1996-09-16 – SHACK PARTY I
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– 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 …
– 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,