Monday, February 8, 2016

Billy Butler - Legends of Acid Jazz

A greatly in-demand studio player throughout his life, guitarist Billy Butler fortunately had opportunities to lead four albums for Prestige along with a couple of slightly later European records. Butler was a versatile musician who, on ballads in particular displayed a very interesting sound, sometimes sliding between notes as if he were playing a steel guitar. This 1998 CD reissues all of the music from Butler's first This Is Billy Butler and fourth Night Life Prestige records. Despite the generic title and a few grooving tracks, the music doesn't have much to do with acid jazz and is generally in the soul jazz vein. Butler performs some standards (including "Work Song," "Wave," "In a Mellow Tone" and a memorable rendition of "Cherry") along with some basic originals. His sidemen include either Houston Person or Jesse Powell on tenors, Ernie Hayes or Johnny "Hammond" Smith on keyboards (electric piano or organ), electric bassist Bob Bushnell, and Rudy Collins or Jimmy Johnson on drums. This is the definitive Billy Butler release and is highly recommended, particularly to listeners not familiar with his rather distinctive sound.
Scott Yanow

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Billy Butler
Legends of Acid Jazz


1 The Twang Thang (Butler)  5:17
2 Cherry (Redman)  6:45
3 Work Song (Adderley, Brown, Jr.)  5:55
4 The Soul Roll (Butler)  4:42
5 She Is My Inspiration (Butler)  5:14
6 Bass-IC Blues (Butler)  5:26
7 Night Life (Breeland, Buskirk, Nelson)  5:58
8 Wave (Jobim)  5:53
9 Watch What Happens (Demy, Gimbel, Le Grand, Legrand)  5:06
10 Peacock Alley (Butler, Doggett)  4:10
11 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  5:08
12 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler)  9:43


[# 1-6] This is Billy Butler (Prestige 7622)
Billy Butler - g & bs g [# 6]
Houston Person - ts
Ernie Hayes - p & org
Bob Bushnell - el b
Rudy Collins - dr
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; December 16, 1968
[# 7-12] Night Life (Prestige 7854)
Billy Butler - g
Jesse Powell - ts
Houston Person - ts [# 9]
Johnny "Hammond" Smith - org & el p [# 9]
Bob Bushnell - el b
Jimmy Johnson - dr
Recorded same place as above ; December 21, 1970


anon'n'on said...

thanks, mel

Dave Heasman said...

Is this the Billy Butler who was a mainstay of the Bill Doggett band? He was great.

david said...

A total discovery for me.
Thank you very much !

Bhowani said...

thanks a lot, Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Great upgrade for me!!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Jeronyme said...


5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Nice surprise.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel. I love Acid/Soul Jazz and am very happy to get this.

Pernath said...

Thanks Mel!
Could you please re-up this link?
Please, please...

glinka21 said...

Link appears to stall out repeatedly at the connection point to Rapidshare. Would it be possible to get another link, Mel?

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

neil said...

Been living with mp3s of Nightlife since 2013; so many thanks for the upgrade and extras, mel...

Mike said...

More great stuff! Many thanks.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!....

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Pee said...

Cool stuff, thanks Mel!

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel!