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Wednesday October 08, 2014

From StarNews Online

Album review – MSMW make jams into sweet ‘Juice’
By Jon Dawson

Jazz guitar legend John Scofield has teamed up with Medeski, Martin & Wood before, but their latest collaboration, “Juice,” takes their already telepathic interplay to a new level.

Kicking off with an uber-funky cover of the Eddie Harris classic “Sham Time,” the proceedings start off with a bang and never let up. Billy Martin’s genre-hopping drum work along with Chris Wood’s sinewy bass playing put down a foundation as dense as a rain forest. Even when Scofield and keyboardist John Medeski venture out for solos, it’s the Martin/Wood rhythm section that keeps things swinging.

On most MM&W albums the band writes as a unit, but on “Juice” most of the songs are credited to individual members. The one group-written track, “Juicy Lucy,” features Scofield venturing into Andy Summers territory while the band vamps on themes reminiscent of “Louie Louie” and Herbie Hancock. Totally rearranged readings of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” have a loose jam feel, albeit one played by some of the best musicians on the planet.

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