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Keyboardist John Medeski is best known for his work in the iconic groove-jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood. But the pianist and his bandmates also work on outside projects that go in a number of different directions. Here, Medeski sets aside his usual arsenal of electric keyboards to record his solo debut on an antique Gaveau piano built in 1924. Recorded late at night in a studio build inside a 19th-century church, the contemplative music here is a far cry from Medeski’s often high-energy improvisations. The tempos are mostly ruminative, letting the pianist squeeze every possible bit of emotion out of each song. Even his improvisations like “Lacrima” tend to stay a bit closer to home, lingering on the melody and giving the music and the listeners time to breathe. Other highlights include the swirling “His Eye Is the Sparrow,” the ringing “Graveland Fields,” and another improvisation, “Luz Marina." It all adds up to a listening experience that's eclectic, elegant, elegiac, and more than a little inspired.

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The maestro

"A different time" is a very beautiful bit of piano playing by John Medeski. John really shows his stylistic and dynamic range as a musician with "A Different Time". Very pure, very stripped down piano playing that is all soul. Give it a listen - you will not be disapointed.

great in a way you might not expect

I had seen Medeski play at a museum in San Francisco, so I was ready for the quiet brilliance of this album. If all you've heard of him is the electronica of MMW, you may have trouble processing this acoustic, sometimes dreamy music. But it's beautiful...


Born: June 8, 1965 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Organist John Medeski has become a recognized and respected player in N.Y.C.'s downtown jazz scene and, more popularly, with his group Medeski, Martin & Wood. Born in 1965 in Kentucky, Medeski was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he began playing piano along with his father while still a toddler; classical piano lessons began at the age of five. In addition to his affinity for Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy, Medeski learned, and entertained family with, old favorites of the '40s and '50s. By...
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