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LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Released in 1998, Combustication is the fifth major album by the experimental jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. Recorded at The Magic Shop in New York City, this is the first MMW album to include a turntablist - DJ Logic. Combustication will be reissued on 2 LPs as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
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“Combustication,” originally released in 1998, is reissued this time as a vinyl, commemorating Blue Note’s 75th anniversary. I know MMW’s activity, but never have a chance to hear them to date. At the time of the first release, in the October ’98 issue of down beat, John Ephland wrote unsparing criticism on them with three and half stars, saying scary dementia sticks to many numbers like humidity, and concluded as fun movie music being scaled down and updated for ’90s consumption. At the interview with Ed Enright on February ’97 issue of Downbeat, MMW alleges their music development by finding out what’s going-on on the road, not any calculation result at all. They says they’re trying to find a way to play grooves and to dig in for some more emotional depth and ambiguities on the tour. They seem to be fairly successful in that way.
I wouldn't have labelled it so. Going to resell this soon. No matter how many listens, I am unimpressed.
I like music, meaning chord structures that permit melody, sensible counterpoint, and harmonies however abstract...but this effort is generally lacking. To me its a little like Pat Metheny's "The Way Up" (which I own and listen to very occasionally)...someone might appreciate it for what it tries to do (stretch the concepts of music and jazz) and for the occasional tunefulness, but its not a "must listen".
I wonder if Martin, Medeski or Wood have any Frank Zappa albums. If not, they could learn a little about jazz creativity from "Jazz From Hell", also an album that I don't and won't own.
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.
A friend gave me 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. Of course, the sacriledge of resequencing this cd is a bit like trying to reprogram Sgt. Pepper, but the result is quite enjoyable.
It was a hot, humid summer in Kyoto when I discovered this album, but it was one of the best summers of my life, and this CD served as the soundtrack. Without exaggeration, I must have listened to this tape every day for four months and NEVER got tired of it.