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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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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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We Met - And Then

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: And Then; Zero Tolerance; Chaudron Profond; Traveling; Vivid Inkling; We Met.

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Until The Night Melts Away

Label: Shrike Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Until The Night Melts Away

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Discernment

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

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Article: Album Review

Dieb13 & Marina Džukljev: Štrudel

Read "Štrudel" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Maybe the most appropriate words for the duet between Dieb13 and Marina Džukljev come from Talking Head's song “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," David Byrne sings “The less we say about it the better / Make it up as we go along / Feet on the ground, head in the sky / It's okay, ...

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Two trios and a quartet from John Butcher

Read "Two trios and a quartet from John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles


Saxophonist John Butcher's impressively large discography features many trio recordings; in fact, trios come a close second to the many duo albums he has recorded. Plenty of Butcher's trio recordings are with groupings that are long-standing, some having acquired names out of necessity, such as The Contest of Pleasures (with Xavier Charles and Axel Dörner) or ...

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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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