir, a mausoleum, an ice house and an oil tank--in Scotland. In the wake of those albums, Butcher attracted plenty of invitations to play ...

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Album Review

Joe McPhee/John Butcher: At The Hill Of James Magee

Read "At The Hill Of James Magee" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The music of saxophonists Joe McPhee and John Butcher has habitually been centered on place. By that I mean environment, the situation and setting for sound creation. We can go all the way back to McPhee's Tenor (Hat Hut, 1977), his ghostly recording laid down in a farmhouse in Adlemsried, Switzerland, or, more recently, the astonishing Sonic Elements (Clean Feed, 2012) solo concert at the Ljubljana Jazz Festival. Both recordings embrace and are affected by their environs. This concern with ...


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