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JOHN BUTCHER & PHIL MINTON
minton and butcher
Sound 323 - © David Reid

Vocals and saxophone dance with each other.
Sometimes they waltz, sometimes they trash, elsewhere they achieve a Butoh-like purity in stillness.
Francois Couture / allmusic


Apples of Gomorrah | mouthfull of ecstasy | Two Concerts | Slur

Phil Minton and John Butcher first improvised together in 1984 - as part of a sound-poetry/music series in the upstairs room of the Roebuck, a pub on the Tottenham Court Road. In 2002 they released the duo CD Apples of Gomorrah, and continue to perform occasionally in duo.

In the intervening years they've played together in a wide range of projects. In particular - a trio (active since 1991) with German guitarist Erhard Hirt and the "Phil Minton Quartet" (with Veryan Weston and Roger Turner).
This quartet continues to develop "mouthful of ecstasy" - a work based around texts from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. It was premiered in Bratislava (1994), and last performed in London in 2012.
This quartet has also released slur, a CD of free improvisations.

Phil Minton Quartet

minton quartet
mouthful of ecstasy - turner, butcher, minton, weston. katowice, poland.

What Jonny Cash was to Folsom prison, these guys are to Bedlam. Art Lange / Pulse


John Butcher - Phil Minton - Erhard Hirt

john butcher, phil minton, erhard hirt
© raymond mallentjer - free music fesival, antwerpen, 1995.


john butcher, phil minton, erhard hirt
© berislav simicic.


Apples of Gomorrah

apples of gomorrah cover Studio recordings from 1999, released on Grob

Phil Minton - voice
John Butcher - saxophones


allmusic

Slur

phil minton quartet slur cover
order CD from Emanem
Phil Minton - voice
John Butcher - saxophones
Veryan Weston - piano
Roger Turner - drums and percussion

this jamboree of like-minded bastard virtuosos.
Massimo Ricci - Touching Extremes

all about jazz | Bagatellen


Mouthfull of Ecstasy

mouthfull of ecstasy cover Studio recording from 1996
A composition/improvisation around text from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake

Phil Minton - voice
John Butcher - saxophones
Veryan Weston - piano
Roger Turner - drums and percussion


allmusic | CODA


Two Concerts

Concert recordings from 1995
Musique Action, Vandoeuvrve, France and Free Music Festival, Antwerp, Belgium

Phil Minton - voice
John Butcher - saxophones
Erhard Hirt - guitar

Markus Müller's liner notes

Jazz Times

This music is mythic - like an urban Utopia. Jazziz




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