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Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet – Into the Air

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Some slinky jazz nasty that you would be hard pressed to find done better anywhere…If you are tired of the mundane, the commercial, the annoying predictability…then “Into The Air” is for you…Easily on my year end best of list! 
- criticaljazz.com

Coffin hits it out of the park in his singular way once again. 
- midwestrecord.com

ABOUT: JC & the MU’TET – INTO THE AIR

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INTO THE AIR is the first studio recording since 2008’s MUTOPIA and proves to be, once again, a dramatic mutation for Jeff Coffin and his All Star Band, the Mutet. Coffin is his usual passionate and searching self, nearly playing the keys right off the saxophone while, at the same time, providing musical leadership to this incredible lineup of players.

“This is a uniquely collaborative recording,” says Coffin, “Six of the 10 tunes are co-writes. This is what the Mu’tet should be about…everyone contributing on a deep musical and compositional level. I think this is the best and most unique Mu’tet recording to date.”

INTO THE AIR combines Coffin’s trademarks of strong melodies with solos and ensemble play that are mind bending and swirl like a dust storm through the desert. This music ranges from sweet to salty to even a touch bitter and most places in-between. These musicians have a deep understanding of the past but play with a decidedly forward reach into the future! Special guest, Lionel Loueke (guitarist with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter) is ubiquitous on Lucky 13 and Loueke and provides some very tasty icing on an already delicious cake.

INTO THE AIR is a remarkable recording made by remarkable musicians.


THE PLAYERS:

Jeff Coffin – sax & electro-sax
Jeff ‘Apt. Q-258’ Sipe - drums, percussion
Kofi Burbridge - keys & flute
Felix Pastorius - electric bass
Bill ‘the Spaceman’ Fanning - trumpet & space trumpet
Very Special Guest: Lionel Loueke - electric guitar


THE MUSIC:

1. A HALF SLEEP (coffin)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax
Bill Fanning – trumpet
Kofi Burbridge – fender rhodes
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums

2. U DON’T SAY (coffin/pastorius)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax, eventide eclipse harmonizer, Q-tron envelope filter, bass clarinet
Bill Fanning – trumpet, line 6 digital delay, digitech whammy pedal
Kofi Burbridge – fender rhodes, hammond B-3 organ
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums

3. LUCKY 13 (all)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax
Bill Fanning – trumpet
Kofi Burbridge – hammond B-3 organ, clavinet, fender rhodes
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums
Gavin Knight – shaker
Lionel Loueke – guitar, vocalization

4. BACKIN’ UP (coffin/pastorius)
Jeff Coffin – alto sax
Bill Fanning – trumpet
Kofi Burbride – fender rhodes, hammond B-3 organ
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums, percussion

5. 8 BIT GOGGLES (all)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax, eventide eclipse harmonizer
Bill Fanning – trumpet, line 6 digital delay, digitech whammy pedal
Kofi Burbridge – wurlitzer keyboard
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums

6. OLD GLASS – SLOW BRASS (coffin)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax, eventide eclipse harmonizer
Bill Fanning – trumpet, line 6 digital delay, digitech whammy pedal
Kofi Burbridge – flute, fender rhodes, moog prodigy w/echoplex
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums, percussion
Caleb Mitchell – percussion

7. LOUEKE (coffin/pastorius)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax, soprano sax
Bill Fanning – trumpet
Kofi Burbridge -  acoustic piano, flute
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums
Lionel Loueke – guitar, affected guitar, vocalization

8. LOW SPARK (all)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax, soprano sax
Bill Fanning – trumpet, flugelhorn
Kofi Burbridge – fender rhodes, flute
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums

9. RIDE (redux) (coffin)
Jeff Coffin – tenor sax, Q-tron envelope filter
Bill Fanning – trumpet, line 6 digital delay, digitech whammy pedal
Kofi Burbridge – wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet
Felix Pastorius – Rob’s fender p-bass, electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums
Jeff Sipe, Felix Pastorius, Jeff Coffin – percussion

10. BEAUTIFUL FLOWER (coffin) 5:50
Jeff Coffin – soprano sax
Kofi Burbridge – acoustic piano
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Jeff Sipe – drums & percussion

Additional Musicians:
Lionel Loueke – electric guitar & vocalization, “Lucky 13” and “Loueke”
Caleb Mitchell – percussion, “Slow Brass”
Gavin Knight – shaker “Lucky 13″


CD NOTES:

Produced by Jeff Coffin
Recorded at Haunted Hollow Studio (Charlottesville, VA)
Recorded October 2010
Engineer – Rob Evans
Session Assistant – Caleb Mitchell
Lionel Loueke recorded at County Q (Nashville, TN)
Recording Engineer/County Q – Nick Keck
Mixing – Richard Aspinwall (Aspin Studios, Miami, FL)
Mastering – Jim Demain (Yes Mastering, Nashville, TN)
CD Design by Robert Hakalski (www.visual-machinery.com)
Cover Art – Lucas Lopes (Sao Paulo, Brazil – street graffiti artist)
Photography by Jeff Coffin (www.jeffcoffinphotography.com)


REVIEWS FOR JEFF COFFIN & the MU’TET

www.criticaljazz.com
…”Into The Air” is a transformation of Coffin’s talents into a myriad of performance pieces that run the musical table…Coffin’s lyrical direction will touch your heart and set your hair on fire.

www.allaboutjazz.com
…both timeless and fresh…they are simply smoking.

Jazz Times
Any band that jams like this has earned an exclamation point in the title of its live album…equal parts Galactic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band…(Coffin) enters like a spinning top, corkscrewing his phrases into a tightly wound circle that turns into a cyclone.

www.hittinthenote.com 
These players are peaking around corners and lifting up rocks to see what they find, and they’re stretching out wide to push boundaries…twisting the mind like a metaphysical puzzle.

Nashville Scene
…the two-disc set features terrific compositions and fearless improvising.

www.beyondchron.org 
…wonderful…Truly, there is not another band quite like Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet.

Fredricksburg Patch 
Brilliant transient transcendence. Yes it’s good. It’s very good…wicked nasty. I couldn’t sleep. I had several epiphanies.

www.musikreviews.com 
**** (four stars)

www.jazzreview.com
…some of the best fusion heard in many a year.


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