7 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This encounter, recorded live in Colorado, speaks to the free exchange of ideas and mutual inspiration that exists between many jazz and contemporary classical musicians. Medeski, Martin & Wood, a pre-eminent electric-jazz trio for nearly 30 years, gains incredible new dimension when partnered with the 20-piece chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound under the direction of Alan Pierson. Despite the number of players involved, much of the music is texturally spare and restrained, aglow with harmonic mystery. The dark, dissonant abstraction of “Coral Sea” and the electro-acoustic sprawl of “Eye of Ra” capture the essence of the project, along with two earlier MMW items, “Anonymous Skulls” and “End of the World Party”, arranged by Alarm’s Courtney Orlando and Stefan Freund, respectively.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This encounter, recorded live in Colorado, speaks to the free exchange of ideas and mutual inspiration that exists between many jazz and contemporary classical musicians. Medeski, Martin & Wood, a pre-eminent electric-jazz trio for nearly 30 years, gains incredible new dimension when partnered with the 20-piece chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound under the direction of Alan Pierson. Despite the number of players involved, much of the music is texturally spare and restrained, aglow with harmonic mystery. The dark, dissonant abstraction of “Coral Sea” and the electro-acoustic sprawl of “Eye of Ra” capture the essence of the project, along with two earlier MMW items, “Anonymous Skulls” and “End of the World Party”, arranged by Alarm’s Courtney Orlando and Stefan Freund, respectively.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
PierreZboop ,

What a difference 2 decades make.

20 years ago I just didn’t like MMW that much but after hearing this I LOVE them THAT much!

Jersey JB ,

Okay, but...

If you are looking for the standard MMW funky, free form, jazzy groove, it is only here in pieces. Couple of songs have them in their traditional form. Most do not and, instead, are far more improvisational wanderings. Well played, but more out there than many MMW fans are accustomed to.

Das Boone ,

Adventurous

GREAT - Adventurous concepts and arrangments. I know many have enjoyed MM&W over the years. But for me they were sometimes overly "hyper" and a bit redundant in their album focus. Not here, expansive, unquie, and interesting start to finish. A new high water mark IMO for the trio.

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