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Medeski, Martin & Wood – Jamaica 2016

Medeski, Martin & Wood began 2016 (their 25th year playing together!) with a handful of shows in Jamaica opening for moe. and Little Feat. Fortunately for us, Little Feat archivist Chris Cafiero was on hand filming the first three nights (of the four), and he even snagged soundboard audio patches each night. Another taper, Steve Wilner also filmed with cameras at both stage right and stage left, as well as front of house. These tapers graciously shared the raw files with me and now we can all enjoy all three nights in multi-camera glory. If you’re an MMW fan, get ready for 3 hours of couch tour! Did I mention that Chris is playing only his Fender Jazz bass for the whole run? Or that they bust out tons of old favorites and get into a large amount of tasty groove-based improvisation? I shouldn’t have to say anything else. But I will say cheers to #MMW25! We’re off to a great start and let’s hope they book a lot more gigs, including something in New Orleans for Jazz Fest!

Medeski Martin & Wood 1/12/16 Jamaica

Medeski Martin & Wood 1/11/16 Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Jewel Paradise Cove Resort – Tropical Throe.down 2016:
Sorrow [David Bowie / The McCoys cover] > Lonely Avenue [Ray Charles cover] > Think > Improv > Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus, Gonzo [James Booker cover]

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Medeski Martin & Wood 1/12/16 Jamaica

Medeski Martin & Wood 1/12/16 Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Jewel Paradise Cove Resort – Tropical Throe.down 2016:
Improv > Coconut Boogaloo > Henduck > Improv > Shackman

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Medeski Martin & Wood 1/13/16 Jamaica

Medeski Martin & Wood 1/13/16 Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Jewel Paradise Cove Resort – Tropical Throe.down 2016:
Chinoiserie [Duke Ellington cover], Just Like I Pictured It, Night Marchers > Improv > Wiggly’s Way, Brigas Nunca Mais [Antonio Carlos Jobim / Elis Regina cover], Heaven On Earth [Larry Young cover]

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You can find the audio downloads for all 3 nights over at bt.etree.org.
Night 1
Night 2
Night 3

Also, for a limited time, I have the 8 gig edited video files (with uncompressed LPCM audio) from each night available for download.
Night 1
Night 2
Night 3

VIDEO: Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special with John Medeski, Kirk Joseph & Terence Higgins

Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special with John Medeski & Kirk Joseph

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special 4/30/15 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Part 1 of 3:
Baby Goats (second half), Blister

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special 4/30/15 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Part 2 of 3:
Dead Dog In The Street [Kirk Joseph] > Tubby [James Booker cover]

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special 4/30/15 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Part 3 of 3:
Set Two: Awanna (with Wil Blades) > 571 (with Wil Blades), Adele [Kirk Joseph], Briar Patch [Brother Jack McDuff cover], You Haven’t Done Nothin’ [Stevie Wonder cover]
Encore: Wiggly’s Way [Medeski Martin & Wood cover]

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special
April 30, 2015
New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room

AUDIO DOWNLOAD: FLAC TORRENT or LIVE MUSIC ARCHIVE


Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Phil Harris – PH Balanced Recordings
SBD matrix: Schoeps CCM5’s + Royer SF12 > 4 x Forssell SMP-500a / Radial Six Pack Workhorse > Tascam DR-70D at 24/96
-mics onstage center
-Schoeps positioned horizontally (ORTF/Cardioid) at 4′
-Royer positioned vertically (Blumlein) at 5′
-mixed & processed to 16/44 with L3 + Cubase 7

Set One – 11pm:
01. Inside Straight [Cannonball Adderley / Dirty Dozen Brass Band cover] >
02. Baby Goats
03. Blister
04. ???
05. Dead Dog In The Street [Kirk Joseph] >
06. Tubby [James Booker cover]

Set Two – 12:45pm:
07. Awanna > (with Wil Blades)
08. 571 (with Wil Blades)
09. Adele [Kirk Joseph]
10. Briar Patch [Brother Jack McDuff cover]
11. You Haven’t Done Nothin’ [Stevie Wonder cover]
Encore:
12. Wiggly’s Way [Medeski Martin & Wood cover]

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special:
Will Bernard
– guitar
John Medeski – organ, piano
Kirk Joseph – sousaphone
Terence Higgins – drums

Guests:
Wil Blades
– organ

Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special with Wil Blades

AUDIO: Dr. John’s Bonnaroo Revue 1974 with James Booker & James Black

James Booker III

a quote from Under A Hoodoo Moon – The Life of the Night Tripper, Dr. John‘s autobiography: “James Booker was another of the special musicians who drifted in and out of our band in the seventies. . . . Booker could play it all — stride piano, butterfly, boogie, all the other New Orleans styles, the Chicago styles, the Memphis styles, the California styles, bebop, avant-garde jazz, classical, even pop! He’d sit down at the piano and play knock out versions of all kinds of tunes — everything from Malaguena boogie to Bach fugues. There were just too many things Booker did that were so outrageously beautiful . . . I consider him to be a genius. If I was ever blessed to meet one, James Carroll Booker was.”

Dr. John’s Bonnaroo Revue
April 11th, 1974
Dallas, TX @ Aragon Ballroom

FM/SBD (KZEW) > ? > CDR > FLAC > CDR > EAC> FLAC

FLAC DOWNLOAD TORRENT or ZIP

01. DJ Intro 7:47
02. Saints Go Marching Jam 3:58
03. Iko Iko 4:17
04. Life 4:08
05. Cold Cold Cold 3:22
06. Quitters Never Win 4:05
07. Let The Good Times Roll 1:48
08. Loop Garoo 4:17
09. Goodnight, Irene 4:19
10. Qualified 6:07
11. Mos Scocious 4:12
12. (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away 3:40
13. Right Place Wrong Time 3:19

Dr. John – piano/vox
Alvin Robinson – guitar
Robert Lee Popwell – bass
James Booker III – organ
James Black – drums