Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet – LIVE! (2011)
“…both timeless and fresh…they are simply smoking. (Coffin) enters like a spinning top, corkscrewing his phrases into a tightly wound circle that turns into a cyclone.”
Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet serve up an incredible double LIVE(!) CD. This funky, burning, ‘audiogasmic’ band is the vision of 3’x Grammy award winner, composer and Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin who is featured on alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, electro-sax & flute. You might also know Jeff from his 14 year tenure with the genre-busting Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Recorded in late 2010 and early 2011.
The Mu’tet is made up of a truly All-Star group of musicians.
Jeff ‘Apt. Q-258’ Sipe – drums
Kofi Burbridge – keys & flute
Felix Pastorius – electric bass
Bill ‘the Spaceman’ Fanning – trumpet & space trumpet
Chris Walters – piano
Mike Seal – guitar
1. Tag (Coffin/Fanning) 09:39
2. Al’s Greens (Coffin) 16:43
3. The Evil Boweevil (Coffin/Giampietro/Bergeson/Jones) 08:56
4. Turiya (Coffin) 12:59
1. The Mad Hatter Rides Again (Coffin) 08:52
2. Move Your Rug (Coffin) 19:21
3. L’Esperance (Coffin/Pastorius) 18:23
4. *Tall & Lanky (Coffin) 8:51
*Additional musicians on Tall & Lanky:
Joe Caploe – percussion
Leonice Shinneman – kanjira
Rob Bloch – guitar
Produced & Edited by Jeff Coffin
Recorded at SPACE (Chicago, IL) and MOMO’S (Austin, TX)
Special thanks to Richard Battaglia & Chris Grainger!
Mixed by Dan Rudin
Package Design by Robert Hakalski (www.visual-machinery.com)
Photography by Jeff Coffin (www.jeffcoffinphotography.com)
Cover line drawings (2 saxophones) by Jeff Coffin
REVIEWS FOR JEFF COFFIN & the MU’TET:
…both timeless and fresh…they are simply smoking.
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.
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.
…the two-disc set features terrific compositions and fearless improvising.
…wonderful…Truly, there is not another band quite like Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet.
Brilliant transient transcendence. Yes it’s good. It’s very good…wicked nasty. I couldn’t sleep. I had several epiphanies.
**** (four stars)
…some of the best fusion heard in many a year.