• Medeski, Martin & Wood

I’ve always made time to check out new music from jazzy organ trio-turned-jam band Medeski, Martin & Wood, but it’s been about a decade since the prospect has excited me. Back in the mid-90s the group pushed against all sorts of organ-trio conventions—they employed a bassist, Chris Wood, instead of the requisite guitarist; keyboardist John Medeski looked to organ rebel Larry Young for inspiration; and the band developed a light-footed repertoire that squeegeed away much of the customary Hammond B-3 grease. Led by their sense of daring, MMW pushed further into the realm of improvisation, where around the turn of the decade they made (to my ears anyway) a wrong turn.