From a media release:
releases "Brooklyn Sessions" (Harmonized Recordds - May 15, 2012)
NEW YORK CITY - One part fiery conductor, one part sonic ringleader, he wields a whiteboard, flying fingers, and a knowing, joyful grin. His gestures, expressions, hints, and jotted words get music flowing like electricity through a live wire, uniting musical strangers with an uncanny sense for spontaneous songcraft.
He’s Matt Butler, the force behind Everyone Orchestra, an evolving project that embraces the spontaneity and openness of an all-out improv jam, and the musical athleticism and sensitivity of high-powered conducting.
Directing a shifting cast of musicians in real time, on the spot, Butler has mastered the art of encouraging skilled musicians to dig deeper, listen closer, and compose stunning songs on the fly. He may wiggle his fingers, point, count instruments in or out, or dash off words on a small board designed to spark ideas.
Now, for the first time, Butler has taken in-the-moment composition from jubilant live shows to the studio on Brooklyn Sessions (Harmonized Records; May 15, 2012). Butler invited past collaborators—musical friends like drummer Jon Fishman (Phish), keyboardist/pianist Marco Benevento, Al Schnier (moe.), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band), guitarist Steve Kimock, and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), among others—to join him for several days of exploration and co-creation. The results range from hard-hitting grooves that take unexpected twists and turns (“Boots”), to sweet and expansive (“Pensive”), all guided by a spirit that is both liberated and focused.
This recording features 8 improvised, conducted songs recorded in-studio without multi-tracking and with minimal post production. In other words, this is raw, spontaneous, jazzy, jam-rock with a unity and focus that can only come from a talented conductor found in Matt Butler. In addition to siginificant jazz influences, you'll also hear some strong flavors of blues and classical music. Check out the line-up of musicians:
Matt Butler - conductor
Jon Fishman (Phish) - drums
Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) - bass
Steve Kimoch - guitars
Al Schnier (moe.) - guitars
Jamie Masefield - mandolin
Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) - vocals, trumpet
Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band) - sax
... and more
EO in the Studio - An Introduction from Peter Hwosch on Vimeo.