Medeski, Martin & Wood

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Medeski, Martin & Wood - Combustication Combustication
Jazz Used - LP 93011 Blue Note
Long Out Of Print 1998 2LP Original. Both LPs Appear Unplayed. “As The Only Jazz Band To Be Accepted By The Neo-Hippies Of The HORDE '90s, Medeski, Martin & Wood Pulled Off The Strange Coup Of Being Embraced By Rock And Jazz Audiences, Who Both Loved Their Endless Improvisations. They Managed To Walk The Fine Line Dividing Between The Two Camps, As Their Funkified Soul-Jazz Was Self-Referential And Cerebral, Not Earthy And Instinctual. That's Part Of The Reason Why Some Soul-Jazz Diehards Didn't Embrace MMW -- The Ingredients May Be There, But It Just Didn't Taste Like A Real Jimmy Smith Record. Perhaps Conscious Of This, MMW Make No Excuses About Their Heritage On Their Fifth Album, Combustication. Perhaps Because It Is Their First Effort For A Real Jazz Label (Blue Note), Combustication Happens To Be Their Most Adventurous Effort Yet. Ironically, It's Because The Group Embraces Alt-Rock And Hip-Hop Conventions Like Turntable Scratching. That Ultimately Turns Out To Be Just Window-Dressing, However -- Beneath It All, MMW's Music Remains Essentially The Same, But The Handful Of Curve Balls Makes Combustication Worth Close Listening For Those Already On Their Side.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG.... more details
 
Medeski, Martin & Wood - The Dropper The Dropper
Jazz New - LP 7243 5 22841 1 5 Blue Note
2000 2LP Original. Both LPs Appear Unplayed. “Drifting Back Closer To The Avant-Garde Territory That They Cut Their Teeth On, Medeski, Martin & Wood Explore Percolating Sonic Textures On The Dropper. Released By Blue Note In Late 2000, The Jazz Trio's Seventh Album Is A Complex Blend Of Latin Jazz, Haunting Soundscapes, Hip-Hop Grooves, And John Medeski's Trademark Organ Funk. The Group Is Assisted On Several Tracks By Guitarist Marc Ribot And The Fourth Instrument Serves To Add Another Layer To The Eclectic Mix, At Times Getting Buried Beneath The Sampled Loops And B-3 Dirt. Recorded In The Band's Brooklyn Studio, Shacklyn, And Co-Produced By Acclaimed Hip-Hop Engineer Scotty Hard (Wu-Tang Clan, P.M. Dawn, Kool Keith), The Dropper Exudes A Streetwise, Gritty Vibe Almost Like The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique Without The Clever References. In Fact, Several Of The 13 Tracks On This Album ("Philly Cheese Blunt," "Big Time") Could Be Slipped Into Check Your Head Or The Second Half Of Ill Communication And Nobody Would Know. The Less Immediately Funky Tracks, Like The Avant-Rhumba "Partido Alto" Or The Chilling Final Track "Norah 6" (Accompanied By A Sighing String Section) May Not Appeal To The Baseball Capped Ninja Tune Aficionados Or The Groove-Seeking Neo-Deadheads, But Fans Of Their Early Works In The New York Experimental Jazz-Fusion Scene Will Find Several Points Of Interest. While The Dropper Is Less Immediately Accessible Than Many Of Their Previous Albums, It Ends Up Being More Sonically Rewarding, Continuing To Blur The Lines Between Jazz, Rock, And Funk.” Zac Johnson, AMG.... more details
 
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Pop New - CD BN 22841 Blue Note
Digipak Gatefold.... more details
 
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case) End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
Jazz New - LP 95633 Blue Note
Sealed, Long Out Of Print 2004 Double Vinyl.... more details
 
Medeski, Martin & Wood - Combustication Combustication
Jazz New - LP B0020433 Blue Note
Sealed 2014 2LP 180gm Remastered Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative Reissue. “As The Only Jazz Band To Be Accepted By The Neo-Hippies Of The HORDE '90s, Medeski, Martin & Wood Pulled Off The Strange Coup Of Being Embraced By Rock And Jazz Audiences, Who Both Loved Their Endless Improvisations. They Managed To Walk The Fine Line Dividing Between The Two Camps, As Their Funkified Soul-Jazz Was Self-Referential And Cerebral, Not Earthy And Instinctual. That's Part Of The Reason Why Some Soul-Jazz Diehards Didn't Embrace MMW -- The Ingredients May Be There, But It Just Didn't Taste Like A Real Jimmy Smith Record. Perhaps Conscious Of This, MMW Make No Excuses About Their Heritage On Their Fifth Album, Combustication. Perhaps Because It Is Their First Effort For A Real Jazz Label (Blue Note), Combustication Happens To Be Their Most Adventurous Effort Yet. Ironically, It's Because The Group Embraces Alt-Rock And Hip-Hop Conventions Like Turntable Scratching. That Ultimately Turns Out To Be Just Window-Dressing, However -- Beneath It All, MMW's Music Remains Essentially The Same, But The Handful Of Curve Balls Makes Combustication Worth Close Listening For Those Already On Their Side.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG.... more details
 

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