One of our favorite bands, Medeski Martin & Wood, added John Scofield to its improvisational lineup, and the new MSMW is coming as close as St. Louis and Lawrence, Kan., in a tour this fall.
Their press firm announced the newest dates, as well as the Sept. 26 release of the new album “Out Louder.” We’ll keep wishing either Memphis or, sakes alive, maybe even Little Rock will show up on this tour. Gas is a bit high for us right now to drive to St. Louis.
This fall, MSMW will embark on their first-ever headlining tour. Look for the collective to perform music from both OUT LOUDER and Scofield’s A GO GO. Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood’s current tour itinerary is as follows:
11/10/06 Washington, DC / 9:30 Club
11/11/06 Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory
11/12/06 Northampton, MA / Calvin Theatre
11/14/06 Burlington, VT / Higher Ground
11/15/06 Providence, RI / Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
11/16/06 Boston, MA / Berklee Performance Center
12/03/06 Lawrence, KS / Liberty Hall
12/04/06 Columbia, MO / The Blue Note
12/05/06 St Louis, MO / Mississippi Nights
12/07/06 Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue
12/08/06 Milwaukee, WI / The Eagles Club
12/09/06 Chicago, IL / Vic Theatre
12/10/06 Indianapolis, IN / Vogue Theatre
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood first recorded together on Scofield’s A GO GO (Verve 1998), a disc that has become a must-have classic. That project united jazz guitarist Scofield with the eclectic improvisational jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood on material composed by Scofield and interpreted by all four musicians.
OUT LOUDER is the inaugural release for Medeski Martin & Wood’s Indirecto Records label, which is distributed by Sony/Red, and is a genuine four-way collaboration between Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. “A Go Go was John’s record and we were essentially sidemen, where OUT LOUDER musically comes from all of us” explains Wood.
Recorded in under a week at Shacklyn, MMW’s fabled downtown Brooklyn studio, OUT LOUDER includes highlights such as the undeniably funky “Little Walter Rides Again,” the free jazz excursions of “Miles Behind,” and the improvisation-rich take on Peter Tosh’s reggae anthem “Legalize It.”