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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Juice

Read "Juice" reviewed by Troy Collins

For over two decades, keyboardist John Medeski, percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood's abiding fascination with the endless possibilities of groove-based music has taken them from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festival stages. Their eclectic efforts have included a number of high-profile collaborations; the most prolific and successful has been with esteemed guitarist John Scofield. ...

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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Out Louder

Read "Out Louder" reviewed by Chris May

I got to the Medeski, Martin & Wood party late and left early. Combustication (Blue Note, 1998), a funk gumbo masterpiece with a generous side order of knowing jazz references, was and remains a satisfying meal. But neither The Dropper (Blue Note, 2000) nor Uninvisible (Blue Note, 2002) did it for me: the episodic, cut and ...

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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Out Louder

Read "Out Louder" reviewed by Doug Collette

During the early 1990s, Medeski, Martin & Wood conjured up a heady, groove-oriented style that coincided with the increasingly rhythm-oriented approach John Scofield was developing. A year before the trio made the leap to Blue Note, those parallel paths intersected in 1998: MMW accompanied the guitarist in the studio on A Go Go (Verve), and they ...

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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Out Louder

Read "Out Louder" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been nearly a decade since John Scofield hooked up with jam band favorites Medeski, Martin and Wood for A Go Go (Verve, 1998), an album that singlehandedly placed the guitarist on the radar of a younger and enthusiastic demographic. Given that Scofield wrote all the material, A Go Go was unequivocally his project. On the ...

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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Out Louder

Read "Out Louder" reviewed by Troy Collins

A far cry from this quartet's previous encounter, Out Louder is a summit meeting for all four players. Where 1998's A Go Go (Verve) found the trio performing as guitarist John Scofield's backing band, here the working relationship is far more collaborative. The added grit and gristle, along with the more extreme outside elements, demonstrate Medeski ...


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