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  • Audio CD (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000AFSZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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...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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By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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HASH(0x8a43e57c) out of 5 stars yes yes yes 17 Oct. 2001
By johnnyribcage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly incredible Medeski Martin & Wood album. I love most all MMW that I've heard, but sometimes their explorations on albums such as Friday Afternoon and The Dropper, for example, have a tendency to move into extreamly loose ambience. While I love that type of thing, and really dig those albums, on this one, Combustication, they take things to a whole new level. The group is unbelievably focused - They were definatly in some kind of pocket when they made this one. Every song is tight and the group is listening to each other even better than usual. Medeski's organ is really on fire all the way through, the colors of his instrument really shining. And, not only are the songs great, the album, as all great albums do, flows perfectly, logically, and fantastically. There's a great spoken word piece, "Whatever Happened to Gus", that displayes the groups love of jazz, and there's even a nod to a classic Miles Davis track from On the Corner, "Black Satin" in "Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho" with perfect replica of that slightly off clapping. Wonderful. If you buy this, you'll dig it. "That's Right."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a2442e8) out of 5 stars A landmark recording in modern jazz 17 Sept. 2002
By tick tock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Few records can be called genius, even fewer may be called epochal, but this one manages the near impossible by living up to each designation masterfully. MM&W have acheived with jazz, blues, dub, gospel, and eastern musical forms what Miles Davis did with fusion forty years ago. Sure, some would say their current recordings are over-produced - perhaps even overblown - but this record was their Rubber Soul; that is, a recording that looked back as much as it did forward in MMW's recording career.

The music is stated through a patient weaving of thematic statement, but paradoxically there is also great attention given to silence as rarely seen in music today. One might toss out a reference to Jamal or Monk, but the unique imprint of MMW's identity may be found on every track on Combustication, and each is forged through respect and a unique empathy between the players involved.

I was first given a cassette copy of this cd in Japan in the Summer of 2002. The Japanese version of this cd has an excellent 'hidden' 13th track, a psychedelic piece spanning over 14 minutes which is tacked on to the end of the cd. It wasn't until much later, however, that I realized this piece wasn't part of the original album; so much does it resemble the style of the other songs you'd think it was written for Combustication (and most likely was). Moreover, I came to discover its inclusion in a most serrendipitous fashion.

The cassette I received had no labels and the sides were actually reversed. Fortunately, however, I found the reversal to be an excellent mix as the brilliant end piece was now placed near the center of the album. If you have the Japanese import, you might enjoy the mix I was presented with. Burn the sequence as follows: tracks 9-13, then 1-8. Of course, the sacriledge of resequencing this cd is a bit like trying to reprogram Sgt. Pepper, but the result is quite enjoyable.

It was a hot, humid summer in Kyoto when I "discovered" this album, but it was one of the best summers of my life, and this CD served as the soundtrack. Without exaggeration, I must have listened to this tape every day for four months and NEVER got tired of it.

Still don't.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b38821c) out of 5 stars Jazz meets the Turntables 17 Dec. 1999
By Mark Poelker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Funky Stylists MMW are at it again. This time with the help of DJ Logic. Great beats and musical wonderment for your listening enjoyment. If you love MMW and don't have this CD go for it. The addition of a DJ only adds to the variation that this trio brings with every album.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a6f3fb4) out of 5 stars Jazz Funk and Hip Hop all in one. 6 Oct. 1999
By MidwestPlains - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a musician and a hip hop fan I can say that combustication covers it ALL without losing the group's originality or going commerical. Jazz fans will like Wood's walking bass lines, the Latin bass flavor, and a solo that ends one the tracks. If you like East Cost style Hip Hop, you'll especially like track10, Church of Logic. Jazz "purists" should'nt be disturbed by the DJ scracting, like I said, the group isn't showing any signs of selling out to the mainstream. If you're debating buying this album, forget the critics, period. This is my first MMV album but it definitely wont be the last.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a97563c) out of 5 stars Medeski, Martin, & Wood always Experimenting 18 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The new release "Combustication" by New York jazz trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood is a delicious treat. The album shows off the musical tastes each member has been dabbling with since their 1996 release, "Shack Man." From funk grooves, to ethereal trance, to spaced-out jam music, MMW is again experimenting, and if anything; they prove that jazz can be creative as well as popular. One of the best aspects of "Combustication" is the addition of DJ Logic on some of the 12 tracks. Logic fills the tiny space left in the songs with wierd scratches, and those neat video game sounds. MMW purists will dig "Sugarcraft" and "Start-Stop," while those interested in the group's newer sound will love "Church of Logic," and "Hypnotized." "Whatever happened to Gus" has an avante-garde feel, with spoken word by NY artist Steve Cannon. MMW is a contemporary group that is always experimenting, and always improvising. If you see them play live, you'll understand. "Combustication" deserves five stars.
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