Saturday 23rd October 2021
£40.00 - £55.00
BUTCHER BROWN #KINGBUTCH
Line-up: MARCUS “TENNISHU” TENNEY trumpet, sax, MC; MORGAN BURRS guitarist; DJ HARRISON keys; ANDREW RANDAZZO bass; COREY FONVILLE drums
Meet Butcher Brown: five groove merchants delivering a heady home-brew of jams and jazz, rhymes, and beats—a funky, musical mix that makes one question why great music needs to be labelled as this category or that. The hybrid moniker “jazz/hip-hop” only begins to cover it. Their balance of raw energy and smooth sophistication, edgy improvisation with a generous dose of Southern roots (South coast hip-hop to Southern rock) reveals how equal opportunity they are in employing a wide range of musical styles, and how authentically they’ve absorbed it all. Collectively, one could say they are a jazz ensemble—in the instruments they play, and the way they feel the music as one, building a performance together, with grace and grit.
Their eighth album—#KingButch—was recorded in late 2019 in Jellowstone Studios for Concord Records and is the culmination of twelve years of dedicated focus, and commitment. It stands out as a bold step forward for the group in establishing their own sound, a choate, confident production that features the best that each member has to offer—including rhymes for the first time, showcasing Tenney’s skills as a lyricist and MC. The album also benefits from the group’s ability to create different music in a number of ways, all equally well. “There’s beats, there’s jazz tunes with solos and there’s tunes with rock vibes,” says Harrison. “Also, there’s road-tested material that we got together while touring, and studio-written material. It’s a big mixing pot of all the stuff we’ve done up to this point, which is cool because it shows who we are right now.”
“King Butch comin’ like a freight train/In the left lane/150 miles an hour—kind of insane,” raps Tenney on the album’s title track. Not only does #KingButch show where Butcher Brown is now—creating some of the most exciting, original, and authentic grooves of today—but their music points to where they are heading, and where many are sure to follow.