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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Juice


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Artist - Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood

Title -  Juice

Formate - 2x 180-Gram Vinyl LP

Label - Indirecto Records

Mastered by Alan Silverman and Paul Gold

UPC - 891817001928



The third studio meeting in nearly 17 years between  Medeski, Martin & Wood, and guitarist John Scofield has no easy referent to their earlier recordings -- purposely.

This quartet sounds like a real band on Juice, which is a mixed blessing. The positive aspect is that this longtime collaboration creates near instinctive communication. This is a much more inside date, though the rhythmic interplay between bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin. is outstanding throughout.

There are four covers from the 1960s scattered among the various originals; some work better than others. One is "Sham Time," an Eddie Harris tune. This quartet does it justice with spark, crackle, groove, and grease. The cultural baggage associated with the Doors' "Light My Fire" is too great for even these musicians to transcend, and with a straight rock chart, it feels tossed off. Conversely, the reading of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," at nearly 11 minutes, contains an imaginative arrangement that makes the listener almost forget the original.

The solos by the guitarist and John Medeski are lyrical, tight, and flow right out of one another. Martin's "Louis the Shoplifter" is populated with killer interlocking salsa grooves between him and Medeski amid knotty changes.  Wood's bassline develops along with the drummer's pumping, double-time snare, and syncopated breaks. 


A1 Sham Time
A2 North London
A3 Louis The Shoplifter
B1 Juicy Lucy 7:07
B2 I Know You
B3 Helium
C1 Light My Fire 5:36
C2 Sunshine Of Your Love
D1 Stovetop
D2 Brigas Nunca Mais 5:48
D3 Timmy Bobbins 5:42
D4 The Times They Are A-Changin'



    Have Your Vinyl Record Ultrasonically Cleaned Before Shipment

    Have Your Vinyl Record Ultrasonically Cleaned Before Shipment


    Ultrasonic Cleaning

    Your vinyl record will be cleaned by the Degritter 120kHz ultrasonic cleaning system. It has been carefully designed to make sure that records are cleaned thoroughly and without any damage to the surface of the record.

    Ultrasonic cleaning works by creating a large number of microscopical bubbles in the cleaning bath, a phenomena called cavitation. The bubbles are a vacuum created by high frequency pressure waves moving through the water.

    Every ultrasonic cycle bubbles are formed and collapsed, releasing energy as heat and minuscule strong water jets. These effects combined thoroughly clean all surfaces down to a microscopic level.

    Cost of service is per vinyl record.  For example, Double LP records will require TWO cleaning service purchases. Price will include a new antistatic sleeve.