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You'll find plenty to feast upon and delve into on Wolfgang Muthspiel's 'Angular Blues' / popMatters

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Austrian guitarist and songwriter Wolfgang Muthspiel follows 2018's celebrated Where the River Goes by scaling back to a trio, enlisting bassist Scott Colley along with longtime collaborator/drumming legend Brian Blade, and releasing Angular Blues, his fourth album as a bandleader for venerable jazz label ECM. Unencumbered by the need for arranging the music to fit trumpet and piano this time around, Muthspiel, Colley, and Blade find the freedom here to stretch out and find new territories, tones, and shapes within the loose structure these pieces allow.

Over his over 30-year career, Muthspiel is no stranger to exploring all the possibilities of what a trio can accomplish. On Angular Blues his explorations include peaceful meditations such as the soulful, contemplative "Huttengriffe" on acoustic and the hushed, subtle, electric chord voicings of the sprawling "Camino". The trio lands in bebop territory on the fleet-fingered and energetic "Ride", a welcome change from most of the album's languid pace, and Muthspiel's impressive first foray into the style makes you wish he would venture into this side of the pool more often.

If you're a fan of Muthspiel's previous trio experiments, you'll find plenty to feast upon and delve into on Angular Blues.

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