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Geoff Muldaur with guitar
August 12, 1943 |
Pelham, New York, United States
|Genres||Folk, blues and folk-rock|
Geoff Muldaur (born August 12, 1943 in Pelham, New York, United States) is an American founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band of Cambridge, Massachusetts; a member of Paul Butterfield's Better Days; and an accomplished solo guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger.
After establishing an impressive reputation with the Kweskin Jug Band during the 1960s, Geoff and then-wife, Maria Muldaur recorded their first album, "Pottery Pie," on Warner Bros. Records in 1969. It was on this album that Geoff recorded his celebrated version of "Brazil" (original title Aquarela do Brasil) which became the title inspiration and the opening theme for Terry Gilliam's 1985 film "Brazil". After recording "Pottery Pie," the Muldaurs moved to the burgeoning folk, blues and folk-rock in Woodstock, New York. They separated in 1972, shortly after Geoff joined Paul Butterfield's Better Days group.
After leaving the Butterfield band in 1976, Geoff recorded two more solo albums for Warner Bros. Records, a duo album with guitar wizard Amos Garrett (of "Midnight at the Oasis" fame), a solo album on the Flying Fish Records label and a jump band album, "Geoff Muldaur and the Nite Lites" for Hannibal Records. During this period, Geoff also recorded with Bobby Charles, Jerry Garcia, Eric Von Schmidt, Bonnie Raitt, John Cale and others. In the early 1980s, Geoff left the stage and recording studio for a working sabbatical. During this period, he composed scores for film and television, winning an Emmy Award, and produced albums for Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet.
After flying under radar for 17 years, Muldaur emerged in 1998 with a critically acclaimed album, "The Secret Handshake." After two more albums in 1999 and 2000, Geoff recorded the semiclassical, jazz album "Private Astronomy, a Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke" on the Deutsche Grammophon label in 2003.
In 2009, Muldaur formed a roots super-group for work on a new album. Dubbing themselves Geoff Muldaur And The Texas Sheiks, folk and American music luminary Stephen Bruton, Grammy-winning Dobro player Cindy Cashdollar, fiddle virtuoso Suzy Thompson, guitarist Johnny Nicholas and bassist Bruce Hughes joined Muldaur in the studio for a pair of recording sessions in 2008. Bruton died in May 2009, but the music lives on in the album entitled Texas Sheiks that was released September 22, 2009, on the Tradition & Moderne label.
- Sleepy Man Blues – Prestige
- Having a Wonderful Time – Warner Bros/Reprise
- Motion – Warner Bros/Reprise
- Blues Boy – Flying Fish
- I Ain't Drunk – Hannibal
- The Secret Handshake – HighTone
- Password – HighTone
- Beautiful Isle of Somewhere – Tradition & Moderne, Germany
- Private Astronomy: A Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke – Deutsche Grammophon
with Maria Muldaur
- Pottery Pie – Warner Bros/Reprise
- Sweet Potatoes – Warner Bros/Reprise
with Amos Garrett
- Geoff Muldaur & Amos Garrett – Flying Fish
- Live in Japan – Yupiteru (Japan)
Jim Kweskin Jug Band
- Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band – Vanguard
- Jug Band Music – Vanguard
- See Reverse Side for Title – Vanguard
- Garden of Joy – Warner Bros.
- Jug Band Blues (with Sippie Wallace) – Mountain Railroad
- Greatest Hits – Vanguard
Paul Butterfield's Better Days
- Better Days – Warner Bros/Bearsville
- It All Comes Back – Warner Bros/Bearsville
- The Blues Project – Elektra
- The Bluesville Years – Prestige
- Newport Folk Festival 1964 Evening Concerts Vol. 1 – Vanguard
- Newport Folk Festival 1965 – Vanguard
- Festival 1967 – Vanguard
- The Record Show – Warner Bros
- Goodbye – Suspex
- Avalon Blues – Vanguard
with the Texas Sheiks
- Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks – Tradition & Moderne