1996-09-16 – SHACK PARTY I

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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


  • MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD (w/ guests)
    Shack Party I

    Download MMW gig Read MMW txt file Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    Monday, September 16, 1996
    1996-09-16.b+k4021.127771.t-flac16
    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
    ==================================


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

1996-09-16 ticket stub

1996-09-16 ticket stub


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  1. track 9 (Improv) has strong Third Stone From the Sun teases

  2. I want to thank you for your amazing work with the shack project. It’s a dream come true – and a little scary – to learn that there exist more dedicated mmw fans than me. I’ve got live mmw in my headphones all morning! The future is a great place to live.

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