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Notes from the Underground
     

Notes from the Underground

by Medeski, Martin & Wood
 

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Before they went electric and funky, John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood were acoustic and funky -- and a lot of other things -- on this exciting early CD. They ruminate like a conventional jazz piano trio when the whim hits them, or move outside when Medeski explodes into

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Before they went electric and funky, John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood were acoustic and funky -- and a lot of other things -- on this exciting early CD. They ruminate like a conventional jazz piano trio when the whim hits them, or move outside when Medeski explodes into Don Pullen-esque clusters. Their métier, though, was clearly the neo-funk thing, for when Martin pulls off those crackling hip-hop and M-Base-related beats on tracks like "Uncle Chubbs" and "Orbits," the band really achieves liftoff. "Caravan" gets a rolling New Orleans funk treatment, and the finale, "Querencia," is a lengthy excursion into dense avant-garde underbrush with a touch of the street in the beat. On several tracks, a three-brass, two-reeds horn section add an extra level of excitement, and the trio tracks are recorded live to DAT (hence the exceptionally crisp sound).

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/1995
Label:
Accurate Records
UPC:
0743431501028
catalogNumber:
5010

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Performance Credits

Medeski, Martin & Wood   Primary Artist
Thomas Chapin   Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
Bill Lowe   Trombone,Tuba
John Medeski   Piano
Gloria Tropp   Vocals
Doug Yates   Bass Clarinet
Billy Martin   Percussion,Drums
Curtis Hasselbring   Trombone
Chris Wood   Bass

Technical Credits

Chuck D   Composer
Cerwin Depper   Composer
Gary G-Wiz   Composer
John Medeski   Horn Arrangements
Stuart Robertz   Composer
Dave Baker   Engineer
Billy Martin   Cover Design
Roger Teltzman   Engineer
David Baker   Engineer
Roger Teltzman   Engineer

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