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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 11, 1998
RecordedThe Magic Shop, NYC
GenreJazz-funk, jazz fusion, acid jazz, jam band
LabelBlue Note Records
ProducerMedeski Martin & Wood, David Baker, Scott Harding
Medeski Martin & Wood chronology
Combustication Remix EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Combustication is the fifth major album by experimental jazz fusion trio Medeski Martin & Wood, released on August 11, 1998. Combustication was MMW's first album for the renowned jazz label Blue Note Records, and also marked a stylistic shift for the band, with a deeper groove and the notable infusion of rhythmic influences from Hip hop and a variety of other styles. The album is also the first to include an accompanying turntablist, in this case longtime MMW collaborator DJ Logic. Combustication features unique instrumental renditions of the Sly and the Family Stone hit "Everyday People," as well as the Hawaiian traditional "No Ke Ano Ahiahi." All tracks on the album have been frequently performed live by the band, often with tremendous improvisational variation.

Track listing[edit]

All music by Medeski Martin & Wood except where noted.

  1. "Sugar Craft" – 3:22
  2. "Just Like I Pictured It" – 3:27
  3. "Start·Stop" – 6:39
  4. "Nocturne" – 4:02
  5. "Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho" – 3:15
  6. "Whatever Happened to Gus" (MMW, Cannon) – 4:26
  7. "Latin Shuffle" – 9:05
  8. "Everyday People" (Stewart) – 5:27
  9. "Coconut Boogaloo" – 3:57
  10. "Church of Logic" (MMW, Kibler) – 6:38
  11. "No Ke Ano Ahiahi" (traditional) – 4:48
  12. "Hypnotized" – 13:37
    • Includes a hidden song, "Combustication" (which begins at 7:37, after two minutes of silence).



  • Mixed at Greene Street Recording Studios
  • Assisted at The Magic Shop by Juan Garcia
  • Assisted at Greene Street by Danny Madorksy, Katsuhiko Naito, and Dennis
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk
  • Band photos: Jimmy Katz
  • Design: Bleu Valdimer, Project Dragon


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Combustication at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 May 2012.