Who needs a bassist when you’ve got a quarter-century foundation? Highlighting organist/pianist John Medeski’s collab-studded week at the Stone—including a reunion with one-time mentor, drummer Ra-Kalam Bob Moses—is a legit downtown supergroup that could have (and might have) appeared in this configuration at any point in the past two decades with as little flourish. The quartet of one-time Lounge Lizards includes tons of mini-networks, including Medeski and drummer Billy Martin’s 19 years of sparring (and redefining mainstream jazz) as the M’s in Medeski, Martin, and Wood, as well as Martin’s own decade-plus of double-drummer tumult with G. Calvin Weston. Jazz awaits.
Fri., Nov. 6, 8 & 10 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 3, 2009