March 24, 2014

Medeski Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2)

Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2), the new album by NYC avant-jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood and experimental guitarist Nels Cline is a challenging piece of art. Recorded on August 27, 2013 at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY in front of a small audience, the four musicians threw around notes, riffs, tunings and time signatures in a dazzling array of on-the-spot improvisation. Culled form two hours of live music the album flows like an non-stop journey through rarely visited musical territories.

Most of the tracks are quite loud and boisterous, but it's not a shouting match between the four musicians. The monster jam Les Blank locks into a slow moving groove, with the players taking turns to break out of the stride and the electro-static intro of Arm & Leg gives way to howling guitar feedback and a Far East Percussion bit before turning in all out free jazz rock frenzy leading into Eighties King Crimson-alike progressive excursion.

This an album capturing the collaboration of like-minded souls whose curiosity and musicianship creates something new and adventurous.

John Medeski: keyboards
Billy Martin: drums
Chris Wood: bass
Nels Cline: guitar

Medeski Martin & Wood w/ Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions  (Vol. 2)

Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2) will be released on March 24 (April 22 in North America).

  1. Doors of Deception
  2. Bonjour Beze
  3. Mezcal
  4. Les Blank
  5. Jade
  6. Looters
  7. Conebranch
  8. Arm & Leg
  9. Cinders
Live dates:
  • 03/27 Vaulx-en-Velin, France @ Centre Charlie Chaplin
  • 03/28 Stavanger, Norway @ Folken
  • 03/29 Dortmund, Germany @ Domicil
  • 04/01 Caen, France @ Grand Auditorium de Caen
  • 04/02 Epinay, France @ Pole Musical d’Orgemont (PMO)
  • 04/03 Rüsselsheim, Germany @ Theater Rüsselsheim
  • 04/04 Istanbul, Turkey @ Babylon
  • 04/05 Cully, Switzerland @ Chapiteau
  • 04/06 London, United Kingdom @ Under the Bridge
  • 04/07 Lugano, Switzerland @ Radio RSI
  • 04/08 Milan, Italy @ Blue Note Milano
  • 04/09 Milan, Italy @ Blue Note Milano
  • 04/11 Voss, Norway @ Vossa Jazz
  • 04/12 Krakow, Poland @ tba


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