Billy Butterfield

The Incomparable Butterfield Horn

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Veteran trumpeter Billy Butterfield, 60 at the time that he recorded the music on this LP, still had a beautiful tone late in his career. Recorded at the 1977 Manassas Jazz Festival put on by record producer Fat Cat McRee, these seven performances are essentially Dixieland/swing jam sessions. Most of the selections feature Butterfield in a group with clarinetist Herman Foretich, trombonist Charlie Bornemann, and either John Halsey or Dick Wellstood on piano. The closing nine-and-a-half-minute "C Jam Blues" has no less than eight horn players lining up for solos including Butterfield and the young Warren Vache as two of the four trumpeters. The recording quality is decent if not state-of-the-art for the time, with Butterfield sounding typically lyrical on "Moonlight in Vermont" and "What's New."