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4.00 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 - First Light (8:29)
2 - Cloud Wars (6:27)
3 - Muchas Gracias (6:37)
4 - Professor Nohair (7:33)
5 - Reliquary (7:46)
6 - Free Go Lilly (4:33)
7 - Rolling Sun (5:57)
8 - Sweet Pea Dreams (2:59)
9 - God Fire (7:27)
10 - Hidden Moon (6:43)

Total Time: 64:31

Line-up / Musicians

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

Releases information

Indirecto Records
Produced by Medeski Martin & Wood Recorded at Shackston Studio, Kingston, NY Mixed at Synergy Recording, Kingston NY Recorded & Mixed by David Kent, Assisted by Jed Kosiner Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf Mastering Management by Liz Penta, Emcee Artist Management

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Review by Neu!mann
4 stars Arguably the coolest and most creative instrumental trio of our times released the initial album of a projected trilogy in September 2008, and at first exposure I'm tempted to call it their strongest, most varied effort to date. Confirmed fans will likely have even their highest expectations surpassed, and newcomers may find it the perfect introduction to the band's unique sound: an eclectic blend of (among other things) acoustic New Orleans jazz, electronic post-rock experimentation, and galactic trip-hop funk...a bizarre mix to be sure, but it all fits together with organic ease.

Appropriately, the album opener 'First Light' is arranged almost like a MMW primer. It begins with a harsh electric improvisation, segues into an eerie but infectious groove sparked by one of the trio's patented quasi hip-hop vibes, and finally trails off into a free-form space out, after another quintessential jam spotlighting John Medeski's deft handling of his Hammond B3.

'Cloud Wars' emphasizes the heavier side of the group, with an aggressive distorted bass guitar solo by Chris Wood recalling the monster riffing of John Wetton in his mid-'70s prime with KING CRIMSON.

Some bluesy melodica and acoustic guitar give a Southwestern roots flavor to 'Muchas Gracias', with extra Prog Rock legitimacy provided by a subtle wash of Mellotron. And good luck trying to follow the beat of drummer Billy Martin's gut-punching 'Reliquary', a nearly eight- minute assault in which even the acoustic piano is employed for its percussive accents.

I've gone into some detail describing the first few cuts to suggest the boundless range and variety of the MMW sound. I'll leave you to discover the unexpected pleasures elsewhere on the album, with one ear eagerly tuned to Part Two of the series. It's a shopworn cliché to say 'expect the unexpected', but with a band like Medeski, Martin & Wood you really don't have any other choice.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
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).

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