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Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood Release “Juice”, Announce Tour Dates

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: JuiceMedeski Scofield Martin & Wood are together again, and hitting the road behind the four-man-lineup’s fourth album, Juice.

Guitarist Scofield, in a track-by-track assessment of the record for Relix Magazine, reveals not only the album’s origins in an effort to reflect the music of the African diaspora, but also talks about all the band members’ contributions, including pieces by bassist Chris Wood. He notes that Wood’s original, “Helium” sounds like it has a distinct Frank Zappa influence. He also mentions that Wood suggested the group play The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” which the jazz group quartet rocked out on, in its own unique way.

Other cover tunes on the album include “Sunshine of Your Love” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’ and “Sham Time,” which Medeski originally heard on a 1960s-era Latin jazz record. Here’s the quartet’s take on it:

Juice is available on CD, vinyl, and as digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Juice Track List:

  1. Sham Time
  2. North London
  3. Louis the Shoplifter
  4. Juicy Lucy
  5. I Know You
  6. Helium
  7. Light My Fire
  8. Sunshine of Your Love
  9. Stovetop
  10. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  11. Brigas Nunca Mais (vinyl-only bonus track)
  12. Timmy Bobbins (vinyl-only bonus track)

The European leg of the group’s tour begins Nov. 6 in Belgium and wraps up Nov. 20 in Italy. The foursome will then perform for North American audiences in a series of December dates:

DateLocationVenue
Nov 06, 2014Ghent, BelgiumBijloke
Nov 07, 2014Heusden-Zolder, BelgiumMUZE
Nov 08, 2014Zagreb, CroatiaZKM
Nov 09, 2014Prague, Czech RepublicLucerna Music Bar
Nov 11, 2014Las Palmas, SpainTeatro Perez Galdos
Nov 12, 2014Madrid, SpainCentro Cultural Conde Duque Madrid
Nov 13, 2014Padova, ItalyPadova Jazz Festival
Nov 14, 2014Ingolstadt, GermanyAudi Forum
Nov 15, 2014Tarnow, PolandCentrum Sztuki Moscice
Nov 17, 2014Budapest, HungaryPalace of Arts - Budapest
Nov 18, 2014Barcelona, SpainBARTS - Barcelona Arts On Stage
Nov 19, 2014Basel, SwitzerlandVolkshaus Basel
Nov 20, 2014Bologna, ItalyTeatro Duse
Nov 21, 2014Athen, GreeceOnassis Cultural Center
Nov 22, 2014Paris, FranceNew Morning
Dec 4, 2014Washington, DC9:30 Club
Dec 5, 2014Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer
Dec 6, 2014Westhampton Beach, NYWesthampton Beach PAC
Dec 7, 2014Boston, MAHouse of Blues Boston
Dec 8, 2014Durham, NCCarolina Theatre
Dec 9, 2014Atlanta, GASymphony Hall
Dec 11, 2014New York, NYTerminal 5
Dec 12, 2014Toronto, ON CanadaMassey Hall
Dec 13, 2014Chicago, ILVic Theatre
Dec 14, 2014Minneapolis, MNFirst Avenue
Feb 5, 2015Denver, CONewman Center, University of Colorado
Feb 6, 2015Boulder, COMacky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder