"...Henry Butler is arguably the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition, playing an amalgam of boogie-woogie, jazz, blues and classical in the lineage of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington, Allen Toussaint and countless other emperors of the ivories..."  Richard Skelly - All Music Guide
Once you've heard what bluesman Henry Butler's hands can create on those ivories, there's no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else's. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you're someplace you have never been before and would give anything to return to, again and again.
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The Toledo Blade
By Tom Henry
October 16, 2014

Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein: Viper's Drag (Impulse)

Vampy, bouncy, playful, and saucy: Here's an incredibly fun take on resurrecting hot jazz from yesteryear, courtesy of 64-year-old Henry Butler, one of the best living New Orleans pianists (and, trust me, it says a lot to be mentioned in such fine company) and 52-year-old ace trumpeter-arranger Steven Bernstein of New York.
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By Scott Nygaard
August 14, 2014

Hot, virtuosic New Orleans jazz in all its glory—past, present, and future.

For those roots-music fans who had come to rely on the HBO series Treme for a regular dose of New Orleans jazz, funk, and blues, Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein's Viper's Drag (released on the newly revived Impulse Jazz label), could not be more welcome and timely. With Viper's Drag and their resplendent backing band the Hot 9, Butler, a virtuosic New Orleans jazz pianist who extends the line begun by Jelly Roll Morton, and Bernstein, a New York trumpeter/arranger who has shown how vibrant trad jazz can be with his Millennial Territory Orchestra, have created an exuberant tribute to New Orleans music, past, present, and future.
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San Francisco Jazz Center
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Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
 February, 27 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chicago
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9

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