by Robert Bush
Henry ButlerSaville Theatre, San Diego City CollegeSan Diego, CAApril 12, 2011 The path that brought famed New Orleans pianist Henry Butler to the Saville Theatre on April 12 has been rich in diversity and inexorably directed to his core : the wide scope of Crescent City music, and the deep well of the blues. Although he began his professional career in jazz as a thoroughly modern keyboard stylist--Fivin' Around (Impulse! 1986), ...read more
by Mike Perciaccante
In a town famous for its piano virtuosos--Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and even Harry Connick, Jr. (all New Orleans natives)--Henry Butler is a giant. Though his eclectic mixture of funk, blues, jazz, pop, schmaltz, rock and standards isn't everyone's cup of tea, his musical genius is legendary. Musicians and fans both hail Butler as the next piano superstar.
Butler is a quintuple-threat, being an excellent writer, arranger, interpreter, player and multi-instrumentalist. Though ...read more
by Geoff Anderson
Henry Butler and GroovesectLannie's Clocktower Cabaret/KUVODenver, ColoradoDecember 14-15, 2007
Snow didn't come to New Orleans, but New Orleans came to Denver this weekend in the form of a heapin' helpin' of musical gumbo, jambalaya and soul-nourishing funk. Friday night, as the latest snowstorm was petering out, Henry Butler brought his New Orleans sound to a packed Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. The next afternoon, Groovesect, a young New Orleans band funked up the KUVO studio in a ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Henry Butler's last recording was a bit of an eclectic affair. The Game has Just Begun, Butler's debut on New Orleans? Basin Street Records, contained a gumbo of Southern music with a cover of Riders on the Storm" to boot. Butler's new offering, Homeland, is a throwback almost to the Swing Era, judging by the disc?s opening piece, Jump to the Music." Jump" is the key operative. Butler?s piano on Jump To the Music" recalls Jay McShann and a whole ...read more
by Jim Santella
In a New Orleans revival, Henry Butler boogies and shuffles down the street with happy times in tow. His traditional quartet interprets blues, ballads, and boogie-woogie on Homeland the way they’re supposed to be.
His searing title track takes a detour from the kind of theme that the singer/pianist employs elsewhere. For this poignant piece, he delivers the blues in a forceful, driving manner with contemporary fury. Butler and the band sing of the need for protecting our ...read more