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MP3 Jim Butler Jazz Quartet - Live in Tokyo!

Original modern jazz with traditional roots and diverse contemporary influences.

7 MP3 Songs in this album (67:14) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo, JAZZ: Bebop

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About the Band…
I moved to Japan from the United States in 2003, and soon after arriving met many fine jazz musicians. Yoshinosuke Kawabata (bass), Toshiya Murayama (piano), Keiichiro Uemura (drums) and I formed a jazz quartet, and we have played together since that time. We play contemporary jazz styles, standards, and originals throughout the Tokyo area. Please visit my website at https://www.tradebit.com for a band schedule and CD information. The Tokyo jazz fans have been so kind to us, and we have had some unforgettable nights and made some great friends. From concerts in Shinjuku, Meguro, Kichijoji, Kokubunji, to as far away as Haruna Town and Hamamatsu, we’ve been through a lot together! Some people say our band is like the old story of the monk and the monsters, “Sai Yu Ki”, because of our strong personalities! Our CD, Live in Tokyo! was recorded at the B-Flat Club in Akasaka and released in early 2006. Here our quest was to find personal expression within the context of straight ahead contemporary jazz.

About Jim…
I have been playing the saxophone for 28 years. I grew up in San Diego, California, where I studied briefly with altoist Charles McPherson, and for a long time with James Rotter of Los Angeles. After receiving my Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University, I moved to Austin, Texas. There I played jazz, blues and rock music. I also received a Master’s Degree in Music and Doctorate of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel.

For a short time I taught music at the University of North Florida, where I met pianist Harry Pickens and altoist Bunky Green, who plays an “inside/outside” approach to jazz that I found fascinating. I also attended the David Liebman Jazz Master Class twice, and I became interested in his personal approach to music.

About the First CD, Journeys:
In 2003 I recorded my first CD as a leader. It is called Journeys and features former Warner Bros. drummer Gerry “the Thrasher” Gibbs who makes his residence in New York City. It also features some incredible playing by Central Texas hero Jim Kalson on the 6-string electric bass, big Andy Langham on the Rhodes electric keyboard (and the Steinway grand piano), young Hamilton Price on upright bass, and the sweet touch of drummer Angelo Stokes of Detroit. Jon Packard plays the classic 4-string fretted bass sound on several selections. Nick Cooper nails the trumpet part on one cut. My music on this album is a sort of mix of the different styles of music I was playing at the time: John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, pop music, jazz standards, and different kinds of folk music.

Review of Journeys:
“Jim Butler is a man that can, and will, play everything from all-out jazz to pure rock n’ roll…The songs move from peaceful to raucous, sometimes within the same piece, yet retain a sense of the whole…Butler is talented enough, and seasoned enough, to create music that challenges without losing sight of structure that swings.”
Jim Beal, San Antonio Express-News, March 7, 2003

ジム・バトラー ジャズ グループ
私は2003年にアメリカから日本にやって参りました。そして、すぐに多くの素晴らしいジャズ・ミュージシャンに出会いました。川畑よしのすけ(ベース)、村山としや(ピアノ)、上村計一郎(ドラムス)と私でジャズ・カルテットを結成し、一緒に活動しています。東京を中心にコンテンポラリー・ジャズ、スタンダード・ジャズ、そしてオリジナル曲を演奏しています。どうぞ、私のウェブサイト(https://www.tradebit.com in Tokyo!」は赤坂B-Flatクラブでレコーディングし、2006年の始めにリリースしました。私たちは正統派コンテンポラリー・ジャズの中に個人個人の表現をみいだそうと捜し求めていました。



2003年、リーダーとして最初のCDをレコーディングいたしました。タイトルは“Journey(ジャーニー)”でニューヨークに住んでいる前ワーナー・ブラザーズのドラマー、ジェリー“the Thrasher”ギブスをフィチャーしています。その他のフィチャーとして、セントラル・テキサスのヒーローとして知られる6弦エレキ・ベーシストのジム・カルソン、Rhodes(ローズ)のエレキ・キーボード(そして、スタンウェイ・グランド・ピアノ)奏者 アンディー・ラングハム、若きアップライト・ベース・プレーヤー ハミルトン・プライス、そして、甘い音を奏でるデトロイト出身のドラマー アンジェロ・ストークスです。ジョン・パッカードは4弦フレットのベースで数曲奏でています。ニック・クーパーはトランペットを完璧に吹きこなしています。このアルバムでの私の音楽は、ジョン・コルトレーン、ジミー・ヘンドリックス、ポップ、ジャズ・スタンダード、多岐にわたるフォーク・ミュージックなど、当時演奏をしていたいろんな音楽スタイルのミックスといえるでしょう。


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