||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 glorypast, 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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