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Butcher, John
13 Friendly Numbers

Butcher, John: 13 Friendly Numbers (Unsounds)
Label: Unsounds    
Released in: The Netherlands    

"John Butcher appeared on six records, beginning with the 1984 LP "Fonetiks, before he first released "Thirteen Friendly Numbers" on his own Acta label in 1992. But the disc is still something of a debut; it is the first document of his peculiar language for solo saxophone, which he had fashioned by purging his vocabulary of the instrument's familiar sounds and jazz-associated gestures, and filling the space with carefully selected sounds located at the periphery of instrumental control. Butcher's inspirations were as singular as his sounds. In musique concrete, he explains, "the actual source of the sound could change quite drastically within the course of a phrase of the music, and I was intrigued with trying to find ways of doing that on the saxophone. [...] His burgeoning discography now includes [many] more solo albums, yet this one still holds its own in any company; the ideas are compelling, the playing committed, the music thrilling. In an age when so many records of improvised music seem like little more than calling cards, that's no mean feat."-Bill Meyer, Berwyn IL, January 2004

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Product Information:

UPC: 634479839726

Label: Unsounds
Catalog ID: 07u
Squidco Product Code: 6166

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in London, 1991. Solos by Steve Lowe at Gateway Studios. Multitracks by Justin Underhill at Pathway Studios.


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Track Listing:

1. Buccinator's Outing 7:31

2. Notelet 1:44

3. There Are Today More Than 390 Known Pairs Of Friendly Numbers 1:55

4. A Leap In The Light 4:40

5. Bells And Clappers 3:39

6. Two Up-Two Down 4:05

7. Humours And Vapours 4:04

8. Uncommon Currency 1:08

9. A Sense Of Occasion 2:39

10. The Brittle Chance 2:37

11. Mackle Music 1:50

12. Tolv Two Elf Kater Ten (It Can't Be) Sax 4:16

13. Wisp & Whisk 6:03