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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#31

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#31)
1996-10-14 – SHACK PARTY V

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
    w/ guests

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, October 14, 1996


    Set 1: Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus, Think, Lifeblood > Night Marchers > Open Improv > Dracula, Bubblehouse, Jelly Belly > Drum Solo

    Set 2: Good Golly Miss Molly > Improv > Improv > Improv > Open Improv > If 6 Was 9 Improv > Improv+ > Goodbye Pork Pie Hat$

    Shack Party V

    Guest musicians:
    Set 2 featuring Dean Bowman(vocals), David Fiuczynski(guitar), and DJ Logic

    + contains: serious ‘Inner City Blues’ quotes (Marvin Gaye); ’40 Acres and a Mule’ rap
    $ w/ Murder By Numbers (The Police) lyrics

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1996-10-14 ticket stub

1996-10-14 ticket stub

Source info:
1996-10-14.gefell-m300.4679.t-flac16 [TSP1996#16]

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


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#31)
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 …

1996-10-14 ticket stub

1996-10-14 ticket stub

– SHACK PARTY V THOUGHTS –

The official release of Shack-man, this night finds the trio playing through much of the album, out of order and with some further explorations, to play out the first set of this gig — light on actual spontaneous composition improvisation, but full on manipulation of the tunes makes this a HOT set. I mean, the start of ITAHTLMJ has Medeski on *piano* and it sounds SOOOOO cool!

2nd set returns to the Shack Party format, launching off a groovy Good Golly Miss Molly with Dean Bowman wailing it (I dig this one!), the players head out from there, dabbling in some Hendrix references but really just pushing the music into full on improvisations, to wrap up with the Mingus classic, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat … I can’t help but feel I could do with less of Bowman’s vocals through the set, but having the FUZE on guitar along with Logic makes this a minor “complaint” … it’s a very fun playful set …

Head into your Friday Afternoon In The Universe with Medeski’s piano tinkering to start ITAHTMJ, and let the music flow over/through you …

enjoy the grooves,
dug


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FAITU#30

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#30)
1996-10-07 – SHACK PARTY IV

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
    w/ many guests

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, October 07, 1996


    Set 1: “Binghamton Slide Groove”~# > Open Improv#* > Drum Solo > Improv#* > Improv#* > Improv#*! > Wig Wise

    Set 2: Drums+ > Improv+^@, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat^, Improv > ITAHTLMJ Improv#, Improv# > Improv

    Shack Party IV

    Guest Musicians:

    ~ first known performance
    # Danny Blume – guitar
    * Rob Scheps – tenor sax
    + G. Calvin Weston – drums
    ^ Dean Bowman – vocals
    ! Billy introduces musicians at end of track while John and Chris play out
    @ w/Murder By Numbers lyrics

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MMW 1996-10-07 ticket stub

MMW 1996-10-07 ticket stub

Source info:
1996-10-07.unknown.82482.t-flac16 [TSP1996#15]

– SET I (tracks 1-3) –
– SET II (tracks 4-9) –


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#30)
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 …

Knitting Factory

Knitting Factory

– SHACK PARTY IV THOUGHTS –

So this is WAY cool — I love when this happens! I was about to write that the opening of this 4th Shack Party contains one of my favourite improvisations from the run, maybe ever — I threw on the groove to listen as I write and it hit me: “That’s a tune! I know that tune! From where … ?!” A few years ago I discovered that a groove played during Nov-Dec ’96 labelled as an improvisation since the shows was actually an unidentified song — the “improvisation” was always the same groove, so that’s an MMW song to me! I named the tracked “Binghamton Slide Groove” because the first show I found containing the song was 11/2/1996 from Binghamton, NY — the song was played a few more times and then never heard from again … or so I thought, and it turns out this Shack Party version is actually the first known performance of the tune — it’s a great melody and groove, I don’t know why the band would drop it, but you can check it out at the opening of this show and Danny Blume adds some real nice guitar over the track (even has a cool little breakdown). From “Binghamton Slide Groove” the music moves to Open space before illyB cops a short Drum Solo leading to the start of the next groove, the first full Improv of the night, and the group moves through two more distinct improvisations before the last fizzles down to some nice piano from Medeski before it just drops into a thunderous vamp while Billy introduces the musicians. Rob Scheps has once again joined the guys on stage as well, a Shack Party regular, and his playing fits in perfectly with the players — you can hear Scheps getting more comfortable as he returns each week. The trio alone close the set with a Shack-take on Ellington’s Wig Wise, including an extended drum interlude — set break.

G. Calvin Weston joins for the start of the 2nd set, so he and illyB get things moving with a Drums jam (I’ve seen Weston with MMW in another setting, and he and Billy are kindred spirits — they have an extended history). Scheps once again steps up on sax, and Dean Bowman comes out to deliver some Dean-Bowman-like vocal riffing (coolest part is the initial take on the Murder by Numbers lyrics, but then he goes off the rails a bit for my tastes, per usual). Likewise, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat features Bowman’s vocal input with varying success (IMHO), but then IMPROVISATION takes over the remainder of the set — sans vocals — and the results are one of the BEST RUN OF GROOVES over this whole run. It’s just the trio at first, but then Danny Blume returns to the stage for what I can only call an Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus IMPROV! VERY COOL! Blume remains for the following section of groove that erupts into a celebratory climax, before fizzling down again and leaving only the trio on stage to wrap up the evening with one final kick at the Improvisatory-can, which begins with this wild melody being bowed by Chris on the stand-up and things just get wackier and more fun from there … by the time John lands on the piano … whoah … or maybe this is a song too? …

This is one of my personal favourite overall gigs from the Shack Party run, and hope it helps you enjoy this Friday Afternoon In The Universe, as we head into Canadian Thanksgiving – HAPPY T-DAY, MY FELLOW CANUCKS!

enjoy the grooves,
dug


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FAITU#28

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#28)
1996-09-23 – SHACK PARTY II
~ John Coltrane’s Birthday ~

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
    w/ many guests

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, September 23, 1996


    Set 1: Improv#* > Open Improv* > Improv* > Improv+^ > Conga Solo+, Naima*+^, Bass Solo > Syeeda’s Song Flute > Spy Kiss > Improv% > Piano Solo > Improv%

    Set 2: Africa+^%$! > Percussion/Drums+! > Africa+^%$!, Improv$ > Drums’n’DJ [@9:06] > Chinoiserie@, Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus@&

    Shack Party II

    Guest musicians:
    # Johnny Thunder Cloud – vocals, chanting
    * Danny Blume – guitar
    + Eddie Bobe – congas
    ^ Hammadi – alto sax, percussion
    % Rob Scheps – tenor sax
    $ Marc Ribot – guitar
    ! G. Calvin Weston – drums
    @ Michael Blake – tenor sax
    & Sherri Jackson – vocals
    DJ Logic – turntables – all over this show… (Set I = all; Set II = all)

    ========================
    MORE DESCRIPTIVE DETAIL OF
    SET I’s IMPROVISATIONS:

    Jam – bass part similar to first song from 9/16/96 -> Jam – guitar groove -> Jam w/ piano -> 6/8 jam -> Fast 4/4 jam w/ sax -> Conga Solo, Naima, Bass Solo -> Syeeda’s Song Flute -> Spy Kiss -> Unknown – fast funk groove w/ a driving bridge -> Unknown – w/ piano and tenor sax -> Piano Solo -> Unknown slow tune
    ========================
    MORE DESCRIPTIVE DETAIL OF
    SET II’s IMPROVISATIONS:

    Jam in 6/8 w/ Conga. Solos, Jam – funky – organ, guitar, samples-> Samples and drums interlude-> Chinoiserie, Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus
    ========================

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1996-09-23 ticket stub

1996-09-23 ticket stub

Source info:
1996-09-23.gefell-m300.12.t-flac16 [TSP1996#13]

– SET I (tracks 1-12) –
– SET II (tracks 13-19) –


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#28)
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 …

1996-09-23 ticket stub

1996-09-23 ticket stub

– SHACK PARTY II THOUGHTS – JOHN COLTRANE’S BIRTHDAY

2nd of 7 weekly Shack Party gigs falls on the anniversary of John Coltrane’s birthday, so MMW (being obvious fans) sprinkle much of the evening with Coltrane music — three of the 6 actual songs played are Coltrane tunes (Naima, Syeeda’s Song Flute, & Africa), but songs aren’t really the focus. Coltrane’s music, like their own songs they play (Spy Kiss & ITAHTLMJ) along with one Ellington number (Chinoiserie), sends the band and their welcome guests out into the ether at times. The Africa that opens Set II, for example, is a MONSTER of space and groove with everyone contributing to the whole in true collaborative fashion — cool to hear Africa in here, but too bad the it took over a year for the song to return to MMW’s live shows, and then again too bad that it left again shortly after its return!). Outstanding group work here — this ain’t a case of 4+ guitar players on stage all strumming along together, this a mess of unique instrumentation all finding pockets to fill in the music — you have to hear this! Blume and Ribot offer contrasting styles in the guitar vein, but both have such invention and chemistry with MMW; Hammadi, Scheps and Blake provide sax at various moments, separately and together at times, with unique voices honouring Coltrane on this night. I could keep blabbing, but … just listen.

A nice treat at the end finds Sherri Jackson delivering some vocals on the MMW classic, their take on the old Spiritual, Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus … I’m still singing it now …

enjoy the grooves,
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FAITU#27

FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE
(FAITU#27)
1996-09-16 – SHACK PARTY I

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  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
    w/ guests

    Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, September 16, 1996


    Set 1: Improv# > Improv# > Caravan* > Open Improv* > Improv*+ > Improv*+, Improv*+ > Improv*+ > Piano Solo > Goodbye Pork Pie Hat*

    Set 2: Open Improv > Improv > Pakalolo, Wig Wise*, Open Improv* > Improv* > Wiggly’s Way*

    Shack Party I

    Guest musicians:
    # Bob Moses – drums, piano
    * Rob Scheps – tenor sax
    + Danny Blume – guitar

    ========================
    MORE DESCRIPTIVE DETAIL OF
    SET I’s IMPROVISATIONS:

    Unknown – mid-tempo funk groove w/ bridge -> Rhythmic jam w/ piano -> Jam w/ organ and guitar, then w/ sax -> Caravan (fast tempo) -> Weird, rhythmless jam ->Fast-tempo jam w/ three eighth-note bass line -> Jam beginning w/ a two-note sax figure, then w/ an organ motif -> Jam beginning w/ a multi-note sax riff, Jam – fast, w/ rhythmic guitar figure, then w/ repetitive bass line -> Piano interlude -> Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat
    ========================
    MORE DESCRIPTIVE DETAIL OF
    SET II’s IMPROVISATIONS:

    Intro/Jam -> Slow, polyrythmic groove -> Fast, minor jam in 4/4 with triplet quarter notes overlaid and arco bass at end -> Pakalolo, Wig Wise [Duke Ellington tune from _Money Jungle_ w/ Mingus and Max Roach
    ========================

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1996-09-16 ticket stub

1996-09-16 ticket stub

Source info:
1996-09-16.b+k4021.127771.t-flac16 [TSP1996#11]

– SET I (tracks 1-12) –
– SET II (tracks 13-22) –


FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE (FAITU#27)
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 …

1996-09-16 ticket stub

1996-09-16 ticket stub

– SHACK PARTY I THOUGHTS –

Very open and loose with LOTS of improvisation — reports are there were only a handful of folks in attendance this first week, I believe. Bob Moses, MMW’s musical father, sits in for parts of the show adding some extra drums and piano at times; Rob Scheps wails on the sax, with some nice 3rd Stone From The Sun teasing during one of the Improvs; and Danny Blume plays a sweet guitar — love his input on the Uninvisible album years later, but check out this earlier sit-in. And I don’t know about you, but I prefer my Pork Pie Hat sans (Dean’s) vocals … very beautiful 100% instrumental take on the Mingus classic

This is MMW in a purely raw and elemental form — dig those ears into these sounds! 20 years ago, eh? Sounds pretty fresh to these ears … music for the ages …

enjoy the grooves,
dug


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