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Wolfgang Muthspiel

Born in 1965, guitar player Wolfgang Muthspiel lives in Vienna. 30 CDs with mainly his own compositions document his work as bandleader and co-leader. Being trained as a classical musician he approaches the acoustic guitar with the same ease as improvisation and jazz.
 His Mozart-loving father encouraged him to start with violin playing at age six. At the age 14, he switched to guitar and started to create his own music with his brother Christian. His interest for improvisation led on to jazz. He moved to Boston/Massachusetts and attended the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 1986 where Mick Goodrick introduced him to complex harmonic worlds

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Most Read Album Reviews: 2020

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2020" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2020. The Complete 1969 Recordings King Crimson by John Kelman Published: October 31, 2020 Is That So? John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan ...

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[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 1

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A jazz club is not just a commercial enterprise, or an entertainment spot, it's a cultural hub, a place where ideas are exchanged, styles are tested and then defined, careers are inspired, collaborations get launched or cemented. When a venue like the Jazz Standard closes the loss should not be seen only in terms of a ...

Angular Blues

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Wondering; Angular Blues; Hüttengriffe; Camino; Ride; Everything I Love; Kanon in 6/8; Solo Kanon in 5/4; I'll Remember April.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel at Porgy & Bess: Live at Last!

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Wolfgang Muthspiel Porgy & Bess Vienna May 30, 2020 Originally, all events at the Porgy & Bess jazz club in Vienna had been cancelled for public attendance until the end of August—out of precaution in light of the Coronavirus. In adaption to the horrendous circumstances for any cultural lieu of gathering, ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our weekly exploration of brand new releases, with a special focus on guitar-centric albums [for the first part click here]. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00 Rob Luft “Life Is the Dancer" Life is the Dancer (Edition) 0:16 Host Talks Wolfgang ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Angular Blues

Read "Angular Blues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

So much of Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel's music materializes before you like Mr. Spock and company on Star Trek. The music beamed in always airy and on the verge of evaporation. But before it does either manifest or vanish it leads you along a slippery slope, through brave structures where only the guitarist knows where the ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Continuing The Dream

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel: Continuing The Dream" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz has always traveled. It finds inquisitive musicians all over the globe, where often, people outside the U.S. receive the message more readily than those in the country where it was born. Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel was already improvising with his older brother, for fun, in the time leading up to his discovery of the art ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Angular Blues

Read "Angular Blues" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Austrian jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel's previous two ECM albums have been quintets: Where The River Goes (ECM, 2018) and Rising Grace (ECM, 2016). This trio date is a call back to his ECM leader debut, Driftwood (ECM, 2014), with Brian Blade returning on drums but Scott Colley replacing Larry Grenadier on double bass. The music is ...


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