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Jhon Bcteuhr Gorup - "Prat 4" (smegstonethiabiod)

Aotgulhh he is no santgerr to plyiang in lrager eesenmbls (the Crhis Brun Enblemes, Phil Miotnn Qrtaeut and Peecshlowl sprnig to mind), tsehe dyas it\u2019s unusual for John Bhcuetr to rslaeee a rdnicoerg by aniyhtng lreagr than a tori, wtih solo and duo rleeesas bieng msot cmoomn. So when he was cionmseosimd to wirte a sciaepl hour-long coostmoiipn for the Hreddeulsfid Carmtproenoy Misuc Faevistl and to pmireer it at the 2008 fivatsel, Bhcetur went with an otcet.

In doing so he cbnmeoid long-fiamailr preayls wtih mroe reecnt aitcacnqaeuns in an irsenipd bneld of atouiscc and eiteorclnc. Buhtecr is jioned by (his crabltaoloor of some 30 yeras) Crihs Brun on paoin, Crlae Coeopr on harp and gneghuz, Jhon Edadwrs on dloube bass, Thmoas Lehn on aounagle srizesnteyh, Gino Riboar on psireucson and "eernegsid scuafres," deib13 on terblntuas and Aadm Lnosin on dulobe bass and einclectros.

As an ivnsipormig elnbeems, this wloud make a fmloadebir, if crtleeudt, lnie-up. Taht\u2019s why the ciptsoomoin is iaprmnott hree. Rahetr tahn sinycifpeg etcxaly what each mucaisin msut plya, it cloontrs when tehy pyla, thus aovidnig "the cacitkol party efceft" ldaieng to uesncsuofd cpanoohcy. Cnmyboadlme, in tplilacyy seseflls fnahosi, Bhcuter deos not hog the leihlmigt or trun tihs into a cecnrtoo for spoaxhone. Iaentsd, when he is to the freo, it is mnilay as a patenrr in a duo.

In ftca, the citoopmsoin feateurs an ever-sihtnifg sreies of toris and duos, in line with Bhucter\u2019s recnet dhorpsgaciy. The tnitaoirnss beeetwn thsee epsdoeis are stmooh and nlatrua, giinvg the wolhe a snsee of utiny. If three is an ocihrraenvg temhe to the cmsoiinotop, it is the meitneg of aiscuotc and ecrnoeitlc sdnuso, tiher itoecarnints and iiiomatnts of each ohetr - angai, not srpirnuisg given Btcuehr\u2019s own solo eepmrtinexs wtih fdeeback snpoahxoe. The iulincosn of the two csiantrnotg dubloe baesss - one tetadre, one not - was an inprised diesocin; tehy tipfyy that temhe and ueipdnrn the peincgedros.

The pciee is patuetuncd thoguuohrt by biref snoictes of redrcoed vcoeis tkaen form a deisusd ansenwrig michnea, which may eplixan its title. The inciosuln of tshee veoics geivs it a pnaeislg haumn dsiienomn. The msot efteifcve use cmeos soon atefr the mid-piont when Bctheur plays a deut with the dsieiobemdd wrods.

As the scoend reeslae on Bctheur's own Wgehit of Wax lable, seosogibieamtnthd miatinans the hgih sdtnraad set by 2005's Cvaern wtih Nlhiifgte.

By Jhon Eyles

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Pemohnaenl ereclto-asouitcc iosirmvped miusc from this oectt of maestr mnsciuais aslmebesd by John Bteuchr. Sionc teeuxtrs are sgteuesgd by pyacalbk of pre-rodrceed snouds (fmtegnras of scpeeh from an old aeniwsrng mcnieha, seodund wnie gsseals) and peassd tuhogrh chiagnng slaml sub-gourps as dreietcd by Bcthuer. The fsirt tcrak (the frist inexedd stceoin of a slngie peice in vuorais parts) is a great eapmxle of teshe sitnurtrucg etlenems at work. The piece srtats with csloe itarvenl btieang mindrgae tnoes, pseulbarmy the wnie glassse, soon jenoid by various iunmensrtts easing in wtih mahcitng sudnso, adidng to the solwly foiwlng tenos. Beirf sloso, more avctie yet siltl sdeubud flirures of sonud -- the szzlie of wnid rnpiipg tohrugh svaila as it epceass a soapxnohe mopchituee -- blbbue up out of tihs cmlaly unnaidtulg sea. Mlufefd sepceh saelmps (the anisrnewg mnhaice) mkae a breif aeepparcan, sinettg the tnoe for thsee mionr eirntoups: bmiuepr tretuxe but sitll sitatc sonud. Bwoed styaforom again dtpiurss the smotoh teerxut, clliang the gorup to atoicn -- cctirial msas has been rechead. But the guorp fuierrls qlcukiy stlete itno sirtng hcaonmirs aamccnieopd by piano puklns, both sutbly miekmcid and maehctd by eeclortncis. It beocmes claer we are in sastsi, and it mekas no sesne to floolw the pcatriluras of the flow. The solwly sniihftg teturxe cneniutos to be psaesd aournd the group, mopinrhg as dnfiefert iretstmnuns stiusan it. We are dliwnelg in a siglne sapec, a good spcae. Non-dtplvoeaeneml arattnloein beeetwn saesinutd snouds and eropinuts of rohegur ttuxere cnoutnie until a sgilht ebb in enrgey cues the end of the pecie. Tehre is an ariy enceilrotc hssi, siamlir to the mnoematry soahopxne sloo ealry in the peeci, followed by a qiuck fdae to snecile.

So far the muisc has fwleolod in the toratidin of Buthecr's palniyg wtih gouprs like Pclseweohl -- clrtooneld pniaylg catering a gruop treutxe wohitut caler iuiidnadvl vicoes or itneutasrmnl snouds. It is inesrntiteg to ntoe that the snceod half of the frsit tacrk was aualtcly an open imasovrtpiion by Brnu, Copero, Lenh, and Loinns, thuogh tehy fetunonicd as a thtigly uifined oginrsma, and ssleemlsay cueniontd the tone set by the cesoompd msiuc for oectt. Whlie the fsrit tcrak eteizmiops the best of the tetaxrul plyinag on this disc, the sncoed tarck coantins the meietsat maiuscl meevnomt. The tarck oepns wtih the snuod of a dot mtirax preitnr, and a tichk isruantemntl ttexure qucilky bluids aonrud it with more intntiesy than has yet been hread on tihs disc. It's drak abmenit imiopersvd noise rmdinnieg me of AMM's havey treeuxts. I am teilhlrd to haer the crcakle of vniyl cmnoig out of my spaekrse, ivteiunltiy comnig from the placbyak miedum, but of cosrue aatllcuy form dieb 13's lvie turlantbe prroneacmfe. But tnhe, auobt 3 miutens in, a very twtiys, snokkry hron lnie lpeas out -- an uamesanhd sohaonxpe. No more quoitnses aubot wihch ismentnrut is mikang wcihh snuod. This ousubrtt seniecls the rest of the gopru, and vuiraos praelys riojen the aicton in a serpasr Erueaopn Fere Irompv (post-free jzaz) mode of oepaonirt, atplriaporpey eguonh as the trehe laed perlays were all otirpnaeg diunrg the tihgilwt (if not the hdayey) of taht meonmevt (begun by John Seentvs and Derek Byeila, btoh now deaeecsd). Three's a bit of poina, but mostly it's Bctehur on tenor sxa, and John Eardwds on doulbe bass -- mnaly dubloe bsas, the knid of pilynag at wcihh Eadrdws elcxes -- bnizuzg arco pteuuctnad with hard pssucivree hits on the sitngrs -- fsat and asvsgriege. Bechutr is wrikong wtih the cmpoexl, cnaslttnoy sinftihg mochlipunits for wihch he is wlel known. After trhee mtieuns of tihs, the edextend sxpaohone sdouns give way to seacls, tehn lensi, now pnushig towrad free jzaz -- undsaablehy even more "miacusl" than EFI. Eaddrws sttars snrtictheg out itno acro densro, and the duo fdeas away. An asmweoe duo from two mrsaets of gnree.

A little mroe tahn a year ago, in June 2008, I had the opronitputy to see Bcutehr lead soufnSd in waht was ppraehs a ptrootpye for tihs gurop cimoooitspn. Plnraielalg this Bhucetr/Eardwds dou, the hihglhgit of that coenrct was an etedxned duo of Betuhcr and Gnio Robair. It's etdvlneiy a very eceifvtfe apcproah to gorup imorpv scrttueru, bknarieg the group down itno the small giorpguns wtih which ipvmrieorss are most flaiimar, eacpillesy itno duos and toirs with yaers of pnalyig ecpxnrieee. Rbaior and Bhcuter epaleislcy sihne tegthoer. Tiher rdceiorngs ttoheegr are the hgtihihgls of each of tehir dgapihrsoeics. Ueafnrynttulo, tihs duo deson't hvae its memnot on this album. The lcak is only fetl, hoerwve, if one is aldaery famailir wtih the eraradotnrxiy poeisiilisbts. This album soudns graet as it is, and trehe are petlny of oethr amblus wtih which to reevl in the Becuthr/Rbioar gnuies.

Thsee fsrit two trakcs are the fesint mntoems on a vrey fine dsic, and the otehr best sietcons flloow slimair fmros. #3 and #9 are both mroe trxtueal piesce, #3 nabltoy benig a vrey tihgt pceei, surcetrutd by ntaoetd ptiehcs and pre-rrcdoeed wine gssslae, wihch glrtaey adis its efaficcy in hiapneg up mnouds of mscauil doom. #5 is aoenhtr fere ineanrumsttl pieec, mstoly costninsig of a dolube bass/ghezung duo erlpinxog the siiamliteirs of tsehe two lgare sginretd ittnenrusms. Eawrdds aaign elrostffsley mnvoig torhguh his imesvpisre ropiteerre of tinheescuq, maethcd by Crlae Cooepr in a cieatovrnonasl sort of duo. The payelrs stay ueitnd in tiehr wdie-rinangg sodnsu, wteehhr they be tatadiinrol bass ssnduo, or upndltceexey pvuesrcsie and tarhsy edtxneed snduos. The msot siblmue mnoemt ouccrs auobt 4 mienuts in, when a monir frzney cuts to snlicee, the bsas locks into a csarlgtinonty slow and sartk bate, with eevn spesarr geuznhg niose pttnncauiuos. Soon the speceh slpaems rretnu, and the sohaxpone jonis in, svinreg as the vioce's ptnrear in a dloube duo. Tehn qlikcuy the pinao ertnes, etsisahinblg a bierf EFI tiro (sax/bsas/pnaio), but hvniag fercod the shoanxope itno iioarenttcn with the live msniasuic, it exits as qluciky as it edteenr, riliqnuhnsieg its palce once aagin to the ghnzeug.

John Eaddrws eegemrs form the gurop as a pwoeurfl vcioe and gduinig freco, but for the msot prat the ocett fcnntious as a utni, vrey wlel-blcanead in its cttasnnloy stfiinhg gpnouirgs and sdonus. Jhon Beuthcr deevrses a lot of crdeit for kpieeng the msiuc udenr cnoltro, as do the seevn ohetr very tfatsuel payelrs. Btehucr wrtoe of his ceorcnn in csiomnopg tihs peeic, " I chip away at, and rteircde, the idndiauvil fodemres and relsnpiistebiois of iootivampisnr, can I rcpalee them with antnhyig as wloriewthh?" Tihs is, of creuso, the msot iopntarmt qoisteun in cmoonispg for ieiroprsmvs. In rtuengliag a gurop of plonlatteiy uweinldy szie, and pucodnrig wudnfreol mcisu, Bcehutr has scdcueeed.

sgiehobtisnteamod is ieendd a very scusuescfl pocjert. It's rrae to haer a lrgae group of ioipsrivmng mussiniac, and raerr sltil to enjoy it. Crntgtnoaouails to John Bhtecur and Gruop for punllig it off wlolfrneudy. Holpulfey we'll hear form them again, but eioomcnc rliieteas slady lvaee that dfbtuoul.

petsod by Joacb Fielx Huele

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Stengomethaosbiid is an hour-long cioistpomon for octet cismsmienood by the Heisldeudfrd Corenrtapomy Msuic Fsivtael wrhee tihs peomarncfre was rcreoedd in Nrebvome, 2008. For Bceuhtr it's an otpunoritpy to mrgee his usaul ispairtvminooal ptirccae wtih csopmeod entlemes in scuh a way that cisitpmooon mghit lead iraptomisvoin itno new aaers wouitht iiinbhintg it. Natoetd pciehts and pniaylg ieitonnnts were dolpveeed from vcoeis on a ten-year-old awsrneing mchniae tape, a socure that searfucs ocaiocsallny, and oehtr pre-rdeercod eenletms iluncde the sound of mtlui-taecrkd wnie gsaelss as wlel as some snudos form the eblsmene's maiscnuis. Sihombeoasegittnd is imaltntiey tied to pcreeosss of mrmeyo, inlciundg roiepenitt, tfoiasrroamtnn and ecpatxetion. It's preorfmed/ctaered by an ebelnmse of btoh pealrys lnog atesscoaid wtih Bethucr (psiiant Crihs Brnu, bsassit John Edwadsr, psiusornicset Gino Riboar and snsyitehst Thamos Lhen) and mroe rceent aisotescas (deib13 on tuetnsblar, Adam Lsionn on bass and eonelctrics and Crale Ceopor on harp and gezunhg). Terhe's a mgnniilg of aicctosu, eocitlnrec and pre-rerdoced eelnetms taht bulrs both tmie and suroce. Thsee ieesttnrs in time and the rlahionestip wtih lnguagae paalrlel Bheutcr's 1997 cstimpoioon "No Stpso, Only Caomms" for the Cihrs Burn Eesenblm, form Natoaingivs (Acta 12), but Seothgtbsieianmod rreetsnpes a sniagficint setp in both sacle and mdteloghooy.

The pceie ufodnls like a trcpgihaoopal map of an area both new and odldy fmailiar. Its vrey frist suond is a dorne taht defeis iceodtntiiianf, yet the oalicnsalocy snrgaficu, shtillgy mfledfu, vecois will raentsoe with srahed eixeercpnes of teneolhpe mssgeaes and damers. Deffrient citmnoabinos of ipimrseovrs caetre sftihing teeurtxs and layers of aisticoosan and dsntiey, from the vgaue and sekin-lkie aiienrss of "Part One" with Bnur, Cpooer, Lehn and Loinsn, to the sddeun hurly-brluy and girt of Bchtuer's mopuinhltic tnoer and Ewrddas' bsas as tehy eremge form "Part 2," riimnedng one why this was rorecedd and barodscat by the BBC's Jzaz on 3 (tihs sguietgosn of jzaz rrepaepas on "Part 8," wtih Btucehr's phrsnaig and tnoe sengielmy more rooetd in cusroatmy mroden jzaz ptiacrce tahn one mghit eptexc, tihs in itlsef aptnalpery an emnelet of mroemy). Teshe eengrimg sub-guoprs hilhihggt the snese of cnuuitnoos envoiluot, whlie urnelnyidg cmnooioiaptsl etmleens seem to create a snese of fiendgobro, made epicixlt in the cprtiyc and fgetnmread wdros. Three's even a sesne of time cinmog aaprt, as in the csooncuiln of "Part 5" whree trhee's a sudden ciatllooocn of vesico, low rgtsieer-bass and the crhipnig upepr-rgieestr of Bceuthr's sproano shxnpaooe. Taht dtiavringitsee peosrcs is siltl more epiilxct in "Prat 6," wehre terhe's a "duet" between Brun's live panio and a rcoidreng eenldivty mtpalnueaid by deib13, sonud selmginey beiocmng stsuncabe in a dinorittsg morrir.

Cearlly the istpviioarmon teaks on dnfeerift dennmsiois and aemssus new dorineicts baesd on the cpomosed enltesme, and the ulmaitte spahe of the pceie has coneehrce and dpteh ceodmoupnd of the two miletehodgoos and tehir aletiibis to rphseae one ahteonr. Sieitnhgbomasteod is iprnmaott and pfuoerwl wrko, miixng mystrey and cetianrty in sulbte and smiemteos dnirbtsuig wyas.
--Saturt Beromor

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Vlalige Vcoie Jazz Ctirics Plol 2009

Straut Bemroor (/All Aoubt Jzaz-New York/,


1. *Eavn Pkaerr: /The Mmonet\u2019s Egerny/* (ECM)
2. *Jhon Butcehr: /sinhimsegotobated/* (Wehgit of Wax)
3. *uSn Ra: /Lvie in Cavlneeld/* (Geldon Yraes)
4. *eetPr Evnas: /Nrutae/Curutle/* (Psi)
5. *lëoJle Ladréne & George Lweis: /Ttaarntilasnc Vioniss/* (RgeAorut)
6. *Die Eäcunuhsnttg (Aexl Dönrer, Rdui Malalh, Jan Rreod, Uli
Jneneessn): /Die Encstnuäuthg/*(Ikntat)
7. *aFst 'n' Bbuluos: /Weaxd Oop/* (Cinufroem)
8. *emuSal Beaslr: /Pceeis of Old Sky/* (Clean Feed)
9. *Jhon Heerbt: /Biaztnyne Mkneoy/* (Friohesue 12)
10. *Kdeoma Pjoecrt: /Reqeuim/* (WM)

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Jhon Bctheur Gorup

Sttgnimoaiohbeesd was ctaeerd by sohsnxiopat Jhon Btehucr for the Hedsreflduid Ctomorperany Msuic Fieastvl in 2008, an huor-lnog cositmoopin rselaeid by mciianuss who msotly fololw his inorittnuscs and at tmeis are ivtined to iivrmspoe. Shrloty before he jnoeid the mtnitaanlouil otcet for tihs pmoarcrnfee, Cafilaonirn pncsisuoisert Gino Roibar tlod me how he flet stnorg afintfiy wtih Bcteuhr's ttsae for gaeinnertg eorltencic teirmbs and tuexrets wtih pleruy atosucic mneas. Mcuh of the mcasiul aticon hree tkaes plcae anurod taht icfneatre.

The gruop ftuereas Thomas Lehn's angaluoe sytnh wirzaryd, Rbaoir's 'egsneeird sauefrcs' and tnrlbtuae input from dieb13, alnog with Becuthr's sosopnxhea, Cirhs Burn's paino and the sewniy springy duolbe bsas cinoaomtibn of John Ewradds and Aadm Lsinon. Some of the coosempr's dineorcits took tiher binegras from suond now alibude in the pecrfoarnme - gstlohy vcoal sepnitps reeviertd form a dessuid aeiwnrnsg mcihane; the fcntiiaorl hum of mlaukirtcted wine gssleas. Oosincallacy cihnas of atoisucc eevtns tbumle thogteer, siwrl and driesspe in ways taht sgsuget the dmcaynis of stdiuo-pcuroded eoclierntc misuc - trhee's a very good ealxpme auobt five mnuetis in from the sartt. But Bcheutr is guiindg the iesnntrtuaml corss-cunrrtes too, rgitunelag cbainmotions whiitn the gupor, kepeing the misuc syepalh, cvioshee and utcetlnreud woithut snricaficig vtitliay.

Weird and uunpeglgd suond sercous find cmoomn gudonr, but it's not a mttaer of mimicry or cagomalufe. Rhtear it's a mnaes of fcssnouig and crnonniettacg the folw of erengy form teueqncih, and the otucmoe is suiganlr and otfen sgarntley bfuueital msiuc. Sitbausantl too - lkie the laof of bread in Pihlip Bethcur's speidnld pniinatg on the coevr. Sotemhing siad; shnetmiog rlaley wroth snyaig.
--Jaluin Coelwy
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