Medeski Martin & Wood: Chubb Sub


Chubb Sub


Medeski Martin & Wood


Friday Afternoon in the Universe (Gramavision GCD 79503)

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John Medeski (organ), Billy Martin (drums), Chris Wood (bass).

Recorded: New York, July 24-26, 1994


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Medeski Martin & Wood deserve a lot of credit for getting young people into jazz by tricking them into confusing it with jam-band music a la Phish. These guys constitute an atypical organ trio – there’s an upright bass and no guitar, largely because they started off as a piano trio. Also, John Medeski plays all sorts of keyboards, not just Hammond B-3. “Chubb Sub,” one of the trio’s earlier recordings, has Medeski mostly on the Hammond but also on the Wurlitzer for a few bars. A solid groove of a number that was used to great effect in the film Get Shorty, it demonstrates that B-3 practitioners do not have to invoke Jimmy Smith every time they sit down. For one thing, these guys interact equally throughout the tune, as opposed to taking turns soloing. Wood’s loose-string plucking and Martin’s thick-sounding drumming create a different sort of aesthetic, and Medeski’s from-the-soul playing owes as much to Booker T. & the MG’s as to Smith and his ilk.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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  • 1 Lawren Markle // Aug 07, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    I've been listening to Chubb Sub from the Get Shorty CD and it is amazing how tight the groove is. I keep hitting the repeat button so I can listen to the nuances. Bass notes perfectly placed for the kick drum, the way Medeski's organ chops are so funky and loose in time, the unexpected chords and overall musicianship. Wow.