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.

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.

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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”

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