Chris Wood (jazz musician)
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Chris Wood performing with John Medeski, Billy Martin, and John Scofield, 2007
|Birth name||Christopher Barry Wood|
|Born||Boulder, Colorado, U.S.|
|Genres||Jazz, jazz-funk, avant-garde jazz|
|Instruments||Double bass, bass guitar|
|Labels||Gramavision, Blue Note, Indirecto|
|Associated acts||Medeski, 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.
He formed Medeski Martin & Wood in 1991 with Medeski and Billy Martin. Wood also collaborates with his brother, Oliver, Wood in the band The Wood Brothers. Medeski produced their debut album, Ways Not to Lose. He has worked with Marc Ribot, Ned Rothenberg, John Scofield, Elliott Sharp, and John Zorn.
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.
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