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Music: Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet

By Mike Breen · February 6th, 2013 · CityBeat Recommends
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Though Jazz is the music with which saxophonist Jeff Coffin is most closely identified, his experience and passion extends well beyond the genre. Coffin and his Mu’tet make dynamic, progressive sounds, drawing from mainly modern and vintage Jazz, but Coffin first came to many music fans’ attention when he joined Bela Fleck’s Flecktones in 1997, a fittingly adventurous gig for the diverse musician/composer. Coffin left the Flecktones after he was invited to join the Dave Matthews Band full time, replacing late founding member LeRoi Moore in 2009.

As if he wasn’t busy enough, Coffin is equally acclaimed as an educator and clinician, working with students of all ages around the world. “The spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the listening and playing,” he says of his influences, which he collectively dubs “Spirit Music.” Coffin and his Mu’tet — which, on the current tour, features all-stars Felix Pastorius (son of the legendary Jaco and current bassist for The Yellowjackets) on bass and Coffin’s old Flecktones mate Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drums, plus Chris Walters on keys and Bill Fanning on trumpet — performs Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club (700 Race St., Downtown). $20. thebluewisp.com.



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