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End Of The World Party Just In Case
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A Blue Note essential, End Of The World Party (Just In Case) is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign, featuring 100 titles and key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices
. Also available this month on LP: Art Blakey Quintet's A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1, Bobby Hutcherson's Components, Grant Green's I Want To Hold Your Hand and Lee Morgan's Search For The New Land.
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“Anonymous Skulls” starts with Gothic flavored melody. The somewhat dark mood occupies the LP 1 until “Mami Gato,” which is full of latin spirits. Medeski sends out beautifully passionate phrases here. On techno-music like “Reflector,” Medeski’s piano, twisting around Marc Ribot’s guitar, is so cool. Chris Wood’s persistently repeats a simple memorable short phrase with his hefty bass sound on “Bloody Oil.” Gospel touched “Shine It” is an another fascinating song. “Ice” has a dramatic structure, where Billy Martin’s sticks trims the tune with powerful accents. The side B of LP2 documents their real ability. John King adds white-noise effect and street corner samples, remarkably unpredictably, a little of here and another little of there, throughout the album. When Jazz world is trying to find a new way out in good old days, MMW shows us their unique findings where retro and modern, analog and digital can co-exist naturally within the same musical context.
Once a great player masters chords, he or she sometimes minimizes them, streching out without having to worry about the next change. End Of The World Party is Medeski Martan and Wood farming these thin grooves.
But this thinness has a lot of meat, from Medeski's Larry Young style improv to the chriors that subtlely emermge mid number. These go back to Donald Byrd, maybe further, but MMW uses them as interludes, not a musical hub.
MMW are so good and their interaction so honed, they can afford to despence with orginasation. These tracks are not about pacing and climax; they are about the mellotrons, voices, drum clicks and organ burbles that emerge, at random, from the glacial grooves.
This band has so much control, they abondon it. They don't need organazation--the music organizes itself. Excellent improvosational jazz.