John Butcher Vinyl, CD & tapes by John Butcher at Norman Records
Recording of a live collaborative improvisation by the saxophone's John Butcher and the harp's Rhodri Davies. Both musician's are known for pushing their instruments to their limits, playing fearlessly and ferociously. When they do this together, the world is at their feet. Drunk on Dreams took place on Radio France in 2015 and is now issued on Cejero.
- Vinyl LP
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- Coloured vinyl
This record captures the first UK gig by a couple of the underground’s most prolific collaborators, recorded in Cafe OTO in 2016 and presented by their in-house label. Butcher is on saxes and feedback and Haino is credited with “vocals, guitars, etc”, which will do little to prepare you for this otherworldly and ritualistic racket. LP and CD both limited to 500 and with obi strips.
Fantastic free-improv session here from John Butcher, who plays the saxophone in ways no other human has yet discovered, and Andy Moor, whose kinetic guitar scrabble is usually heard in The Ex. Experiments With A Leaf was recorded in a cathedral, so the two play within a gorgeously reverberant setting. Great players on top of their game, on Unsounds.
A Californian and a Londoner do the live thing in this performance of Bottle Breaking Heart Leap from a Leeds church in 2012. John Butcher and Gino Robair have worked together extensively in a variety of exciting jazz capacities, always with intriguing results. Out on vinyl LP from alt.vinyl. Limited to 250 copies.
So if you recognise the two names up above already, then you probably don’t need me to tell you whether this will be worth your time or not. Frith and Butcher have been intensely exploring the outer limits of improvised sound for decades: Butcher in particular is renowned for doing things that most saxophonists would swear are impossible. The Natural Order is the product of a single session, so it represents a very direct expression of what these two actual legends can do together.
Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet / Sextet
Recording extracted from an evidently amazing couple of nights at London’s Cafe Oto, on their own Otoroku label. Otomo Yoshihide on guitar, Sachiko M on sine-waves (yeah just that, she’s brilliant), Evan Parker and John Butcher on impossible saxophones, and John Edwards and Tony Marsh providing the rhythm section. High, high grade improv.
John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, John Tilbury
John Butcher, Matthew Shipp
Pianist Matthew Shipp invited the radical saxophonist John Butcher to join him during a 2010 residency at Cafe Oto, and here are the crisply-recorded results. Butcher is a master of extended technique, wrangling multiphonics out of his instrument using circular breathing, whereas Shipp is from a more traditionally ‘jazz’ background, producing some interesting meeting points in the music. At Oto is released by Fataka.