Father And Sun – 2016

Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet

An all-star performance with Brad Mehldau and Ambrose Akinmusire

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Guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, who is based in Vienna, was classically trained on the violin before switching to guitar when he was 15.

He studied with Mick Goodrick at the New England Conservatory, attended Berklee, and toured with the Gary Burton Quintet for two years.

Muthspiel spent time in New York, working with many artists including Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine,, Paul Motian, Bob Berg, and John Patitucci among others.

His 2016 recording Rising Grace on the ECM label is one of the guitarist’s best known albums.

The same group, an all-star quintet with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Brian Blade, is featured performing Muthspiel’s “Rising Grace” three days before they made the recording.

The trumpet solo, with its effortless interval jumps, is particularly impressive.

-Scott Yanow


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