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Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel makes his ECM leader debut with Driftwood, a trio album of subtlety and depth featuring renowned US jazz players Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade. Muthspiel who recently made his first ECM appearance on Travel Guide as a member of a cooperative trio with fellow guitarists Ralph Towner and Slava Grigoryan has enjoyed long, productive musical friendships live and on record with both Grenadier and Blade, leading to a sense of telepathic interplay on Driftwood. The trio creates a ravishing sound, captured with fidelity at Rainbow Studio in Oslo. Muthspiel has been praised by The Times of London for his restless musical imagination. Lyrical, grooving, and atmospheric by turns, the guitarist s compositions on Driftwood include tributes to his heroes Joe Zawinul and Michael Brecker.


1. Joseph
2. Uptown
3. Cambiata
4. Highline
5. Driftwood
6. Lichtzelle
7. Madame Vonn
8. Bossa for Michael Brecker

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00JFIPTXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By joshua carson on July 13, 2014
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I have been following Wolfgang Muthspiel for twenty years, and his latest offering is a bit more textural, ethereal, and atmospheric than some of his earlier work. This is the sign of a mature master at work, both in terms of the compositions, and his choice of musicians for this outing: Larry Gernadier and Brian Blade, both masters in their own right.
While the playing is passionate and expert, the mood is nuanced, sensitive, and integrated. The level of interaction, and the sympathy these players have for each other and the material is inspiring and uplifting.
A wonderful choice to accompany moonlight on the deck, or champagne brunch al fresco.
Quite simply a lovely recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Rudolf on November 9, 2014
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This is a sublime piece of music. Though the album plays through quite cohesively from beginning to end, there is great variety to the grooves, sounds, textures, and the compositions themselves. Some are played on electric guitar with a cool, modern crunchy sound, others with delicate and lush acoustic playing, both with pick and fingerstyle.

This album is unapologetically and uncompromisingly subtle. For example, on "Highline"-- which is an uptempo swinger with dense rhythmic chords eventually serving as the melody or "head"-- there is a couple of minutes of floaty playing with bowed bass, ride cymbal, and background chords which are different from the melody, before the bass begins a tight, repeated rhythmic figure, and the head is finally stated. This is unusual in jazz and in my book, refreshing.

Muthspiel uses what I assume to be a loop effect which allows him to play chords or do atmospherics with the guitar, then launch into a solo on top of it. He does this with extreme precision and taste. Check out his chording on "Bossa for Michael Brecker" for an example of this. I have heard other guitarists do this on record, such as Bill Frisell, but not this well.

There is a lot of emotion in the music, and heavy musicianship on display, and though all three have impeccable technique, they are clearly prioritizing presenting the music with passion, clarity, and taste without concern for flashiness.

Lastly, I will say that sonically, this is one of the finer recordings I have in my collection. I have enjoyed listening to it at relatively high volume in the car-- the beautiful wood tones of the bass, the incredible dynamics of Brian Blade's drum and cymbal work (which employs great use of brushes, mallets, "hot rods" and sticks), and as mentioned above, the guitars. There is no doubt that this is an ECM album, in a good way. It may yet become one of my favorites, and that is saying a lot!
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By Eric T. on December 1, 2014
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Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of W.M. since his earlier works Timezones, The Promise and Black and Blue. But after a string of recordings with the trio format I'm quite disappointed. Its overall a nice cd not one that I would rave about and encourage others to run out and buy a.s.a.p. A return to the earlier group settings would be a big plus!
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