JOHN BUTCHER

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John Butcher was born in Brighton, England and has lived in London since the late 1970s. After classical piano lessons at school, he started playing the saxophone at Surrey University, where he was studying physics. His first concerts were on keyboards in the ‘avant’ (for want of a better term) rock group Habilis.

Hearing musicians like John Surman, Stan Tracey and Louis Moholo triggered an enthusiasm for jazz, and he started learning and playing in various groups - often with pianist Chris Burn; and sometimes with his brother, Phil Butcher, on double bass.

In 1977 he began a Ph.D in the Theoretical Physics department of Imperial College. It was published in 1982 as "Spin effects in the production and weak decay of heavy Quarks".

During this period he continued to work in Burn’s large Jazz Ensemble (winning the 1980 "BBC Big Band" competition), and toured with a variety of projects (London Contemporary
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JOHN BUTCHER News From The Shed (with Durrant, Lovens, Malfatti, Russell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
News From The Shed (with Durrant, Lovens, Malfatti, Russell)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
JOHN BUTCHER 13 Friendly Numbers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
13 Friendly Numbers
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JOHN BUTCHER 12 Milagritos (with Gino Robair / Matthew Sperry) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
12 Milagritos (with Gino Robair / Matthew Sperry)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOHN BUTCHER Requests And Antisongs (with Phil Durrant) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Requests And Antisongs (with Phil Durrant)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JOHN BUTCHER Anomalies In The Customs Of The Day: Music On Seven Occasions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anomalies In The Customs Of The Day: Music On Seven Occasions
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JOHN BUTCHER Points, Snags And Windings (with  Dylan van der Schyff ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Points, Snags And Windings (with Dylan van der Schyff )
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Intentions (with Phil Durrant & Peggy Lee) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Intentions (with Phil Durrant & Peggy Lee)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Thermal (with Andy Moor  / Thomas Lehn) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thermal (with Andy Moor / Thomas Lehn)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER The Contest Of Pleasures (with Xavier Charles / Axel Dörner) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Contest Of Pleasures (with Xavier Charles / Axel Dörner)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Tincture (with Fredrick Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tincture (with Fredrick Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Shooters And Bowlers (with Gerry Hemingway) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shooters And Bowlers (with Gerry Hemingway)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Guerrilla Mosaics (with Miya Masaoka / Gino Robair) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guerrilla Mosaics (with Miya Masaoka / Gino Robair)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JOHN BUTCHER Apples Of Gomorrah (with Phil Minton) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Apples Of Gomorrah (with Phil Minton)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JOHN BUTCHER Invisible Ear album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Invisible Ear
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2003
JOHN BUTCHER New Oakland Burr  (with  Gino Robair) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Oakland Burr (with Gino Robair)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2004
JOHN BUTCHER Interworks (with Eddie Prévost ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Interworks (with Eddie Prévost )
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOHN BUTCHER The Big Misunderstanding Between Hertz And MegaHertz (with Christof Kurzmann) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Misunderstanding Between Hertz And MegaHertz (with Christof Kurzmann)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOHN BUTCHER The Contest Of Pleasures : Albi Days album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Contest Of Pleasures : Albi Days
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOHN BUTCHER Under The Roof (with Claudia Ulla Binder) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Under The Roof (with Claudia Ulla Binder)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
JOHN BUTCHER Split (with Jerome Bryerton / Mike Khoury & Steve Baczkowski / Bill Sack) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Split (with Jerome Bryerton / Mike Khoury & Steve Baczkowski / Bill Sack)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOHN BUTCHER Exta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exta
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOHN BUTCHER S4 (Butcher / Kobi / Koch / Leimgruber) : Cold Duck album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
S4 (Butcher / Kobi / Koch / Leimgruber) : Cold Duck
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN BUTCHER Last Dream of the Morning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Dream of the Morning
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
JOHN BUTCHER The Open Secret album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Open Secret
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

JOHN BUTCHER EPs & splits

JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher / Mark Sanders - Alex Ward / Roger Turner - John Tchicai / Tony Marsh : Treader Duos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher / Mark Sanders - Alex Ward / Roger Turner - John Tchicai / Tony Marsh : Treader Duos
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009

JOHN BUTCHER live albums

JOHN BUTCHER Concert Moves (with Durrant & Russell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concert Moves (with Durrant & Russell)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
JOHN BUTCHER London & Cologne Solos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
London & Cologne Solos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOHN BUTCHER Secret Measures (with Phil Durrant) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Secret Measures (with Phil Durrant)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOHN BUTCHER Light's View (with Georg Graewe) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Light's View (with Georg Graewe)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOHN BUTCHER The Scenic Route (with Phil Durrant / John Russell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Scenic Route (with Phil Durrant / John Russell)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOHN BUTCHER Liverpool ( Bluecoat) Concert (with Gino Robair) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Liverpool ( Bluecoat) Concert (with Gino Robair)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JOHN BUTCHER Vortices And Angels (with Derek Bailey and Rhodri Davies ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vortices And Angels (with Derek Bailey and Rhodri Davies )
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Fixations (14) - Solo Saxophone Improvisations 1997 - 2000 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fixations (14) - Solo Saxophone Improvisations 1997 - 2000
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN BUTCHER Equation (with  Mike Hansen / Tomasz Krakowiak) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Equation (with Mike Hansen / Tomasz Krakowiak)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2002
JOHN BUTCHER Optic (with John Edwards) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Optic (with John Edwards)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JOHN BUTCHER Cavern With Nightlife (with Toshimaru Nakamura) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cavern With Nightlife (with Toshimaru Nakamura)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
JOHN BUTCHER Clearings (with Christoph Irmer / Agustí Fernández) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clearings (with Christoph Irmer / Agustí Fernández)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
JOHN BUTCHER Concentric (with Paal Nilssen-Love) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concentric (with Paal Nilssen-Love)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOHN BUTCHER The Geometry Of Sentiment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Geometry Of Sentiment
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOHN BUTCHER Contest Of Pleasures : Tempestuous (with Xavier Charles, Axel Dörner) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Contest Of Pleasures : Tempestuous (with Xavier Charles, Axel Dörner)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOHN BUTCHER New Langton Arts 2000 (with Gino Robair, Matthew Sperry) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Langton Arts 2000 (with Gino Robair, Matthew Sperry)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN BUTCHER Way Out Northwest (with  Müller / Schyff) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Way Out Northwest (with Müller / Schyff)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN BUTCHER Buffalo Pearl (with  Gerry Hemingway) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buffalo Pearl (with Gerry Hemingway)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN BUTCHER Resonant Spaces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Resonant Spaces
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN BUTCHER Somethingtobesaid album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Somethingtobesaid
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOHN BUTCHER Trace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trace
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
JOHN BUTCHER Apophenia (with Gino Robair) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Apophenia (with Gino Robair)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2011
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher • Guillaume Viltard • Eddie Prévost ‎: Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists - Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher • Guillaume Viltard • Eddie Prévost ‎: Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists - Volume 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher, Matthew Shipp : At Oto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher, Matthew Shipp : At Oto
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOHN BUTCHER Daylight (with Mark Sanders) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Daylight (with Mark Sanders)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOHN BUTCHER Bell Trove Spools album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bell Trove Spools
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOHN BUTCHER Winter Gardens album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winter Gardens
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOHN BUTCHER Plume album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plume
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOHN BUTCHER Butcher, John / Leonel Kaplan / Christof Kurzmann : Shortening Distance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Butcher, John / Leonel Kaplan / Christof Kurzmann : Shortening Distance
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher, Matthew Shipp: At Oto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher, Matthew Shipp: At Oto
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher / Burkhard Beins / Mark Wastell : Membrane album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher / Burkhard Beins / Mark Wastell : Membrane
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher / Michael Duch : Fjordgata album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher / Michael Duch : Fjordgata
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN BUTCHER Live At White Cube album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At White Cube
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015
JOHN BUTCHER Nigemizu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nigemizu
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher & Gino Robair : Bottle Breaking Heart Leap album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher & Gino Robair : Bottle Breaking Heart Leap
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher and Andy Moor: Experiments with a Leaf album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
John Butcher and Andy Moor: Experiments with a Leaf
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN BUTCHER Common Objects: Butcher / Davies / Davies / Patterson : Whitewashed with Lines album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Common Objects: Butcher / Davies / Davies / Patterson : Whitewashed with Lines
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher - Ståle Liavik Solberg : So Beautiful, it Starts to Rain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher - Ståle Liavik Solberg : So Beautiful, it Starts to Rain
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Matthew Shipp : Tangle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Matthew Shipp : Tangle
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter : The Catastrophe of Minimalism album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter : The Catastrophe of Minimalism
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
JOHN BUTCHER John  Butcher / Eddie Prevost : Visionary Fantasies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher / Eddie Prevost : Visionary Fantasies
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand  :  How Does This Happen? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Butcher / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand : How Does This Happen?
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

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JOHN BUTCHER John Butcher and Andy Moor: Experiments with a Leaf

Live album · 2015 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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English saxophonist John Butcher and Scottish guitarist Andy Moor(better known as Dutch avant-rock band The Ex member) play live in Bern Cathedral, the building of excellent acoustics. Albums title "Experiments With A Leaf" is misleading - there is nothing about leaves or any other nature's ambient sounds on their music.

Five fully improvised pieces contains strong duets between distorted and sometimes scratchy guitar's sound and variable sax free improvisations - from circular breathing to whistles,grunts and some melodic wrecks.

Expected of being extremely chaotic (which it generally is)this music surprises listener with it's own internal beauty. Moor works hard on his guitar producing all gamma of what could be identified as birds sounds imitations,Butcher sax is tuneful and soulful in chaotic micro mosaic of random sounds. Together with Cathedral reverberation all these researches on sound textures over structure or tune sounds quite sympathetic, at least far not harsh or destructive.

There are few pure free jazz episodes with sax soloing against scratchy guitars acrobatics(as on "Joy Is The Headlight")and some extended loose playing with sounds, but since all concert recording lasts less than half an hour,it doesn't become boring even at the end.

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