An in-depth look at the unique and wholly improvisational creative process of the revolutionary “avant-groove” band Medeski, Martin and Wood.

A group that effortlessly straddles the gap between avant-garde improvisation and accessible groove-based jazz, Medeski, Martin & Wood have simultaneously earned standing as relentlessly innovative musicians and as an enormously popular act.

Emerging out of the New York downtown scene in the early ’90s, Medeski, Martin & Wood soon set out on endless cross-country tours before returning home to Manhattan to further refine their sound through myriad influential experimentations.

Each of the musicians — keyboardist John Medeski, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood — had crossed paths throughout the ’80s, playing with the likes of John Lurie, John Zorn, and Martin mentor Bob Moses. In 1991, the trio officially convened for an engagement at New York’s Village Gate. Soon, the group was rehearsing in Martin’s loft, writing, and then recording 1992’s self-released Notes from the Underground. As the group began to tour, escaping the supportive though insular New York music community, Medeski — a former child prodigy — switched to a Hammond B-3 organ rather than a grand piano.

Included within the documentary are the following tracks:

  • Think
  • Night Marchers
  • Bubblehouse
  • Chubb Sub
  • Night Marchers
  • Chubb Sub

The film premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival – not far from where the documentary was filmed in New York’s Hudson Valley

The group will be releasing a new studio record in Q4 2024 and touring the US in 2025 including key festival performances.

2022 / Music Documentary / 60 Minutes / A film by Jason Miller


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