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Medeski, Martin and Wood

Medeski Martin & Wood (or MMW) is an American jazz trio formed in 1991, consisting of John Medeski on keyboards, Billy Martin on drums and percussion, and Chris Wood on double bass and bass guitar.

Medeski Martin & Wood's first performances together were at the Village Gate, a popular New York jazz club. They were initially an acoustic jazz trio, but Medeski added a Hammond organ when the difficulties of touring with a piano became apparent. Their first album, Notes from the Underground, is a record of their entirely-acoustic era. All of their subsequent albums reveal Medeski's ...read more

Medeski Martin & Wood (or MMW) is an American jazz trio formed in 1991, consisting of John Medeski on keyboards, Billy Martin on drums and percussion, and Chris Wood on double bass and bass guitar.

Medeski Martin & Wood's first performances together were at the Village Gate, a popular New York jazz club. They were initially an acoustic jazz trio, but Medeski added a Hammond organ when the difficulties of touring with a piano became apparent. Their first album, Notes from the Underground, is a record of their entirely-acoustic era. All of their subsequent albums reveal Medeski's use of a wide variety of keyboards, including a mellotron, a melodica, and a clavinet, among others. Chris Wood entirely eschewed the electric bass for MMW's first three albums, and still relies heavily on the acoustic upright bass in recordings and during live performances. Their earlier albums reveal a soul jazz oriented direction, which is the primary theme of their well-known 1996 album, Shack-man. MMW's Blue Note years, which spanned 1998–2005, showed them delving deeper into dense, electronic funk than their earlier albums, although the band continued to experiment with free jazz both on their albums and in concert.

Medeski Martin & Wood's live performances are renowned for their exploratory nature. Their concerts usually involve extended improvisations, which may be both arrhythmic and atonal, an aspect of their musicianship that is rarely documented in the studio. They also embark on an occasional acoustic tour, reverting back to the instrumentation that they began with.

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LPs
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2009

3.8
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Radiolarians II
2009

3.9
7 Votes
Radiolarians 1
2008

3.3
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Zaebos: The Book of Angels, Vol. 11
2008

4
8 Votes
Let's Go Everywhere
2008

3.1
11 Votes
Out Louder (w/ John Scofield)
2006

3.8
17 Votes
End of the World Party (Just in Case)
2004

4
31 Votes
Uninvisible
2002

4.2
30 Votes
Electric Tonic
2001

3.5
1 Votes
The Dropper
2000

3.6
16 Votes
Tonic
2000

3.8
6 Votes
Combustication
1998

3.7
21 Votes
Farmer's Reserve
1997

2.4
4 Votes
Shack Man
1996

3.6
13 Votes
Friday Afternoon in the Universe
1995

4.2
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It's a Jungle in Here
1993

3.7
7 Votes
Notes From the Underground
1992

3.9
11 Votes
EPs
Combustication Remixes EP
1999

4
1 Votes
Bubblehouse EP
1997

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2006

4.1
6 Votes
Last Chance to Dance Trance(perhaps) Best of 91-96
1999

4
1 Votes

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