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)

Where The River Goes

Steve Futterman, Qwest TV, October 2018

“Muthspiel, who is fully matured as a player, fits in perfectly with these first class musicians; the band itself jells as if it had been together for a long time. The weave of guitar and horn bursts with character, Mehldau, one of the most celebrated pianists of his generation is always accommodating, and the Grenadier-Harland hookup is a dream. And while Muthspiel is best known as a distinctive electric guitarist, he dots this captivating album with examples of his equally fine acoustic playing.”

Where The River Goes

Steph Cosme, Staccatofy, October 2018

“Muthspiel composed all but two of the eight tunes on the date. The music is largely atmospheric and grows organically from the band’s listening ability and interaction skills. As a result, each player has room to delve into their own expression within Muthspiel’s musical context. This is jazz that is deep in both its history, listening and performance. For these reasons, Where The River Goes is not to be missed. That’s the short of it!”