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Medeski Martin & Wood

Somewhere, someplace, someone is debating the future of live and recorded music, speaking in somber tones of changes that have made it difficult to reach consumers, of technologies that have changed society, and of the lack of creativity found in the arts. But in a small but impressive microcosm of the universe known as Medeski Martin & Wood, creativity is alive, flourishing, and filled with outlets for growth and expansion. And somewhere, whatever gods of music there might be are smiling. Medeski Martin and Wood's story is - like most great stories - one of humble beginnings, friendship, determination, a happy ending and a very bright future

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Article: Top Ten List

Filmmaker Joerg Steineck's Top Ten John Scofield Albums

Read "Filmmaker Joerg Steineck's Top Ten John Scofield Albums" reviewed by Michael Ricci


In his All About Jazz interview, Berlin-based filmmaker Joerg Steineck discusses the making of his documentary Inside Scofield. As the title suggests, the film takes a look at guitar icon John Scofield's career and life on (and off) the road as a touring jazz musician. After the interview we asked Joerg to identify his favorite “Sco" ...

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Article: Musician 2 Musician

The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake


On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

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News: Recording

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

After a highly praised debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark is back with an even tighter follow up album. Less than a year has passed since the release of From The Rooftops on ESL Music and the world funk ensemble has established itself as one of the strongest players in the scene both in the studio ...

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Article: Live Review

Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010

Read "Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010" reviewed by John Sharpe


Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7Perry Robinson, Guillermo E Brown, Billy Bang, David S. Ware, Dave BurrellVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 27, 2010 Sunday June 27 was another big day ...

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Article: Live Review

Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 1-3, June 24-26, 2010

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 1-3, June 24-26, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman


Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9 | Days 10-11 Mikko Innanen & InnkvisitioEtienne Charles and Folklore / Bill Frisell's Beautiful DreamersBill Frisell 858 Quartet TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 24-26, 2010 Back in April 2010, when the TD Ottawa International ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Medeski, Martin and Wood: Radiolarians - The Evolutionary Set

Read "Medeski, Martin and Wood: Radiolarians - The Evolutionary Set" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell


Medeski Martin & WoodRadiolarians: The Evolutionary SetIndirecto Records2009 In an age when jazz is usually driven by individuals and fleeting lineups, the ability of Medeski, Martin and Wood (MMW) to sustain and reinvigorate their collective creativity for nearly 20 years is astounding. Never risk-averse--whether jamming with turntablists ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Medeski, Martin and Wood: Evolving Beyond Labels

When we last left the experimental jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, they were deep in the throes of completing the “Radiolarians" project, a year-long endeavor beginning in 2008 that involved writing and performing new songs on the road, going into the studio at the tour's end, then releasing the results and starting the process over ...

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Article: Album Review

Worst Pop Band Ever: Dost Thou Believeth in Science?

Read "Dost Thou Believeth in Science?" reviewed by John Patten


The Worst Pop Band Ever may not live up to its name, but this Canadian combo is working hard to produce some innovative sounds melding jam-band jazz with sound effects, courtesy of turntablist Leo37, on Dost Thou Believeth in Science?. The release features nine original compositions and makes use of Leo37's skills to varying degrees. Bassist ...


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