Light's View

John Butcher

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Light's View Review

by Steve Loewy

The fifteen tracks comprising this CD are miniature masterpieces of pure delight. A minor gem of free improvisation Light's View presents saxophonist Butcher in tandem with pianist Georg Graewe. Unlike much of the music in the free genre, this duo generally eschews high energy bombastic to focus on sensitive interaction. Butcher is never less than brilliant, demonstrating a wealth of possibilities. Like a cat in the evening, the saxophonist negotiates crevices without misstep. Totally in control, he exposes himself to naked emotionalism, performed openly yet surprisingly quiet. Butcher commands his horn, merging classical and jazz sensibility. Graewe is a splendid partner, punching and jabbing, then caressing the keys of the piano. His astonishing technique places him as an equal partner, taking the lead as often as not.

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