Medeski Martin & Wood: Macha




Medeski Martin & Wood


Bubblehouse (Gramavision GCD 5-1001)

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

Composed by Medeski Martin & Wood


Recorded: Hawaii, June 1996


Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

The tune "Macha" (named after the Irish Goddess?) appears on the EP (extended play CD) Bubblehouse. The trio sets out to find its usual groove. Organist Medeski focuses on staccato chords. A cowbell and lighthearted organ runs indicate a relaxed and hopeful outcome should be expected. That is what we get: Medeski Martin & Wood laying back for a spell. That's OK. They deserve to do that from time to time. All music needs contrast.

"Macha" is not one of the more intense Medeski Martin & Wood workouts. I would even go so far as to say it is light duty for these fellows. That doesn't mean it is not worth listening to. It is. But I do believe it would be more successful as an introductory section to a longer exposition. The only thing holding back this tune is the listener's high expectations. You can blame Medeski Martin & Wood for that. Their subtle side is other bands' high energy.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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