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by Jim Butler Quartet

Journeys (Alto/tenor/soprano saxophone, Fender Rhodes/grand piano kb, upright and electric bass, drums ) performs many jazz styles: Latin, smooth, funky, post-bop. Originals and jazz standards
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1. Out West Where It's Dry
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2. Wild Blue Horizon
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3. Next to the Sea/Beginning of the Morning
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4. Joyful Place
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5. Felicidade
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6. My Funny Valentine
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7. Seeing You Again
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8. Journey to the End of the Night
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9. I'm Old Fashioned
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Album Notes
Jim Butler, soprano, alto, tenor saxophone
Gerry Gibbs, drums
Angelo Stokes, drums
Andy Langham, piano and Fender Rhodes
Hamilton Price, upright bass
Jon Packard, 4-string electric bass
Jim Kalson, 6-string electrric bass
Nick Cooper, trumpet

Journeys is Jim's first CD as a leader and features drummer Gerry “the Thrasher” Gibbs, and a variety of modern jazz quartet styles.

Jim has lived in Austin, Tokyo, and now San Francisco. He attempts to fuse elements he finds in his travels in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa into his modern jazz quartet music. His musical influences are John Coltrane, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hector Villa-Lobos, African and World music.

“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

Jim’s latest CD is called “Night of a Thousand Years” and was released in 2009 in San Francisco.
The Jim Butler Jazz Quartet is active San Fancisco and regularly tours Japan. Please watch for all concert and tour information at his website, www.interjazz.com/jimbutler

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(www.interjazz.com/jimbuter/)にお越しください。バンドのスケジュールとCDの情報を載せております。東京のジャズ・ファンは私どもにとても親切で、忘れなれない楽しい夜を過ごすことができ、また、素晴らしい友人をつくることができました。新宿や目黒、吉祥寺、国分寺から、遠くは榛名町や浜松でのコンサートを通じてたくさんの経験をしました。私たちのバンドは僧侶と妖怪の昔話“西遊記”のようだと云われることがあります。理由は私たちの個性がとても強いからです。CD「Live 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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This is one of the finest new jazz cds I've heard in a long time
This is one of the finest new jazz cds I've heard in a long time. Although the artists have presented fresh interpretations of old favorites, the wealth of stunning original compositions is overwhelming. Journeys restored my faith in the vitality of modern jazz. Jazz listeners that haven't yet had the pleasure of experiencing this cd should give it a spin.


Ditto Everything said Above by Stephanie, Waye and Todd!!!
The sweetness, strength, purity and fullness of Jim Butler's original pieces on this CD demand a wider audience. He has a talent for inventing musical landscapes...Journey to the End of the Night stands on its own as a full bodied tribute to a great novel and its author, and also speaks of the Journey he himself has taken from So Cal, through Texas and Florida, to end up in Japan... Out West where it's Dry evokes the bright light of California's southwest desert air shimmering with hot sunlight...Wild Blue Horizon has a poignant entry, and the mix of saxophone and crash of percusssion reminds me of the ocean breakers, broken foam defining the wild winds in the blue sky...the repeating melody will haunt you, make you yearn for wide open spaces. The ocean puts on a new face, caressing the shoreline, subdued, gentle in Next to the Sea/Beginning of the Morning, and continues this musical exploration of his birthplace. The beginning saxophone lines are as much bird as reed instrument, reminding the listener that this player has great classical roots as well. The first four pieces although different, have a continuity, like a mural,a musical landscape that infuses the listener with desire to live more deeply, and gives him a new fresh perspective in all senses...what comes in the ear colors sight, touch, taste, makes the listener feel fresh, revived, reborn. Seeing You Again has the heavy languid feeling of old memories, some sweet, some hurtful, and the hope for new beginnings entertwined in its memorable melody. Felicidad will make you hope that this great saxophonist, and his great band, have a chance to play and create music in Brazil some day.


A remarkable CD from a very talented musician
Just when you think nothing more can possibly be done with “My Funny Valentine”—or at least nothing that isn’t gimmicky and self-conscious—along comes the Jim Butler Quartet to prove otherwise. What a joy it was, when I listened to their recent CD, "Journeys," to feel as though I were hearing the old Rogers and Hart chestnut for the first time, a lovely and touching rendition that somehow manages to free itself from all the other versions and all the expectations they bring with them along the lines of, “Oh great, here we go again.” Well here we *don’t* go again. This Valentine will make you hear the music clean, no strings attached.
And that’s just one lovely surprise in this complex and sparkling mix of the familiar and the new. In addition to “Valentine” there’s Jobim’s evocative “Felicidade,” and a take on “I’m Old Fashioned” which closes the collection perfectly and fittingly. Because in the best sense, Jim Butler is old fashioned: his roots, classical and classic jazz, are apparent but never obvious in the six compositions of his own which complete the CD. Listen to the music, all of it, at least two or three times before you read the liner notes. What Butler intends comes through, unfailingly; but he allows us to experience his intentions in our own personal way. His saxophone is exquisite—rich and complex and wide-ranging, at one with the music and at the same time there to take it to greater, unexplored depths. This is a remarkable body of work from a gifted composer and a very talented group of musicians.

todd oxford

jim butler plays straight from the heart
Jim Butler has put together a beautiful collection of tunes on Journeys. From the dazzling explosion of the opening track to the gorgeous rendering of My Funny Valentine, Jim Butler always plays straight from the heart. His richness of tone color and vibrato is always captivating and appropriate to the variety of musical styles present on this CD. Jim is a fantastic artist and I highly recommend the purchase of his CD Journeys.