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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The 'Butler' threw down @ Christopher's

Left to his own clearly very joyous devices, pianist/composer/all-round Jamaican legend Harold Butler may well ahve gone on playing well past midnight at Christopher's this past Tuesday.

With Chris Tyrell (drums) and Maurice Gordon and Mfonabasi taking turns on bass, 'The Butler' unleashed a series of uninhibited runs on the keyboard, delving into everything from staright-ahead jazz, funk fusion, roots reggae and his own substantial Jamaican pop catalog, including the timeless 'Love Me Forever' immortalised by the late Cynthia Schloss and Beres Hammond's 'One Step Ahead'

He extended each set by several tunes and looked as if he had hardly worked up a sweat. Not so the adoring crowd, who visibly made drnks and chatter a secondary priority as they absorbed every bit of the maestro's release.

Should make the upcoming Battle of the Ivories at Jazz in the Gardens on Sunday that much more interesting.

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