From Nashville: Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet
The Mu’tet is led by Dave Matthews Band saxophonist, composer, educator, and 3x Grammy winner Jeff Coffin. You likely also know Jeff from his stellar work with the groundbreaking and genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010).
Coffin strives to expand himself, his band mates and listeners with music flavored by his wide musical interests. Drawing from African, New Orleans, Indian, funk, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, fusion, Brazilian and other styles of music, Coffin sends shockwaves down people’s spines with his fierce soloing and inspiring and memorable compositions. A passionate and curious musician, Coffin is known to use guitar effects on his sax as well as sometimes playing two, count ’em, two, saxes at the same time!
On drums is the legendary Jeff ‘Apt. Q-258’ Sipe. Jeff & Jeff have been playing together for many years and Sipe is the drummer on the Mu’tet – LIVE! cd, BLOOM as well as the ‘DUET’ project with Coffin (Compass Records). He is renowned for his mind bending drumming with the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Greg Osby, Phil Lesh, Project Z, Jonas Hellborg & Shawn Lane, Leftover Salmon, Alex Machacek, The Jimmy Herring Project, and many, many others. When Jeff Sipe unleashes his whirlwind of rhythms and grooves they have to be seen and, especially, heard to be believed.
Felix Pastorius, son of bass great Jaco Pastorius, roots the Mu’tet on electric bass. He has been playing with the group since 2002 and is featured on the Mu’tet – LIVE! cd, and MUTOPIA. Felix has also toured with legendary jazz drummer Cindy Blackman while living and playing in NYC. At 6′ 6′ tall, Felix is a gifted composer and a monster bassist with the chops and sensitivity of someone twice his height.
Bill ‘the Spaceman’ Fanning rounds out the horns on trumpet. Bill has performed with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu’tet, Glenn Frye (of the Eagles), George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider and George Russell. In 2005, Coffin produced Bill’s debut CD, PARAKLETOS. A brilliant improvisor and musician, Bill is stretching the boundries of the trumpet by using guitar pedals while still rooting his technique, concept, and sound in the masters. Fanning and his ‘space trumpet’ are featured on the Mu’tet – LIVE! cd.
Mike Seal is a ‘Young Lion’ of the guitar world. He sets people back in their seats with his guitar wizardry, burning lines, stunning harmonic ideas and a remarkable tone that defies his 25 years on the planet. You might hear a little John Scofield, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Tony Rice, Stevie Ray Vaughn, or Lionel Loueke, but you’re always hearing Mike Seal. Listen up, he’s the real deal. Mike also recorded on the Mu’tet – LIVE! cd.
More at: http://www.jeffcoffin.com/