Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood have announced a North American tour this December to support their forthcoming studio album, Juice, out September 16 from Indirecto Records. The ten-night run will be preceded by a 14-date tour of Europe in November. Beginning at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on December 4, MSMW will play select shows in both the Northern and Southeastern United States, highlighted by a hometown performance at Terminal 5 in NYC on December 11. They'll conclude the stretch in the Midwest, which includes one night only in Canada at Toronto's historic Massey Hall.
"We love the unexplainable magic that comes from our collaboration with John Scofield on every level, from the hang to the playing," says John Medeski. "This is a band with a personality and dynamics all its own that we feel we've captured like never before on this latest album. And it will only continue to evolve over these shows this winter."
Juice—a ten-track effort and the fourth recording between the four musicians in seventeen years of performing together—showcases what Paste Magazine recently described as "the group's penchant for tight grooves and purposeful rambling." In addition to six original compositions, MSMW offer a boogaloo romp through legendary jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris' "Sham Time," a dubbed-out deconstruction of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love," a playful post-bop reading of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and the gorgeous hymn-like album closer, Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'."
"Reacting to each other is really what it's about," adds John Scofield. "That's what makes this music work. We've gotten to the point where we can come together and make something that is identifiable and organic, yet it's growing and changing all the time."
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood North American Winter Tour Dates:
December 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
December 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
December 6 - Westhampton Beach, NY - Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
December 7 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
December 8 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
December 9 - Atlanta, GA - Symphony Hall
December 11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
December 12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
December 13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
December 14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue