by Dave Segal
on Mon, May 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM
(Royal Room) Billy Martin you know as the drummer of Medeski Martin & Wood, one of the baddest avant-soul-jazz trios ever. His loose-limbed funkiness and percussive adventurousness rank highly among the all-time greats. Organist Wil Blades has played with Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Lee Hooker, Idris Muhammad, and other important figures. Together, they're natural conspirators in unstoppable groove manufacturing. Martin and Blades find endless ways to boggle your mind with their provocative compositional brilliancies. YouTube their live-from-New-York-City performance of "Toe Thumb" for proof of the disciplined voodoo they conjure with the greatest of expertise.