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Johnny Butler - 'Raise It Up' EP

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief / @i_ADH

Brooklyn multireedist Johnny Butler has in the past done a great deal just playing solo. His previous EP, last year's Carousel, pulled off its lush sounds with looping done on the fly. It was a rough but wholly satisfying work that indicated Butler thinks in multiple dimensions and there's even more he could do with others involved. Now Butler is taking his layered, looping sound and adding it to a group including the always swagtastic Kassa Overall on drums and with appearances from bassist Aidan Carroll and alto saxophonist JJ Byars. The new EP, Raise It Up, is a more dance/hip hop-focused album that includes more involved production, various samples, and a more hodgepodge sensibility that adds even more lushness to Butler's repertoire. Check out the album available now at Butler's Bandcamp (for free, though you can pay what you want if you're nice) after the jump.

Johnny Butler, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, production
Kassa Overall, drums
Aidan Carroll, bass on 3, 4, and 5
JJ Byars, alto saxophone on 6
released 13 May 2014
Drums recorded by Hansdale Hsu at Serious Business in NY

Special Thanks to Todd Reynolds.

In support of the EP, Butler and Overall have a few shows lined up. Check them out if you can.
June 5 - Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1 - 196 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002
June 27 - Pianos, Upstairs Lounge - 158 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
July 24 - The Shrine - 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY 10030
August 22, 9:00PM - Pianos, Upstairs Lounge - 158 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002