Author: Romano, Will
Date published: March 1, 2012
WICKED KNEE WICKED KNEE
A side project from MMW's drummer packs a creative punch.
On this brief horns-heavy release, drummer BILLY MARTIN of Medeski Martin & Wood juxta-poses traditional and more modern beats, taking the listener on a whirlwind rhythmic journey. On "Remington 411," old-school funk grooves containing traces of hip-hop glide alongside DJ Olive's space-age sonic effects and sidle up next to the brass section's call-and-response phrases. The free-jazz-style tom fills scurrying around the Martin-penned "Cry" are the flip side to the African-flavored syncopated rhythms of "Congo March" and secondline patterns of "El Ritmo." It may run only twenty-five minutes, but short on musical ideas this record isn't. (Amulet) Will Romano