Chris Wood (jazz musician)

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Chris Wood
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Chris Wood performing with John Medeski, Billy Martin, and John Scofield, 2007
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Barry Wood
BornBoulder, Colorado, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz-funk, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar
Years active1991–present
LabelsGramavision, Blue Note, Indirecto
Associated actsMedeski, Martin & Wood, The Wood Brothers

Christopher Barry Wood is an American bassist with the jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood.


Wood was raised in Boulder, Colorado, where he studied jazz and classical music. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music in 1989. His teachers included Geri Allen, Dave Holland, and Bob Moses. Reducing his classes, he accompanied Moses and John Medeski as sidemen for a tour, then played with them in New York City.[1]

He formed Medeski Martin & Wood in 1991 with Medeski and Billy Martin.[2] Wood also collaborates with his brother, Oliver, Wood in the band The Wood Brothers. Medeski produced their debut album, Ways Not to Lose.[3] He has worked with Marc Ribot, Ned Rothenberg, John Scofield, Elliott Sharp, and John Zorn.[1]

Wood plays double bass and bass guitar. One technique he uses on the double bass involves using a drumstick as a slide near the bridge of the bass. He bows between the drumstick and the bridge to produce a high-pitched, warbling sound, similar to a theremin. He is also known to insert a sheet of notation paper behind and between the strings of his bass which creates a "snare bass" sound, an adaption of a technique devised on the double bass by Bertram Turetzky. Wood used the technique on the song "Paper Bass" from the album Friday Afternoon in the Universe (1995).

He was a judge for the 12th, 13th, and 14th Independent Music Awards.


  1. ^ a b Layne, Joslyn. "Chris Wood". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Medeski, Martin And Wood". NME. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "Wood Brothers". NME. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-08-12.