1023 Under the Roof


Audio Excerpt:

Under the Roof features John Butcher on tenor and soprano saxophones and Claudia Ulla Binder on a fine Hamburg Steinway D concert grand and various preparations.

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The duo recorded this disc at DRS2 Studios in Zurich, Switzerland in 2008 with engineer Martin Pearson, perhaps best known as Keith Jarrett's current engineer. As a result, this disc likely captures Butcher's finely-detailed sound as it has never been captured before.

According to journalist Thomas Meyer, “Under the Roof suggests coherence (the last piece, sonically, returns to the first one), but above all, also suggests protection. Whether rapidly skittering or thoughtfully placed, the organic and discreetly balanced sounds in this manifold cycle of fifteen exceedingly transparent images appear fresh and new.”

According to John Eyles in the All About Jazz website, “…Under the Roof clearly benefits from the duo’s time spent together, and the care lavished on faithfully capturing the sounds of the instruments. Butcher and Binder sound comfortable together, familiar enough with each other’s playing to avoid any getting-to-know-you moments. Everything about the album is beautiful, right down to the minimalist cover art by German artist Michael Eul.”

This recording, which was recorded and mixed in the 24 bit domain, features an 8-page booklet with liner notes from Zurich-based journalist Thomas Meyer.


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