Rising Grace

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Rising Grace
Rising Grace - cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 October 2016
RecordedJanuary 2016
StudioStudios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines.
LabelECM 479 7962
ProducerManfred Eicher
Wolfgang Muthspiel chronology
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Rising Grace
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Rising Grace is a studio album by guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. It was released by ECM Records in 2016.


Muthspiel's first album for ECM was Driftwood in 2014, a trio recording with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade.[1] For Rising Grace trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and pianist Brad Mehldau were added.[1]

Music and recording[edit]

Muthspiel wrote all of the tracks, except for "Wolfgang's Waltz", which was composed by Brad Mehldau.[2] The recordings were made over three days in south-eastern France.[3]

The music does not follow the typical rhythm section plus soloists division, and "while some songs feature a conventional sequence of soloists, it's also common for Muthspiel, Akinmusire and Mehldau to share the soloing space as they weave melodies together."[4]

The album was released by ECM on CD and two LPs on 28 October 2016.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]

Critic John Fordham suggested that "the music mingles echoes of Kenny Wheeler, the classical guitar sound of Ralph Towner and the songlike one of Pat Metheny, plus the quickwittedness of the mid-60s Miles Davis group".[2] The Ottawa Citizen reviewer wrote: "Sonically ravishing and filled with profound, singular music that speaks beautifully of communion, Rising Grace will reward your full attention, over and over".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Wolfgang Muthspiel, except where noted.

1."Rising Grace" 5:56
2."Intensive Care"" 10:17
3."Triad Song" 8:04
4."Father and Sun" 8:14
5."Wolfgang's Waltz"Brad Mehldau8:01
6."Superonny" 6:44
7."Boogaloo" 7:33
8."Den Wheeler, Den Kenny" 7:50
9."Ending Music" 1:23
10."Oak" 4:34



  1. ^ a b c "Rising Grace". ECM Records. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Fordham, John (3 November 2016) "Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace Review – Oblique Music That Grows On You". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b Kato, Yoshi (December 2016) "Wolfgang Muthspiel – Rising Grace". DownBeat. p. 66.
  4. ^ a b Hum, Peter (7 November 2016) "Wolfgang Muthspiel CD reviewed". Ottawa Citizen.
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Wolfgang Muthspiel Rising Grace". Allmusic. allmusic.com. Retrieved 11 January 2017.