Primary Instrument: Guitar
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.
Most notably, Mr. Butrey was the leader and chief composer/arranger for the critically acclaimed trio, Field Theory. The band included David Blaetz on bass and Rick Lopez or Matt Ferguson on drums. This dynamic trio opened for Woody Shaw, James Blood Ulmer, Suzanne Vega, Leroy Jenkins, Airto and Flora Purim, Oliver Lake, and Richie Cole. Field Theory released the recording, Life and Times, on the Lust for Toys label. They were televised in concert for the PBS station WQLN.
Residing in Philadelphia since 1987, Frank co-founded the jazz trio, Triception and led the quartet, Burn Unit. He currently has an active career performing at many well-known venues, concerts, jazz festivals, private affairs and other settings. Some of the venues include; The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA, the Bitter End, New York City, Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ, Rutgers - Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, NJ, and the Jazz and Blues Festival in Erie, PA. Frank has worked with many noted musicians and is a member of Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. Regular performances with Arpeggio have included television, radio, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, African American Museum in Philadelphia ,PA, The Falk Theater in Tampa, Fl, West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, Cape May Jazz Festival, Small’s jazz club and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City.
In addition to the Field Theory recording, Life and Times, Frank was a prominent feature on four of jazz vocalist/composer Kayle Brecher’s recordings (Choices, The Pride Inside, Urban Objects, and Spy Music). Other recordings include Malik Al Kabir’s, Giant, Truth Is by Sherry Wilson Butler and Courage by Nina Fletcher. Frank is featured as performer and composer on Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensembles CD’s, Lifeline and Man Bites Dog.
Frank is a faculty member of the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Haddonfield New Jersey. He is proud to release his new recording, Malicious Delicious.
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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 Jazz.com (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