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Combustication

Medeski Martin & WoodVinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (June 24, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00JZO337Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yes yes yes 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark recording in modern jazz 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Funk and Hip Hop all in one. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Medeski, Martin, & Wood always Experimenting October 18, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic MMW January 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Such a great album. Not as good as Uninvisible or Shack ...
Such a great album. Not as good as Uninvisible or Shack Man.. but one of their best
Published 27 days ago by K. JEMTRUD
4.0 out of 5 stars Mid-level MMW
Medeski, Martin & Wood's "Combustication" is an evolution from the trio sounds of "Shack-Man" with some DJ and spoken word songs. Read more
Published on May 2, 2010 by Anthony Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent and a half
Medeski Martin and Wood would truly have to screw up to make a bad album. Their mix of funky and avant, old and new has the perfect balance. Read more
Published on March 10, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't see what the fuss is all about
Trying to stretch my musical tastes, and liking jazz on the whole, I tried this group and this CD, as Amazon selected this an essential recording.... Read more
Published on October 10, 2007 by T. Frantz
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique
MMW has always defined their own style and paved their own musical way.......this is another classic example of how NOT to cater to big labels. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by B. Priest
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the Best of MMW
With each new album that MMW puts out they continually push the limit of what is considered jazz. Combustication is definately one of those albums. Read more
Published on January 24, 2005 by D. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars MMW at their best
This is truly one of the better MMW albums. This album has songs which are upbeat (like Sugarcraft and Latin Shuffle), but in general are more laid back than other MMW albums. Read more
Published on September 8, 2004 by A. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in the middle...
MMW has changed over the years, from a more straight-up funky avant-garde jazz band to a group of studio experimentalists exploring sonic textures as much as the intricacies of the... Read more
Published on February 9, 2004 by "howlinw"
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like This..
This album is great and if you like it it there is a remix album that adds a little more hip hop flavor.
Published on January 14, 2004 by K
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic, funky, acoustic, hawaiian, : defies categorization
This CD stays in the player for days at a time. It's filed under jazz just because it doesn't fit anywhere else. Read more
Published on October 18, 2003 by C. D Smith
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