Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio Celebrates ECM Release 'Angular Blues'
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Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called "a shining light" among today's jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, the Austrian's fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut. Like Driftwood - the 2014 trio disc that JazzTimes dubbed "cinematic" and "haunting" - Angular Blues finds Muthspiel paired with longtime collaborator Brian Blade on drums; but instead of Larry Grenadier on bass, it's Scott Colley, whose especially earthy sound helps give this trio its own dynamic. Muthspiel alternates between acoustic and electric guitar and, along with his characteristically melodic originals - including such highlights as the bucolic "Hüttengriffe" and pensive "Camino" - he essays the first standards of his ECM tenure ("Everything I Love" and "I'll Remember April"), as well as his first-ever bebop rhythm-changes tune on record ("Ride"). Angular Blues also features a single guitar-only track, "Solo Kanon in 5/4," with Muthspiel's electronic delay imbuing the baroque-like rounds with a hypnotic glow.
Wolfgang Muthspiel: guitar Scott Colley: double bass Brian Blade: drums
Wolfgang Muthspiel, Scott Colley and Brian Blade on tour: April 14-15 New York, NY Jazz Standard April 16 Cambridge, MA Regattabar April 17-18 Los Angeles, CA Blue Whale April 19 Berkeley, CA Freight and Salvage April 20 Santa Cruz, CA Kuumbwa Jazz
Venue: Jazz Standard
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