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The Catstrophe of Minimalism

by John Butcher / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter

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Michael Flaherty John Butcher is my favorite player on the Euro-Free Improv scene, so finding a set with American players on the level of Smith and Walter is a special treat. The energy level is mind blowing. Endlessly inventive, this is free improv at its finest. I just wish they recorded more. Favorite track: Modern Technological Fetishes.
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Liner notes:I first time I ever heard John Butcher play was at Colchester Arts Centre on 26th November 1992. I'd spotted a poster in the town library advertising an evening of John Cage's music to be performed by John, Chris Burn and Max Eastley. Admittedly, I hadn't too much previous knowledge of the musicians but I had read some bits and pieces about Cage. It was just a name thought, little more. The concert intrigued me nonetheless.

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Great Britain, predating the Roman conquest of AD 43. The Arts Centre is located in St. Mary's at the Walls Church dating from 1206, some of the original parts were built against the old Roman wall (which still stands in modern Colchester).

I was no stranger to those thick stone walls at St. Mary's. Much of my formative gig going had taken place there via the monthly jazz club offerings. Charlie Rouse, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Harry Sweets Edison, Stan Tracey, Teddy Edwards, Tommy Smith, Danny Thompson, Paul Dunmall and Jack Walrath were just some of the visitors I had seen there. The Cage concert, along with a number of London based gigs I'd been discovering, helped kick start... more


released September 18, 2017

John Butcher - soprano and tenor saxophones
Damon Smith - double bass, field recordings & lloopp software
Weasel Walter - percussion

Recorded by Scott R. Looney June 2008
Live at 21 Grand Oakland, Ca
Mixed and mastered by Weasel Walter
Design by Alan Anzalone
Cover painting by Cor Fuhler
Liner notes by Mark Wastell
Thanks to Sarah Lockhart, Darren Jenkins & David Dove
Titles from an essay by Hal Foster on Dan Flavin



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