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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 September 2010
I only heard this last week, having bought the CD in a charity shop on a whim, and putting it on in the car - I noticed it was a Blue Note release, so was expecting a jazz-based set with some modern references, but I didn't expect the musicianship to be as good as it is.

They're a trio - drums, double bass and keyboards. At times, they have the traditional Hammond trio feel to their playing (lots of chops in the keyboard, driving bass and tight drumming on the skins and rims, but then they depart from this and guest a Dj who scratches on two or three tracks, a great guitarist, even a poet on one track who describes meeting someone who looked like Lester Young; it reminded me of the cityscape album tracks that Charles Mingus used to do with poets.

There's a funky feel to the percussion and bass, and they keep a nice organic sound at all times. It's an assured album that can be played in almost any context, and it's been a pleasure discovering it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2001
Medeski, Martin And Wood have produced an exciting blend of jazz, blues and hip hop on many occasions. This is a welcome addition to their catalogue that burns brightly but fails to explode when it should. The tracks on "Combustication" have quality written all over them. When you condiser each of the tracks on an individual basis, it's hard to find fault. However, the one problem with this album is that there is little variety between the twelve tracks, and this results in the ample running time becoming a problem. "Combustication" does see some welcome additions to the style of Medeski, Martin and Wood. "Sugar Craft", "Start-Stop" and "Whatever Happened To Gus" contain some turntable twists, courtesy of D.J. Logic. "Whatever Happened To Gus" also contains some spoken lyrics that give the track some added soul. Overall, this is a camp fire that could have been a high rise blaze.
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on 29 May 2013
...but not only that. There is a lot of cross over, merger of styles you can find here. Least of all the same all over. Loads of ideas alwasy in the name of some groovy pattern. Whatever MMW come up with you should always expect something new, experimental. That' s what I would call this album: experimental funk.
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