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Medeski Martin and Wood turn in some of their most satisfying and accessible work in years on Uninvisible, the genre-hopping jazz trio's latest exploration of funk-soul-rock-hip-hop fusion.

Medeski Martin and Wood turn in some of their most satisfying and accessible work in years on Uninvisible, the genre-hopping jazz trio's latest exploration of funk-soul-rock-hip-hop fusion. The album winningly synthesizes the danceable beats of 1998's Combustication with the avant-garde experimentalism of 2000's The Dropper. Keyboardist John Medeski's signature organ riffs are notably reigned in this time out, subtly bubbling under much of the work's dusky and trippy soundscapes. While there isn't any singing on the record, Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies fame contributes humming on the track "Where Have You Been" and Col. Bruce Hampton contributes spoken-word lyrics to "Your Name Is Snake Anthony." Other contributors include DJ Olive, DJ P Love, and producer Scotty Hard—who provide turntable work throughout the album. Uninvisible—infused with a late-night cool—marks a strong step forward for a versatile band that is increasingly hard to peg.—BG
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