WIRE - Nigemizu review

John Butcher

Recent years have seen a little flurry of solo releases from London's master saxophonist John Butcher, sometimes resulting from local labels issuing his concert recordings after invitations to play abroad. Nigemizu was captured at two live dates in Japan in 2013.

Now 61, Butcher has developed a sound that is his own, and while the music here is devoid of much extended technique it is still unmistakably Butcher. Half melodies are explored, pulled apart in real time, blurred with multiphonic rattling, forced through with sudden bursts of volume and scattered all about the place as fragments never to be put back together.
The amount of invention, playfulness, searching and passionate endeavour here in these three pieces is remarkable.

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