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Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet: Into the Air

Give saxophonist Jeff Coffin credit for truth in advertising, since his Mu’tet band has mutated again. Into the Air, like its 2008 studio predecessor, Mutopia, features keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge and bassist Felix Pastorius, son of Jaco. But Coffin has turned his stellar quartet into an even better quintet by adding trumpeter Bill Fanning and changing drummers from former Flecktones bandmate Futureman to Jeff Sipe.

The opening “A Half Sleep” is a repetitive, New Orleans-tinged gospel dirge that highlights Coffin’s tenor work, Fanning’s muted trumpet and the Pastorius family tradition of nimble bass figures. The 30-year-old bassist co-wrote the experimental, effects-heavy “U Don’t Say,” plus “Backin’ Up” and “Loueke,” an inside-out rhythmic dance

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