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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.

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Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell By Dr. Duncan Heining Available through Amazon Worldwide

Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell By Dr. Duncan Heining Available through Amazon Worldwide

Stratusphunk is the story of remarkable musician and a remarkable man. Through his ideas and music, composer, theorist and musician George Russell joins the dots in modern jazz from bebop, though modal and free jazz and into jazz rock. It is hard to imagine another artist, who was both so influential but also so misunderstood. For ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove / John Medeski / Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

William Parker gets deserved acclaim for his abilities as a bassist and his activism and leadership in the avant jazz community but not as much for his composing. Drummer Jeff Cosgrove tries to correct that with this project that features Parker's music played by an organ trio with no bassist. Cosgrove's partners in this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski, Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The striking absence of a bassist on this organ-trio tribute to William Parker speaks volumes about the singular approach that Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski and Jeff Lederer have taken to the compositions of a modern jazz great. Parker's music is so diverse, his output so vast, that a cohesive overview would be difficult to distil onto ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More

Read "Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode has a definite focus on the progressive improvisation scene in Buenos Aires, with much of the music centering on the talented tenor player, Camila Nebbia. You'll hear music from several groups where Nebbia is a featured voice. Also debuting this week, drummer Jeff Cosgrove--still in trio mode--but this time without William Parker playing bass; ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ennio Morricone + Betty LaVette, Gordon Grdina, Billy Martin & New Releases

Read "Ennio Morricone + Betty LaVette, Gordon Grdina, Billy Martin & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay tribute to the late Ennio Morricone the way we often do, through renditions of his memorable soundtracks performed by contemporary creative jazz artists like John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Marco Cappelli, Guano Padano, and Oddjob. We then check out some great new releases that cross borders, stylistic definitions and generations. Happy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove/John Medeski/Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As he has been one of the most influential and prolific musicians in the jazz avant-garde since the 1980s, it is surprising that bassist William Parker hasn't gotten more credit as a composer. Perhaps due in part to the sheer volume of his recordings--including every imaginable context, from solo bass to small/medium-sized groups to big-band outings--it ...

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 ...


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