Medeski, Martin & Wood with Nels Cline to Release The Woodstock Sessions
Medeski, Martin and Wood + Nels Cline will release The Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2) on April 22. The long-awaited album was recorded when the quartet gathered at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY on August 27, 2013 for a special recording session in front of 75 fans. The session was later edited and mixed into nine separate tracks by the Applehead production/engineering team of Michael Birnbaum, Chris Bittner and Kevin Salem.
MMW and Cline first collaborated earlier in 2013, when the Wilco guitarist joined MMW for two sold out shows at The Blue Note in New York City before teaming up once again at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival that summer.
“MMW has no leader. When we play, there is an unspoken rule that requires each of us to sometimes lead and sometimes follow. As an outsider, it’s hard to join this kind of democracy without altering it,” says Chris Wood. “With Nels Cline it’s different. He instantly became a citizen of our twisted democracy and elevated it to a higher realm.”
The quartet premiered a new tune called “Jade,” which appears on the upcoming release, over at The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog yesterday. You can give the track a listen here.