2

Taurey Butler: Taurey Butler

Larry Taylor By

Sign in to view read count
Taurey Butler: Taurey Butler Having first heard pianist Taurey Butler while vacationing in Montreal, Canada at the House of Jazz, suffice it say that it was a great night of jazz from a trio also including bassist Eric Lagacé and drummer Wali Muhammad. Butler's self-titled debut features the same trio, playing six familiar tunes and five originals from the pianist.

In his youth, a friend gave Butler a recording by pianist Oscar Peterson. And, in Butler's words, "I knew right away that's what I had been looking for. That's what I wanted to learn how to do."

Originally from East Orange, New Jersey, he played in recent years with bassist Eldee Young on jobs throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. When Young died in 2007, Butler moved to Montreal, Peterson's hometown.

Possessing flashy technique, Butler is obviously influenced by his idol, but his approach is original, taking on songs more simply. Take a couple ballads, for instance. On the Suessdorf/Blackburn/Goldsen standard "Moonlight in Vermont," he opens with a lush crescendo over a bowed bass cushion, and then goes into an exquisite slowed-down stride. The pianist's "Nobody's Here" has a wistful quality, aptly characterizing the loneliness expressed in the title. Light brushes on the snare and a melancholy bass accentuate this mood.

Horace Silver's "The Preacher," puts Butler in a "barn-burning" mode, the bowed bass razes the roof; piano and drums trade blistering fours; and all three ignite the flame. The approach is more abstract on Rodgers and Hart's "Lady Is a Tramp." Muhammad starts out relentlessly pushing the Butler's flurry of notes in all directions. "Grandpa Ted," another original, displays Butler's Peterson cred, as he showers notes toward Muhammad, which give as well as take.

Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone To Love" is the track to play when the party mood mellows. Butler milks the soulful, after-hours feel for all it's got. At 37, Butler is comparatively young and, predictably, this recording is a forerunner of more to come. He has talent in abundance and should be heard.

Track Listing: Sunrise, Sunset; The Lady Is A Tramp; An Afternoon Downtown; Moonlight In Vermont; Grandpa Ted's Tune; Voice For All; Please Send Me Someone To Love; Emily; From The Other Side; Nobody's Here; The Preacher.

Personnel: Taurey Butler: piano; Eric Lagace: bass; Wali Muhammad: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Justin Time Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Pathways CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Landing CD/LP/Track Review Landing
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Words And Music CD/LP/Track Review Words And Music
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Faces CD/LP/Track Review Faces
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves CD/LP/Track Review Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves
by Duncan Heining
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Petite Afrique CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings" CD/LP/Track Review The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings
by Doug Collette
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "Whirlwind" CD/LP/Track Review Whirlwind
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 24, 2016
Read "Wet Paint" CD/LP/Track Review Wet Paint
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "Acoustically Speaking" CD/LP/Track Review Acoustically Speaking
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 6, 2016
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Neuroplastic Groove" CD/LP/Track Review Neuroplastic Groove
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: August 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!