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BUTCHER, JOHN - Resonant Spaces

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Confront 17
Release Year: 2009
Note: location recordings from Scotland & Saxophones by JOHN BUTCHER, highly praised album, comes with 20 page booklet
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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"... I am known, I hope, as someone who is not particular keen on the sound of the saxophone, but there are exceptions, of course, and John Butcher is such an exception. This CD contains recordings he made in the northern parts of the Scotland, and which brought him to unlikely places, such as caves and turbine halls and water towers. Butcher plays the instruments as much as he plays the space in which he is performing. There is a variety of saxophones and in some cases even 'feedback soprano'. Butcher plays sustained notes on his instruments, sometimes loud, sometimes soft, but with a very sensible ear to both what he is doing on the instrument as well as listening to the space he is playing in. Long reverberation is in place here, and normally I don't like reverb very much, but when its all natural, its great. I particular like those pieces in which the saxophone doesn't sound like one, like in 'Wind Piece' or 'Sympathetic Magic (Stone)', and less pieces as 'Calls From A Rusty Cage', which sounds like a lot of things I don't like about the instrument. They are however in minority here, and this is simply a great, minimalist work." [FdW/Vital Weekly]