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Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio and Tribute to John Stevens

Friday 17 September 2004 23:30-1:00 (Radio 3)

In 2003 the trio led by the Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel performed at London's Vortex Club. The gig was a sell out, mainly because Muthspiel's drummer is the great Brian Blade, who is more usually seen on the stages of large concert halls rather than the intimate surroundings of a small club.

It may have been the superstar drummer who drew them in the first instance, but after the gig all the audience were talking about Muthspiel. They had discovered what Brian Blade already knew: that he is a world-class guitarist even though he is little known in this country. Muthspiel is a breathtaking virtuoso but thankfully he is also a stylish soloist - his speed of invention matches the speed of his fingers.

Earlier this year the trio made a triumphant return to the Vortex and Jazz on 3 was there to capture the action. Tonight Jez Nelson presents a full set recorded at the club.

Also in the programme, Jez presents a tribute to British drummer John Stevens, who died ten years ago this week. Stevens was a great instrumentalist and improviser, but he is best remembered as a huge motivating force on the domestic music scene from the late 60s to the early 90s. He brought musicians together, found venues and festivals for them to play, encouraged younger artists, and in doing so, he was a key figure in the development of the European avant-garde scene in the early 70s. Tonight, Jez is joined by a host of Stevens' friends and colleagues to celebrate his legacy.


1 hour 30 minutes

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Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio



Sig Tune
Artist Russell Gunn
Title 74 Miles Away Intro
Composer Gunn/Zawinul
Label Atlantic
LP Title Ethnomusicology Volume 1

Interview with Wolfgang Muthspiel

Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio

Recorded 10 th May 2004 at the Vortex Jazz Club, Stoke Newington London

Wolfgang Muthspiel - guitars
Matt Penman - bass
Brian Blade - drums
Artist Wolfgang Muthspiel
Title Mehldau
Composer Muthspiel
Duration 9'00"

Artist Wolfgng Muthspiel
Title Ask me now
Composer W. Muthspiel
Duration 4'36"

Artist Wolfgang Muthspiel
Title Nidya
Composer W Muthspiel
Duration 5'09"

Artist Wolfgang Muthspiel
Title Floater
Composer Carla Bley
Duration 10'47"
Artist Wolfgang Muthspiel

Title After 6
Composer W Muthspiel
Duration 12'05"

Artist Wolfgang Muthspiel
Title Up
Composer W Muthspiel
Duration 6'14"

John Stevens Tribute feature Presented by Steve Beresford

With contributions from Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Paul Rutherford, Das from Asian Dub Foundation, Alan Tomlinson, Victor Schonfield

Music used:

Artist Spontaneous Music Enseemble
Title Listening Together 4
Composer Stevens / Parker
Label Emanem
Duration 3'04"
LP Title Summer 1967

Artist John Stevens
Title Solo
Composer Stevens
Label Leonardo Music Journal
Cat No. CD11
Duration 7'46"
LP Title Not necessarily English Music

Artist Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Title Sustained Piece (vocal)
Composer Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Label Emanem
Duration 5'50"
LP Title Mouthpiece

Artist John Stevens / Derek Bailey
Title Ping Pong
Composer Stevens / Bailey
Label Incus
LP Title Playing

Artist John Stevens / Kent Carter / Derek Bailey
Title Cheers/Tears
Composer Stevens / Carter / Bailey
Label Incus
Cat No. CD22
LP Title One Time

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