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John Butcher

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John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a physicist, he left academia in '82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Gerry Hemingway, Akio Suzuki, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Fred Frith, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Keiji Haino, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Butch Morris, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Matthew Shipp, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor - to name a few. He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place

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Discernment

Label: Spoonhunt
Released: 2021
Track listing: discerning 1; discerning 2; discerning 3; discerned

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Distinct Machinery

Label: Random Acoustics
Released: 2021
Track listing: Inklings; Hot and Cold; Torsion; Metes and Bounds; Drunken Thread; Fissures; Flank Angle; Entanglements; Flow Field; Refraction; Desmodromics I; Desmodromics II; Desmodromics III; Cold and Hot.

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Spoonhunt's First CD Releases

Read "Spoonhunt's First CD Releases" reviewed by John Eyles


Like the notorious London buses, with musician-run independent record labels, you wait ages for one to arrive and then two come along together. Just as punters were welcoming N.O. Moore's new dx/dy label, along comes the first batch of releases on bassist Dominic Lash's charmingly-named Spoonhunt label. To be fair, Spoonhunt is not totally new. Since ...

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Article: Album Review

Frisque Concordance: Distinct Machinery

Read "Distinct Machinery" reviewed by John Eyles


The group Frisque Concordance began back in October 1992 when the quartet—comprising UK saxophonist John Butcher and the Germans pianist Georg Graewe, double bassist Hans Schneider and drummer Martin Blume—was recorded live at the Ruhr Jazz Festival in Bochum, Germany. The results were released in 1993 as Spellings, the first album on Graewe's Random Acoustics label. ...

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RED Trio & Celebration Band: Suite 10 Years Anniversary

Read "Suite 10 Years Anniversary" reviewed by John Sharpe


Since its inception in 2008 the RED Trio has been one of Portugal's foremost improvising ensembles. Pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro, bassist Hernani Faustino and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini stand upon the shoulders of the egalitarian trio legacy of pianists Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Howard Riley; no-one leads, no-one follows, but, paradoxically, all three move as one. To ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

From John Butcher’s Collection

Read "From John Butcher’s Collection" reviewed by John Eyles


An old saying tells us it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. In the case of Covid-19 and its repercussions, many people would have to wrack their brains to think of any good that ill wind had blown to anyone. Musically, though, there is an increasing number of impressive album releases that were ...

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The Clawed Stone

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2020
Track listing: Stitched Equivalence; Blurred And Sewn; Trippy Revelation; Off Kilter; Re(as)semble; Links On Canvas; Tastes Of Song; Tapping Signs.

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2020

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by John Sharpe


With so few performance opportunities since March, and musicians in continuing limbo, the continued stream of new releases has been a surprise, but a welcome one. For me, and many others, music has been a source of solace in an otherwise dreadful year. That makes it all the more invidious to pick and choose between honest ...

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Article: Album Review

John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp: The Clawed Stone

Read "The Clawed Stone" reviewed by John Sharpe


The unlikely conjunction of American pianist Matthew Shipp, most strongly associated with New York avant jazz, and British saxophonist John Butcher and German electronicist Thomas Lehn, two leading exponents of the European free improvisation scene, works like a dream on The Clawed Stone. It's not a one off. The genesis of this 2017 Paris studio session ...


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