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3.14 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 - Uninvisible (3:37)
2 - I Wanna Ride You (3:28)
3 - Your Name is Snake Anthony (3:12)
4 - Pappy Check (2:46)
5 - Take Me Nowhere (4:06)
6 - Retirement Song (4:47)
7 - Ten Dollar High (3:42)
8 - Where Have You Been? (3:37)
9 - Reprise (:35)
10 - Nocturnal Transmission (6:37)
11 - Smoke (2:46)
12 - First Time Long Time (2:52)
13 - The Edge of Night (3:53)
14 - Off The Table (4:15)

Total Time: 47:27

Line-up / Musicians

John Medeski / keyboards
Billy Martin / drums and percussion
Chris Wood / basses

Guest appearences:
Eddie Bobe / congas, bata, shekere, bottle and bell
DJ Olive / turntables
Antibalas horns / Aaron Johnson/ trombone
Jordan McLean / trumpet and flugelhorn
Michael Herbst / baritone saxaphone and bass clarinet
Stuart D. Bogie / tenor sax and contra alto clarinet
Todd Simon / trumpet and flugelhorn
Col. Bruce Hampton / vocals
Danny Blume / guitar, baritone guitar, ambient guitar
Brad Roberts / vocals
Scotty Hard / Nomad Rhythm Maker, rhythm guitar, turntables and feedback

Releases information

Produced and Engineered By Scotty Hard
Additional Engineering by Greg Griffiths at Shacklyn
Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk NYC
Assembled, Edited, and Tweeked by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, Englewood, NJ
Assisted by Juan Garcia and Tom Camuso at The Magic ShopAssisted by Philip Harvey at Shacklyn
Assisted by Jeff Jakubowski at Bearsville Studios

Thanks to Tsevir Leirbag for the addition
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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Musicianship technique never was a strong part of this trio. But They often are really interesting because of ideas, unusual mixes and experimentation. Unhappily, this album lacks almost all their strong parts.

If trio's previous work was deep excurse into acid-jazz territory but with interesting sound and styles mixes, this one is straight commercially oriented work. Lounge-jazz, acid jazz - whatever you want, safe sound, no experiments. Pleasant, but simple sound, a bit boring use of vintage Hammond, terrible drumming ( on the level of drumming machine) in many places. Simplistic and openly commercial cocktail oriented to wide inexperienced listener. Or better - oriented to sales.

To be honest, I don't know, how successful commercially was this album, but for sure it has very limited attraction for prog listener. But still a pleasant music in moments.

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars Not too many active bands enjoy the privilege of having a peerless critical reputation equal to the reach of their talent and ambition. The trio of MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD is one such group, succeeding over the years in upending the otherwise stale traditions of modern Jazz (not unlike what RADIOHEAD did to Indie Rock circa "Kid A" and "Amnesiac"), in this case by adding a healthy measure of trip-hop grooves, ambient electronica, and retro-Prog improvisation.

By the turn of the last century the Brooklyn combo had positioned itself as the aesthetic heir to the legacy of post-"Bitches Brew" MILES DAVIS, expanding the psychedelic avant-funk experiments pioneered by the erstwhile jazz trumpeter during the seminal "On The Corner" sessions, but updated to a new millennium and stripped down from the large-scale ensemble noise of Davis' bands from the 1970s.

This year 2002 recording offers a perfect example of the MMW sound: a deft instrumental blend of distorted Hammond organ and relentless (albeit swinging) rhythms, all of it bathed in a halo of reverb and echo effects. And this time around the dirty urban funk is augmented by even more turntable scratching and crunchy guitar accompaniment, and by the addition to the mix of the occasional horn arrangement (in strictly homeopathic doses, and often heavily treated: listen to the track "Nocturnal Transmission" for details).

In truth this effort breaks no new ground from its immediate studio predecessors, the aptly- titled 1998 album "Combustication" and the year 2000 freakout of "The Dropper". The haphazard narration of "Your Name Is Snake Anthony" duplicates (but improves on) the likeminded reminiscence of Combustication's "Whatever Happened to Gus", and guest star DJ Olive fills the same role here as DJ Logic on the earlier album. Elsewhere, the game of ping-pong heard behind the suitably groovy beat of the album closer "Off the Table" recalls an identical bit of audio-verite from the Krautrockers of CAN (see their self- titled 1979 album, aka "Inner Space").

So there's a lingering sense throughout the album that the trio is merely treading water. But not without their usual energy or style: check out John Medeski's amusing pitch-bent, drunken keyboard solo at the end of "Take Me Nowhere", or the smoky space-lounge atmospherics of "Where Have You Been?" (with its clusters of eerie Mellotron chords)

Bands of this caliber typically carry a heavy load of high expectations with every new album. But such a creative outfit like MMW should be allowed the luxury of stopping every so often to survey the new territory they've recently opened. Consider this one more a consolidation than a breakthrough, and no less enjoyable despite its relative lack of innovation.

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