Medeski Martin & Wood: Bemsha Swing / Lively Up Yourself


Bemsha Swing/Lively Up Yourself


Medeski Martin & Wood


It's A Jungle In Here (Gramavision R2 79495)

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John Medeski (piano), Billy Martin (drums, percussion), Chris Wood (bass), Josh Rodrigues (trombone), Dave Binney (alto sax), Steven Bernstein (trumpet).

Recorded: RPM Studios, NYC. August 2-4, 1993


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Medeski Martin & Wood, with the help of a simpatico horn section, put an extra twist on the jazz-does-pop thing with “Bemsha Swing.” Just as Steven Bernstein's trumpet solo begins to lift off, the entire band takes a left turn into Bob Marley's “Lively Up Yourself.” With that deep groove left intact, the shift into pop music feels like a completely natural extension. Leave it to this trio to find a crossroad between these two worlds that makes so much sense, the only 'correct' response is just to keep on dancing.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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