Personalities | Medeski, Martin & Wood | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Instrumental group, 1991–present)

In the 1990s John Medeski (keyboards, b. 1965), Billy Martin (drums, b. 1963) and Chris Wood (bass, b. c. 1969) established an energized form of lengthy improvisations over powerful grooves, playing student venues and festivals. All three members have impressive résumés, including conservatory training and experience with experimental jazz leaders. Their recordings have taken increasing liberties with the basic jam band formula, adding DJs, vocalists, compositional complexity and collage effects.

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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