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On 'Angular Blues,' the interplay between Muthspiel, Colley, and Blade is especially organic with its own personal dynamic / UKVIBE

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For his fourth ECM album as leader, Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel returns to the trio format, with Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. The interplay between the three musicians is especially organic on this recording, helping imbue the trio with its own personal dynamic.

Scott Colley brings a fresh, earthy edge to Muthspiel's compositions. His connectedness to both the guitar and the drums kind of holds everything together in a subtle, effortless way. But it is Brian Blade's contribution that is possibly most striking. In a quiet, skillful way, he uses his experience wisely, knowing intuitively what to bring to the tunes themselves. Blade's own innovative music with his Fellowship Band, alongside his own songwriting skills on the exquisite "Mama Rosa", make him the perfect drummer to sit alongside Colley and Muthspiel.

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