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  • CD (25 septembre 2012)
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Format : CD, CD single
  • Label: Indirecto Records
  • ASIN : B008O9V3UU
  • Autres éditions : Album vinyle  |  Téléchargement MP3
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Disque : 1

  1. Doppler
  2. Blues For Another Day
  3. Free Magic/Ballade In C Minor, Vergessene Seelen
  4. Where s Sly?
  5. Nostalgia In Times Square/Angel Race

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'There s a rhythmic and sonic connection that we have', says Martin of his MMW colleagues. 'Listening is the most important thing for us. We re having a conversation when we re playing. The dynamic range is much greater in the acoustic setting. When we play electric, everything is turned up to 11 and it s screaming. But with John on piano and Chris on upright, we can play with a much more nuanced touch. It s a very different world, but I love it.' Free Magic opens with 'Doppler', a song from MMW s previous album 20 that was issued last year in celebration of the revered trio s two decades spent as a groundbreaking force in experimental modern jazz. The tune s droning, near-tribal introduction morphs into an earthy, undulating groove that recalls the vintage piano trios of Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Les McCann. Medeski s 'Blues for Another Day' follows with a burst of jagged dissonance that has him channeling his inner Cecil Taylor. From that tumultuous free jazz intro, the performance settles into a slow, bluesy meditation in which the pianist digs deep, testifying with gospel-tinged intensity. Up next is the epic title track that swirls amid a zen-like collective improv by the three kindred spirits on tuned metal percussion, prepared upright piano and bowed harmonics on upright bass before segueing to Medeski s Chopin-influenced 'Ballade in C Minor'. The fourth track selected for inclusion takes things back almost 20 years with an acoustic version of 'Where s Sly' from MMW s 1993 album It s a Jungle in Here. Over the course of 16-minutes, the three musicians take great liberties with the melody and extrapolate freely in typically daring MMW fashion. The closing performance on Free Magic is a savvy piano trio medley of Charles Mingus 'Nostalgia in Times Square' and Sun Ra s anthemic 'Angel Race' which work together perfectly. Wood summons up the spirit of his hero Mingus with his forceful and resonant bass solo on the 'Nostalgia' half of this potent medley. 'This stuff brings it back to when we used to hang out in this rented shack in Hawaii and make music together', says Martin of the music on Free Magic. 'It was really just a little plywood cabin in the jungle with a tin roof. John had a prepared piano there that sounded like a gamelan instrument and I had these funky drums that had mold growing on them, or I might play the side of the shack or play the railing going up the stairs and make it sound like a xylophone. And we d get into a lot of different stuff there, just having musical conversations in this intimate setting.' Over the course of 21 years, Medeski Martin & Wood have forged an indelible chemistry on the bandstand that s fueled countless concerts around the world, as well as, 18 cutting-edge albums. This latest addition to their discography is no exception.


Free Magic: Live is the first release of by trio Medeski Martin & Wood from its third decade of existence. Maybe I should repeat that. This disc is by a jazz band that has remained intact for more than 21 years. Like a family, the trio has born musical genres, specifically the infamous jamband phenomena, matured, and branched out from electric to eclectic. Perhaps MMW's greatest contribution to modern jazz was its DIY touring philosophy. Like punk bands of the 1980s, MMW often toured unsupported (by a record companies), playing gigs in bars and on college campuses, then packing its instruments in a van and playing somewhere else the next day. The group's relentless touring garnered a new audience to its music-and to jazz, for that matter. Along the way, MMW has collaborated with guitarist John Scofield, DJs Olive and Logic, and legendary Sun Ra saxophonist Marshall Allen. This disc follows the live Scofield collaboration, MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind (Indirecto, 2011), and digital-only 20 (Indirecto, 2011). Recorded on an all-acoustic tour, these five tracks evidence a hard working trio in full flight. The opener, bassist Chris Wood's 'Doppler', initially finds drummer Billy Martin seeking a groove on the xylophone-sounding African balaphone, while pianist John Medeski works simultaneously on melodica and a toy piano. The music gives way to a piano trio soul-jazz groove as infectious as any mid-1960s Blue Note offering. This is MMW at its finest, Martin shuffling the beat to Wood's rock-solid timekeeping. The genius of this band is that it can disassemble a song and put it all back together almost effortlessly. 'Blues For Another Day' opens in mayhem, Medeski pounding notes à la Cecil Taylor, before the band settles into a gospel-tinged blues. The band feeds off a hypnotizing delivery, both in groove/swing and in instant composing. The title track begins with a metal-on-metal-themed improvisation, drawing attention to the acoustic nature of this tour. The band expands and expands its simple 'Where's Sly' until it becomes an anthem that is bejeweled with Billy Martin's extended drum solo. The band ends at its beginnings. The homage medley 'Nostalgia In Times Square/Angel Race', transfuses Charles Mingus' soul into the stratosphere of Sun Ra's explorations. As with any MMW performance, the destination is not as important as the musical journey. --All About Jazz (Marc Corroto)

It's hard to believe that after more than two decades together playing in all sorts of sonic configurations, Medeski, Martin & Wood haven't released an acoustic trio album since 2000's Tonic. Free Magic remedies that. The set was recorded during their 2007 acoustic tour. There are five tunes in this hour-plus set; four are originals. Chris Wood's 'Doppler' (a studio version appeared on 20 [available on iTunes]) commences as a rhythmic improv with Billy Martin playing balafon (an African cousin to the xylophone) with John Medeski on a toy piano and a melodica, and Wood bowing his upright. The pace gradually increases before a rhythmically repetitive motif introduces itself. After vamping on for a minute, the track shifts gears and becomes a jumping, funky, soul-jazz piano trio tune that suggests, in equal parts, the Impulse-era trios of Ahmad Jamal, and Les McCann's and Ramsey Lewis' mid-'60s groove fests. 'Blues for Another Day' begins as a muscular improvisation that suggests the harmonic nuances of Jaki Byard and the large block-chord architectures of Andrew Hill before it just stops. It restarts as a shimmering, droning blues that builds in intensity; Wood's 3/4 walking on the riff asserts force. Medeski's bright gospel chops intersperse with hard bop as Martin double-, then triple-times the band, with constant motion on the ride cymbal. While the prepared piano in the title track ushers in a percussion improv -- even Wood's bass feels played like a drum -- it eventually gives way to 'Ballade in C Minor, 'Vergessene Seelen'' that evokes the feeling of an Asian folk tune before Wood's Hofner violin bass offers greater contrast, alternating Middle Eastern scalar and Western rock figures. Martin's shuffle pushes him along in assent and Medeski accents the spaces. 'Where's Sly' is pure jazz piano magic that moves through various labyrinthine corridors of harmonic dialogue via lyric and rhythmic invention to become its own post-bop move. The closer is a hard-swinging medley of Charles Mingus' 'Nostalgia in Times Square' and Sun Ra's Angel Race'. MMW build a solid bridge between the tunes with a Latin groove, making them natural hard-bopping companions in the vanguard. Free Magic is more than just another listing in the MMW's CV; it's a document which reveals that at the heart of all the electronically driven funk, groove, and experimentation, these cats are all superior jazz musicians who not only understand the history and vocabulary of the piano trio, but also move it forward into startling new territory. EDITOR RATING: 4 STARS --All Music Guide (Thom Jurek)

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L'une des caractéristiques de ce très beau trio de jazz (MMW) emmené par son pianiste John Medeski est de produire une musique pleine d'inventivité et d'énergie. Leurs concerts qui donnent lieu régulièrement à la sortie de Cd's en sont une démonstration permanente.

Capté ici lors de trois concerts différents donnés aux USA en 2012, le disque nous propose cinq titres au style très différent permettant d'avoir un très complet aperçu de ce dont ces musiciens hors norme sont capables. MMW aime à multiplier les effets au cours de leurs très longs titres tournant ici autour d'une quinzaine de minutes chacun à l'exception du dernier de seulement dix minutes. Ils y multiplient les ambiances, les changements de rythme, passent du boogie woogie à des séquences d'improvisation débridées avant de réatterrir sur des moments de plus grand calme et assez sereins. L'utilisation du piano préparé dans Free Magic est particulièrement réussie, délivrant un morceau assez planant et poétique. On remarquera aussi l'incroyable solo de percussions de Billy Martin de plus de cinq minutes dans la conclusion de Where's Sly où l'artiste nous donne à entendre une palette variée d'effets.

Bref, on ne s'ennuie pas une seconde dans un disque fort réussi et très bien capté, s'achevant en forme d'hommages à certaines des grandes figures du jazz (Mingus, Sun Ra entre autres) dont des thèmes et citations sont repris à la sauce MMW. Passionnant.
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cost of the CD: $8 . . . cost of the magic: free 25 octobre 2012
Par Delite Rancher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
It's been a few years since we've had an acoustic album by Medeski Martin & Wood. This is a collection of live material, as with its acoustic predecessor, "Tonic." "Free Magic" is a balance of melodic and avant-garde music. 'Doppler' gently wakes up in a relaxed avant-haze. After six minutes of atmospheric percussion and melodica, the song puts down that morning cup of coffee and begins in earnest. This minor-keyed adventure is Chis Wood's contribution to the album. As would be expected, Wood plays a fantastic bass solo on one of the album's strongest songs. The second selection begins with four minutes of free jazz before transitioning into a beautiful blues. While the second movement starts off in a slow blues, it soon kicks into triple time and swings hard. John Medeski really stretches out on 'Blues for Another Day.' 'Free Magic' > 'Ballade in C minor,' 'Vergessene Seelen' is twelve minutes of spacey avant-garde. Instant gratification is found in 'Where's Sly.' While featured on "It's a Jungle in Here," many know it as a road-tested live favorite. The song plays for around eight minutes until it blends into an eight minute drum solo by Billy Martin. It is one of several sequences that some may find self-indulgent. 'Nostalgia In Times Square' > 'Angel Race' is an accessible and spirited closer. "Free Magic" makes for a good acoustic contribution to the band's catalog. Traditionally, there has been a divide between fans that appreciate MMW's acoustic and electric material. "Free Magic" won't change this as it offers a contrast to the band's typical offering of pyrotechnic avant-groove. In the end, it's still Medeski Martin & Wood and it's great for what it is. The CD will run you about eight bucks but as the title suggests, the magic is free.
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Yes, please. 3 octobre 2012
Par Scott McWade - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Crisp recording of live acoustic MMW, like the Tonic release, but newer material and terrific takes of a couple of old favorites, Where's Sly and Mingus' Nostalgia in Times Square. Sounds fresh, lots of soul jazz, priced right, simple packaging.
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O YEAH 1 juin 2014
Par excellent - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
This is amazing. I liked Tonic, but I had to be 'bout tweaked to get into it all...but this acoustic album is just what the doctor ordered. I've been a MMW fan for 13 years, seen them live 6 times, so if experience and familiarity mean anything, buy this. Especially if you Love MMW but thought TONIC was a bit excessive with the mood pieces. You don't need Headphones for this one! Don't get me Wrong, I love Tonic, At Times, and Free Magic has many psychedelic moments, as would any MMW fan expect. Yet THIS one doesn't go into space half as much making it more cohesive...and Jamming! So far, the Standout Tracks to me are "Nostalgia in Times Square" and...well, OF COURSE "Where's Sly" is gonna rock...but this one rocks HARD! I just got this 5 days ago and been working so I Haven't had the proper listen but every song on this album SHINES! Another comparison or two,.. I've had Radiolarians 2 and 3 for a while and I consider them essential....and now I Couldn't picture owning my Radiolarian CD's W/O also owning this piece of Blues. BUY IT. FREE MAGIC
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New beat, new music 8 février 2013
Par nhrbookcrazy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
Loved it. My nephew turned me onto MMW and this is my first experience of their music. Definitely different - in a fun way.
MMW always delivers- If you like jazz fusion 20 juillet 2014
Par Mark Arnholt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Album vinyle
MMW always delivers-
If you like jazz fusion, this is as good as it gets. Not a real great starting point for most- but delightful to those trained
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