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  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00000AFSZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MEDESKI JOHN COMBUSTICATION

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On their Blue Note Records debut, MMW move away from the diffuse, free form jams that characterized their 1996 release, Shack-Man, but the organ trio's trademark free-jazz-daring meets groove-happy-funk approach isn't diminished by move. The return to the more tightly focused approach that characterized Friday Afternoon in the Universe, may be motivated by commercial concerns (how many more Phishheads can they possibly convert?) but it's also a musical triumph; Combustication is the trio's finest of their six recordings. DJ Logic's warbling scratches enliven "Start-Stop" and "Church of Logic." Poet Steve Cannon recites some appropriately fried verses on "What Ever Happened to Gus," and the band takes Sly Stone's "Everyday People" away from Madison Avenue and into the Southern Baptist church. But is it jazz? Well, as Lester Bowie once said to a similar inquiry, "It depends on what you know." --Martin Johnson

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This is truly one of the better MMW albums.
A. Stewart
And, not only are the songs great, the album, as all great albums do, flows perfectly, logically, and fantastically.
johnnyribcage
Combustication is one of their best examples of this.
Eli

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By johnnyribcage on October 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly incredible Medeski Martin & Wood album. I love most all MMW that I've heard, but sometimes their explorations on albums such as Friday Afternoon and The Dropper, for example, have a tendency to move into extreamly loose ambience. While I love that type of thing, and really dig those albums, on this one, Combustication, they take things to a whole new level. The group is unbelievably focused - They were definatly in some kind of pocket when they made this one. Every song is tight and the group is listening to each other even better than usual. Medeski's organ is really on fire all the way through, the colors of his instrument really shining. And, not only are the songs great, the album, as all great albums do, flows perfectly, logically, and fantastically. There's a great spoken word piece, "Whatever Happened to Gus", that displayes the groups love of jazz, and there's even a nod to a classic Miles Davis track from On the Corner, "Black Satin" in "Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho" with perfect replica of that slightly off clapping. Wonderful. If you buy this, you'll dig it. "That's Right."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tick tock on September 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Few records can be called epochal, even fewer may be called genius, but this one manages the near impossible by living up to each designation masterfully. MM&W have acheived with jazz, blues, dub, gospel, and eastern musical forms what Miles Davis did with fusion forty years ago. Sure, some would say their current recordings are over-produced - perhaps even overblown - but this record was their Rubber Soul; that is, a recording that looked back as much as it did forward in MMW's recording career.

The music is stated through a patient weaving of thematic statement, but paradoxically there is also great attention given to silence as rarely seen in music today. One might toss out a reference to Jamal or Monk but the unique imprint of MMW's identity may be found on every track on Combustication, and each is forged through respect and a unique empathy between the players involved.

I was first given a cassette copy of this cd in Japan in the Summer of 2002. The Japanese version of this cd has an excellent 'hidden' 13th track, a psychedelic piece spanning over 14 minutes which is tacked on to the end of the cd. It wasn't until much later, however, that I realized this piece wasn't part of the original album; so much does it resemble the style of the other songs you'd think it was written for Combustication (and most likely was). Moreover, I came to discover its inclusion in a most serrendipitous fashion.

The cassette I received had no labels and the sides were actually reversed. Fortunately, however, I found the reversal to be an excellent mix as the brilliant end piece was now placed near the center of the album. If you have the Japanese import, you might enjoy the mix I was presented with. Burn the sequence as follows: tracks 9-13, then 1-8.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Poelker on December 17, 1999
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Funky Stylists MMW are at it again. This time with the help of DJ Logic. Great beats and musical wonderment for your listening enjoyment. If you love MMW and don't have this CD go for it. The addition of a DJ only adds to the variation that this trio brings with every album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MidwestPlains on October 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As a musician and a hip hop fan I can say that combustication covers it ALL without losing the group's originality or going commerical. Jazz fans will like Wood's walking bass lines, the Latin bass flavor, and a solo that ends one the tracks. If you like East Cost style Hip Hop, you'll especially like track10, Church of Logic. Jazz "purists" should'nt be disturbed by the DJ scracting, like I said, the group isn't showing any signs of selling out to the mainstream. If you're debating buying this album, forget the critics, period. This is my first MMV album but it definitely wont be the last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1998
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The new release "Combustication" by New York jazz trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood is a delicious treat. The album shows off the musical tastes each member has been dabbling with since their 1996 release, "Shack Man." From funk grooves, to ethereal trance, to spaced-out jam music, MMW is again experimenting, and if anything; they prove that jazz can be creative as well as popular. One of the best aspects of "Combustication" is the addition of DJ Logic on some of the 12 tracks. Logic fills the tiny space left in the songs with wierd scratches, and those neat video game sounds. MMW purists will dig "Sugarcraft" and "Start-Stop," while those interested in the group's newer sound will love "Church of Logic," and "Hypnotized." "Whatever happened to Gus" has an avante-garde feel, with spoken word by NY artist Steve Cannon. MMW is a contemporary group that is always experimenting, and always improvising. If you see them play live, you'll understand. "Combustication" deserves five stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "furthur_57" on January 13, 2003
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The album that started it all for me.
Before I bought this CD, I was all for the classic jazz. The Davis, the Coltrane, Brubeck and Monk. Then, drawn in by little more than the packaging, I purchased this album. Incredible. This is the face of modern jazz. You've got keyboards, drums, and bass, and with these three tools MMW makes sonic magic. Any album by them is definitely worth looking into, but this is the perfect MMW starter album. It's a further solidification of their sound. Rhythm takes on a larger role on this album than previous outings by the trio, such as Friday Afternoon in The Universe - which was much more free-form.
The music on this album will change your viewpoint of jazz. (unless you already know MMW - but then, why wouldn't you just buy it automatically, am I right?). Samples and breakbeats, (although not as heavy here as in some more 'electronic' bands), are a huge contributor to the trio's sound. This is groovy, funky acid jazz, jammed out by the genre's most progressive and increasingly more influential touring trio. One of Medeski Martin and Woods' finer albums.
If you really enjoy this one, don't hesitate to purchase Uninvisble as well.
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