1996-10-14 – SHACK PARTY V


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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


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,

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

    Download MMW gig Read MMW txt file 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

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

1996-10-14 ticket stub

1996-10-14 ticket stub


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