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Legends of Acid Jazz

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1998
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218519724
  • Catalog Number: 24197
  • Sales rank: 81,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Twang Thang (5:17)
  2. 2 Cherry (6:45)
  3. 3 Work Song (5:55)
  4. 4 The Soul Roll (4:42)
  5. 5 She Is My Inspiration (5:14)
  6. 6 Bass-IC Blues (5:26)
  7. 7 Night Life (5:58)
  8. 8 Wave (5:53)
  9. 9 Watch What Happens (5:06)
  10. 10 Peacock Alley (4:10)
  11. 11 Prelude to a Kiss (5:08)
  12. 12 In a Mellow Tone (9:43)
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Album Credits

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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Sonny Mann Liner Notes
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