Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet – Mutopia (2008)
A member of roots-fusion mavericks Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, GRAMMY-award winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin is one of the world’s most visible hornmen. As his insightful yet incendiary playing with the Flecktones demonstrates, Coffin possesses the rare ability to fuse the improvisational intensity of modern jazz with a wide range of influences.
Aided by an all-star cast of jazz, jam, bluegrass, and funk musicians, Jeff Coffin explores an impressive variety of textures and styles, gracing each with his peerless energy, musicianship, and technique. On Mutopia, Coffin presents the most complete picture yet of his eclectic musical vision. Two steps beyond an otherworldly fusion of Ornette Coleman, The Meters, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Mutopia puts Jeff Coffin at the forefront of a new generation of improvising musicians for whom boundaries are meaningless and everyone is invited to the party.
Featuring: Jeff Coffin: saxes, flutes, etc… / Roy “Futureman” Wooten: drum set / Felix Pastorius: electric bass / Kofi Burbridge: piano, B3, keys, flute
With Special Guests: Chris Walters, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Doug Belote, Alana Rocklin, Pat Bergeson, R. Scott, Bryan, Roy Agree, Rod McGaha, Barry Green and Black Cat Sylvester.
“Jeff Coffin’s boldness, intensity and verve set him apart from other saxophonists.” – Jazz Times