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)
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