Medeski Martin & Wood: United




Medeski Martin & Wood


Notes From the Underground (Accurate Jazz 5010)

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

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: New York, December 15-16, 1991


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

As a young, acoustic piano trio playing the clubs in the late-night underworld New York City scene, Underground is literally where it all began for MMW. Freshly trained conservatory musicians, their jazz chops have never again sounded as solid as they do here, and their instinctual, creative unity is apparent even at this early stage. Choosing this lesser-known Wayne Shorter composition shows an admiration for their musical heritage but also a desire to stay on the fringes of it. Wood commands attention on this track—his funky bassline is the building block for the tune's groove, and he shines during his fabulously articulated solo. Rarely does undiluted jazz this challenging remain so listener friendly.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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