Friday, September 28, 2012

CD Review: New Live "Magic" From Medeski, Martin & Wood

From Brooklyn, New York comes the American jazz trio, Medeski Martin & Wood with a new live album titled “Free Magic.” For this release, the trio revisits their archives to release songs from their acoustic tour back in 2007. Also on the heels of this release, the band will embark on an 11-date acoustic tour of New England.

The five songs on “Free Magic” truly capture what this improvisational jazz trio love to do. They just let the music take them on a journey through sound as they feed off each other’s energy and performance. The album begins with “Doppler” from their anniversary album, “20.” The music on the opening track is just outstanding with John Medeski’s piano leading the way over an almost tribal rhythm supplied by Billy Martin. The song “Blues For Another Day” sounds like a “free for all” as each member seems to be going off on their own solo before it all comes together around the four minute mark before almost going off the rails again. The quietness of the title track allows for Chris Wood to expand his sound on the bass in this live setting. At over sixteen minutes, “Where’s Sly” is full of ups and downs in the tempo as this rock-jazz fusion seems to please the audience as well as the listener. The album closes with the shortest song in the set, the nine-and-a-half minute flashback cover of Charles Mingus’ “Nostalgia In Times Square” which flows into Sun Ra’s “Angel Race.” A great finish as this trio of great musicians pays tribute to their elders.

Medeski Martin & Wood will begin their tour in Fall River, MA on October 3rd before hitting the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on October 10th. For more information on their new album “Free Magic” and for a complete list of tour dates, please visit

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