While musicians John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood are all virtuosos in their own right, there’s something magical that happens when the trio get together as Medeski Martin & Wood. The group has been together now for 25 years, capturing the jazz and jam worlds by storm with their otherworldly approach to music.In recent years, all three members have been immersed in various projects. Wood tours regularly with The Wood Brothers, while Medeski has found roles in DRKWAV, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Word and many more groups. Just recently, he was announced as a member of Saudade, a new supergroup with members of Deftones, Bad Brains and more. Listen to their debut track here.Of course, MMW is at the very heart of it all. The band’s latest release was Juice, a collaborative work with jazz guitarist John Scofield. While that was the band’s most recent studio project, there’s definitely a different energy when the band has Scofield in tow, as compared to their work as a trio. For the last MMW studio release, we have to look back to the group’s Radiolarian Series, which consisted of three albums released from 2008-2009. The band released a handful of live albums since then, including one with Wilco’s Nels Cline, but today we’ve learned that the band is back in the studio.Check out this update from Billy Martin below:We’re very excited too! We’ll be sure to update once we know more. Until then, you can get down to some 2016 MMW with video footage of their three sets at the moe.-hosted Tropical throe.down festival from earlier this year.
PHILADELPHIA >> It wasn’t a bombshell announcement that Blake Griffin was going to be in the starting lineup Tuesday against the 76ers. For weeks, the game seemed like a logical return date for the Clippers’ star forward who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 20.Privately, Griffin had been playing and going through grueling workouts, testing his right knee.Against the 76ers, he finally got the chance to show that everything works.Griffin slammed home a tip-in dunk and looked like he was moving fine in the Clippers’ 121-110 loss to Philadelphia, a positive sign after his lateral movement and attacking were limited by knee pain and stiffness in December prior to the surgery. “I probably would’ve liked to attack more, especially late in the shot clock. A couple times I settled for jumpers. But, I felt fine,” Griffin said. “Timing and rhythm for sure was the biggest thing.”Griffin struggled from the field (3-for-10) and the line (6-for-10), and he was sloppy with the basketball, turning it over six times.Still, there were no physical setbacks, and Griffin was able to play almost 30 minutes.“I honestly have had workouts that are twice as hard as this,” he said after the game. “As far as body-wise, pounding on my buddy, I’m lifting, then doing basketball, then doing treadmill and court conditioning all in a day, it’s more than just this. I don’t expect to feel anything.”The dunk was a reminder to people that haven’t seen Griffin in over a month that he can still make a big play, but it wasn’t a mental hurdle or anything for him. “I’ve had some explosive moments, whatever you want to call them, in workouts, playing 1-on-1, playing 3-on-3. That was put to rest for me,” he said. “It’s good to be able to feel that in a game and get back to that, but I feel like that was already out of my mind.”Sick as a DocDoc Rivers walked into the Wels Fargo Center Tuesday night, briefly stopping to talk with security and building personnel before disappearing into the coaches’ locker room.And in a trick that would make any magician impressed, when it came time to speak to the media, out popped Mike Woodson.Rivers was an unhealthy scratch Tuesday, with the illness he’s been battling for weeks getting the better of him.Woodson, one of the team’s assistant coaches, received the worst kind of promotion against Philadelphia — one that comes with more responsibility and without a raise.“I won’t get his check,” Woodson joked.Rivers missed a practice earlier this month with an illness. According to the Clippers, the last time Rivers missed a game was on Nov. 4, 2007 after the death of his father.Rivers went back to the team hotel during the game.Woodson has served as the Clippers head coach three times prior this season following three ejections for Rivers.“It was definitely strange,” DeAndre Jordan said. “We’ve played without Doc a couple of games when he got kicked out. But for a whole game, that was…I missed his raspy voice. But, Woody did a good job tonight, so it was cool.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error