"Live in Peru" was recorded live at the Jazz Zone in Lima, Peru. It is a low fidelity, high energy recording that "...crackles with excitement" (Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian) featuring original compositions by John JB Butler. "This album(...)showcases a fast and furious sound that is vibrant and modern, the six original Butler compositions seem to pick up where hard bop and free jazz left off. The quartet creates excitement from the first downbeat." (Kyle O''Brien, Jazzscene)The band consists of some of the hottest players in the jazz world today and was described as "full of magic" by El Comercio in Peru.
A Fulbright scholar in music, John Butler is an experienced guitarist and composer proclaimed a "Deft Jazz Guitarist" by Downbeat Magazine. Having lived in New York, Amsterdam and Peru for many years, John has performed throughout North America, Europe and Peru, where he recieved a Fulbright Grant in 1991 to study Afro Peruvian music.
John is currently based in Portland, Oregon, raising his family, from where he continues to perform nationally and internationally. JB has performed with Jack McDuff, Wilbur Little, Jim Pepper, Beaver Harris, Mark Feldman, Gene Jackson, Leroy Vinegar, and is currently a member of Essiet Essiet''s band "IBO" which includes drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts.
Essiet Essiet is one of the most sought after bass players of the moment. He has performed and recorded with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Al Foster, Bobby Watson, Sam Rivers, George Adams, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kevin Mahogany, Ralph Peterson, Geri Allen, Louis Hayes and the Blue Note All Stars. His career started quite young when he joined the Don Moye quartet. He also directs his own band IBO (Nigerian/Jazz) of which John Butler is a member.
Dale Barlow is considered the top saxophonist from his native Australia, where he appears regularly on television and enjoys excellent media attention. Critics have said of Barlow: "State of the art jazz" Owen Cordle Downbeat Magazine. "Overwhelming" New York Times. Dale is currently a member of Billy Cobham''s band he has also performed and recorded with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Ray Drummund, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Helen Meryl, Cindy Blackman, Ernie Watts and Eddie Henderson. Dale is also leader of his own band and has 8 CD''s under his own name He is also an accomplished composer flutist, bass clarinetist, arranger and pianist and has written for ensembles, film, theater and television.
Ronnie Burrage the drummer in the ensemble, is one of the finest drummers on the scene today. A child prodigy, Ronnie performed with Duke Ellington at age 9 and with McCoy Tyner by age 18. Ronnie is listed in the Downbeat''s critic''s poll: "talent deserving wider recognition" in 82, 84, 86, 87. Ronnie has performed with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Reggie Workman, Freddy Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Farrell. Since 1994 he has performed on and produced over 25 CD''s with his own "BAND BURRAGE" and with artists such as Sonny Fortune, Courtney Pine, Gary Thomas, World Saxophone Quartet, Dave Kikoski, Art Farmer, Billy Bang and John Hicks amongst others.
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