Frank Butler

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1977

The Stepper

Frank Butler

Xanadu

8435395500682

XND 147926

906084

JAZZ

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The Stepper

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CD 13,21 €

“The greatest drummer in the world.” That’s how Xanadu’s Frank Butler was described by “Papa” Jo Jones, linchpin of the great Count Basie band and founder of modern jazz drumming. Like Jones, a product of the fertile Kansas City jazz scene that gave us, among countless others, Basie, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, Butler has long been considered by his peers to be one of the most accomplished, sensitive, and, above all, thoroughly musical dummers in all jazz.

In 1974 Don Schlitten, a longtime admirer of Butler’s, brought him out of retirement for a session with Teddy Edwards; then, into the Xanadu Family, featuring him initially on Dolo Coker’s albums, then here, for his first album as a leader. For that special date, Schlitten chose three players who are compatible with Butler’s musical philosophy as well as with him personally: Dolo Coker, Jack Motrose and Monty Budwig.

“The Stepper” is the drummer’s very first album as a leader. This unearthed gem reminds us of just how brilliant the underrated Butler was at the top of his game.

PERSONNEL:

FRANK BUTLER, drums
JACK MONTROSE, tenor sax
DOLO COKER, piano
MONTY BUDWIG, bass
SONNY CRISS, alto sax
BARRY HARRIS, piano
LEROY VINNEGAR, bass
LENNY McBROWNE, drums

Venice, California, November 19, 1977.

TRACKS:

01. The Stepper
02. Au Privave
03. Captain Kidd
04. Easy Living
05. Urbane