It was a phenomenal idea. One set of MMW, then one set where there is a rotation of each member being substituted with a guest and a final set of MMW with various special guests. I did dream of having whole shows of 2 of them with a different 3rd and whole shows of duos between the 3 of them. Like. We have Mago for Martin & Medeski, it would be awesome to see a show of Wood and Martin and another one of Wood and Medeski.
Anyway, I hadn't been
to Brooklyn Masonic yet and it took an effort to get to this unfamiliar
territory. I missed the first set which was pure MMW. I heard it was
about 40 minutes and great.
It's a wild drink setup there. First
you wait in line to buy a drink ticket for beer, sangria, or water.
Then you go over to the bar to get the drink and give a tip. The bar
is like school auditorium bake sale tables. I don't drink beer so I got
a sangria ticket. When I got to the bar I was told they were out of
sangria. But, she had vodka and picked up a bag of Dole frozen fruit to
show me she still had some fruit. So I had a vodka soda and fruit and I
They came on soon after with Anthony Coleman on keys
instead of Medeski. That was probably the most stretched as far as
improvised goes. I enjoyed it.
After about 10 min or so, Chris
leaves, John comes back and Billy announces Oren Bloedow on bass. He
also tells us Oren named them back when they were kicking around ideas
"why don't you just call yourselves Medeski, Martin, and Wood?" It was
an awesome 10 min or so of music.
Then Billy gets up to give his
drumming brother, Calvin Weston some time to blow us away. He started
on trumpet then moved to drums and ended back on trumpet.
go around again with Marco Benevento on keys. This led us to the trippy
portion of the evening. Really, with each combination it was a
completely different band all evening long.
Marcus Rojas was
listed, but ended up not being able to make it. They actually got
another tuba player, Bob Stewart, to step in. I've seen Bob play
before, so I already knew how impressive he is. This was the first time
Billy and John met Bob. This part was longer, more like a miniset. It
was awesome and the other more stretchy improv portion of the
replacement portion of the evening.
Lastly for this portion, Adam
Deitch came up and it got a little funky. This portion was also longer
than others, although not as long as the Bob Stewart part.
Time for another setbreak, about 1/2 hour or longer.
was one more great set in which various special guests joined MMW til
the end. More special guests - not the same ones from before. It
started with So Percussion, which meant 4 extra percussionists standing
and playing by Billy.
Next was a super awesome portion with
Vernon Reid on guitar. Just awesome. At some point during this
awesomeness DJ Logic came out to join in on turntables. Vernon stays up
for a while and eventually Charlie Burnham comes out for one of my
favorite parts of the evening. Reid leaves at some point while all of
this is going on.
After that, the guests left the stage and they put out a pedal steel guitar for Chuck Campbell. That was great.
the final piece they were taking away the pedal steel and putting up a
mic for Miho Hatori. It was about midnight and I decided to leave before
she came onstage.
It was a phenomenal evening.