Q (9/94, p.106) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...A little weird, often wonderful, this is a fabulously fresh album..."
Musician (3/94, p.90) - "...[Medeski's] taut designs are drawn with a keen understanding of the pop world, making their jazz tenets unusally focused....JUNGLE finds a spot where instincts can coincide with strategy...."
Medeski Martin & Wood: John Medeski (piano, organ); Billy Martin (drums, percussion); Chris Wood (bass).
Additional personnel: Jay Rodrigues (alto & tenor saxophones); Dave Binney (alto saxophone); Steven Bernstein (trumpet, flugelhorn); Josh Roseman (trombone); Marc Ribot (guitar).
Recorded at RPM Studio, New York, between August 2-4, 1993.
This premier '90s funk/jazz trio has played its way into the hearts of groove-loving lounge lizards everywhere with a modern mix of Hammond B-3 organ soul, adventurous improvisation, and organic, street-born rhythms. The result owes as much to hip-hop and Sonic Youth as to Ornette Coleman and Horace Silver.
IT'S A JUNGLE IN HERE is an urban safari that tracks into heady harmonic territory yet never fails to swing. Compositions by Thelonious Monk, Bob Marley, John Coltrane, and Nigerian juju master King Sunny Ade are post-modernized and reshaped into compelling urban sound portraits. Ubiquitous New York downtown guitarist Marc Ribot and a posse of A-list horn players mold "Where's Sly?" into sonic layers before settling back into the song's strutting, "Blue Trane"- era theme, while other originals like "Beeah" and "Shuck it Up" pack the funk into places most bands can't reach.