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Medeski, Martin and Wood: Uninvisible

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In the beginning, keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood were merely conservatory-trained jazzbos who liked to groove and occasionally deliver clever interpretations of classics, such as their reggae version of Thelonious Monk’s “Bemsha Swing” segueing to Bob Marley’s “Lively Up Yourself” on 1993’s It’s a Jungle in Here.

And then something snapped in 1996. Shack Man was their clean break from the past-their teachings at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music-and a giant leap forward. No oh-so-clever jazzbo covers on this baby.

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