Episode 87: John Medeski + Billy Cobham

The majority of this episode features Seth and Rob chatting with the eclectic ace of the keyboards John Medeski about everything from his high school days playing with Jaco Pastorius, to his current days playing in the adventurous Mad Skillet. John talks about why his landmark organ trio Medeski, Martin and Wood’s initial choice to hit the road in the 90s was a bold one at the time, and what has motivated him to continue to push the envelope in all of his acts over the years. Medeski shares memories about exploring boundless musical terrain with John Zorn, what was unique about playing with Jack Bruce (beyond how he made ceilings crumble) and of course Col. Bruce Hampton. He also talks in detail about his approach to composition and improvisation, his work with The Wood Brothers and the future of Medeski, Martin and Wood. This episode also contains the first little window into Rob’s recent interview with the iconic jazz and fusion drummer Billy Cobham. Cobham here relates some of his experiences with The Grateful Dead. Cobham gets his own episode soon during which he will talk about his entire career, particularly his recently released “Time Lapse Photos (The Crosswinds Project).”