Friday, 28 August 2009

Henry Butler With Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Azar Lawrence, Jeff Clayton, Steve Kujala ”Fivin’ Around”

Henry Butler
With Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard,
Azar Lawrence, Jeff Clayton, Steve Kujala

Fivin’ Around
( LP Impulse!, MCA Records, 1986 )
Catalog # MCA-5707

A1 Fivin’ Around (5:06)
A2 L.A. Samba (7:17)
A3 The Eastern Connection (1:05)
A4 Improvisation On An Afghanistan (4:55)
A5 Giant Steps (4:15)
Written-By – John Coltrane
B1 Swing It! (3:42)
B2 My Coloring Book (6:03)
B3 The Butler’s Blues (4:47)
B4 Old Folks (5:33)
Written-By – Dedette Lee Hill , Willard Robinson
B5 I Want Jesus To Walk With Me (4:56)

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Art Direction] – Jeff Adamoff
Artwork By [Design] – Steeleworks
Bass – Charlie Haden
Cello – Gloria Strassner
Drums – Billy Higgins
Engineer – Bernie Kirsh
Flute – Steve Kujala
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Oboe – Jeff Clayton
Other [Liner Notes] – Kirk Silsbee
Other [Photos] – Bruce Talamon
Piano, Other [Liner Notes] – Henry Butler
Producer – Ricky Schultz
Saxophone [Tenor] – Azar Lawrence
Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard
Viola – Roxann Jacobson
Violin [1st & Leader] – Richard Greene
Violin [2nd] – Margaret Wooten
Written-By – Henry Butler (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B3)

Recorded at Mad Hatter Studio, L.A., CA.
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, L.A., CA.
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered Digitally.
Manufactured by MCA Records, Inc.
Track B5 – ‘I Want Jesus To Walk With Me’ written-by credits Traditional/Public Domain.
Format: Vinyl, Album, LP
Country: US

Pianist Henry Butler’s recording debut as a leader was also the first record released by the “new” Impulse label. Cut in the mid-’80s when MCA was directly involved with Impulse, the program features Butler with some rather notable musicians — bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Billy Higgins, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenorman Azar Lawrence plus occasional color provided by flutist Steve Kujala and the oboe of Jeff Clayton. Two selections (including “Giant Steps”) add a string quartet, and Butler sings “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me.” The wide-ranging repertoire (which also has seven diverse originals and the standard “Old Folks”) and the inventive frameworks make this a memorable and very successful set.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Courtesy of Peter

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