Great Big Stuff: The Essential Norbert Leo Butz on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
28 Dec 2013

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"Memory And Mayhem: Live At 54 Below"
Without a doubt, the number one go-to Norbert Leo Butz album has to be "Memory And Mayhem: Live At 54 Below," released in early 2013 by Broadway Records. (The label will also release the cast album of Butz's current project Big Fish in early 2014). "Memory And Mayhem" is the only solo album Butz has recorded so far, but it was worth the wait. A captivating collection of rhythm and blues, rock and soul, framed by funny, disarming chat, Butz exhibits endearing humility and moving wisdom. This is a real bridge album in that the personality and conviction Butz brings to these non-show songs could convert some new fans to the music, and, similarly, these tracks could make a case for Broadway to any non-believers.