Medeski, Scofield Martin & Wood | The Vic, Chicago, 12/9/06

Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood on stage at the Vic

My friend and designer extraordinaire John Zeratsky has been a , & Wood fan for some years . He’s fond of their acoustic side and a little less fond of their acid-jazz-house tendencies. He’s also fond of their collaborations Mr. , so thanks to Aaron w/ MMW, John got a pass into the show. Here are his thoughts…

The most exciting about the MSMW show at the Vic last weekend was hearing a couple of tunes from A Go Go ! That’s always been my favorite MMW album (even if it’s actually a album), and not surprisingly “Hottentot” literally sent shivers up my spine.

It was a great night of . More collars and less pot than your typical MMW show, but I in no position to complain about that. My cousin Liz and I got a good spot in the balcony, right next to the tapers, and generally stayed clear of an overzealous security guard a flashlight.

(Speaking of tapers, check out the MP3s at the bottom of the post.)

The group sounded and looked very natural together. I really enjoyed hearing play in this setting. His album work is tremendous, but he’s never seemed all that natural with his Uberjam/Up All Night band or his trio. But things were definitely clicking — Sco and were melodically locked-in, and I think I even heard Sco play some rhythm parts :-)

On stage, it was a total gear fest. Medeski played a B3, Wurli, Rhodes and two other keyboards I couldn’t identify. Wood played four basses — one upright acoustic, three electric. And … well, yeah, he had a lot of stuff too. Even Scofield swapped his AS-200 for a on one tune.

My only complaint is that the encore was a bit weak. But after two and a half hours, I should be happy they came back for an encore at all.

All in all, a great show. Enjoy these MP3s, recorded at the Vic by Paul Hofferkamp:

Written by Justin Ward

Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.

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  1. Man, I was at this show…front and center, right at their feet. Words don’t really do MSMW any justice: during one of their jams the Scof just stared at me…too bad he never saw me though – his eyes were open but he was so lost in the music he might as well have been blind.

    I would never stand in one place for 4 hours for anyone else.

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