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The Butterbean Jazz Quartet

by The Butterbean Jazz Quartet

Classic jazz vocals delivered with compassion, love and truth by this jazz quartet which holds down one of Richmond, VA's longest running weekly gigs. Beautiful vocals innovative and exciting instrumentals.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Green Dolphin Street
5:17 album only
2. Thou Swell
3:13 album only
3. Walk On By
5:35 album only
4. It Might As Well Be Spring
5:42 album only
5. One Note Samba
3:57 album only
6. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
9:43 album only
7. Just One Of Those Things
2:48 album only
8. The Masquerade Is Over
5:03 album only
9. How Long Has This Been Going On
5:48 album only
10. My Old Man
4:17 album only
11. Skylark
5:15 album only
12. I\'ve Got The World On A String
3:53 album only
13. My Shining Hour
1:53 album only


Album Notes
In October 2008 Terri Simpson received Richmond Magazine’s prestigious Theresa Pollack Award for excellence in the arts. The selectors said: “Compassion, love, truth. That’s what I hear in Terri Murphy Simpson’s voice. She’s been an important figure in Richmond’s musical lineage for more than 10 years, unassuming and always contributing. Her sound, that sound, has done more for this city than we may ever know. It’s carried her from local medical centers to European stages, and if there’s anyone in our musical community who deserves a little acknowledgment, it’s her. Just listen.”

If you live in Richmond, VA you no doubt know all about Bottoms Up, the fine gourmet pizza restaurant at 17th and Dock streets in the city’s Shockoe Bottom.
If not, and you like music, and find yourself in Richmond on a Sunday evening, stop in at 1700 Dock Street and hear live jazz from the Butterbean Jazz Quartet starting about 7:30 PM. There’s no cover.
The quartet has been performing Sunday evenings at Bottoms Up for about 15 years now. In fact, it’s one of the longest running jazz gigs in Richmond history and for good reason. It’s tough to beat the combination of great pizza and great jazz. Is there any better way to spend a Sunday evening?
This long overdue CD speaks for the quality of Butterbean’s jazz. To judge the pizza, you’ll just have to visit Bottoms Up. We hope it will be on a Sunday evening, and that you’ll take time to meet the Butterbean musicians.



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Peter McElhinney - Style Weekly

Butterbean Jazz Quartet, “Self-titled” (Courthouse Records)
It took only 16 years for the Butterbean Jazz Quartet to release its first (self-titled) CD. Time enough for several complete changes of lineup; time enough to compile one of Richmond’s longest-running gigs; and time enough to master the not-insubstantial art of combining superficial accessibility and creative depth. It’s a matter of necessity: However creative or accomplished the musicians, few people want challenging abstraction with their sun-dried tomato and artichoke pizza. But that doesn’t mean the music has to be wallpaper.
The set is weighted toward cheerful, up-tempo standards. The rhythm section — Lee Covington on piano, Keith Willingham (who doubles on trumpet and flugelhorn) on drums and Rusty Farmer on bass — fits the pieces together with synchronous polish. The “special guests” — Penn Farmer and John Conley on guitar, Pete Anderson on trombone, Kevin Simpson on sax and the redoubtable Brian Jones on drums — expand the sonic palette. Good as they are, the key to the band’s success is singer Terri Simpson, whose range and light touch keep half-century old songs fresh and conversational.
For all its cheeriness, some of the brightest moments are on the darker material. Simpson’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s wistful “My Old Man” clears the soprano high notes with room to spare, and the band’s spare, horn-driven version of Bacharach’s “Walk on By” illuminates the pain beneath the pop surface.