By all accounts, Henry Threadgill’s tribute to Butch at WinterJazz Fest 10 on Saturday was a resounding success.
Howard Mandel tries to capture something of the feeling the nearly hour-long piece evoked at Judson Church.
“Some wept openly, and at the end everyone cheered the uncompromised intensity of feeling Henry Threadgill evoked, simultaneously mourning and celebrating a man whose memory sustains artistic ambitions, and whose legacy of Conduction, songs and his tender cornet playing should not be forgotten.”
It’s hard to believe that almost a full year has passed since Butch passed on, but there’s something beautiful in the way his spirit still reverberates through the air, a note that continues to linger.
Read Howard’s review of the piece, here: http://www.artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz/2014/01/henry-threadgills-tribute-to-butch-morris-winterjazz-fest-10.html