His trio, featuring bassist Scott Colley and drum great Brian Blade, will open La Jolla Athenaeum's winter jazz series on Tuesday
Things are relatively quiet on the live jazz front as we enter 2022. But there are some attention-worthy acts playing at Denver’s beloved clubs in late January. Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel has accumulated multiple awards for his knowledgeable approach to the instrument over the past couple of decades. His most recent recordings for the ECM label with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade, including “Angular Blues,” from 2020, are fine examples of tasteful, thoughtful interplay. Muthspiel plays like an artist who enjoys paying homage to the innovators before him yet pushes for something new every time out.
Wolfgang Muthspiel photo by Laura Pleifer, Scott Colley by Tom Beetz, and Brian Blade by Daniel Sheehan. Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel has always endeavored to experience the thrill of the edge, while at the same time honing his craft within the defined space created by his jazz and classical forebears. His trio explorations have included musicians with similar ideology, whether in a standard format with bass and drums, or his all guitar trio with Ralph Towner and Slava Grigoryan. For his February 2 date in the Forum at Town Hall Seattle, Muthspiel will perform with a remarkable configuration featuring drummer Brian Blade and bassist Scott Colley.