Cover Alert: Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood – Scarlet Begonias

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This weekend Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood regrouped to play a pair of shows in Colorado – Friday evening at the Ogden Theatre in Denver and last night at the Boulder Theater in Boulder. Just before the brief run, John Medeski and John Scofield headed to Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, California to perform a handful of shows with Lesh, Warren Haynes and Joe Russo, so you can’t blame them for having The Dead on their minds.


On Friday MSMW debuted their version of the Grateful Dead’s Scarlet Begonias. It’s instrumental, naturally, but it’s also got that signature MSMW avant-groove sound as the quartet deconstructed the classic Dead tune in an inventive way. Thanks to taper Scott Schneider we can check it out…


MSMW also worked scattered covers of The Beatles’ Julia, Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix and Peter Tosh’s Legalize It among original material in Denver. Next up for the group is an appearance on Jam Cruise 11.

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3 thoughts on “Cover Alert: Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood – Scarlet Begonias

  1. Josh Valentine Reply

    This is quite tasty!

  2. Ben Reply

    Wow, quite the deconstruction and rebuild, funky

  3. Chad B. Reply

    That’s a beaut. Interesting choice of material.

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