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Taurey Butler Gets Personal With One Of The Others

The Montreal pianist tells his story through 11 songs on his sophomore release.

Pianist Taurey Butler teams up with Montreal label Justin Time again for his next album One Of The Others, set for release on Oct. 7. The trio recording is a genuine, creative deepness of effort, and is selflessly shared. The album delivers the real Butler in a musical representation of who he is, and what he feels, a suite of truly personal and personalized tracks.

One Of The Others is also one of the tracks on the album and like a title or heading it is an expression of the thoughts and musings presented throughout about being an outsider in a new and strange, but immediately, not so strange land. With Wali Muhammad on drums and Morgan Moore on bass, Butler tells us his story through 11 songs some authored and some re-imagined and authored. Listen to his music and travel the Butler migration from his then to his now.

Photo by Vladim Vilain.

Butler is a native of East Orange, N.J., and now makes his home in Montreal. During his last year of high school, Barry Centanni, a prescient teacher who was also a distinguished percussionist, handed Butler a CD of Oscar Peterson and advised him to listen. He did, and from then on, he knew where he was going. ”I didn’t know a piano could do that!” he recalls and began to focus more on jazz studies.

With his self-titled debut, released on Justin Time in 2011, Butler firmly established his signature artistry in his adopted home base — he is a well-known and favorite performer in Montreal’s preeminent jazz clubs, including Dièse Onze, Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, along with playing at the illustrious Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. He has toured internationally with stops in Asia, the Middle East, and in the U.S.A., including New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club and The Cotton Club in New Orleans, as well as the Detroit and JVC Jazz Festivals.

Listen to Sisyphean Task and Swappin’ Lies above, sample more music from Taurey Butler below, and find him at his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Photo by Vladim Vilain.