John Scofield owes a great deal to Medeski, Martin & Wood for the success of A Go Go. The piano/organ, bass, and drum playing trio adds a world of bouncing vibes to Scofield's inquisitive, happy guitar work here. A Go Go is an album of mostly breezy, sometimes tense, jam-based grooves. The album's charm is in its "city meets the tropics" feel. The four players create such a warm, vibrant sound that resisting the urge to tap one's feet along with the beat becomes a near impossibility. The opening song is a treat of plucked guitars and tightly packed new jazz. Other standouts are "Kubrick," a swooning, gentle change of pace packed with background tension, and "Hottentot," a tour de force of dynamic interplay. There's nary a moment of filler to be found across the ten tracks..
A unique, historic festival! The first edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in the Nederlands Congresgebouw in The Hague. Some numbers in those early days: six venues, three hundred artists and about nine thousand visitors. In this very first festival year internationally renowned jazz legends performed, such as Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, as well as most Dutch avant-garde artists.
Medeski, Martin & Wood are among the busiest acts in the music biz. To celebrate their 20-year anniversary in 2011, the group has been releasing its latest album, 20, track by track. Also this year, following the grand Radiolarians series, they decided to issue its DVD portion, Fly in a Bottle, as a separate package; finally, there's MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind, an utterly kinetic recording from their 2006 tour with jazz guitar boss John Scofield. In 1997 the trio backed Sco on his stellar A Go Go album. He returned the favor in 2006 by playing on MMW's Out Louder; this tour followed. The double disc collects performances from both recordings and a couple of others.
Medeski Martin & Wood (or MMW) is an American jazz trio formed in 1991, consisting of John Medeski on keyboards and piano, Billy Martin on drums and percussion, and Chris Wood on double bass and bass guitar. The band draws on influences from a number of musical traditions, from funk to Hip Hop, and is known for an unconventional style sometimes described as "avant-groove". MMW has found moderate mainstream success—often working with noted guitarist John Scofield—and touring on the jam band circuit.
Limited edition re-issue of their 2006 album includes a bonus six track live disc featuring 'A Go Go', 'Cachaca', 'The Tube', 'Amazing Grace', 'Deadzy' and 'What Now'.
OUT LOUDER marks the second collaboration between New York's downtown avant-groove trio Medeski, Martin & Wood and guitar giant John Scofield. The band backed Scofield on his 1997 outing A GO GO, but the results here surpass even the scintillating outcome of their first meeting. With musicianship of this caliber, however, and a collective sensibility that favors experimentation, genre-blending, and surprise, it's easy to expect great things.
OUT LOUDER serves up a respectable amount of MMW's much-loved funk-based vibe, especially on tunes like the opener, "Little Walter Rides Again," and "Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing," which work bluesy, New Orleans-styled grooves to crackling effect. But the vast range of the artists' taste is also evident, from Miles-inspired rock fusion to Ornette Coleman-tinged free jazz to transformed covers of tunes by the Beatles and Peter Tosh. Adventurous, textured, and accessible, OUT LOUDER is a heady and fun recording that advances the already sterling reputations of its participants.
The success of the Austin Powers movies rekindled an interest in everything groovy, swinging and mod. The Instro Hipsters a Go-Go responded in kind, serving up fun but mostly forgotten instrumentals from the '60s and early '70s that sound equally good in a bachelor pad or discotheque. Instro Hipsters a Go-Go, Vol. 2 is a Wall of Sound made up of twangy surf guitars, tumbling drums, flourishes of brass, and funky organs, exemplified by Excursion's "Switched On," St. Louis Union's "English Tea" and Zoot Money's "Zoot Suite." The Ray McVay Sound's "Revenge" and the Reg Guest Syndicate's "Underworld" sound like gritty spy movie themes, while Purple Fox's "Git Some" and Salon Band's "Disco 2" take things in a mellower direction, but the entire collection makes for very entertaining mood music that still conjures up that swinging, stylish era.
The Motown Collection (10 CD Box Set With 150 Tracks) Time Life. These CDs have very minor wear, they play and sound great with no problems. This is the set you have seen advertised on TV by Billy Dee Williams. All jewel cases have been replaced with new ones. Like many of the Time Life sets, this set is collectible and getting hard to find and get, so get this now while you can. These are all the original hits by the original artists and you get that great Time Life sound quality. This is the best Motown box set I have ever heard.