Angular Blues

The first third of the album features acoustic guitar as moods shift from sunny and pastoral through the sharper edges of the title track before the lovely folk ballad Hüttengriffe. The three play with a relaxed precision that comes from long hours at the bandstand together…The guitar-only Solo Kanon in 5/4, an exercise in fine-spun lyricism with echoes of Scarlatti and Bach, is a high point of a quietly impressive album. (ECM)

 

John Bungey (The Times)

Angular Blues

There is so much to commend Wolfgang Muthspiel latest recording Angular Blues: the beautiful textures created by its guitar, bass and drums sonority; the outstanding quality of the musicianship on display; the interesting original compositions which bring forth reflective and introspective improvisations; the unique musical personalities of Wolfgang, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade, all of whom are respectful of the Jazz tradition while, at the same time, bringing forth their own unique, individual voices.

It’s rare that a recording comes fully formed in terms of the excellence of its music, the musicians who perform it and the audio aura that captures it. Angular Blues is one of these singular occasions and Manfred Eicher should be rightfully pleased and proud of his production.

 

Steven Cerra (Jazz Profiles)

Angular Blues

Muthspiel’s “Angular Blues” proves that gifted improvisers can hit their stride in their autumn years. He doesn’t let his agile fingers do all the thinking for him: his lines breathe rather than pant, particularly on the first three tracks, which feature acoustic guitar. Partnered with two receptive players—the drummer Brian Blade and the bassist Scott Colley—Muthspiel demonstrates his artistic maturity, but he still finds moments to loosen the reins, as on the aptly titled “Ride.”

Steve Futterman (The New Yorker)