Frank Butrey

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Frank Butrey

Frank Butrey - guitarist, composer, arranger, educator.

A truly exciting presence, Frank Butrey has been stirring audiences for many years with his powerful, original compositions. Frank Butrey graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Guitar Performance and Studio Teaching. He studied classical guitar under the expert tutelage of Dimitri Erdely. Frank studied jazz improvisation, composition and arranging with Basil Ronzitti, Ed Flanagan and Steve Giordano.

While living in Erie, PA., he was the founder and president of the Erie Jazz Cooperative, which hosted several successful concert series. A fixture on the Erie scene, Frank led the Depot Street Jazz Quartet, performed with diverse ensembles such as 18 Strings (guitar trio), Reach (jazz quintet), and was featured as a guest soloist with Concourse, Basil Ronzitti, Bruce Johnstone, Floyd Williams, Mark Gridley, the Edinboro University and Allegheny College jazz bands, and many more. He was the first call guitarist for the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony. Butrey has backed artists such as Bobby Vinton, Englebert Humperdink, Marvin Hamlisch and others....
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“......his chord arrangements move like butter through the tracks making the transitions fluid and the dynamics sedate and subtle.”

Follow the link below to read the full review. Susan Frances - Frank Butrey is reviewed by Yahoo (Apr 28, 2011)

“Philadelphia guitarist Frank Butrey delivers the goods on his latest outing, Malicious Delicious, a versatile platform for Butrey’s composing, arranging and especially his vigorous sometimes stinging six-string work”.

Click the link to read entire review; Doug Simpson - Audiophile Audition (Apr 7, 2011)

“Butrey is truly the man, and this will be loved by any fan of not just guitar jazz, but guitar playing as a whole.

Click to read the entire review. John Book - This Is Book's Music (Feb 19, 2011)

“A solid guitar man that knows his way around his axe.....”

Click the link to read entire review. Chris Spector - Midwest Record (Feb 19, 2011)

“...touches on many styles on his new CD, ranging from gorgeous to in-your-face loud.”

To read entire review click on the link. Karl Stark - Philadelphia Inquirer (Jun 13, 2010)

“Check out this disc and discover an artist who deserves to be a household name”.

Click the link below to read the full review; Chris Cooke - KIOS 91.5, Omaha's NPR Station (Apr 7, 2011)

“A prodigiously gifted guitarist and composer.......”

To read full review click the link; David Bertrand Wilson - Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews (Mar 8, 2011)

“ Butrey is doing his part in putting the electric guitar back in the jazz minds”.

To read the entire review click the link; Wilbert Sostre - JazzTimes (Mar 19, 2011) Review of new CD “Malicious Delicious”.

“Butrey whips up a series of intense and sometimes very personal statements that, as the title implies, shake things up and at times, provide a rich taste of more sensitive playing”.

Click below to read the entire review at “All About Jazz .com”. A great site with tons of information about jazz! Victor L. Schermer - All About (Mar 10, 2010)

“If you want music to make you sit up and look at your loudspeakers in wide-eyed amazement then this is the album for you!”

Click the link to read entire review; John M. Peters - The Borderland (Mar 19, 2011)

“Philly based guitarist Frank Butrey takes a huge bite out of the Pretzel with his dexterous breakout recording “Malicious Delicious”.

J.Michael Harrison - host of “The Bridge” - WRTI Radio 90.1 FM - Philadelphia PA.

“Frank Butrey has blown the top of my head off this afternoon. Bound to be one of my faves of the year!”

Gary Lowe - WUNH, Portsmouth NH. (Feb 15, 2011)

“I was pretty impressed with Frank Butrey, I've always been a fan of jazz/rock in the vein of David Axelrod, so I was happy to add this one to our library!”

Alan Hochtkiss - KXSC, Los Angeles CA. (Feb 15, 2011) Review of “Malicious Delicious”.

“The Strength, passion, versatility and sensitivity of his playing makes him one of the most compelling guitarists around. His trio with Cliff Kellem and Tony Wyatt is spellbinding and the ensembles on the remaining cuts (Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Joe Ruscitto, Tom Lowery) are stellar! Butrey's characteristic sectional writing style - unique, beautiful, and full of improvisation - is in full force on this CD - just wonderful. Long awaited and worth the wait!

Kayle Brecher - Recording artist, vocalist, composer, arranger. (Dec 19, 2009)

“Frank Butrey is an amazing guitar player. When listening to his music I oftentimes rewind to his solos that take me to some of the most beautiful places. Auguri Frank on an award winning album”

Graziella D'Amelio - Director, LifeLine Music Coalition, Inc. - Jazz Promoter

“Stirring, fascinating and distinctive improvisations and compositions”

Mark Gridley (author of Jazz Styles) - Erie Times News Showcase

“Butrey's guitar supplies an inexhaustible variety of sound”.

Bob Francesconi - Erie Times


Harvey Pekar, freelance writer and contributor to JazzTimes and Jazziz

“..Butrey is one of those cats who has complete command of his guitar, yet he's always searching for something new to learn on it.”

Deni Kasrel - The Press, Philadelphia PA.

“ Frank Butrey's guitar adding dead on lyrical support behind Brecher's soulful singing”

Todd S. Jenkins - All About Jazz review of Kayle Brecher's CD - “Urban Objects”

“He Stayed And Played” (Frank Butrey composition), segues through changes in rhythm throughout with nice Pat Martino style guitar work by Butrey”.

Victor L. Schermer - All About Jazz review of the CD “ Man Bites Dog” by Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

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