A tribute to Django Reinhardt – an amazing trio – James Carter explaining the reasons why he is one of the voices!
The trio at Ronnie Scott’s | amazing photos by STEVEN CROPPER
Travelling all over the world, playing at wonderful venues, making history for those to come and delighting the ones that go to a night of magic, the sorcerers of sound are sometimes recorded live and the myth grows.
Rober Glasper, Downbeat magazine
This blog post joins a few dots, all very important in my music listening/loving: the video which I found out by chance is the outcome of my ceaseless search for new things, the gig is just one of the few I saw this year, the band was a good surprise – the sounds are an electric platform, flowing from different influences – all important – none of them ever predominant. The place is the Museu Nogueira da Silva – improbable full of huge chandeliers venue – finally on that particular day the saxophone player was João Mortágua who was born in the same small town as myself – who would have guessed years ago that would ever happen!
Eurico Costa – guitar
João Mortágua – saxophone
Simon Jermyn – bass
José Marrucho – drums
“Muthspiel combines a flawless technique honed by classical training with a restless musical imagination as likely to derive inspiration from Bach as from the blues or the Beatles.”
„Wolfgang Muthspiel is a shining light of the contemporary jazz-guitar generation.”
The New Yorker
“Muthspiel’s tricky compositions (have) an unstoppable groove over which he unveils a solo of Schwarzenegger proportions…These tunes go places, lots of them, and each is more interesting than the last.”
The Village Voice
“A natural virtuoso. On the electric guitar he can produce sounds as light and nimble as a harp’s; on the violin he is alert and steely. Partly composed and partly improvised, his pieces included homages to Stravinsky, his jazz colleague Paul Motian and the Beatles. ”
The New York Times
Wayne Shorter, Laureate of the Polar Music Prize 2017 at Polar Talks