MARTIN & JOHN MEDESKI
Martin drums John
Medeski Hammond B3 organ
out John and Billy's late night set at Bonnaroo's Blue Note Tent
PERCUSSION MEETS HAMMOND AS TWO THIRDS OF MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD
TIME OUT TO COLLABORATE
Billy Martin and John Medeski celebrate their near
twenty year long musical relationship by releasing a duets album
entitled, MAGO. The album features Martin on drums & Medeski
on Hammond B3 organ.
MAGO was recorded in July 2006 over two days and
was produced by Martin. The first and last tracks are expansive
free-flowing spontaneous compositions they do with such grace and
passion, but the majority of the tracks are filled with head-nodding
booty-shaking grooves that only
they could have created.
As natural collaborators, Martin and Medeski have
recorded, produced and toured with countless musicians of all genres,
and vowed to record together as a duo prior to the inception of
their highly successful trio Medeski Martin and Wood (MMW).
"What I remember most about our first duet
session was that Medeski would go anywhere musically no matter
how unusual or challenging," says Martin. "He was right
there with me and ready to humbly serve the music we make together."
Billy Martin and John Medeski first heard of each
other through mutual friend and mentor Bob Moses. In the mid-80's
Martin had been working with Moses in NYC. Moses then moved to
Boston to teach at New England Conservatory and ended up working
with Medeski as teacher-student-band mates. Once during a Moses
gig in Boston, Martin took the drum chair for one song. Medeski
noticed the drumming style was something different and afterwards
came back stage to meet Martin. Martin invited him to his Brooklyn
loft the next time Medeski would be in New York.
Not long after that brief encounter Medeski rang.
They played duets for a couple hours, going through every and any
means of musical communication possible, including vocal chanting.
This was primarily an organ/drum set-up, but what followed were
many other sessions, which included bassist Chris Wood, and Medeski
Martin and Wood was born.
MAGO is a celebration of Martin and Medeski's first
meeting and something they like to do on occasion, but don't get
much time to share.