Monday, September 22, 2014

CD Review: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Got Together To Squeeze Out The "Juice"

The successful American jazz avant-garde/fusion trio of Medeski, Martin & Wood have recorded over a dozen albums together and are still one of the top touring jazz acts around. Jazz guitarist John Scofield has worked along side some of the best artists in the history of jazz, including Medeski, Martin & Wood on their latest album "Juice." These four musicians have worked together before and have a mutual respect for one another.
The new ten-song album mixes together some great new originals along with four re-worked cover songs. The opener is a funky cover of saxophonist Eddie Harris' "Sham Time," which allows Scofield and Medeski to feed off each others energy on this smooth, uptempo piece. They keep the energy high and the mood light with the bossa nova rhythm of "North London" as drummer Billy Martin takes the reigns of "Louis The Shoplifter." The foursome return with the classic sounds of "I Know You," before heading into a great, jazz/pop instrumental cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire." An eleven-minute version of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" is almost unrecognizable as a slow-moving psychedelic trip, before the album closes with the hymn-like inspirational cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'."
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood will be hitting the road in December, performing new music from the album "Juice." To find out more, please visit

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