Album:In Case The World Changes Its Mind
Jazz fusion fans are going to want to check out this collaboration between guitarist John Scofield and the popular band Medeski Martin & Wood. Scofield has been around since the 70s but he has recorded as a leader since the 80s. Like a lot of jazz musicians, he likes to change things up and record with all kinds of musicians. He first recorded with Medeski Martin & Wood on the 1998 album A Go Go. Pianist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood first got together in the early 90s. They were introduced to each other by veteran drummer Bob Moses. He was teaching Martin and knew Medeski and Wood from New York City clubs. They recorded for Gramavision in the 90s and were getting popular. Scofield liked what he heard and recorded his 1998 CD A Go Go with Medeski Martin & Wood. Hottentot was one of the songs on that album. Soon after that MMW signed with Blue Note. They got back together in 2006 to record the CD Out Louder on MMW's Indirecto label. On this CD, they were billed as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. Chris Wood said the big difference was on A Go Go, MMW were just sidemen and Out Louder was an equal collaboration. They toured Europe and recorded some of the live shows. They released some of them on a bonus CD for Out Louder and then in 2011 they released a new CD of previously unreleased recordings from the European tour. Fans of both artists should check it out. Scofield and MMW played a few gigs this past summer. I wouldn't be surprised to see them record another CD together. Medeski Martin & Wood released a live CD last year and are currently touring Europe. John Scofield's lastest CD Uberjam Deux was released in July and he just finished touring Europe. Here's Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood performing Hottentot at the 2007 Northsea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands.