Medeski, Martin, and Wood
New Orleans, LA
Neumann TLM170s(cardoid, FOB) -> Sonosax -> Teac DAP20 (16 bit, 48khz, EMPHASIS ON)
Transfer: Sony R500->Sound Devices 722
Mastered: Soundforge Pro 10.0b - *All file manipulation in Soundforge done at 24 bits* Sample rate conversion 48khz to 44.1khz using iZotope 64-Bit SRC set higher than "Highest Quality" setting w/anti-alias filter. 24 bit file then processed with SOX 14.3.1 (as recommended, keeping the file at 24 bits during the processing) to remove pre-emphasis which was applied by the Teac A>D converter. Then back to Soundforge for minor loud clap removal, volume normalization and finally dithered back to 16 bits using using iZotope MBIT+ with Ultra noise shaping, High dither settings. Tracked in CDWav.
- ONE SET -
01. [00:15] - 'crowd'
02. [07:45] - Philly Cheese Blunt >
03. [03:14] - Improv >
04. [05:31] - Shacklyn Knights >
05. [08:20] - The Lover >
06. [10:31] - Open Improv >
07. [05:12] - Partido Alto >
08. [03:44] - Brigas Nunca Mais >
09. [02:25] - Drum Solo >
10. [06:05] - We Are Rolling
11. [01:27] - 'banter - inviting out Henry Butler'
12. [08:20] - Improv *
13. [04:06] - Improv * >
14. [07:28] - Note Bleu *
15. [01:16] - 'banter - Henry Butler appreciation, band intros'
16. [09:26] - Chinoiserie
17. [03:33] - Ancora >
18. [04:22] - Felic >
19. [06:38] - Just Like I Pictured It >
20. [05:40] - Blue Pepper
21. [02:07] - 'band intros/thanks/encore break'
22. [12:40] - Swamp Road
23. [00:54] - 'crowd'
Total recording time (2:00:58)
Corey Harris/Henry Butler duo opened
* = w/Henry Butler on piano
I attempted to clean up momentary bass distortion coming out of the PA 4:50 into track 4, but couldn't do much about it
Transferred, Mastered, and Tracked by Scott Bernstein (5/23-27/2010).
Ah, Jazzfest 2000, more than 10 years gone at this point. The Saenger Theater -- what a great place to see one of your favorite bands! Everything was pretty great about it -- the vibe, the decor, the sound, the sightlines, etc. Too bad it's gone now.
BARN46 features one of my long-term favorite crossover jazz/jambands, Medeski Martin and Wood, performing a nighttime show during Jazzfest 2000. I got there early enough to get situated right in the sweet spot which my buddy Bill Mulvey had already staked out (the place was general admission seating) and to see the Corey Harris/Henry Butler duo, which was super tasty (I'm trying to dig up that recording but I'm having a little trouble locating it in the BARN -- you definitely want to hear it!). As I listened to it I was struck by how killer this recording sounds. If you ever had any question as to whether MMW as mixing their sound in Stereo or Mono at the time, put on your headphones and the answer will be totally clear -- you can hear the drums panned in stereo, as well as stereo piano keys for each ear. A true sonic treat, thanks to the sound mixing wizardry of Philip Harvey, their old FOH sound engineer. Also, pretty amazingly, the crowd around me was super quiet, rare for a New Orleans show....
MMW proceeded to put on a really good one-setter, with local legend Henry Butler sitting in for a few songs. That they did perform 2 Ellington tunes in the set, which is quite strong. They finish off with their encore "Swamp Road" which is played off mic and without the nature of the PA system.
I've still got a few more New Orleans Jazzfest shows coming down the pipeline, so keep your eyes and ears open....