Wolfgang Muthspiel | Driftwood | ECM 2349



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Wolfgang Muthspiel was born in 1965 in Judenburg, Austria. He played violin from age 6 and took up guitar at 15. At the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, he studied both classical and jazz guitar, subsequently winning national competitions for classical music as well as the International Guitar Competition in Mettmann, Germany. Interested in improvisation from an early age, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1986 to study at the New England Conservatory. At the Berklee School of Music in Boston, he met Gary Burton, who invited him to join his quintet. While based in New York from 1995 to 2002, he performed with a diverse array of artists: Trilok Gurtu, Youssou N’Dour, Gary Peacock, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine and Rebekka Bakken, among others.

Current projects include his duo with Brian Blade, a quartet featuring pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck, and a trio with Larry Grenadier and saxophonist Chris Cheek. In addition to his jazz projects, Muthspiel writes for contemporary classical ensembles and has received commissions from the Ensemble for New Music Zurich, Klangforum Wien, the Austrian Ministry of Arts, the Boston-based Marimolin ensemble and more.


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Larry Grenadier was born in 1966 in San Francisco. Along with formative experiences touring in the bands of Gary Burton and Joe Henderson, the bassist toured and recorded in the Pat Metheny Trio with drummer Bill Stewart. Grenadier was a co-founding member of the original Brad Mehldau Trio with drummer Jorge Rossy, and he continues as a member of the Mehldau Trio with drummer Jeff Ballard. Grenadier’s cooperative trio Fly with Ballard and saxophonist Mark Turner has made three albums, including two for ECM. The bassist has worked with artists from Paul Motian to Kurt Rosenwinkel, as well as recording several albums with his wife, singer Rebecca Martin. Grenadier has played on ECM albums by Charles Lloyd, Chris Potter and Enrico Rava.

Brian Blade was born in 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised with gospel music in the Baptist church, later studying in New Orleans and working with many masters of Crescent City music. A member of the Grammy Award-winning Wayne Shorter Quartet, the drummer has also recorded with artists from Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois to Bill Frisell, Kenny Garrett and Joshua Redman. In 1997, Blade formed the Fellowship Band with pianist Jon Cowherd; the group has recorded four albums, including most recently Landmarks. In 2009, Blade released Mama Rosa, his first album as a singer-songwriter.