Medeski Martin & Wood: Anonymous Skulls
Medeski Martin & Wood
End of the World Party (Just In Case) (Blue Note 95633)
Composed by John King, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, 2003
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Producer John King, one half of the acclaimed Dust Brothers, becomes an unofficial fourth member of MMW on End of the World Party; his production work is as important to the album's success as the trio's performance itself. Purists may criticize a lack of palpable "jazz" improvisation, but the intricately layered studio production cultivates a more focused and less "jammy" outing, a problem that has plagued the group at times throughout their history. "Anonymous Skulls" is a dark and menacing vehicle for Medeski to display his augmented arsenal of keyboards. His Mellotron provides a gloomy orchestration as the fragmented melody is passed from keyboard to keyboard. King's "cut and paste" production technique will pull your ears in dozens of directions, and even after multiple listenings, you'll be continually surprised at what you hear.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic