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John Medeski

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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

Album

Pond Life

Label: Dreck to Disk Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Poor Man’s Speedball; Type A; Surds; Still Drinkin’?; Pond Life; Four Is More; Moving Target; That Day; Motooz; Lake Of Greater Remnants.

Album

You Never Know

Label: Face Pelt Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Boney Oscar Stomp; Zeed Al Maal; Now Open Yours Eyes; Golden Hour; In A Silent Way / It's About That Time; Dark Fish; Dervish Dance; Lalla Aisha In Jhaptal; Allah Ya Moulana; King Kong.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

For John Medeski music has always been about healing

Read "For John Medeski music has always been about healing" reviewed by Leo Sidran


For John Medeski, music has always been about healing. “Music just kind of sucked me up," he says. “For me having music was a great way to deal with the hard things in life.Best known as one-third of the avant-garde jazz / funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood along with Billy Martin and Chris ...

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Article: Album Review

DaShawn Hickman with Charlie Hunter: Drums, Roots & Steel

Read "Drums, Roots & Steel" reviewed by Doug Collette


When keyboardist John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin and Wood) produced the The Campbell Brothers' Can You Feel It? (Ropeadope, 2005), he helped bring deserved attention to the woefully unrecognized field of “sacred steel," a musical style and African-American gospel tradition that features the steel guitar. Now, seventeen years later, guitar wunderkind Charlie Hunter makes a similar ...

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Article: Album Review

Will Bernard: Pond Life

Read "Pond Life" reviewed by Mark Corroto


All great performances, be they athletic or musical, start with a solid base. For guitarist Will Bernard that is a trio with drummer Ches Smith (Ceramic Dog, Snakeoil) and completing Bernard's bass (sic) with both the acoustic and electric input of bassist Chris Lightcap. Upon this foundation Bernard is inspired to expand his music with the ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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Article: Album Review

Club D'Elf: You Never Know

Read "You Never Know" reviewed by Chris May


Near-death experiences can reboot the mind, separating the important from the trivial. It seems to have worked like that for bassist and composer Mike Rivard, founder and leader of Boston's world-dub-jazz band Club D'Elf. A few years back, Rivard was nearly felled by a pulmonary embolism while seeking spiritual insight in the Amazonian rain forest. A ...

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Article: Album Review

Jones / Skolnick / Grohowski / Motzer: PAKT

Read "PAKT" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Recent internal polling serves to prove that most actively conscious homo sapiens are seriously seeking out a few more hours of headspace a day. With that comes the need to fill it with anything but blinks, tweets, notifications or the incessant slate of current events. And with that comes a soundtrack: equal measures invention, noise, humor, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Billy Martin (aka Illy B) On The Nature Of Art And The Art Of Nature

Read "Billy Martin (aka Illy B) On The Nature Of Art And The Art Of Nature" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Billy Martin (also known as Illy B) is many things. He's a visual artist, a filmmaker, a teacher, a builder, a composer, a record producer... But if you know his name, chances are it's from his band Medeski, Martin and Wood, a project he's had for 30 years now along with bassist Chris Wood and keyboardist ...


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