Never let it be said that Medeski Martin and Wood repeat themselves but the trio's Radiolarians Series, in its ingenious concept of writing touring then recording all new material in quick succession, represents a willful effort to avoid the predictable.
Medeski Martin & Woods' Radiolarians II suggests that each of the three musicians are taking turns setting the tone for the respective installment of the series. John Medeski takes precedence here, but not to the detriment of his partners or the music they create together.
Pictures by Chad Anderson of Medeski, Martin & Wood at the Klein Theater, Bridgeport, CT 2/23/08
Medeski, Martin and Wood might seem one of the last viable prospects to share one of Levon Helm’s Rambles at his studio/barn in Woodstock. But it’s the joy of playing, far more than chosen musical style, the former Band drummer shares with these three contemporary jazz wizards.
Medeski, Scofield, Martin, and Wood, kicked off their night of funked out jazz at Northampton's Calvin Theater, it was obvious to everyone in the house that gimmicks and stage antics weren’t on the agenda. Instead, quality musicianship was the quartet’s goal, and world-class technique was what they came to deliver.
Formed in the New York City jazz scene in 1991, Medeski, Martin and Wood have precisely climbed up the rungs to become one of the most respected improv-based jazz groups of the modern day. Glide caught up with drummer Billy Martin to discuss MMW: past, present and future.
For the next month or so, many artists are playing benefit shows to allow New York City’s Tonic to continue operating. On March 7 and 8th, Medeski Martin & Wood offered their services and gave fans the opportunity to see them perform in one of the clubs where they got their start.