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An Acoustic Evening with Medeski Martin and Wood Biography

When the trio of Medeski Martin and Wood assembled at Martin’s Brooklyn pad for their first jam session in 1991, the chemistry was immediate and undeniable. “Billy started playing a beat. Chris started playing a bass line. I started playing. And it was instant music,” Medeski remembers, noting that his transcription of MMW’s first recorded flight became the track “Uncle Chubb” on their first album. Martin joined them at their subsequent Village Gate sets, and they never looked back. In 1992, the trio released their first full-length album Notes From Underground.

Though MMW began with a straightforward piano, bass and drums setup, the trio soon began experimenting with their sound by mixing unusual configurations into their instrumentation. To start, Medeski added an electric piano, Wood alternated between stand-up and bass guitar, and Martin began keeping an international assortment of percussion instruments in his battery in addition to random objects that are not typically considered musical. “You need to be in touch with that feeling you had as a child when you listened to sound,” Medeski insists. “Everything going on around you is music. When you’re in touch with that, you can play from that deep place more easily – you can create music with real freedom and openness.”


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