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MMW’s Radiolarians boxset

18th Oct 09 (Sun) Leave a comment

So, I was skeptical of the Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set for the three great jam/jazz albums that I already had, until I saw what Medeski Martin & Wood were offering in the boxset… all three CDs, a remix CD, a live album, a double vinyl with choice cuts, and a DVD…

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Plus… pre-order by 11/10/09 and get 20% Off retail price and be entered to win 2 Free Tickets to an MMW concert on their Nov/Dec tour!  Pre-order by 11/30/09 and get a Free T-shirt from their “Free Tee Department.”

Find out more at MMW.com’s store HERE.

Let’s just say, “I listed my current Radiolarians on Amazon for sale used”…

~Dan – np: Piano MagicOvations

Medeski Martin & Wood – Radiolarians III

28th Jul 09 (Tue) Leave a comment

I saw the Radiolarians III performance in Eugene last year.  It was GREAT!! Well, yesterday, MMW announced the record release on the MySpaces…

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Restlessly inventive improvising trio Medeski Martin & Wood are set to release the third installment of The Radiolarian Series on August 4th, 2009. Recorded in December 2008, Radiolarians III perfectly sums up the themes, motifs and styles laid out in the previous two Radiolarians records.

There is an epic feel at play here, as the choruses rise and swell out of low-lying grooves and polyrhythms. Highlights include the passionate and gritty traditional “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” the anthemic “Undone,” and the Latin-influenced acoustic opener “Chantes Des Femmes.” Overall, Radiolarians III finds the trio doing what they do best, melding genres and improvising. What results, is maybe the strongest and most cohesive album of the entire Radiolarians Series.

Woot.

~Dan – np: John ZornO’o [with the Dreamers, Electric Masada, The Gift crew of musicians]

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Medeski Martin & Wood’s “Amber Gris”

26th Apr 09 (Sun) Leave a comment

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This is the music video for “Amber Gris“, the first single off of Medeski Martin & Woods newest release, Radiolarians II. Radiolarians II is available now.

Video Credits: Filmed, directed and edited by Billy Martin.  Digital Effects Artist: David Gottlieb.  Additional camera operators: Leigh-Ann Beverly, David Kent, Alan Martin, Dakota Martin, Matthew Mcclain, John Medeski, Kenny Raduazzo and Chris Wood.  Special thanks to David Gottlieb, Aaron Bessel, Bill Gilman, James Marshello, Matthew Mcclain , Grey Gersten and Leigh-Ann Beverly

~Dan – np: Guy KlucevsekDancing on the Volcano

REVIEW: Madeleine Peyroux @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – – 3/25/09)

26th Mar 09 (Thu) 1 comment

Great show last night… Madeleine Peyroux and her jazzy quartet played a smooth hour and half set at the Shedd.  I’m really coming to love the early start time, no opener, and home at a reasonable time shows at the Shedd.  No pictures or (accurate) set list from me for this show… I was in a hurry and drove straight in from work in Portland to make it time for the show.

Madeleine had a backing quartet made up of a piano/keyboard/organ/melodica player, an electric/upright bassist, a mandolin/guitarist, and a drummer/cardboard box player.  They were a really well put together band…

Songs I remember them playing:
Dance Me to the End of Love, Bare Bones, You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, La Javanaise, Love and Treachery, Our Lady of Pigalle, I Must Be Saved
.  They came back for an encore dedicated to Barack Obama (There’s Something Grand).

Great, soothing show.  Wonderful, lush, Billie Holiday-esque vocals, great accompaniment.  If she comes through your town, check her out!  Oh, she also has a new CD out, Bare Bones:

The Appropriate Linkage:

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~Dan – np: BucketheadColma

REVIEW: Medeski Martin & Wood @ McDonald Theatre (Eugene, OR – – 11/15/08)

16th Nov 08 (Sun) 2 comments

FYI… my PHOTOS of the SHOW are at the BOTTOM

Keys player John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood make up one of my favorite groove and experimental jazz trios on the scene today.  I’ve seen them twice prior (once only casually, once as a hardcore fan), and this third time was again in the clearly hardcore fan category.

This tour from Seattle to Reno is the last of three short jaunts in 2008 that are all part of their Radiolarian experiment.  This special series – named after a type of single-celled organisms with remarkable exoskeletons – sees the trio getting together for five days to hammer out new material. Then they go on a brief tour to practice the pieces live, after which they cut a record of the new material. Instead of the standard industry practice of write -> record -> tour, MMW will write -> tour -> record.

The opener was no one.  This was an “Evening With MMW” type of thing.  Which, IMO, just rocked.  It’s not to say that an opener might not have been enjoyable, but sometimes you just want to dig into to the real deal.

Medeski Martin & Wood were on top of their game.  The hit the stage around 8:20pm and played a 1st set that was about 60/40 on the experimental vs. groove jazz.  Their experimentation seemed a little bit more cohesive than, say, their Live at Tonic from a few years back.  I dug it a lot, but some of the crowd was definitely itching for their more danceable, groove-oriented jazz.  They ended this first set around 9:30pm and took a break…

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I toyed with the idea of leaving… I mean, I just saw 70 minutes of fantastic MMW.  I’m glad I stayed, though.  They hit the stage again around 10:00pm and played another solid hour plus of 120% groove.  Great vibe, great fun… at one point all three were playing percussion of some sort.  They also had a more rock tune in the bunch.  Near the end of their 2nd set, I went to the “lounge” area to see what it was all about.  I grabbed a beer and partially watched the encore via the TVs in the lounge (a weird but convenient trend in concert going these days).  Near the end of the encore, I had to see it from the floor.  Fantastic show all around!!

MMW’s setlist for tonight?  Ha!  I could only tell you that it was a smokin’ 2++ hour show… but song names and jazz music are usually hard to recollect.  If I get wind of a set list via the MMWSetlist site, I’ll post it here.  It may very well have been all Radiolarians Part 3 outside of the encore (which had been “Crosstown Traffic” at recent shows).

Their newest album, Radiolarians 1, is out now and is fantastic.  As is their John Zorn / Masada Book Two album, ZaebosRadiolarians 2 & 3 are expected out early 2009, I imagine.  I’m glad to be part of the Radiolarians 3 performance this swing through Eugene.  They’re going in to record Radiolarians 3 over Thanksgiving (or so said the merch lady).

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Next show… tomorrow (Monday the 17th) is Jason Schimmel’s Orange Tulip Conspiracy at Samurai Duck in Eugene.  OTC is a great eclectic instrumental band (similar to Jason’s other band Estradasphere but without the “metal” aspect).  I wish it weren’t late on a Monday at a dive bar, but it promises to be a VERY good show nonetheless.

~Dan – np: John ZornFilm Works XXI: Belle de Nature / The New Rijksmuseum

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recent spins

30th Sep 08 (Tue) 2 comments

9 recent releases in random order…

Medeski Martin & WoodZaebos :: MMW had a song on 2003’s Unknown Masada compilation.  That compilation is what I see to be the basis for the whole Masada Book Two set-up (other bands playing Zorn’s new Masada tunes).  MMW don’t disappoint on the full-album workings of Masada tunes.  While I think I like Secret Chiefs 3’s Xaphan and the Bar Kokhba Sextet’s Lucifer better from this year’s Masada Book Two crop, Zaebos does rocketh much.  MMW also has something like 3 more CDs coming out this year… the 1st one due out today (Radiolarians 1) – – and I hope to pick it up at their Eugene gig in mid-November.  I am curious about the sales numbers for Zaebos, as I think this is one of Tzadik’s more “mainstream artist” releases (very relatively speaking).

Ani DiFrancoRed Letter Year :: Glow in the dark moon on the front… nice.  I also dig the chunky guitars in “Alla This,” a fav of mine from her concerts the past two years or so (recent review HERE).  More band oriented, as well as a return to some horns on a few songs… a good move for Ani, IMO.  I’ve only made it through the CD twice so far, but it doesn’t seem to have any filler.  It’s good to hear the formerly only live tunes done up right in the studio.  For a more in-depth review, check out my friend ZSS’s 8th Notes blog HERE.

SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2008 :: SF Jazz Collective 2008 features Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, new MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón, and many other great modern jazz talents.  The 2008 SF Jazz Collective features original compositions and compositions by Wayne Shorter.  Originally planned as a 2-CD set to come out in July, it ended up being a 3-CD set getting bumped back to late Sept/early Oct.  It was worth the wait… this is 3 hours of solid new jazz music and solid arrangements of Wayne Shorter’s classics.  Favorites from each CD: “Aurora Borealis,” “Secrets of the Code,” and “Aung San Suu Kyi.”

Mitch HedbergDo You Believe in Gosh? :: A good remembrance of one of the funniest guys who used to like to stay at the hotel with the two trees.  It’s only around 40 minutes, but it doesn’t contain many misses or duplicates from his prior offerings.  Short, but sweet.

Hotel LightsFirecracker People :: Darren Jesse (former drummer of Ben Folds Five) wrote one of the best songs on BFF’s final record (“Magic” from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner).  In Hotel Lights, he takes up the guitar, piano, and songwriting torch and delivers from indie pop brilliance.  Much mellower than BFF material, but in line with the aforementioned “Magic.”  This is the Hotel Lights 3rd release… they’re on the indie Bar-None Records.  Support indie music.

George CarlinIt’s Bad For Ya :: While he is missed, his legacy lives on.  Brutally honest, or funny, or both.  He pulls no punches, even at 70 years young.

The Tiptons Sax QuartetLaws of Motion :: Yay, the Tiptons are coming back to Eugene in December.  I got into them late last year, right after they played here.  Four sax players, drums, and some great jazz meets world songs.  They are based in Seattle… and I think Amy Denio has ties to the Monktail Creative Music Concern and/or Eyvind Kang.  Anyway, the Tiptons are in good company.  Their Tsunami CD from 2007 made a late entry into my instrumental favs of the year.  Laws of Motion has a great shot for this year as well.  Indie music alert… support indie music.  Check ’em out on CD Baby.

Ben FoldsWay To Normal :: While I wish I could have made it to the Ben Folds Five “Reinhold Messner” reunion show (sponsored by MySpace), I wish Ben Folds Five would just reunite for good.  Alas, I suppose two albums by BFF alums in a span on one month isn’t so bad either (see Hotel Lights above). :)  While this album is slightly not as solid as recent Ben Folds solo outings (or perhaps he’s just predictable for me nowadays), it’s still a good album.  Maybe the super special edition b-sides from the overpriced special boxset fill the album in better.  I wasn’t up for paying that kind of coin, though… I’m sure they’ll surface somewhere.

Yoshie Fruchter – Pitom :: One of the more “rock band” efforts in Tzadik’s “Radical Jewish Culture” series.  Along with Zakarya & Jon Madof’s Rashanim, this is a welcome addition to the fold.  Great guitars and great violin & viola as well.  Grounded in Jewish music, yet soaring riffs.  I’m looking forward to hearing more and more from this great band.

~Dan – np: Ani DifrancoRed Letter Year

Voodoo Doughnut

3rd Sep 08 (Wed) Leave a comment

On a lighter, fluffier note – – Voodoo Doughnut in downtown Portland (22 SW 3rd Ave) is rad… http://www.voodoodoughnut.com/

Mogwai show in 2 hours.  Nooch!

~Dan

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News bulletin (posted up in here after the initial post, hence the lack of MMW subject line): Medeski Martin & Wood is touring the West in November:

MMW’s newest album Radiolarians 1 will be released on September 30th 2008. A limited number of signed copies are available for pre order through our Website

The final tour dates in the Radiolarian Series begin November 12th in Seattle Washington. Tickets are available for these shows starting today, Sept. 3rd 2008, Here

November 12 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
November 13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
November 14 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
November 15 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
November 16 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theater
November 18 – Petaluma, CA – McNears Mystic Theater
November 19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
November 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
November 21 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
November 22 – Sparks, NV – Celebrity Showroom

 

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