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The Coalition: Naked Movies

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Young listeners once looked to experimental instrumental music for relaxation and entertainment, but with most new releases edging ever further to the poles of outre obscurantism or hyperstructured neoclassical, modern jazz has lost considerable relevancy to the average Gen-Y music fan.

One exception to this rule has been the phenomenally successful combo of Medeski, Martin and Wood. More keg-stand than homework, MMW’s jazzy blend of jam-band rock, knob-twiddling electronics and funk-drenched flights of fancy has made them a dorm room favorite. The Coalition, a collective comprised of four of New York’s most highly pedigreed sidemen, follow closely enough in MMW’s footsteps that the former’s inspiration is baldly obvious, but it’s to the Coalition’s credit that its debut disc is much more than just copycat neofusion.

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