Episode 89 – Breaking The Barriers With the legendary John Medeski

We had the honor of spending some time with John discussing his evolution in music, what it’s like to create utterly improvisational music in, and for, the moment, music as prayers and the sacred nature of sound, the difference between producing music and playing it, his new album with Mad Skillet, and a whole lot more.

Equally comfortable behind a Steinway grand piano, Hammond organ or any number of vintage keyboards, John Medeski is a highly sought after improviser and band leader whose projects range from work with John Zorn, The Word (Robert Randolph, North Mississippi Allstars), Phil Lesh, Don Was, John Scofield, Coheed & Cambria, Susana Baca, Sean Lennon, Marc Ribot, Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. Classically trained, Medeski grew up in Ft.Lauderdale, FL where as a teenager he played with Jaco Pastorius before heading north to attend the New England Conservatory. He released his first solo piano record, A Different Time, on Sony’s Okeh Records in 2013, and current projects include a new album in the works with his band MadSkillet (Terrence Higgins, Kirk Joseph, Will Bernard), and HUDSON (a collaboration with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield & Larry Grenadier), plus a documentary on Medeski Martin & Wood.

Listen to Mad Skillet on iTunes or anywhere you stream or download your tunes!

Make sure to check out all of johnmedeski.com for tour news, merch, and more info.

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SHOW CREDITS:

ENGINEER

NORMAN MARSTON (norman7norman7@gmail.com) co-owner/operator of Wall of Sound Recording Chicago, ILWall of Sound Recording of FBand @wallofsound_recording on IG

PRODUCER

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Intro Music – ‘No Simple Road’ written and performed by ‘THE HIGGS’ Check them out at: thehiggsmusic.com

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