HENRY BUTLER BURNS UP THE PIANO WITH NEW ORLEANS JAZZ
BY HOWARD REICH
Published: January 24, 2014
New Orleans has produced more than its share of virtuoso pianists, dating back even before Jelly Roll Morton emerged at the turn of the previous century.
Remarkably, that lineage continues forth through today, nowhere more compellingly than in the work of Henry Butler, who achieves more with 88 keys than most mere mortals. Seated at the piano at SPACE, in Evanston, on Thursday evening, Butler segued easily among a range of jazz and blues techniques, offering a profusion of ideas linked by the fluidity of his technique and the fervency of his expression.