Steve Swallow and Christian Muthspiel Duet on “Simple Songs”
Top jazz bassist Steve Swallow and Austrian composer/trombonist and pianist Christian Muthspiel have teamed up for an album of duets.
While the pair have played together in the Christian Muthspiel 4, Simple Songs is their first as a duo. The pair eschew electronic effects on the record and let the songs develop in their own simple, yet refined way.
Muthispiel composed all but one of the tracks on the album, which is a cycle of duets. Swallow handles the low end throughout, while Muthspiel plays a variety of instruments, including trombone, piano, toy piano, e-piano and even recorder.
Simple Songs is available as an import CD.
Check out the track, “(F)all Blues” (this sample and others available via Christian Muthspiel’s website):
Simple Songs Track List:
- Pas de deux tranquille
- Monsieur Satie
- Viennese Marketplace
- Let My Children Waltz
- Lullaby for Moli
- (F)all Blues
- Mildred, Bim & Mohamed
- Mein! Yours?
- Is the Moon Still Blue?
- Hymn to Health