Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: In Case the World Changes Its Mind
In Case the World Changes Its Mind
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood
Out Louder (Indirecto 01)
Composed by John Medeski, Billy Martin, John Scofield, Chris Wood.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, January 2006
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
The first release on their new Indirecto label, Out Louder reunites MMW with their pal John Scofield and rekindles the flame left smoldering from 1997's A Go Go. This time around the foursome is truly a band, rather than a soloist with rhythm section. The main ingredients remain constant – groove, blues, funk and soul – but they're cooked up differently and the main course is more condensed. "In Case the World Changes Its Mind" is a sluggish, chunky funk head-bopper, with Martin pulling his groove against the pulse while never dragging or missing the downbeat with any of his fills. Medeski's Wurlitzer riff can only be categorized as filthy and his Melodica charming and refreshingly quirky. Keep your fingers crossed that MSMW records again, though you may have to patch some holes in your favorite dancing shoes after this one.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic