John Medeski: A Different Time

DEBUT SOLO PIANO ALBUM A DIFFERENT TIME
OUT APRIL 9 VIA OKEH RECORDS

Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on the unpredictable, a trait that has kept his work with the trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW) fresh and surprising for more than twenty years. With A Different Time, his first solo piano project, Medeski once again takes his sound in a completely unexpected direction - unexpected even to him.

"I had a more eclectic record in mind," Medeski says. "I wanted to put out something that would be more representative of what my live solo concerts are like."

Instead, A Different Time (out April 9 - the first release on Sony Classical's newly-revived OKeh Records imprint) is a far more introspective, meditative collection than fans of MMW's lively, groove-driven music might expect. Consisting mostly of Medeski's own compositions and improvisations, with a familiar spiritual and a Willie Nelson song added into the mix, the album presents a different side of Medeski's prodigious artistry.

The album was recorded at Waterfront Studios, producer Henry Hirsch's recording studio built within a 19th-century church in New York's scenic Hudson Valley. For his solo debut, Medeski wanted to aim for a sound quality that approached his personal "Holy Grail," the recordings that classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein made for RCA Records. Hirsch shared his admiration for those sessions, so Medeski spent several days recording on Waterfront's nine-foot Steinway piano.

But Hirsch also encouraged Medeski to try the studio's other piano, a 1924 Gaveau - a French piano made in a pre- modern style, akin to Chopin's preferred model, the Pleyel. The instrument, as it turned out, was a revelation and made a profound impact on the music that came to be A Different Time.

"I was just playing music," Medeski says. "It was just about dealing with the instrument and the room and making the music that felt good. I just got lost in the sound, and that's really the ultimate goal anytime you sit down to play."

Click here to pre-order the album.

Track Listing

  • 1. A Different Time
  • 2. I'm Falling In Love Again
  • 3. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
  • 4. Ran
  • 5. Graveyard Fields
  • 6. Luz Marina
  • 7. Waiting At The Gait
  • 8. Lacrima
  • 9. Otis

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