Medeski, Martin & Wood with Special Guests

MMW_Tubes photo by Elizabeth Penta

Over the course of 21 years, Medeski Martin & Wood have forged an indelible chemistry on the bandstand that’s fueled countless concerts around the world, as well as, 18 cutting-edge albums. Last year the innovative trio celebrated their longevity with 20, a collection of new songs plus previously unrecorded older material spanning two decades as a groundbreaking force in jazz. Now for its latest release, MMW dips into its archives to present Free Magic, a collection of recordings from their first-ever acoustic tour in 2007. Due September 25 on the band’s own label, Indirecto Records, the set captures the three intrepid improvisers – keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris Wood, drummer Billy Martin – stretching out in concert over five expansive tracks, demonstrating the near-telepathic hookup and deep groove sensibilities that have defined MMW since its inception in 1991; albeit in the more chamber-like setting of an acoustic piano trio.