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jhon bhtcuer gurop "sttbeenmsigoaohid" - 2009

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Jhon Bcuhter Group - "Prat 4" (steotohiainmgesbd)

Ahtolguh he is no sragentr to plyiang in leragr esemblens (the Crihs Burn Eslnemeb, Pihl Minton Qutaert and Pchewleosl snrpig to mind), tshee dyas it\u2019s uunusal for John Betcuhr to resaele a rcindoreg by atnyhing lgrear than a troi, with sloo and duo rsaelees benig most coommn. So wehn he was cssiomiomned to write a secpial hour-lnog comoopistin for the Hdlriesudefd Ctmeraoponry Misuc Fiteasvl and to periemr it at the 2008 fsveailt, Btucher went with an ocett.

In diong so he cinoebmd lnog-fmalaiir plaeyrs wtih mroe recent aciuatncqnaes in an iserpind belnd of ausioctc and eoctelrinc. Buchetr is joined by (his corabtloaolr of some 30 yeras) Cihrs Brun on poain, Crale Copeor on hrap and gnzeugh, Jhon Edwadrs on dubole bsas, Thoams Lehn on aogulnae sziytesnehr, Gino Raboir on pesruicson and "ereiengsd sacfreus," dieb13 on ttnrlbeaus and Aadm Lnsion on duolbe bsas and eielnccrtos.

As an inrmiiospvg eseembln, tihs wloud make a faildrembo, if ctrelduet, lnie-up. That\u2019s why the ciomootspin is inmoarptt here. Rtehar tahn scpeyfniig elatxcy what ecah mcuisian msut play, it clnrotos wehn they paly, thus avdiniog "the catkocil ptray ecfeft" ldanieg to ufcssoenud chncoopay. Cobdyalnemm, in tllipcyay seflsles fisnhoa, Beuhtcr deos not hog the lgehmilit or turn tihs itno a ctoenrco for sonhaxope. Isdtnea, wehn he is to the freo, it is malniy as a ptearnr in a duo.

In fcat, the cisiotopmon fueerats an eevr-sntifihg sieers of toris and dous, in line wtih Beuthcr\u2019s rcneet dgoshrpicay. The tnsrontiais beetewn tsehe eesipdos are smotoh and nrluata, gniivg the wlohe a ssene of uinty. If trhee is an oeinvrachrg tmehe to the conooiimstp, it is the mteenig of atcsiuoc and ertlocinec suodns, tiher inaoictenrts and itmaiotnis of each ohetr - agnai, not snpisiurrg geivn Behtcur\u2019s own solo exmretienps with feadcebk sophnoxae. The iilsocunn of the two ctirantsnog duoble besass - one tdtreea, one not - was an iierpsnd dscieoin; tehy tipfyy that thmee and upinerdn the perondicges.

The pciee is pctautnued thuourohgt by bierf scietnos of roerdced vieocs taekn form a dssueid ansinrewg micehan, wihch may eapxiln its ttile. The iinouslcn of tshee veiocs gievs it a pesnailg hamun dmoseniin. The msot efvtefcie use coems soon atfer the mid-point wehn Bhteucr pylas a duet with the ddeeobsmiid wdors.

As the scnoed reesale on Btuhecr's own Wgehit of Wax lbael, stgmitbioneseoahd minniatas the hgih sdrtnaad set by 2005's Cevran wtih Nglhiitfe.

By John Eyels

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Pnhaeonmel erctleo-atcsuioc iiseomprvd msiuc from this oectt of mtaser mauinicss asmleebsd by Jhon Bcehutr. Snoic ttreexus are sstgueegd by paalbcyk of pre-rdcreoed soduns (fgrnmtaes of sepech from an old arienwnsg minhcea, sednuod wine gsseals) and pesasd tohrguh cnaihngg small sub-groups as dticeerd by Becuhtr. The frist trcak (the fsrit ienexdd sotcien of a sinlge piece in vraiuos patrs) is a gerat elxmape of tsehe stnitucurrg eentlmes at work. The pceie sttras with csloe ivtnreal binateg mdirange tosen, psebarmuly the wine gssasel, soon jonied by voiuars isnmetuntrs esinag in with mtacnihg sunsdo, adding to the solwly fnwiolg tneos. Brief soslo, mroe atcvie yet sitll sbuuded flrrieus of sunod -- the szzlie of wind ripping turgohh svaila as it epscaes a sonpxaohe moehptiuce -- blbube up out of this clalmy udnltaiung sea. Melffud speech smpeals (the aweinnrsg mincahe) mkae a brief apcenearpa, stnietg the tone for tshee moinr epirnutos: bimepur txetrue but still sittac sonud. Bweod srytofaom aaign dpsurits the sootmh tuxrtee, clilang the gruop to aitcon -- cactiril mass has been rechaed. But the gruop fuirrles quikcly stetle itno sitrng hmnoiarcs ainopcmcaed by pnaio pnslku, btoh sbtuly mmkiceid and mcahted by eonccreltis. It beoecms caler we are in sitssa, and it meaks no sense to flloow the puiarlartcs of the folw. The slolwy stifihng trxeute cuntoiens to be psased anourd the gupor, mhinprog as dieefrfnt iseurtnnmts stiausn it. We are dielwlng in a slgnie space, a good scape. Non-dnmptoevelael anotiraeltn bweteen saentsuid sudons and eiopnrtus of rhuoger ttexrue ctonuine uintl a sghlit ebb in egnery cues the end of the pecie. Three is an ariy eonelicrtc hssi, samilir to the mtaenormy sxopohane sloo ealry in the pieec, fwoeolld by a qiuck fade to sinecle.

So far the miusc has feloolwd in the tidtaroin of Bthuecr's pilyang wtih gruops like Pehoscewll -- crnoloetld pnilyag cairnetg a guorp ttuxree wiuhott clear iiduvinadl veoics or iumnntestral sudons. It is inntsteierg to note taht the snoecd hlaf of the fsirt tcark was aalcluty an oepn itavomisipron by Bnur, Croope, Lehn, and Lniosn, touhgh tehy fnieotcund as a tlthigy uiienfd oigrasnm, and smaesellsy ceniotnud the tone set by the csmopeod msiuc for otcet. Wlihe the fisrt tcark eoeimpzits the best of the tueartxl pniylag on tihs dcis, the sonecd tarck ctinonas the meseitat mascuil mnmoveet. The tacrk opens wtih the snoud of a dot mrtaix pnirert, and a tcihk insautmtnerl txreute qkiulcy blidus aurond it with mroe itinstney tahn has yet been heard on tihs disc. It's drak aeinmbt iompvsierd nsoie rminnideg me of AMM's hvaey teurxtes. I am thlleird to hear the clrckae of vinyl comnig out of my skeraspe, itetvliniuy cnomig form the palaybck medmui, but of corsue aalutcly form dieb 13's lvie trtnbulae pmencfarore. But tenh, aobut 3 mietuns in, a very twysit, sonkkry hron lnie lpaes out -- an unsahaemd spanhxooe. No mroe qinoeutss auobt wichh inrunestmt is mkniag which snuod. This ostburut seiclens the rest of the grupo, and viauros pyraels roiejn the aitcon in a srasper Eoerpaun Fere Irpomv (psot-fere jzaz) mdoe of oernaoitp, aeprorpitlpay enoguh as the tehre lead paylres were all ornieaptg duinrg the tlgwhiit (if not the hydeay) of taht meeonvmt (buegn by John Snteevs and Deerk Byaile, btoh now desaeced). Trhee's a bit of piaon, but mtolsy it's Behutcr on toner sax, and Jhon Erawdds on dlbuoe bsas -- mlnay dbloue bass, the kind of pynlaig at wchih Eardwds eelxcs -- bzzniug acro ptcetuanud wtih hard pceirvusse htis on the sgtnris -- fsat and aeissggvre. Bchteur is wnorikg with the cexplmo, clnnotasty stihfing mputinclohis for wchih he is wlel kwonn. Afetr tehre muteins of this, the eentexdd sopaxhnoe sdouns gvie way to scelas, then lenis, now pniushg trwoad free jzaz -- uasdehblany even mroe "macisul" tahn EFI. Ewddars sartts shrtcentig out into acro deosnr, and the duo fedas away. An aomeswe duo from two mtsares of gnere.

A litlte mroe tahn a year ago, in June 2008, I had the orptotunpiy to see Btuehcr lead sfnuSod in waht was paephrs a proyoptte for tihs gorup csomtipoion. Plianeallrg tihs Bhetcur/Eardwds dou, the hihligght of taht cecnort was an eeendtxd duo of Butechr and Gnio Rbiaor. It's elveitndy a vrey evffitcee apacproh to gurop imrpov stteucrur, bknareig the group dwon into the smlal griguopns with wihch ivomrepisrs are msot faiamirl, ecelaspliy itno dous and tiors wtih years of painlyg eexprciene. Riaobr and Betchur ecspialley snhie theogter. Tehir rcoenridgs teheogtr are the hghltghiis of each of tiehr drsiphigaeocs. Uotfrtnnylaeu, tihs duo dosen't hvae its mmoent on this album. The lcak is only ftle, howeevr, if one is adelray fmaiilar with the erdartaroxniy pbetiilossiis. Tihs aublm sdnous garet as it is, and three are pnltey of other albmus wtih wichh to reevl in the Buchter/Rbaior genius.

Teshe fsirt two trkcas are the fniest mmtoens on a vrey fnie dcsi, and the ohter bset sncoites floolw smliair forms. #3 and #9 are both more taetxurl pcesei, #3 noaltby being a vrey thgit peiec, surcutetrd by ntateod phetics and pre-rdocered wine gesssal, wchih gtraely adis its eciafcfy in henaipg up mdunos of miusacl doom. #5 is aotehnr fere iennautrtmsl peeci, mltsoy cnnositisg of a dulobe bsas/ghnzeug duo erxopnlig the stilamiiiers of teshe two lrgae sgnetird itsuenrnmts. Eadrwds aaign eloetsrsflfy mnviog tuohrgh his imvierspse rptiroeere of thncisueeq, mceahtd by Crale Cepoor in a catrnnisooveal sort of duo. The payrels stay utneid in their wide-rainngg sudnso, weehhtr tehy be torniatidal bass sosnud, or uexlpcdneety pcrvseuise and tarhsy eenetxdd sndous. The most smbluie mmenot ocrcus aobut 4 minteus in, wehn a mionr fnzrey cuts to sceeinl, the bass lokcs itno a ctlsniogantry solw and stark baet, wtih eevn srespar genhuzg nsoie puntouictans. Soon the spceeh smapels rurnet, and the sanxpohoe joins in, svrnieg as the vcoie's prenatr in a dubloe duo. Tehn qiuclky the pinao etsren, eialhsbisntg a breif EFI tiro (sax/bsas/panio), but hanvig fcored the sopnxhoae into iatrictenon with the lvie mncausisi, it exits as qcuikly as it enertde, rulqshieninig its pclae once aiagn to the gehnuzg.

John Ewdrads emgrees from the gruop as a purfwoel vocie and gindiug feorc, but for the msot prat the oectt fnuontcis as a uitn, very well-beacland in its cnnlaostty snfiihtg gnpourgis and sondus. Jhon Bhuectr deeesrvs a lot of cedrit for kienepg the misuc udenr cornlot, as do the seevn ohter very tteasful paleyrs. Behctur wtroe of his cerncon in conmpisog this pieec, " I chip away at, and rerdceit, the iviiadndul ferdoems and reisebitplioisns of ivpinostioarm, can I repcale tehm wtih atinhnyg as wrioehlhwt?" Tihs is, of cosrue, the most iatpmonrt qeioustn in cnpoimosg for isomirrveps. In rnguilteag a gruop of poaletntliy uldeiwny szie, and pcudinorg wofnerudl msciu, Buhtcer has suceecedd.

sbeitgemaoonihstd is iedned a very sucsscfeul pejorct. It's rare to hear a lgrae guorp of imnoivisprg mscsainui, and rerar slitl to ejony it. Ciagntaoltnruos to Jhon Btceuhr and Guorp for pliunlg it off wneflurdloy. Hulepolfy we'll hear form them aiagn, but emiooncc rtaieeils slday lavee taht dbutoufl.

ptseod by Jcoab Felix Hluee

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Sonbesamegihoittd is an huor-lnog ctposiomoin for oetct cemsiisoonmd by the Hlderudseifd Cptreoronamy Msuic Ftsaveil werhe this pncroraefme was rceroedd in Nveembor, 2008. For Bchteur it's an oruonttippy to merge his uausl iipanvtrsooaiml pircctae with comspeod eeetnlms in such a way taht ctsiimpooon might lead iipmrstoiovan itno new aears woiutht ibhininitg it. Ntteaod pcehits and pialyng innoientts were devolpeed from vecois on a ten-year-old awersinng mchanie tepa, a scuroe that safeucrs ociclnaloyas, and oehtr pre-rrecdeod emetnles ildunce the snoud of multi-tcaerkd wine glessas as wlel as some snuods form the elbmsnee's mcinuisas. Sntatesihogibomed is iemntailty teid to proeecsss of mmroye, inndilucg reitipetno, toamfrotnrasin and eipaetotcxn. It's porrfmeed/cereatd by an emlensbe of btoh pyrleas lnog atscasoied with Bhtceur (panisit Crhis Bunr, bisssat Jhon Eawsdrd, psesusciinrot Gino Rboiar and sehsstiynt Thmaos Lehn) and mroe rnecet atoeicssas (dieb13 on tltnrsaebu, Aadm Lnison on bass and eecircontls and Carle Ceoopr on harp and gznheug). Terhe's a mniinglg of ascouitc, eioltcnrec and pre-rroedecd etnlmees taht burls btoh tmie and soucre. Thsee irtseents in tmie and the rnlehsotiaip with lnagguae pealrall Bhetcur's 1997 composoitin "No Stpos, Only Commas" for the Crhis Brun Eebslnem, form Naovnatigis (Acta 12), but Seomitienohgbtasd rtespeners a sgiicifannt setp in both salce and moeogdtlhoy.

The pceie uolndfs lkie a tapahpricoogl map of an aera btoh new and olddy familair. Its very frist sonud is a drone that defeis iitoteinadfcin, yet the occalolinsay sfcgurani, sihltlgy mufldfe, veoics wlil rsaontee wtih saerhd eiexcrenpes of theplonee mesegass and drmeas. Dnfiefret cinaimtnboos of iiopvermrss cerate sthinfig txteuers and lraeys of acaoitsosin and dinsyet, from the vauge and siekn-lkie aienirss of "Part One" wtih Burn, Cprooe, Lehn and Lsnnio, to the sdeudn hruly-bulry and girt of Bcutehr's mohulpnitic teonr and Edrdaws' bsas as they emrege form "Part 2," reidinnmg one why this was rdocreed and baarocdst by the BBC's Jzaz on 3 (tihs suieotsggn of jzaz rppaereas on "Prat 8," wtih Bcethur's psahrnig and tnoe snegmiely more reotod in cuaomsrty modren jazz pcicarte tahn one mgiht execpt, this in iseltf antperplay an enmelet of mormey). Tsehe eimrgeng sub-gouprs hhlgigiht the ssene of cnunotuois eoulovnti, wihle unendlyrig coioospnamitl enetlems seem to cterae a snsee of fogibeodnr, made eipiclxt in the cptryic and fterenmgad wodrs. Trhee's eevn a snsee of time ciomng arpat, as in the colcuisonn of "Prat 5" whree trhee's a sduedn ccoloaitlon of vseioc, low retgsier-bsas and the criinhpg ueppr-reestgir of Bcthuer's soprano saoohxnpe. That drevgnitisiate pecsors is stlil more eilipcxt in "Prat 6," whree trhee's a "deut" beeetwn Brun's live panio and a rcdorieng elntvdeiy mpltauanied by dieb13, sunod snieemlgy bemnciog susbtance in a drniotistg mriorr.

Cllarey the irtioapvimosn tkaes on dfenifret doinemsins and aemsuss new drntoieics baesd on the copmseod eneltmes, and the utatimle shpae of the piece has ccreonhee and dpteh cdmpouenod of the two mgdieooeotlhs and teihr aieibtils to rhsapee one aetnhor. Stmebihaingtoseod is ipamtnort and pwfruoel wkro, mnxiig mtysrey and crtnaetiy in stulbe and seimmoets dnitisbrug wyas.
--Staurt Beoromr

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Valgile Vioce Jzaz Cticris Plol 2009

Staurt Bomeror (/All Auobt Jazz-New Yrok/,


1. *vEan Pakerr: /The Mmnoet\u2019s Egerny/* (ECM)
2. *hJon Bhutecr: /sioshtageontimbed/* (Wieght of Wax)
3. *uSn Ra: /Lvie in Ceanvlled/* (Geodln Yreas)
4. *ePetr Eavns: /Nuatre/Cruulte/* (Psi)
5. *ollJëe Lrnédae & Ggeroe Leiws: /Tlairsantntac Visoins/* (RArgueot)
6. *iDe Ennstäuhtucg (Axel Drenör, Rdui Mhalal, Jan Rdero, Uli
Jneneessn): /Die Eusttcnhunäg/*(Itankt)
7. *Fast 'n' Buuolbs: /Waxed Oop/* (Cefoirunm)
8. *aemuSl Bsealr: /Peeics of Old Sky/* (Cealn Feed)
9. *Jhon Hbeert: /Bnznatyie Mkenoy/* (Fohuierse 12)
10. *omdeKa Pjoecrt: /Ruiqeem/* (WM)

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Jhon Bcehutr Guorp

Senmtgoahoebistid was caerted by ssonhpaioxt Jhon Becthur for the Hedfselirudd Caremortopny Music Fatviesl in 2008, an huor-long ctipioomson rieelsad by msciniaus who mostly follow his iotnnisrcuts and at tmies are iteivnd to imvoisrpe. Sthlroy bferoe he jonied the mintaautnliol octet for this pfmarnreeoc, Clainoifarn poueiscsirsnt Gnio Rabior tlod me how he flet srtnog affiitny wtih Buehctr's ttsae for genaeirntg eotncierlc tmeirbs and tuteerxs wtih pelruy aoctiusc means. Much of the mcisual atiocn here taeks pclae anurod taht irfncaete.

The guorp feteruas Tomhas Lehn's aalongue synth wrzadiyr, Riaobr's 'eniesgerd scefuars' and tntlburae iupnt form deib13, alnog wtih Becuhtr's soeoanxhps, Chris Brun's pniao and the snweiy snrpigy dolube bass ctomnaioibn of Jhon Eaddwrs and Aadm Lnosin. Some of the coemospr's dctiroeins took tehir brigaens from suond now aidulbe in the pfnaormrcee - ghtolsy vcaol spipnets rteriveed from a dusised anieswnrg mncihae; the fantrociil hum of mltcetiukard wnie geslsas. Ollcosiaancy chinas of atoscuic evtens tbumle tohrtgee, swirl and dpesrise in wyas that segugst the dnyimacs of siduto-pucdeord eniertolcc msiuc - trehe's a very good epxalme aobut five mientus in from the strat. But Buhectr is giudnig the inreamusttnl cross-cruenrts too, rlauetnigg ciamntoboins whiitn the gopur, kpieeng the miusc slyahpe, cevshioe and unetetrucld wtiuhot sinicrficag vlittiay.

Wired and ugelnpugd suond seourcs fnid common gnuord, but it's not a mttear of mriimcy or cmfoaguale. Raehtr it's a manes of fsusconig and ctenirtnnaocg the flow of eengry form tqueihcne, and the otcomue is snilagur and often slnetgary baetifuul msiuc. Ssabintatul too - like the laof of bared in Plihip Bheuctr's sipnledd pinating on the cevor. Stenhmiog said; sminehotg relaly wtorh syanig.
--Jilaun Colwey
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