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Butcher Brown is an up-to-the minute throwback to the great progressive jazz bands of the 60s and 70s. Whilst all members were born after the mid-70s golden age of fusion, their modern, hip-hop-inflected funk has rich echoes of Weather Report, Return to Forever, early Earth Wind and Fire and, perhaps, a pungent whiff of Zappa. Like those bands, Butcher Brown’s unified sound comes from the intertwined talents of the five members, each bringing something unique to the mix.
Whilst each individual member maintains their own illustrious side-projects (working with artists such as Christian Scott, Chris “Daddy” Dave, Rapsody, 9th Wonder), Butcher Brown is a hard-working band in an era where most groups are fleeting assemblages, together only long enough to record. The band cultivate a dedicated audience through combining a conventional, label-oriented approach with releasing “underground” tapes, disciplined rehearsal and engaging, adventurous performance. Recent high-profile performances include touring with Lettuce and Galactic last year, whilst their future schedule looks packed as they prepare to support Turkuaz in October, Kamasi Washington’s US dates this November. “We’re honored to be touring with Kamasi, honestly. It will be great for the band because it will give us an opportunity to work amongst the cats are at the forefront and pushing the boundaries of instrumental, improvisational music.”
Butcher Brown-“Street Pharmacy” [Live at the Breeding Ground]