Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky
A keen interest in learning and a predilection for Oscar Peterson-style piano playing seem to be the two biggest guiding forces behind pianist Taurey Butler's life journey thus far. The New Jersey native started on piano in his youth, but put the instrument on the back burner until a Peterson-produced epiphany rekindled his interest in the 88s toward the end of his high school days.
While he clearly had talent, he never put all of his eggs in a music basket and he pursued other interests. Butler moved on to Dartmouth College, where he studied Japanese and majored in electrical engineering, eventually returning to the tri-state area upon graduating, ready to further himself musically. Word of his skills spread quickly and performance opportunities started to open up for the young pianist. He made a key connection with bassist Eldee Young, who took the budding pianist with him for an extended stay in Asia. Upon Young's passing in 2007, Butler relocated to Montreal, Canada, where he made his musical presence felt and landed a steady gig at that city's well known House of Jazz. ... read more...
Personnel: Taurey Butler (piano); Wali Muhammad (drums).
Recording information: Studio Victor, Montréal (04/19/2011-04/21/2011).
Photographers: Jim West; Richmond Lam.