Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

The Nashville jazz scene is a veritable cornucopia compared to what it was 15 years ago when I moved here (thanks in no small part to Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer’s Nashville Jazz Workshop — see the Critics’ Pick about their Jazzmania fundraiser on Sunday). And no Music City jazzer makes more accomplished and forward-thinking music than Jeff Coffin. When he’s not playing to tens of thousands at his day job with The Dave Matthews Band, Coffin and his Mu’tet (ingeniously named to accommodate the always evolving lineup) make a righteous genre-defying racket that puts them head to head with the nation’s top jazz acts. On the new album Into the Air, Coffin has assembled his strongest lineup yet: drummer Jeff Sipe, keyboardist and flutist Kofi Burbridge, bassist Felix Pastorius and trumpeter Bill Fanning, not to mention international guitar giant Lionel Loueke. “Lucky Thirteen” is a slinky and spacey number in the late-career Miles vein and takes the notorious titular number as its meter. The hypnotic “Loueke” features the Benin-born musician’s West African-influenced guitar style and singing. “Ride (Redux)” is greasy, Starsky & Hutch-ready ’70s funk. But the haunting “Slow Glass” may be the standout — it sounds like Charles Mingus’ band was thrown into a time machine, then spit out last week at a 2 a.m. New Orleans funeral jam. At the album release gig, Coffin, Pastorius and Fanning will be joined by Chris Walters on keys and Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drums.

—Jack Silverman

Thu, Oct 18 | 6:00 PM
3rd & Lindsley
All ages
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Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet

Nashville TN  |  Jazz

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