JAMES CARTER organ trio » “Django Unchained” » Festival Sons d’Hiver 2017

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.

I try to go out of the box of just pleasing the jazz audience, because the jazz audience can be your worst enemy, jazz, which should be the freest music, is the most imprisoned – and it’s imprisoned by the people who love it. They’re the captors, the officers. People want to shrink jazz down to a rhythmic pattern. But we´re living in the era when we have a lot more music to be influenced by than Miles did, than Coltrane did, than Charlie Parker did. So why the hell am I going to sound like them? Jazz was never a music that reflects history.

The tradition is, it keeps moving; it reflects the time we’re in.

Rober Glasper, Downbeat magazine


the NADA » O’Brien » MUSEU Nogueira da Silva – BRAGA

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.”

London Times

„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





live at ronnie scott's

Polar Talks 2017: Meet Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter, Laureate of the Polar Music Prize 2017 at Polar Talks