In 1983, Igor Butman played in Oleg Lundstrem`s big band - the best one in the USSR. Next year he was invited by Nick Levinovsky to join the most well known jazz group “Allegro” and played with them for three years. In the Soviet Union, a country of over 300 million people, Igor was known as the best tenor saxophonist, placing first in the Soviet Critics’ Polls and recording many albums for Melodiya.
Igor Butman is an artistic director at Le Club, Moscow’s top jazz venue, where he appears with his big band every Monday, and has presented such musicians as Ray Brown, Chick Corea, George Benson, Kenny Garret, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Al Di Miola, Monty Alexander, Take 6 and many others.
Butman combines mastery of his chosen instrument with joy and freedom, yet clearly and unquestionably conveys his experiences through his music. Ken Franckling in Jazztimes called Igor “A post bop performer with great stage presence, horn control and emotion… there is a deep resonance to his up tempo playing and a mature softness to his balladry”.
Edited by dinnycharrel on 9 May 2007, 12:07
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