Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin, Chris Wood|
It's a Jungle in Here
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, R&B, Rock
Pouring their jazz out of a postmodern blender, Medeski Martin & Wood reference Sly Stone, King Sunny Ade and John Coltrane on the same album; Thelonious Monk and Bob Marley in the same song ("Bemsha Swing-Lively Up Yourse... more »
Pouring their jazz out of a postmodern blender, Medeski Martin & Wood reference Sly Stone, King Sunny Ade and John Coltrane on the same album; Thelonious Monk and Bob Marley in the same song ("Bemsha Swing-Lively Up Yourself"). And it works: By turn funky ("Beeah," "Shuck It Up") and avant garde ("Worms"), thoughtful ("Moti Mo," "Sand") and over-the-top ("Where's Sly?"), MMW know that for music to matter, it must reflect its time--and "to entertain" is not an evil verb phrase. This piano/organ, bass and drums trio (joined here by top-flight special guests on brass, woodwinds and guitar) is the voice of Future Jazz--and you can hear it now. --Suzanne McElfresh
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A good song collection
Timothy Lake | Oakwood OH USA | 08/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The song 'Where's Sly' was my first introduction to Medeski Martin and Wood. It remains a favorite of mine. This CD is a very good listen, with the band in fatback groove mode. Check out the medly of 'Lively Up Yourself' and 'Bemsha Swing.' The humor and musicianship of this band is amazing. They always remind me that jazz was originally dance music."
Great example of a new evolution in jazz music
J. F. Shallcross | 01/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"its a jungle introduces you to one of the fastest evolving groups of this time. although this album was recorded with the most conservative instrumentation of any MMW album, on IAJIH MMW showcase their ability to reform the "organ" trio with liquid rhythms and virtuoso musicianship. the music on IAJIH projects a standard jazz feel, but beautifully combines bebop, stride, swing, rock, funk, free, and lounge styles into an impressive jazz fusion which creates a basis for MMW's futuristic sound. If your at all intrigued by the more recent experimental MMW albums, try this one out, and you will better understand the roots of this incredible trio. 5 stars easy, a groundbreaking work in the world of jazz."
My Favorite MMW
Erik J. Malvick | Davis, CA | 06/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently bought this album recently after trying to complete my back catalog on this band, and I was very impressed when I got to "It's a Jungle in Here". I think it is a prime example of what makes the trio great, and it distinguishes itself because of the great piano lines strewn throughout the music. I think it actually accentuates the music without overpowering it.
This is something that was missing a bit in more recent MMW albums as a straight up piano has been pretty much absent (until the recent "End of the World Party (Just In Case)"). The piano really makes the jazz stand out. Of course Martin and Wood are great here as always, although as an older piece of work, you won't hear the experimental tendencies that have become the norm.
I love the album though as it really expands on the variety that I've known MMW capable of as well as their appreciation of fine Jazz (i.e. Bemsha Swing by T. Monk)."