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Shack Man
Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin, Chris Wood
Shack Man
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, R&B, Rock
 
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Released in 1996, Shack-man may be the quintessential MMW disc. From the opening cover of the traditional spiritual "Is There Anyone Here that Love My Jesus" to the mellow swirls of the closing "Kenny," the emphasis is on ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin, Chris Wood
Title: Shack Man
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Gramavision
Original Release Date: 10/15/1996
Release Date: 10/15/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk, Acid Jazz, Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop, Funk, Jam Bands, Funk Jam Bands, Jazz Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 798387951427, 798387951441

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Released in 1996, Shack-man may be the quintessential MMW disc. From the opening cover of the traditional spiritual "Is There Anyone Here that Love My Jesus" to the mellow swirls of the closing "Kenny," the emphasis is on the almighty groove; though John Medeski (here pumping everything from Hammond B-3s to toy pianos) and bassist Chris Wood are much flashier players, it's drummer Billy Martin who really gets (and keeps) the party going. The laid-back, sunshine-and-palm-trees vibe of Hawaii (where Shack-man was recorded) creeps into some of the tracks, but the overall feel is more New Orleans than Waikiki. --Dan Epstein

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If you want to get into MMW, this CD is where to start
discostu00 | 08/10/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For all of you who have heard about Medeski, Martin, and Wood's talents and great live shows, and want to see what all the hype is about, start here. Shack-Man is defenitely their most coherent effort. This CD made me want to go out a buy more of MMW.Shack-Man is filled with infectious grooves that will leave you with it's sounds stuck in your head all day. That's a good thing."
There is no music like this music!!
Kevin Currie-Knight | Newark, Delaware | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It has been a about a year since I've listened to this, but putting it on now leaves me confident that I'll never leave these grooves on the shelf that long again. Maybe it is my 'fresh ears' coming back to it anew, but I never realized quite the extent of the magic achieved on this disc; I knew it was good then, but...!On this album - there best to date even though they've 'dropped' several since - covers all the bases: funk, punk, jazz, hip-hop, even a spot of trickling ambience. For those who've not heard MMW before, it is hard to describe: picture the slammin'est hip-hop bass/drum combo you've ever heard paired with a keyboard player playing in three different keys which normally might be unnatractive but somehow it sounds so good that you just don't care! Yup, that's it...with just a tad more attitude than what you've envisioned. The big wiinners on the disk are "Is there anyboddy here that love my jesus", "Dracula", "Strance of the spirit red gator", and "Night Marchers. The grooves are killer, the improv is intense, the three musicians have never sounded better, and the vibe is completely tight. No complaints. Enjoy!"
MMW at their height
S. Hawkins | New York, NY | 02/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy MMW's more recent recordings, and their outing with John Scofield on A Go-Go is nothing short of incredible. It's just that lately it sounds like they're trying a little too hard.On this album, they just sit back, and let every groove flow out naturally. Chris Wood doubles on guitar here with excellent effect - his wah-wah solos add, rather than detract (which is all too often the case when a guitar is added). Furthermore, this album reflects John Medeski's organ playing at its height (though some might argue for It's a Jungle in Here).This may not be their most sonically barraging album. However, it is so funky you'll be too busy nodding your head to notice."