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Monday June 16, 2014

From Glide Magazine

MEDESKI SCOFIELD MARTIN & WOOD RETURN WITH THIRD STUDIO LP ‘JUICE’

The ever-evolving, genre-defying collaboration between Medeski Martin & Wood and guitarist John Scofield continues to flourish. Since first convening nearly 17 years ago, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood’s kinship both onstage and off has fostered an escalating degree of musical interplay, exquisitely captured on Juice—their third studio effort and fourth album overall, available September 16, 2014, via MMW’s Indirecto Records imprint.

With four multi-faceted musicians participating as equals, anything and everything is possible. The band’s first collaboration, the now classic 1997 release, A Go Go, featured Scofield compositions exclusively, while 2006′s Out Louder was an experiment in spontaneous, collective co-composition. To give shape to what eventually became Juice, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood sought common ground and inspiration in the intersection of improvisation and rhythms from the Afro-Latin diaspora. More specifically, the blueprint was found in a compilation of these sounds put together by drummer Billy Martin and shared among the ensemble.

“We all love music from Brazil, the Caribbean, and Latin America, as well as what became boogaloo here in the States, and it has always been intertwined with jazz,” explains keyboardist John Medeski. “We got together and started exploring that connection in our own way.”

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