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Medeski, Martin & Wood had already created a series of fine albums and a fervent following before they were signed to Blue Note, one of the most prestigious labels in jazz history. But rather than taking it easy after having made it in the jazz world, MM&W actually pushed the envelope even further during the Blue Note years, continually challenging their listeners as well as themselves. Note Bleu: The Best of the Blue Note Years: 1998-2005 compiles tracks from all five Blue Note albums, and does an excellent job of summarizing their label tenure. The Tonic recording was something of an anomaly. Self-produced and entirely acoustic, it's represented by only one track: a beautiful, slow interpretation of "Hey Joe." As nice as it is, it just doesn't fit with the rest of the material and breaks the flow just a bit. As for the rest of the album, fans may quibble about this omission or that, but the track selection is excellent and they've sequenced it well, wisely throwing chronology out the window. One of the things that becomes apparent, and something that probably contributes to their consistently fresh approach, is the role collaboration has always played. It goes beyond invited musicians and regular contributors like Marc Ribot and the unofficial fourth member of the band, DJ Logic, whose sound was key to Combustication. Scotty Hard's production was a major factor on both The Dropper and Uninvisible, as was John King's on End of the World Party (Just in Case); careful listening reveals all kinds of interesting sonic tricks and details. Of course, at the center of it all are the three incredibly talented players who make up the band. Not only have they turned in a body of work that's sure to stand the test of time, but they've helped broaden the concept of what jazz is and can be, and opened that world up to a whole group of people who may have never thought they'd be interested in jazz. Note Bleu is an excellent overview of their Blue Note years, and would be the perfect starting place for those who haven't yet entered the world of Medeski, Martin & Wood.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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1
The Dropper
00:03:33

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Ribot, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Wood, Composer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

2
Sugar Craft
00:03:22

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Composer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - DJ Logic, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - David Baker, Producer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist - William H Martin, Composer

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 1998 Blue Note Records

3
I Wanna Ride You
00:03:25

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Fossenkemper, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Bells, Drums, Triangle, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, MainArtist - Greg Griffiths, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2002 Blue Note Records

4
Nocturne
00:04:02

Scott Harding, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Martin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Baker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 1998 Blue Note Records

5
Partido Alto
00:05:46

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Composer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Marshall Allen, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Bobe, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

6
Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho Remix
00:03:56

Scott Harding, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Fossenkemper, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Martin, Drums, Percussion, Remixer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Medeski Martin & Wood, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 1999 Blue Note Records

7
Note Bleu
00:03:04

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Ribot, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Wood, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

8
Pappy Check
00:02:45

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Fossenkemper, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Composer, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Composer, Bells, Drums, Triangle, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Blume, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, MainArtist - Greg Griffiths, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ P Love, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2002 Blue Note Records

9
Mami Gato
00:04:08

JOHN KING, Composer, Producer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

10
Off The Table
00:04:18

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Fossenkemper, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Composer, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Composer, Bells, Drums, Triangle, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Blume, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, MainArtist - DJ Olive, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Griffiths, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2002 Blue Note Records

11
Queen Bee
00:04:57

JOHN KING, Composer, Producer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

12
Hypnotized
00:05:06

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Composer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - David Baker, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 1998 Blue Note Records

13
Hey Joe Live
00:05:02

Billy Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Medeski, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - David Baker, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist - Federico Cribiore, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

14
End Of The World Party
00:05:10

JOHN KING, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Wood, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Medeski, Martin & Wood, MainArtist - John Medeski, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Martin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

15
Uninvisible
00:03:38

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Johnson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Fossenkemper, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Bogie, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Wood, Composer, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Simon, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - John Medeski, Composer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Martin, Composer, Bells, Drums, Triangle, AssociatedPerformer - Medeski Martin & Wood, MainArtist - Jordan McLean, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Herbst, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Griffiths, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2002 Blue Note Records

16
Whiney Bitches
00:03:04

JOHN KING, Producer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

17
The Builder
00:03:28

Scott Harding, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Composer - John Medeski, Composer - Billy Martin, Composer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 1999 Blue Note Records

18
Toy Dancing
00:06:35

JOHN KING, Producer - Medeski Martin & Wood, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Blue Note Records ℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

Album Description

Medeski, Martin & Wood had already created a series of fine albums and a fervent following before they were signed to Blue Note, one of the most prestigious labels in jazz history. But rather than taking it easy after having made it in the jazz world, MM&W actually pushed the envelope even further during the Blue Note years, continually challenging their listeners as well as themselves. Note Bleu: The Best of the Blue Note Years: 1998-2005 compiles tracks from all five Blue Note albums, and does an excellent job of summarizing their label tenure. The Tonic recording was something of an anomaly. Self-produced and entirely acoustic, it's represented by only one track: a beautiful, slow interpretation of "Hey Joe." As nice as it is, it just doesn't fit with the rest of the material and breaks the flow just a bit. As for the rest of the album, fans may quibble about this omission or that, but the track selection is excellent and they've sequenced it well, wisely throwing chronology out the window. One of the things that becomes apparent, and something that probably contributes to their consistently fresh approach, is the role collaboration has always played. It goes beyond invited musicians and regular contributors like Marc Ribot and the unofficial fourth member of the band, DJ Logic, whose sound was key to Combustication. Scotty Hard's production was a major factor on both The Dropper and Uninvisible, as was John King's on End of the World Party (Just in Case); careful listening reveals all kinds of interesting sonic tricks and details. Of course, at the center of it all are the three incredibly talented players who make up the band. Not only have they turned in a body of work that's sure to stand the test of time, but they've helped broaden the concept of what jazz is and can be, and opened that world up to a whole group of people who may have never thought they'd be interested in jazz. Note Bleu is an excellent overview of their Blue Note years, and would be the perfect starting place for those who haven't yet entered the world of Medeski, Martin & Wood.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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