Medeski Martin & Wood: Last Chance to Dance Trance (Perhaps)


Last Chance to Dance Trance (Perhaps)


Medeski Martin & Wood


Friday Afternoon In the Universe (Gramavision 79503)

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

Composed by John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood


Recorded: New York, July 24-26, 1994


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Care to tango? Sprinkle a little Astor Piazzolla on a Latinized street beat and you get "Last Chance to Dance Trance," MMW's adaptation of the forbidden dance. Wood's bass sings during his lengthy introductory solo, as if calling to his lover for one final dance before retiring to more private festivities. She accepts and the dance begins as Medeski launches into one of the most memorable melodies in the MMW songbook. His dynamic, acoustic piano solo is filled with tight clusters and purposeful dissonance, redefining the harmony and bearing a striking resemblance to Don Pullen. In brilliant contrast, he follows this insistent assault on the ivories with a mellow, modest and melodically linear organ solo. Sensual, dramatic and romantic, this track is guaranteed to stir your blood.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic


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