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Butch Morris


Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris was an American jazz cornetist, composer and conductor. Morris was born in Long Beach, California. Before beginning his musical career, he served in the US forces in the Vietnam War. Morris came to attention with saxophonist David Murray's groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Morris's brother, double bassist Wilber Morris, sometimes performed and recorded with Murray during this period. Morris led a group called Orchestra SLANG. The group features Drummer Kenny Wollesen, alto saxophonist Jonathon Haffner, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and others. He performed and presented regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, held annually in New York City


Article: Live Review

Jazzfest Berlin 2023

Read "Jazzfest Berlin 2023" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Haus der Berliner Festspiele Quasimodo Jazz Club, A-Train Jazz Club, Berlino 2-5.11.2023 C'era più di un buon motivo per stimolare quest'anno la decisione di raggiungere il Jazzfest Berlin: primo tra tutti, la presenza di un grande protagonista come Henry Threadgill, che giunto sulla soglia degli ottant'anni, con alle spalle una ...

Article: Album Review

Antonio Borghini: Banquet of Consequences

Read "Banquet of Consequences" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Dalla fine degli anni Novanta avevo assistito all'esordio di Antonio Borghini in seno al collettivo bolognese Bassesfere, al fianco di Fabrizio Puglisi, Cristina Zavalloni, Domenico Caliri, Edoardo Marraffa e tanti altri. Già nei primi anni del Duemila il contrabbassista aveva cominciato a collaborare anche con maestri internazionali del calibro di Tristan Honsinger, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, ...


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Kirk Knuffke / Joe McPhee Quartet + 1: Keep The Dream Up

Read "Keep The Dream Up" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Synergy might be the best way to describe the result of this assemblage of musicians. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke and saxophonist Joe McPhee combine their various ensembles to create an effect much greater than the sum of their separate parts. Knuffke has worked extensively with bassist Michael Bisio in duo and trio formats, plus in the bassist's ...


Article: Liner Notes

Butch Morris: Current Trends in Racism in Modern America

Read "Butch Morris: Current Trends in Racism in Modern America" reviewed by Howard Mandel

When a full house of ardent downtown music followers flocked to the old Kitchen, a performance loft on Broome Street in Manhattan's artsy Soho district on the cold night of February 1, 1985 to hear Current Trends in Racism in Modern America by Lawrence Douglas “Butch" Morris--I don't recall if it was advertised as “Conduction No. ...


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Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: 60 Years

Read "60 Years" reviewed by Chris May

The 2 x LP 60 Years celebrates the history of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA), which was founded by the pianist, composer and community activist Horace Tapscott in South Central Los Angeles in 1961, and directed by him until he passed in 1999. The release, albeit of archive material, also reminds us that the Arkestra ...


Article: Album Review

Karl Berger: Heart Is A Melody

Read "Heart Is A Melody" reviewed by Dave Linn

Karl Berger, one of the more unsung and underrated jazz musicians of our time, passed away on April 9, 2023. He had just turned 88 years old. Berger released several dozen albums as a leader and scores more as a sideman. His discography reads like a Who's Who of modern jazz. He recorded with people such ...


Article: Album Review

Dino Duo: J.A. Deane & Jason Kao Hwang: Uncharted Faith

Read "Uncharted Faith" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The idiosyncratic nature of Jason Kao Hwang's work lends itself to a broad range of collaborative possibilities. Uncharted Faith, a duo recording with electronics artist J.A. Deane, is unique because of both its experimental essence and its personal backstory. Deane (aka, Dino) lost his life-partner in 2019 and went into wooded seclusion to finish a book. ...

Article: Live Review

Steph Richards Supersense al Carambolage di Bolzano

Read "Steph Richards Supersense al Carambolage di Bolzano" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Steph Richards Supersense Quartet Carambolage Bolzano 28.11.2022 Presentato nel terzo album da leader della trombettista statunitense Steph Richards, Supersense è un progetto basato sulla relazione tra stimoli olfattivi e sonori. L'idea, la scintilla creativa nasce dalla reciproca connessione dei sensi, dalle suggestioni che ne scaturiscono in una dimensione sinestesica che spesso ...

Article: Album Review

Silvia Bolognesi, Marco Colonna: EraorA

Read "EraorA" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Silvia Bolognesi e Marco Colonna si conoscono dal 2003, quando parteciparono a una conduction di Butch Morris --un artista che per entrambi ha significato moltissimo-- e da allora non hanno mai smesso di incontrarsi e di collaborare, in varie formazioni e anche in duo: era dunque venuto il momento di documentare la loro straordinaria intesa registrando ...


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