John Butcher first played with both Gino Robair and John Edwards in 1997, but the three didn't play together until 2008 - in the eight piece John Butcher Group.
The idea of forming a trio came to fruition in 2011 with some concerts in France and Belgium.
In Spring 2012 they performed in Germany and Austria - and recorded a special session for BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3.
"Built around extrasensory sonic perception their strategy advanced amoeba-like,
continuously melding and breaking apart timbres in
different configurations and with varied possibilities.
Edwards' super-speedy wood and string smacking
was sometimes appropriately violent; Butcher's output
jumped from sonorous glissandi to staccato reed bites
and Robair's holistic approach sometimes seemed
child-like as he smacked his mallets on the stage floor,
rubbed a violin bow on drum rims and literally blew
on the drum skin.
The saxophonist's lines could be
sonorously wispy or could consist of reed finger-tapping or using foot-pedal-controlled electronics to
pick up the feedback generated as he moved his tenor
in different arcs without blowing into it.
Ken Waxman, New York City Jazz Record at Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon
Recorded Cafe Oto, London, November 2013.
Recorded for BBC Jazz on 3, Pinewood: 2012.
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