My overall impressions were that Butch was extremely creative and masterful as a conductor. His use of different elements, including volume and musical direction, meant the listener was engaged throughout the performance. An amazing musician, Morris’ Band Big gives him an opportunity to showcase a larger vision of his musical dream.
The first set included two selections. The second number in the first set featured the cornet work of Graham Haynes. His mood-altering sound was reminiscent of Miles’ balled work on Flamenco Sketches. Set against the music of Band Big, these haunting tones had different meaning and evoked different feelings. The second set featured two extended numbers followed by two brief selections to close out the evening.