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Medeski Martin and Wood to Release Acoustic Album Sept. 25

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Hot on the trail of their double album with guitarist John Scofield last year, Before the World Changes Its Mind, Medeski Martin & Wood are getting ready to release a new/old album, Free Magic, a collection of acoustic songs out September 25th. The songs all come from the group's first-ever acoustic tour from back in 2007.

The album will contain but five tracks, but anyone who knows the group well knows that's all this trio will need, with songs as expansive as this jam band's imaginations and interactions always tend to go. The band playing acoustic is, as drummer Billy Martin puts it has playing with "a much more nuanced touch. It's a very different world, but I love it." It's worth getting excited about. True magic happens in a good keys/bass/drums trio and with MMW trodding on this territory, it's definitely worth anticipating some heavy juju.

Once again, September 25th is the release date on the band's own Indirecto Records. And if that isn't enough, they're going on tour throughout October so make sure to experience the spectacle that is Medeski Martin & Wood.

10/03 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
10/04 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
10/05 - Boston, MA - Jordan Hall
10/06 - Albany, NY - Massry Center for the Arts
10/07 - Bethel Woods, NY - Bethel Woods
10/08 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
10/10 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
10/11 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theatre
10/12 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
10/13 - Washington, DC - Kennedy Center
10/14 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Tavern

Tracklist
1. Doppler
2. Blues For Another Day
3. Free Magic/Ballade In C Minor
4. Where's Sly?
5. Nostalgia In Times Square/Angel Race