Artist: Medeski Martin & Wood Track: "Cat Creeps" Album: Let's Go Everywhere Listen
With a blend of jazz, funk and electronic music played with oh-so-amazing grooves, Medeski Martin & Wood have always sounded like The Meters enjoying fruitful, lasting relationships. They're just as soulful, engaging and danceable -- just never as sad.
On its latest release, the group sounds positively tickled, as if they're trying, as the title suggests, to go everywhere via joyous, bounding leaps. Next to original compositions, they tackle public domain children's songs like "Pat a Cake," "Pirates Don't Take Baths" and "Hickory Dickory Dock," though their improvisation and interplay on these is no less striking or accomplished than on previous releases.
This difficult task -- making music that's fun for children and intriguing to adults -- is one that suits the style of the New York trio and brings them into the rarified realm of Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson. That pair made experimental children's music in the '60s and '70s, and their extremely rare catalogue showcased songs like "Army Ants in Your Pants" that stand today as crucial innovations in sample-based electronic music.
Medeski Martin & Wood carry that torch brilliantly on a touching, enjoyable release. For more, click here.