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REVIEW: Medeski Martin & Wood @ McDonald (Eugene, OR – 2/25/10)

26th Feb 10 (Fri) Leave a comment Go to comments


This was my fourth time seeing the great trio of Medeski Martin & Wood… and the second time as an “evening with,” which tends to work out nicely for a weekday concert.  No painful opener to sit through, and less likely a late show time.

We got to the venue only a few minutes before they went on.  They came out around 8:20 and started off with one or two from Zaebos, their album from John Zorn‘s Masada Book Two: Book of Angels series.  From there, they hopped right into a Medeski-keys-oriented tune and a more exotica piece.  Overall, their show last night was definitely more of the MMW groove show, versus a improvisational MMW “messin’ around” kind of show.  Sure, at one point illyB pulled out the ducks calls while Chris and John noodled around, but then they ripped right back into the more lyrical pieces.

McDonald had the floor set up with chairs for the evening, which was a shock for me.  The crowd started out in chairs, but by the third song, they were moving up the aisles and dancing.  When MMW came back out for the second set, it was pretty much a dance party… well, a dance party with a bunch of pesky chairs in the way.

I’ll post the setlist when/if I find it… again, I recognized a couple Zaebos tunes, plus I’m pretty sure they played “Amber Gris,” “Padrecito,” “Amish Pinxtos,” “Reliquary,” “Free Go Lily,” and a few more Radiolarians tracks.  Don’t quote me on all of those songs, but it was definitely a Radiolarians-heavy show.

Setlist: (thanks, nastyshadows!)

  • Set 1: Agmatia
  • Pappy Check
  • Broken Mirror >
  • Disrobe >
  • Open Improv >
  • Padrecito
  • Amber Gris
  • Set 2: Free Go Lily
  • Jean’s Scene
  • Reliquary
  • New Planet
  • Cloud Wars
  • Encore: Bass Solo >
  • Chubb Sub

Two hour-long sets plus encore (which started out with a nice Chris Wood bass solo).  Excellent show.  Medeski Martin & Wood do not disappoint.

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Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Dave Holland Quintet Critical Mass

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February 2010 Tour Dates

  • 17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
  • 18 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
  • 19 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
  • 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
  • 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
  • 23 – Petaluma, CA – The Mystic Theatre
  • 24 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Crown Room
  • 25 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
  • 26 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
  • 27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at The Market
  1. JP
    26th Feb 10 (Fri) at 4:14 pm

    Great review and photos, mate. I was there and felt the same way re being more of a dance party – especially compared to their last gig in town. Loved, loved the Chubb encore.

  2. nastyshadows
    26th Feb 10 (Fri) at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the mini-review and all those wicked photos — VERY cool to see. You captured some nice moments for sure.

    MMW’s Radiolarians experiment is a HUGE success in my books and the tunes just continue to grow in the live environment … I wouldn’t miss any opportunity I had to see these guys.

    And for those who might like a recording of this show, there are a couple of bit torrents running here right now:

    … and here’s the setlist in full:

    Set I: Agmatia, Pappy Check, Broken Mirror > Disrobe > Open Improv > Padrecito, Amber Gris

    Set II: Free Go Lily, Jean’s Scene, Reliquary, New Planet, Cloud Wars

    Encore: Bass Solo > Chubb Sub

    • nastyshadows
      26th Feb 10 (Fri) at 10:10 pm

      Oh! Should have also noted that this show had a HUGE bust out with the performance of Disrobe — first time played in like 12 years! Last known performance was 6/16/1998 and this is an AMAZING tune!

    • 26th Feb 10 (Fri) at 10:20 pm

      You rock for the setlist… I’ll update accordingly. :)

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