‘THIRTEEN DANCES’ – THE NEW ALBUM - OUT FRIDAY 12TH MARCH
Brooklyn-based Grammy-award winning saxophonist, recording artist, arranger, composer, dancer, and technologist. JOHNNY BUTLER will release the follow up to his critically acclaimed ‘HyperViolet’, ‘Thirteen Dances’ on 12th March 2021.
Johnny Butler is playing his saxophone under a bridge, into a little box, filling the room with sound like a mossy creek, a red mountain plateau in the sun, an icy tundra at dusk. The sounds remind you of traveling, moving to a new city, a new job, a new apartment. They remind you of an orchestra tuning before a concert. They remind you of a renaissance court jester, groveling before the queen. You imagine fluorescent watercolors spilling off the page, pooling on the floor. You find yourself looking inward, thinking about when you were young. You think about your secrets, the ones you don’t want anyone to know.
Using only a saxophone and a handful of electronic devices, Butler recorded all of the Thirteen Dances in real-time without the aid of samples, loopers, overdubs, or prerecorded materials. Unlike most musicians who work with dance, Butler uses a wireless microphone to move with the dancers on stage, blending the music, the dancer, and the daydream.
Over the years, Johnny has performed, written, and recorded with many of his musical heroes, including Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) Wynton Marsalis, The Levon Helm Band, Tune-Yards, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Escaper and his own prog-jazz outfit Scurvy, among others.
JOHNNY BUTLER – THIRTEEN DANCES
OUT 12TH MARCH 2021
1 – Little Creek
2 – I<3NY
3 – Red Shirt, White Dress
4 – Noodle Face
5 – Baroque
6 – No Ice Cream
7 – You And I
8 – Sunday Stars
9 – It’s Time To Go
10 – Seventeen
11 – Diversion
12 – Magical Evergreen
13 – Glinka
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Juliań Picado, January-August, 2020
Artwork by MASATO
Photography by Zachary Hilty and Laurel Bear
Very special thank you to the dancers and choreographers who contributed their time and creativity to the development of these pieces:
Alex Jenkins, Audrey Rachelle, Gwen Gussman, Xenia Mansour
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