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Legends of Acid Jazz
     

Legends of Acid Jazz

by Billy Butler
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/1998
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218519724
catalogNumber:
24197

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Performance Credits

Billy Butler   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Bushnell   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Rudy Collins   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Jimmy Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Drums
Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Organ,Electric Piano
Jesse Powell   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Houston Person   Contributor
Oscar Brown   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Bob Bushnell   Contributor
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Rudy Collins   Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ernie Hayes   Contributor
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Contributor
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Sonny Mann   Liner Notes

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