by Peter Aaron
In a sense, it was actually Duo Mago that begat Medeski, Martin & Wood. Medeski and Martin first began playing together as a twosome at the latter’s Brooklyn loft in 1989, which eventually led to the formation of Medeski Martin & Wood in 1991. But the two never forgot their initial two-hour jam session, and dreamed of a duet project. Thus, Duo Mago released their first album on Amulet Records in 2007, simply titled Mago. The album features Martin on drums and Medeski on Hammond B3 organ.
Here, the pair lays down their righteous grooves at a 2011 performance:
Duo Mago will perform at Utopia Studios in Woodstock on March 22 at 8pm. Tickets are $45. For information, visit http://radiowoodstock.com/home.