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It's a Jungle in Here

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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It's A Jungle In Here - Martin & Wood Medeski (CD 1994)

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Pouring their jazz out of a postmodern blender, Medeski Martin & Wood reference Sly Stone, King Sunny Ade and John Coltrane on the same album; Thelonious Monk and Bob Marley in the same song ("Bemsha Swing-Lively Up Yourself"). And it works: By turn funky ("Beeah," "Shuck It Up") and avant garde ("Worms"), thoughtful ("Moti Mo," "Sand") and over-the-top ("Where's Sly?"), MMW know that for music to matter, it must reflect its time--and "to entertain" is not an evil verb phrase. This piano/organ, bass and drums trio (joined here by top-flight special guests on brass, woodwinds and guitar) is the voice of Future Jazz--and you can hear it now. --Suzanne McElfresh
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gramavision
  • ASIN: B000003228
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I never picked up this album in my four years of listening to MMW until this year. And that, I regret. The album blows my mind. The first track, Beeah is a killer start to the whole sound. Bemsha Swing/Lively up Yourself is probably my favorite track on the whole album.
Words do not do this sound justice. If you like medeski, and also like the sounds of the older jazz (ie Miles Quintet, late 1960's free jazz) this one will definately become a quick favorite.
Super tight, real deep grooves. The feel that these musicians have for eachother is amazing.
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Pound for pound, you don't get anymore talent than these guys. Phenomenal musicians, with chops and style like no others. This album swings, it grooves, it's -->FUNKAY<--. A versatile group of songs, inspired by the fevered minds of three great talents, rooted in the discipline of jazz. A sonic journey. This album capture's MMW's evolution from the straight jazz of the likes of Coltrane to the funkadelicious style that is all their own. It's a jungle in here.
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The song 'Where's Sly' was my first introduction to Medeski Martin and Wood. It remains a favorite of mine. This CD is a very good listen, with the band in fatback groove mode. Check out the medly of 'Lively Up Yourself' and 'Bemsha Swing.' The humor and musicianship of this band is amazing. They always remind me that jazz was originally dance music.
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its a jungle introduces you to one of the fastest evolving groups of this time. although this album was recorded with the most conservative instrumentation of any MMW album, on IAJIH MMW showcase their ability to reform the "organ" trio with liquid rhythms and virtuoso musicianship. the music on IAJIH projects a standard jazz feel, but beautifully combines bebop, stride, swing, rock, funk, free, and lounge styles into an impressive jazz fusion which creates a basis for MMW's futuristic sound. If your at all intrigued by the more recent experimental MMW albums, try this one out, and you will better understand the roots of this incredible trio. 5 stars easy, a groundbreaking work in the world of jazz.
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By A Customer on January 15, 1999
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John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood are the best jazz trio out there right now. Bar none. This album marks the group's infusion of electronic instruments, now a staple sound for MMW. I don't have a favorite MMW album, as they are all equally fantastic. And do see them live if you have the chance!
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Nicely acidic trippity-hippity-hoppity-funkity grooves made me want to shake my thang until the cows came down. MMW is the refreshing real thing when it comes to jazz (unlike the 4-chording so-called "swing bands" of late). These guys can play, they can write, and they can make you "Huh?" and "Wow!" in the same breath. It's not everyone's cup o' java, but hell, what is?
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