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Bloom
     

Bloom

by Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet
 
We've heard of quartets, quintets, sextets, etc, but "mu'tet"s? That's the multi-saxophonist's way of covering the many different ensemble switches and guest personnel appearing on this wildly wonderful, genre-defying effort, which was made possible by the hiatus of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, of which Jeff Coffin has been

Overview

We've heard of quartets, quintets, sextets, etc, but "mu'tet"s? That's the multi-saxophonist's way of covering the many different ensemble switches and guest personnel appearing on this wildly wonderful, genre-defying effort, which was made possible by the hiatus of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, of which Jeff Coffin has been a member of since 1997. The energy of the up-tempo tracks -- which range from the brassy New Orleans "second line" party tunes "Move Your Rug" and "Better Do Your Thing" to the hip-hop soul-jazz of "The Mad Hatter Rides Again" -- is so intense that you never want it to come down. When DJ Logic is working the turntables and Tyler Wood is doing the B-3, we be jammin' for sure. Thus, the dreary if well played "Circle of Wills" crashes the party with an unfortunate thud -- but only temporarily, with the in-from-outer-space, seven-minute "Hatim" to the rescue. The song has a trippy African percussion vibe, moody bassline (by bandmate Victor Wooten) and creeping ambience, weird but cool as Béla Fleck's banjo plucks along with machine generated voices; the only disappointment here is the way too esoteric use of Kirk Whalum and Coffin's formidable dual sax talents. Coffin switches to flute on the folksy title track, which features a kids' choir, then steps aside as slide guitarist Pat Bergeson simmers with gospel intensity on the Coffin composition "Old Jack Craw" (which features no woodwind). Coffin's flute on the lyrical "As Light Through Leaves" is probably his most melodic playing on the whole disc, and his bluesy sax on "Wobble" makes for a fun-loving closer. All over the place? Sure. Self-indulgent? Maybe. But take away a track or two and the open-minded listener has probably never had this much crazy fun on one collection. So get over it.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397439525
catalogNumber:
974395

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Performance Credits

Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet   Primary Artist
Rod McGaha   Trumpet
Jeff Coffin   Flute,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Fife,Alto Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Bells,Vocal Harmony
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Derek Jones   Double Bass
Kirk Whalum   Soprano Saxophone
Victor Wooten   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Johnny Neel   Hammond Organ,Vocals,Hammond B3
Future Man   Percussion
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Pat Bergeson   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Paul Brantley   Cello
DJ Logic   Turntables
Roy Agee   Percussion,Trombone,Vocals
Jeff Sipe   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roland Barber   Trombone
Tyler Wood   Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Rahsaan Barber   Tenor Saxophone
Derico Watson   Drums,Tambourine
Joe Murphy   Tuba

Technical Credits

Jeff Coffin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Louie Fleck   Engineer
Derek Jones   Composer
Kurt Storey   Engineer
Chris Walter   Composer
Pat Bergeson   Composer
Chris Grainger   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer
Tom Giampietro   Composer

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