"Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris" All About Jazz NYC review by Jake Harper

"Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris" All About Jazz NYC review by Jake Harper

Nublu, a progressive music club tucked away deep into Alphabet City, has put together a group of musicians under the direction of conductionist Butch Morris as the Nublu Orchestra. There is as much acoustic instrumentation as there is digital synthesis on Conducted by Butch Morris; Gyrating phatty synth grooves and free saxophone solos all intertwine overtop a funky drum and bass, ethereal samples and the occasional vocal incantation. Averring from the temptation of freely improvised distraction — an ever-looming pitfall of the act of creating free music — Morris pushes the ensemble forward in the music, some of which is very chart-oriented and some of which sounds completely spontaneous, always with an ear for the depth of a composition and a flair for letting things happen.