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Medeski  Martin & Wood - Radiolarians I CD (album) cover


Medeski Martin & Wood


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.00 | 10 ratings

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4 stars MMW always had their own place on music scene. With their roots in jazz, rock, funk and electronics, they aren't usual nu jazz band. In fact, for me their music is placed somewhere on the border with avant jazz and rock, often with experimental electronics as well.

But it doesn't means they play hardly accessible music, oppositely, from all these ingredients they cooking very pleasant and accessible mix. Just don't expect usual jazz fusion there, you will be disappointed, or even shocked.

First album from "Radiolarians" trilogy is for sure MMW one of greatest works. All usual their components are presented there at their best. Started as electronics piece, the album's music goes through funky rock, bluesy Hammond passages, classic piano, even be-bop. Each composition has it's own style and concept, you will heavily find two similar there.

Biggest success with this album is all this impossible mix of genres are melted in very structurised, mature compositions. So you can't feel chaos in sound, but just an intriguing combination of very different rhythms and tunes.

Even if jazzy roots are very obvious, I will better recommend this album to soft avant garde music lovers: jazz fusion purists possibly could be disappointed.

But - great album for new music lovers ( and searching for new forms of their jazz beloved).

snobb | 4/5 |


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