Billy Martin & Wil Blades - Shimmy - out on Royal Potato Family/Amulet Records
Billy Martin & Wil Blades - Shimmy
(LP/CD/Digital) Royal Potato Family/Amulet Records RPF1123/RPF1124, 2012-05-22
“He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ” said Hammond B3 legend Dr. Lonnie Smith about his disciple Wil Blades. We knew Wil Blades as a talented sideman through various collaborations with the likes of Will Bernard, Terrence Brewer, Stanton Moore and Karl Denson. But we didn't expect him to be quite so good and heavy as he teams up with drummer and percussionist Billy Martin. For the first time his dazzling ability to create an overwhelming groove finally stands out, fulfilling Lonnie Smith's prophecy. We won't dither and slither: Shimmy is an important release and it puts Wil in the B3 Hall Of Fame. Paradoxically, he's not reaching those heights in a classic organ trio formation but in a duet. His association with Billy Martin works so well that you can be forgiven for thinking that three people - at least - are playing (do not search in the liner's notes, there is no bass nor guitar). These guys are not really human, they are more like octopuses, multiplying to sound like an orchestra... Building a duet with Billy Martin could have been perilous for Wil Blades, the danger being to be seen or sound like a stand-in organist for John Medeski. The comparison was inevitable but Wil doesn't try to compete at all and find his own vocabular, which wasn't a given. One brilliant idea lies in the addition of a clavinet doubling over the Hammond and adding some extra funkiness to the stainless B3 formula. As for Billy Martin (read the interview we did with him last summer), he writes one of the most glorious chapters of his already brilliant history. Whenever he's alone doing his noisy one percussionman-show, whenever he's playing at two with John Medeski in a more experimental vein (Mago), or playing with MMW or Wicked Knee, he displays the same mastery and boundless creativity. This essential release for every Hammond addict of the soul-jazz-funk party side is no exception.
Billy Martin & Wil Blades - Shimmy
(LP/CD/Digital) Royal Potato Family/Amulet Records, 2012-05-22
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Shimmy - the CD version
Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood and Wil Blades of Amendola vs Blades, and Stanton Moore Trio came together in 2010 to form this incredible Duo!
Drummer Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood and up and coming organist Wil Blades come together for a new duo project. The duo’s music is at once danceable and highly improvisational.
With a steady base as one-third of the renowned experimental jazz trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, drummer Billy Martin has become one of the most forward-thinking, innovative, and influential percussionists in the music world. His ultra-sensitive, hyper-melodic drumming -- which explores the ideas of jazz, hip-hop, electronica, African music, and other genres -- has an organic feel to it, filled with soft, natural edges and fluid energies. When not performing with Medeski Martin & Wood, Martin continues to collaborate with other musicians in improvisational projects, many of which are documented on his own Amulet Records imprint, which he founded in 1995.
Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. For several years, he has been named in the Downbeat critics poll under “Rising Star” for organ. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. Wil has performed and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne Scott Amendola and many others.