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End Of The World Party (Just In Case) by Medeski Martin & Wood

This CD really sounds like a party. The first track, "Anonymous Skulls", which is a somber affair with a heavy organ presence, is almost like an empty house before the guests arrive -- full of echoes of parties past. Then the title track, "End Of The World Party" comes on as bluesy and danceable.

Most of the material on the CD (all of which was written by Medeski, Martin & Woods and John King) has a bluesy and R&B feel. "Miami Gato" does add a Latin flavor with nice light work on the piano. There's a lot of wah-wah guitar on the "Curtis" track. And the sax solo by Briggan Krauss adds R&B to the mix. The party ends with "Queen Bee" which features a repetitive riff heavy on the blues.

"The End of the World Party" CD is full of sound from beginning to end with emphasis on the organ and wah-wah guitar. It almost says that if you let up on the sound, the party will end.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Medeski Martin & Wood
  • CD Title: End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Tracks: Anonymous Skulls, End of the World Party, Reflector, Bloody Oil, New Planet, Miami Gato, Shine It, Curtis, Ice, Sasa, Midnight Poppies/Crooked Birds and Queen Bee
  • Musicians: John Medeski (keyboards), Billy Martin (drums & percussion), Chris Wood (basses). Guest Artists: Mark Ribot (guitar), Steven Bernstein (slide trumpet), Briggan Krauss (saxophone), John King
  • Rating: Three Stars
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