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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Jeff Coffin's work with Béla Fleck's Flecktones has only been somewhat reflective of his efforts as a leader. The saxophonist/composer is quite able in a more progressive, accessibly contemporary style to express his personalized music, which is in many ways substantive and cleverly rendered. While recent efforts have veered toward a commercialized approach, this CD with his Mu'tet bears distinct elements of the Jazz Crusaders and the first bands of Derek Trucks. No doubt the addition of a stout horn section on a few selections, and collaboration with the keyboardist and flute player Kofi Burbridge -- well known for his work with the Trucks band -- has a lot to do ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Jeff Coffin's work with Béla Fleck's Flecktones has only been somewhat reflective of his efforts as a leader. The saxophonist/composer is quite able in a more progressive, accessibly contemporary style to express his personalized music, which is in many ways substantive and cleverly rendered. While recent efforts have veered toward a commercialized approach, this CD with his Mu'tet bears distinct elements of the Jazz Crusaders and the first bands of Derek Trucks. No doubt the addition of a stout horn section on a few selections, and collaboration with the keyboardist and flute player Kofi Burbridge -- well known for his work with the Trucks band -- has a lot to do with how this group reacts and responds. All in all, there's some very hip music here, ranging from the 7/4 funk with dual electric bass guitarists on "Al's Greens" including a banjo solo from boss man Fleck, to "Move Your Rug" with varying beats in six and seven mixing up the complicated and simplistic horns with a New Orleans beat. The outstanding, developed, dramatic, Middle Eastern flavored "L'Esperance" is introduced by Coffin's resplendent, floating mbira, then his tenor sax and flute foreshadowed Burbridge's desert-to-jungle flute solo. "Turiya" is a calm, serene, and beautiful tribute to the late Alice Coltrane with Coffin on soprano sax and Burbridge on acoustic grand piano. The molasses slow "Sweet Magnolias" offers a legitimate blues framework for Coffin's legato tenor, and a bonus track, "Emma Ya," is a soul deep, light reggae tune. Trombonists Barry Green or Roy Agee are added for the funk-with-a twist track "Tag" or the Stax style soul pop cut "One In, One Out" respectively, with Burbridge jammin' on the Hammond B-3 organ. Agee, trumpeter Rod McGaha, and sousaphonist Joe Murphy expand the horizons of "Move Your Rug." Also present is electric bass guitarist Felix Pastorius, one of the twin sons of the legendary Jaco Pastorius, and fellow Flecktone, drummer Roy "Future Man" Wooten. The collective energy, team work, and top-drawer ability of Coffin, not to mention the diversity of the recording, is hard to deny. This might be the best effort yet for the Mu'tet, top to bottom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397447322
  • Catalog Number: 4473
  • Sales rank: 65,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tag - Jeff Coffin (3:29)
  2. 2 Al's Greens - Jeff Coffin (7:25)
  3. 3 Bubble Up - Jeff Coffin (5:26)
  4. 4 One in, One Out - Jeff Coffin (6:07)
  5. 5 Turiya - Jeff Coffin (10:15)
  6. 6 L' Esperance - Jeff Coffin (7:50)
  7. 7 Sweet Magnolias - Jeff Coffin (9:19)
  8. 8 Move Your Rug - Jeff Coffin (7:27)
  9. 9 Emma Ya (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet Primary Artist
Jeff Coffin Indexed Contributor, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Kalimba, sleigh bells, Soloist, Singing Bowls
Rod McGaha Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Béla Fleck Banjo, Guest Appearance
Barry Green Trombone, Guest Appearance
Victor Wooten Electric Bass, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Future Man Drums
Pat Bergeson Guitar, Guest Appearance
Kofi Burbridge Flute, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Piano (Grand)
Roy Agee Trombone, Guest Appearance
Doug Belote Drums, Guest Appearance
Chris Walters Piano, Hammond Organ, Piano (Grand), Guest Appearance
Alana Rocklin Electric Bass, Guest Appearance
Felix Pastorius Electric Bass, Soloist
Joe Murphy Sousaphone
Technical Credits
Jeff Coffin Composer, Producer, Engineer
Bill Fanning Composer
Alana Rocklin Composer
Felix Pastorius Composer
Robert Battaglia Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
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