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Bill Fanning of the Jeff Coffin Mu'tet at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, 9/10/11 (photo by Rudy Lu)

Bill Fanning of the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, 9/10/11 (photo by Rudy Lu)

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LIVE: The Jeff Coffin Mu’tet @ the Massry Center, 3/20/11

March 31st, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet isn’t your average jazz quintet. In fact, for those who have a fixed idea of what “jazz” is, Coffin and his bandmates don’t really play jazz in any traditional sense. What they play is certainly in the lineage of jazz music’s history, but it’s not derived from the ’50s bop of Charlie Parker or the ’60’s experimentation of John Coltrane.

The music that saxman Coffin and his Mu’tet offered up in their recent Nippertown debut owed a little to ’70s-era Miles Davis and a lot to the ’80s funked up and rocking jazz of the Brecker Brothers’ “Heavy Metal Be Bop” – sans the screaming electric guitars. And considering Coffin’s stint with Bela Fleck’s Flecktones, it’s no surprise that there was also a healthy dose of the Grateful Dead’s ventures into space-rock, ala “Infrared Roses” with saxophonist Branford Marsalis on board.

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