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Billy Martin's Wicked Knee: Heels over Head

Read "Heels over Head" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fondato dal batterista co-leader dei Medeski, Martin & Wood, Billy Martin, Wicked Knee è un assortito quartetto che ha pubblicato da poco Heels over Head, un album ricco di ritmo, nato - come espressamente dichiarato da Billy Martin - per intrattenere ascoltatori capaci di lasciarsi andare al divertimento. In netta antitesi alla musica cervellotica di alcune avanguardie, quella proposta dalla band ...

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Billy Martin's Wicked Knee: Heels Over Head

Read "Heels Over Head" reviewed by Doug Collette

After a long series of way under-the radar solo projects, drummer Billy Martin has chosen a more accessible route in the last couple of years, beginning with his duo collaboration with keyboardist Wil Blades, Shimmy (The Royal Potato Family, 2012).

The followup to the eponymous seven-track EP, Heels Over Head is equally easy to digest, ...

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Billy Martin's Wicked Knee: Heels Over Head

Read "Heels Over Head" reviewed by Mark Corroto

What if drummer Billy Martin of the late-20th, now 21st-century band Medeski Martin and Wood had been born at the end of the 19th century in New Orleans? What kind of music would he play? Certainly, it would have a brass band setting and be inflected with blues feel. Invite Buddy Bolden over tonight, because we ...

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Grant Calvin Weston: Nassira

Read "Nassira" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Amulet label is operated by Billy Martin and Grant Calvin Weston is one of that sticksman's key drumming influences. It's easy to believe, given this album's swirling blend of abstraction and groove.

Nassira opens with an apocalyptic drumming statement, thundering toms and slashed cymbals raging against a building snowstorm drone. This “Earth ...

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Billy Martin / John Medeski: Mago

Read "Mago" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

In their nearly twenty year history, drummer Billy Martin and organist John Medeski have developed an acute affinity built on a shared rhythmic feel and devotion to improvisation. On Mago, they return to the duo format, the seed that blossomed into the successful trio Medeski, Martin & Wood (MMW). The eleven tracks crackle with vitality, as ...

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Billy Martin / John Medeski: Mago

Read "Mago" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of the primary virtues of the Medeski, Martin and Wood partnership is the fluid means by which they conduct side projects as smoothly as they interact when they play together. Billy Martin's live percussion workshops may be less farther afield than keyboardist John Medeski's production of sacred steel band The Campbell Brothers, but they are ...

Billy Martin / John Medeski: Mago

Read "Mago" reviewed by Troy Collins

In 1989 organist John Medeski joined percussionist Billy Martin in his Brooklyn loft for a jam session that became the genesis for the groove institution known as MMW. Together with bassist Chris Wood, Medeski, Martin & Wood has become one of the most successful cross-over stories in all of modern jazz.

Medeski and Martin ...

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Dave Burrell and Billy Martin: Consequences

Read "Consequences" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Consequences teams pianist Dave Burrell with percussionist Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood, making this a collaboration between two avant gardists separated by a generation or two. Though Burrell recorded with the likes of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and Marion Brown while Martin attended high school, any doubts about their compatibility disappear when ...

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Billy Martin: illyB Eats 2

Read "illyB Eats 2" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Be warned: this collection of beats and grooves is not suitable for regular listening... so if you're looking for straight-up satisfaction, look elsewhere. DJs, however, may find a nugget or two to be gleaned. The whole point of the exercise is to provide fodder for mixes and remixes. In today's studio music culture, brand new records ...

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Bob Moses: Love Animal

Read "Love Animal" reviewed by David Adler

Bob Moses recorded his debut album, Love Animal, in 1967-68 at the age of 19. But he never released it, he tells us in his informative and often amusing liner notes, "for reasons I don't remember." After all these years, the master drummer/percussionist has decided to unveil his earliest work as a leader on Amulet Records, ...