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FAITU#33

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#33)
1996-10-28 – SHACK PARTY VII

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, October 28, 1996


    Set 1: Improv#, Open Improv#* > Improv#*, The Cape Verdean Blues#* > Bass’n’Drums > Drum Solo > Tablas# > Improv#*, Anything Can Happen^%

    Set 2: Improv%$!@ > Improv%$!@ > Improv%$!@, In The Clinch& > Improv& > Bass Improv& > Improv&%!@ > Drum Solo, In The Clinch (reprise)&

    Encore: Can’t Get What You Want

    Shack Party VII

    Guest Musicians:
    # Badal Roy – tablas
    * John Dirac – guitar
    ^ Jennifer Jackson – vocals
    % Eric Hipp – saxophone
    $ Danny Blume – guitar
    ! Frank London – trumpet
    @ Josh Roseman – trombone
    & Oren Bloedow – guitar, vocals

    DJ Chill Freeze – turntables between sets (may be playing during some of the show — I noted one point in Set 2’s improvisations where it sounded like a DJ’s samples, but Billy never announces the DJ as performing during the show (dug))

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Medeski 1996-11-26 @Waterloo Records, Austin, TX

Medeski 1996-11-26 @Waterloo Records, Austin, TX

Source info:
1996-10-28.schoeps-cmc621.11868.t-flac16 [TSP1996#18]

– SET I (tracks 1-7) –
– SET II (tracks 8-15) –


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#33)
The Shack Project celebrates MMW @25 years!

– SHACK THOUGHTS — SHACK PARTIES I-VII ’96 –
Listen to these gigs. Listen to all of these gigs — it’s the best advice I can give you. These Shack Parties, where the band played for 7 Mondays in a row at the Knitting Factory in NYC, encompass such a wide range of the band’s talents and musical interests that a summation would simply do the music an injustice. Whether you dig a certain track or guest through this run, you have to admit that each guest brings something unique to the mix which in turn causes the band to react and shift, making the music they all create something adventuresome and real for that moment only. There are also plenty of moments where it’s just the trio and you’ll love it. As they explore both groove and open space with/out guests, it is clear this is a band out to make inspired music.

Oren Bloedow’s speech during Set II of the last Shack Party puts it best … so take a listen and Shack-out with these near 20 year-old musical explorations …

Medeski 1996-11-26 @Waterloo Records, Austin, TX

Medeski 1996-11-26 @Waterloo Records, Austin, TX

– SHACK PARTY VII THOUGHTS –

What can I say? Been blabbing for weeks about these shows, and this last Shack Party is no exception. The gig is lousy with incredible improvisation, guest input that fits so well (Tablas?!; Dirac and Blume on guitar?; Hipp sax?), and a straight-up bluesy encore by the trio alone … a tune some of you might know as Slow Blues For Fuzy’s Mama, but is originally titled Can’t Get What You Want … hope you got what you needed on this last Shack Party pick for Friday Afternoon In The Universe … onto some other gigs for next week’s FAITU pick!

enjoy the grooves,
dug


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FAITU#32

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#32)
1996-10-21 – SHACK PARTY VI

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
    w/ many guests

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, October 21, 1996


    Set 1: Improv#* > Drums# > Improv#*+ > Improv#*+, Open Improv^% > Drums’n’Bass > Improv^% > Improv^%, Gramma’s Hands+^$@, Chain of Fools+^$!@

    Set 2: Improv& > Improv^%@~ > “Going Home”^%@~, Improv=, Open Improv= > Crosstown Traffic=

    Shack Party VI

    Guest Musicians:
    # Eddie Bobe – congas
    * Vernon Reid – guitar
    + DJ Logic – turntables
    ^ Daniel Carter – saxophone
    % Leon Gruenbaum – Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee
    $ Juliana Nash – vocals
    ! Jennifer Jackson – vocals
    @ Oren Bloedow – guitar
    & Ben Perowski – percussion
    ~ Steven Bernstein – trumpet
    = David Fiuczynski – guitar & Dean Bowman – vocals

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1996-10-21 ticket stub

1996-10-21 ticket stub

Source info:
1996-10-21.schoeps-cmc6+mk4.1457.t-flac16 [TSP1996#17]

– SET I (tracks 1-4) –
– SET II (tracks 5-10) –


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#32)
The Shack Project celebrates MMW @25 years!

– SHACK THOUGHTS — SHACK PARTIES I-VII ’96 –
Listen to these gigs. Listen to all of these gigs — it’s the best advice I can give you. These Shack Parties, where the band played for 7 Mondays in a row at the Knitting Factory in NYC, encompass such a wide range of the band’s talents and musical interests that a summation would simply do the music an injustice. Whether you dig a certain track or guest through this run, you have to admit that each guest brings something unique to the mix which in turn causes the band to react and shift, making the music they all create something adventuresome and real for that moment only. There are also plenty of moments where it’s just the trio and you’ll love it. As they explore both groove and open space with/out guests, it is clear this is a band out to make inspired music.

Oren Bloedow’s speech during Set II of the last Shack Party puts it best … so take a listen and Shack-out with these near 20 year-old musical explorations …

1996-10-21 ticket stub

1996-10-21 ticket stub

– SHACK PARTY VI THOUGHTS –

After a brief introduction from illyB, wasting no time, a beat kicks in and the trio along with Eddie Bobe and Vernon Reid launch into some HEADY improvisation, with DJ Logic eventually joining the fray. The next 35min is simply outstanding group communication riding through waves of intensity and loose open grooves — this is Shackin’ Out at its finest, folks. This show is loaded with guests, as Bobe and Reid leave the stage, Daniel Carter joins on sax and Leon Gruenbaum on his very own creation, the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee – see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samchillian – with these players lending their input to the the next set of improvisations. Juliana Nash joins on vocals for a couple of tunes, Gramma’s Hands (played again a few years later with Bruce Hornsby) and accompanied by Jennifer Jackson’s vox on the oldie, Chain of Fools, with Carter remaining on stage, the ensemble is also joined by Logic and Oren Bloedow for this fun celebratory close to the set.

The 2nd set sees many of the same players return, but Ben Perowski on percussion starts the set with the trio, Steven Bernstein makes an appearance on the too-little-played “Going Home”, with David Fiuczynski and Dean Bowman jumping in at the end on a tune they played on a few times with MMW, the Hendrix classic, Crosstown Traffic, which closes the night on a HIGH note.

The space and sounds explored over this 6th Shack Party should do well to sooth you with groove on this Friday Afternoon In The Universe

enjoy the grooves,
dug


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FAITU#29

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#29)
1996-09-30 – SHACK PARTY III

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
    w/ many guests

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, September 30, 1996


    Set 1: Improv > Improv > Improv > Improv#* > Open Improv#*, Cape Verdean Blues, Bass Solo > Improv#* > Organ’n’Trumpet# > Wiggly’s Way#*, “Unknown Bossa Nova”+

    Set 2: Piano Solo > Improv^ > Drums’n’DJ, Improv#^ > Open Improv#^% > Improv#^%$ > Bass’n’Drums/DJ$@ > Drums’n’DJ$ > Improv$% > Friday Afternoon In The Universe$%, The Second Effort^!

    Shack Party III

    Guest Musicians:

    DJ Logic – turntables (all ??)
    # Steven Bernstein – slide trumpet
    * Rob Scheps – tenor sax
    + Jennifer Jackson – vocals
    ^ Oren Bloedow – guitar, vocals [presumably Oren is the guitar heard throughout the start of Set II as well]
    % Rufus Cappadocia – cello
    $ G. Calvin Weston – drums
    ! Aaron Heik – alto sax
    @ Medeski plunks in a few times on piano

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MMW mid-90s Promo

MMW mid-90s Promo

Source info:
1996-09-30.schoeps-cmc6.21608.t-flac16 [TSP1996#14]

– SET I (tracks 1-5) –
– SET II (tracks 6-12) –


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#29)
The Shack Project celebrates MMW @25 years!

– SHACK THOUGHTS — SHACK PARTIES I-VII ’96 –
Listen to these gigs. Listen to all of these gigs — it’s the best advice I can give you. These Shack Parties, where the band played for 7 Mondays in a row at the Knitting Factory in NYC, encompass such a wide range of the band’s talents and musical interests that a summation would simply do the music an injustice. Whether you dig a certain track or guest through this run, you have to admit that each guest brings something unique to the mix which in turn causes the band to react and shift, making the music they all create something adventuresome and real for that moment only. There are also plenty of moments where it’s just the trio and you’ll love it. As they explore both groove and open space with/out guests, it is clear this is a band out to make inspired music.

Oren Bloedow’s speech during Set II of the last Shack Party puts it best … so take a listen and Shack-out with these near 20 year-old musical explorations …

MMW c.1996

MMW c.1996

– SHACK PARTY III THOUGHTS –

illyB kicks down a beat to get the groove rolling, and the other musicians just start piling on, layering the sound, and a superb groove is born! Over the next 30min the group on stage, MMW + Logic, Bernstein, & Scheps, take us through 4 distinct improvisations before we hit some Open space that winds us down to just the trio with Logic on the Horace Silver tune/jazz standard, Cape Verdean Blues — nothing standard in MMW’s take on the tune though! The horns return after a Bass Solo from Chris, and stick out for another Improv > Organ’n’Trumpet jam that smoothly leads into Wiggly’s Way before the horns exit again. Bernstein is a perfect fit for MMW any time, and in this set he’s a monster on that slide trumpet — just KILLER! The set ends with Jennifer Jackson’s beautiful vocals accompanying the trio on an “Unknown Bassanova”.

And then there’s a 2nd set! It begins on a subdued note with Medeski solo on piano which opens up into a killer improvisation when the guests join in with Logic quite prominent and Oren (must be him on guitar) — I mean, Oren is nailing it here! Great stuff! We get a Drums’n’DJ breakdown at a few points (Weston eventually joins the percussive fray later in the set), some Open explorations, Bass’n’Drums, and incredible groove improvisations — where do all these melodies come from!?! Rufus Cappadocia on cello is an INCREDIBLE addition to this set of musicians and his input on the latter part of the set’s improvisations as well as on the tune Friday Afternoon In The Universe, makes this afternoon’s listen all the more special … the closing number is an Oren Bloedow tune that wraps up the set in a similarly subdued manner as Medeski’s solo started … some sweet sax from Aaron Heik on this number too …

Gotta say I just love how far out the FAITU tune gets in that 2nd set … and this quote makes me chuckle each time I hear Billy utter these words near the start of the show, “New record coming out in a couple of weeks, check it out. We’re *not* playing any of the music from that record tonight …” — HA!

enjoy the grooves,
dug


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