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Benedikt Jahnel: Equilibrium

Read "Equilibrium" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be better known internationally to ECM fans for his participation in the pan-cultural Cyminology, but German pianist Benedikt Jahnel has been devoting just as much attention to his multinational trio featuring Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and American drummer Owen Howard. Releasing the trio's debut in 2008 on Viennese guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel's Material Records imprint, ...

Drumfree

Label: Material Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Ibrahim; Tribal Games; Sunspot; Double Blues; This Over That; Ralphone; The Palace (To Wena); Looking For Elba; Raumzeit.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Drumfree

Read "Drumfree" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Drumfree contains some of the most stimulating three-way counterpoint written and played in a long time. All of the compositional credit goes to Wolfgang Muthspiel, the composer; but making it all come alive is Muthspiel, the guitarist, and his chosen partners for this date: saxophonist Andy Scherrer and bassist Larry Grenadier. Muthspiel leads from the front ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Drumfree

Read "Drumfree" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Wolfgang Muthspiel is a hypnotically adept guitarist who seems to have a penchant for exploring the percussion-less musical setting. His previous album, Live At The Jazz Standard (Material Records, 2010), was a technically impeccable guitar duo with Mick Goodrick, and in some ways, Drumfree is a natural extension of the ideas investigated on that album. But ...

Live At The Jazz Standard

Label: Material Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Throughout; Introduction to All the Things; All the Things You Are; Liebslied; Minimal; Falling Grace; Zen; R.E.M.; Darn That Dream; Stella By Starlight.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel / Mick Goodrick: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Jack Huntley

The worry, when two distinctive musicians play in a duo setting, is that one will display a heavy-handedness that brings down the combined feel. The urge to fill in the openness is ever-tempting. Luckily, both Wolfgang Muthspiel and Mick Goodrick are not only talented guitarists, but well-schooled in the art of supporting others musically, while maintaining ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel / Mick Goodrick: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Barron

Guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Mick Goodrick are two like-minded explorers of fretboard possibilities. Goodrick, the elder, has been a renowned performer and educator for over forty years, working with the likes of Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette and Steve Swallow. Muthspiel, Goodrick's former student at Berklee College of Music has performed with Peter Erskine, Paul Motian and ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel / Mick Goodrick: Live At The Jazz Standard

Read "Live At The Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

Guitar duos can be a dangerous thing. With 12 strings and four hands, there's the potential for serious train wrecks; but if the two players are really listening, there's also potential for inspired greatness. Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie's two albums for ECM—Sargasso Sea (1976) and Five Years Later (1982)—exemplify how two can, indeed, conjoin for ...

From a Dream

Label: Material Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Tammuriata; In Stride; Beneath an Evening Sky; Nardis; From a Dream; Eos; Chez Ta-Dah; Icarus; Bird's Eye View; Hand in Hand.


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