Sunday, April 29, 2012

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood

John Scofield
A review I did of an album by Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood was just published in The New York City Jazz Record. It's a live recording, called "In Case The World Changes Its Mind."

Here's some of the review:

In 1998, guitarist John Scofield released the album "A Go Go," which he recorded with Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW). It grooved hard, skirting jazz and blues and rock and funk. It wasn’t until eight years later that the musicians put out another album, "Out Louder," under the name of Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. It didn’t groove as hard as the first but when the band took the songs from both albums on the road in 2006, the differences between the two didn’t really matter.

MMW, which could be called a ‘jazz trio’, usually acts more like a jam band live and it shows on "In Case The World Changes Its Mind," a collection of recordings from that 2006 tour. The tracks go as long as about 13 minutes, there’s a lot of extended noodling, ideas take shape slowly. Neither bad nor good, you might do better with studio takes if you haven’t heard them yet.

Read the rest here (page 18).