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John Medeski

Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on the unpredictable, a trait that has kept his work with the trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW) fresh and surprising for more than twenty years. With A Different Time, his first solo piano project, Medeski once again takes his sound in a completely unexpected direction – unexpected even to him. “I had a more eclectic record in mind,” Medeski says. “I wanted to put out something that would be more representative of what my live solo concerts are like.” Instead, A Different Time is a far more introspective, meditative collection than fans of MMW’s lively, groove-driven music might expect

Freelance Subversives

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pusher Danish; Back Channel; Raffle; Blue Chenille; Grunk; Clafunj; Freelance Subversive; Lifer; Garage A; Skill Set; We the People.

History Gets Ahead of the Story

Label: Grizzley Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: O’Neal’s Porch; Corn Meal Dance; Gospel Flowers; Little Bird; Ghost; Moon; Things Fall Apart; Wood Flute Song; Purcell’s Lament; Harlem.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Medeski, Martin and Wood: A Retro Phenomenon for the New Millenium

Read "Medeski, Martin and Wood: A Retro Phenomenon for the New Millenium" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in April 1999. No, they're not a law firm, and though they're not yet a household word either, MMW is a trio of formidable sonic integrity and groove. 'Fronted' by Hammond B-3 organist John Medeski, the trio has been described as everything ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Uberjamming with John Scofield

Read "Uberjamming with John Scofield" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2002. “Uberjam." Literally: “over all jam," translates to 'groove above all' on this true band effort, Scofield's latest recorded outing. You'll likely see this title described as anything from groove...techno...ambient...world...trance... to acid...and back again, but like MMW, it's unique in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives

Read "Freelance Subversives" reviewed by Doug Collette

A native Californian currently headquartered in Brooklyn, Will Bernard's geographical touchpoints mirror the expanse of solo and collaborative projects to which he's contributed over the course of his career. Just a few of the names appearing in his discography are also indicative of the guitarist's broadly eclectic approach: eccentric singer/composer Tom Waits, drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence At Middle C Jazz

Read "Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence At Middle C Jazz" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC March 13, 2020 Drummer/composer/bandleader Joe Barna brought his band Sketches of Influence to Middle C Jazz (a recently opened jazz club in Charlotte, NC) to record a live album on March 13-14, 2020. Barna had come down from upstate New ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Céline Bonacina, Keith Jarrett, Carla Marciano and More New Releases

Read "Céline Bonacina, Keith Jarrett, Carla Marciano and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another week repleate with deliciuos new releases, from those of European jazz queens Céline Bonacina, Yazz Ahmed and Carla Marciano, to the Pan-African manifesto of Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, to the collaborative trios of Ben Perowsky—-John Medeski—Chris Speed, Zach Brock—Matt Ulery—Jon Deitemyer, and Alban Darche—Matthieu Donarier—Meivelyan Jacquot, not to mention the latest by Keith ...


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