Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood Announce New Album

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood have announced the forthcoming release of their fourth album together, Juice, which is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets on September 16. The band features avant-groove act Medeski, Martin and Wood joined by noted jazz guitarist John Scofield. Juice contains a number of covers including a take on Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin,” “Light My Fire” by The Doors and Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.”

According to, “The blueprint for Juice was found in a compilation of African-derived music put together by drummer Billy Martin and shared among the ensemble.” John Medeski explains, “We all love music from Brazil, the Caribbean, and Latin America, and it has always been intertwined with jazz, We got together and started exploring that connection in our own way.”

“This is our version of different African-based forms,” Scofield echoed. “Or, at least, that’s what we started with…eventually we said, ‘This is the outline, but we can do whatever the hell we want.’”

Our first taste of the new album comes from Paste Magazine, who premiered the groovy Juice track “Sham Time”:

“Sham Time” was written by jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris and released on his 1967 album The Electrifying Eddie Harris. Take a listen to the original version:

“Our approach is influenced by our love for early boogaloo and Latin music, so I knew it’d be a perfect fit,” John Medeski told Paste about the track. “After we recorded it, we all agreed it should be the the first track on the record because it really sets up the mood of the album as a whole, which is to have fun with the music and get into that funky jazz thing that we love to do.” MSMW will regroup next week for shows in San Francisco (June 17), Seattle (June 18), Bend (June 19), Vancouver (June 20), Saskatoon (June 21) and Edmonton (June 22).

Here’s the tracklist for Juice:

Sham Time
North London
Louis The Shoplifter
Juicy Luicy
I Know You
Light My Fire
Sunshine Of Your Love
The Times They Are A-Changin

[via Paste Magazine]