Medeski Martin & Wood: Night Marchers
Medeski Martin & Wood
Last Chance to Dance Trance (perhaps): Best of 1991-1996 (Gramavision GCD 79520)
Composed by Medeski Martin & Wood.
Recorded: live in Boulder, Colorado, April 18, 1996
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
This live performance of "Night Marchers" is a bonus cut that appeared on MMW's compilation Last Chance to Dance Trance (perhaps): Best of 1991-1996. The tune has the prerequisite distortion and drive of a typical Medeski Martin & Wood excursion. The distortion might actually be a bit greater. Bassist Wood plays electric bass on the piece. He even takes a short solo during this performance, which is something this ensemble rarely does. Medeski gets to toy around with some electric sounds to varying degrees of success. Drummer Billy Martin is relentless. The tune is a bit of a mishmash of detached diversions. But the experimentation and the live atmosphere of a vocal crowd make it a worthwhile listen. You certainly don't want any group to always sound the same. Risk isn't always pretty. A lot of blood can be left on the floor. I say better blood than no blood.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky