Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Butch Morris, RIP

Butch Morris, the progenitor of "conductioning," a unique form of leading free collective improvisation, died yesterday at the age of 65. The image above is shot of Butch applying his "conduction" for David Murray's Octet. I shot this around 1985 at Sweet Basil. David is the foreground to the left with his bass clarinet. The big band was amazing.

Here's a link to Butch's obituary from today's New York Times:

A few more images from that run at Sweet Basil...
This is probably Vincent Chancey above soloing on French Horn.

Not sure who's on alto in the image below...
Check out the Times obit for a simple explanation of how Butch employed all kinds of hand signals to lead the group improvisation.

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