Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Get Funky In Durham

Musical collaborations aren’t always as great as the sum of their parts, but the greatness of Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood has never been questioned. Since the power trio of John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood first backed jazz guitar legend John Scofield more than 15 years ago, the two acts have continued to occasionally combine on groove-laden music rich in funk and improvisation.

The four-man musical force is scheduled to stop in Durham on Monday night (Dec. 8) in support of its latest release, Juice, which dropped in September. It’s the third recording the artists have issued as a group, including 2006’s Out Louder and 2011’s In Case the World Changes Its Mind. Medeski, Martin and Wood first teamed with Scofield on his A Go Go album in 1998.
 
MSMW began its current tour at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. last Thursday night (Dec. 4). The JamBase.com review of the show was positive, making special note of the performance and the setlist.

“Despite the decent back-catalogue, they were eager to show off the new tunes and played through almost the entire album last night. Opening with “Sham Time,” which also begins the new album, the crowd reflected a roaring applause.

Scofield’s signature scowls matched his soloing through the first cut, at times clean and poetic and at other times just straight up dirty and atonal - a unique voice that Scofield has developed over multiple decades.”

The group’s fans can expect a similar experience at the Carolina Theatre on Monday, but these masters of improvisational music are known for their ability to redirect their talent into countless other sonic directions — so listen accordingly. Watch (and hear) a clip from the DC show in the video below.

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