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Winter Lullaby: Songs for the Christmas Child
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Winter Lullaby: Songs for the Christmas Child
Bett Butler featuring Joël Dilley
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Traditional carols in English, Spanish, French, Italian, & Catalan, many with new translations, and the stories behind them; plus originals capturing the joy, generosity, and poignancy of the season.

In her eclectic fourth album, Bett Butler mixes originals with beloved holiday standards in multiple languages, many with her own English translations. Her bouncy bossa nova “Are You Alone for Christmas Day” recalls Astrid Gilberto and Stan Getz, with an elegant sax solo by Rene Saenz; and in “No Place Like Home for Christmas," also featuring Saenz, Coltrane meets Clooney (Rosemary, not George). “Pat-a-Pan” veers firmly into Klezmer territory, and Butler’s four-octave range becomes a boys’ choir on “Gesu Bambino.” “O Holy Night” and “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” blend classical and jazz in intimate, lively chamber ensembles. Producer/ arranger Joël Dilley sets the album’s title song “Winter Lullaby” in the kind of rhythmic and ethereal landscape familiar to fans of his Mandala Meditation Series, lushly underpinning the chorus: “Even angels have to sleep sometime, but they’re never far away.”

"Put simply, pianist/vocalist Bett Butler and bassist Joel Dilley make great records. For the wife/husband duo, making music and recording and producing albums is not only a career, it's a way of life, the place where vocation and avocation come together with soul, talent and commitment." ―Jim Beal Jr., San Antonio Express-News

Peace on Earth. Joy to the World.


American Sampler
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Listen here :: My Melancholy Baby :: The Song is You :: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? :: I Got Rhythm :: Witchcraft :: Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye :: Come Rain or Come Shine :: Say It Isn't So :: Over the Rainbow :: Some Other Time ::

Winner, Cabaret Category, 12th Annual Independent Music Awards!
American Sampler
Bett Butler featuring Joël Dilley
$12 (plus shipping & applicable sales tax)

Pianist/vocalist Bett Butler and bassist/producer Joël Dilley use all the colors in their musical palette to paint nuanced interpretations of universal stories from the Great American Songbook. “My Melancholy Baby” becomes a soothing lullaby of reassurance; “I Got Rhythm,” an exultant and childlike celebration of romantic love; Irving Berlin’s “Say It Isn’t So” is a world-weary plea for truth; “Witchcraft” becomes a devilishly playful song of seduction; Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” is delivered with sophisticated cynicism masking a shattered heart; “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” a timely protest against economic injustice; and “Over the Rainbow” becomes an affirmation of hope for a new and better world.

"….What might well be the most honest, haunting and intense version of ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’ committed to CD....Put simply, pianist/vocalist Bett Butler and bassist Joel Dilley make great records."―Jim Beal Jr., San Antonio Express-News

"There's nothing brassy or flamboyant about jazz artist Bett Butler's lovely and wistful album of standards....Butler's up-tempo "Over the Rainbow" will send samba lovers over the moon, and her carefree, hopscotching scat on "I Got Rhythm" provides an excellent counterpoint to the album's darker undercurrents."―Thomas Jenkins, The Current (read the entire review here).

Myths & Fables
Bett Butler
$7 on Bandcamp

  Listen here :: For Gabriele :: When Love Has Left the Room :: I Wish I Were in Love Again :: Secrets :: Angel in a Dog Suit :: Cold Front :: Nothin’ to Be Proud Of :: Bitter Dawn :: It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over :: Recuerdos :: Grim Fairy Tale :: Something You Said ::

Myths & Fables
Bett Butler
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In this collection of original songs, storyteller Butler follows an offbeat assortment of characters: the pioneering Expressionist artist who dreams of flying beyond the stifling early twentieth-century domesticity demanded by her lover in “For Gabriele;” small-town residents still reeling from a generations-old suicide in “Secrets;” a saucy woman demanding equal satisfaction in the bedroom in “It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over,” and a celebration of a beloved canine companion in “Angel in a Dog Suit.”

Producer Joël Dilley uses instrumentation, placement, and effects cinematically, creating the perfect aural mise en scène for each story, transporting the listener from the alcohol-numbed claustrophobia of “When Love Has Left the Room” (winner in the Jazz category of the 2006 International Songwriting Competition) to the lonely plaza where phantom memories echo in his composition “Recuerdos.”


Short Stories
Bett Butler
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Listen here :: Bubba's Inconvenience Store :: Let's Talk It Over :: Tell Me What It Is :: A Hundred Tears From Now :: I Saw You On the Street Today :: Swear It On the Bible :: Angels :: How Special Are the Few :: Down So Long :: Do It Right :: Butterfly ::

Short Stories
Bett Butler
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In original songs exploring her roots in blues and classic R&B, Butler sketches life's lessons, loves and losses with imagination, humor, and truth. "Bubba's Inconvenience Store" tells of big dreams in a small town; "Let's Talk It Over" and "Tell Me What It Is," pleas for honesty between lovers; "I Saw You on the Street Today," a re-telling of a Nancy Wilson's mid-century classic with an updated ending; and "Butterfly," the tale of a courageous young woman's transition from this life to the next. Says Robert Lindquist of Singer Magazine, "Bett Butler...takes us on a jazz journey that blends a host of styles into a sound that is meticulously constructed, both musically and lyrically....Her poetry and vision, combined with keyboard prowess and sterling vocalizations, amuse and entertain track after track....This CD is a sheer joy."