Is there a reason we've never had a Medeski Martin and Wood thread?

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I just did a few searches and found we've yet to have a thread on these guys, one of my favorite groups ever to be born from the bosom that is NYC.


Classic or Dud? Among the creme-de-la-creme of modern day groove merchants, or overhyped hippie jam band?

What say ye?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 18:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Does ILM just plain not-know about MMW? That would be a bummer.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 19:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Among the creme-de-la-creme of modern day groove merchants, or overhyped hippie jam band?
I gotta say both.
My intro to them was actually through Tonic, their acoustic live album, so when I got The Dropper, I basically had my ass handed to me. For the most part, I totally dig 'em, but I generally don't like jam bands. So I don't know.
Last April, when Uninvisibles came out the same day as Plastic Fang, I was more excited for the MMW, which took me by surprise.
Overall, Classic, but definitely some dud moments. But they're worth it for the good stuff.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 19:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They get a bad rap because of the scene, but CLASSIC. They are jazz musicians playing grooves, not the other way around. God, Billy Martin's sound and feel is unreal, and it's greasy and New Orleans as fuck.

I haven't heard their latest album, but everything up through and including The Dropper is pretty great. That album especially gets them points for experimenting with their sound/production in a dirty and non-cheesy way.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 19:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Word (which is Medeski with N MS Allstars and Robert Randolph) gets a little too jammy for me.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 19:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Uninvisible (which I'm listening to right now ha!) does pretty well to expand on that dirty/gritty-vibe they had on The Dropper, although it's WAY less acid-tinged and more straight-forward, even kinda hip-hop-y. I really love the 2 tracks they do with the Antibales horn section on here.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 19:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I only have the anthology, which strikes me as enough MMW for your average bear. I really like the one that speeds up.

I saw them live, and it was a whole big hippy-shake thing -- pretty good for a while, but then it made me sleepy. Overall, a fine outfit, but a little goes a long way for me.

JesseFox (JesseFox), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 21:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My just-ex-roommate listened to them a lot. I always enjoyed it. I'll probably look into getting or borrowing some now that he's not around. I remember Combustication being particularly good.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 21:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Should I check out any MMW released in the last 10 years? I haven't even listened to the old stuff in that time period, but I see they're still producing. C/D S/D?

i have a hot bagel waiting for me in my bed so ill say this: (kkvgz), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:50 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm kinda curious about their album of zorn/masada compositions

adult music person (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 14:08 (six years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

This band needs a S&D thread. Where to begin?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

It's been way too long since I've listened to them. I remember liking Friday Afternoon in the Universe way better than Shack-man. I also liked It's a Jungle in Here but largely due to "Bemsha Swing" and "Syeeda's Song Flute", which were my first exposure to Monk or Coltrane. At the time, I thought Notes From Underground was sorta boring. I don't feel a need to go back and re-evaluate any of these, except maybe Friday Afternoon.

Saw MMW at GW Lisner during the first tour that they brought the DJ with them. The crowd was really weird because it was pretty evenly split between hippies and people literally wearing black turtlenecks. There was a lot of "shush"-ing going on that night. It was a great show to dance to though.

getting good with gulags (beachville), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

i remember really liking the production & vibe on 'combustication', and loving the playing on the record they did with john scofield.

the jungle breaks and scratching are so lol '90s, it's great.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

my friend will is playing with billy martin in brooklyn on feb 26th, I'm sure that will be rad.

akm, Friday, 17 February 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink



fauxmarc, Friday, 17 February 2012 21:58 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So is it wrong for me to love Free Magic? It feels a little bit like a guilty pleasure, especially since I had been listening to a lot of Sun Ra and Anthony Braxton recently.

FlappyPants, Thursday, 23 May 2013 16:08 (four years ago) Permalink

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