Electric Tonic

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Electric Tonic
Live album by Medeski Martin & Wood
Released 2001
Recorded July 4, 1998[1][2]
(Tonic, New York City)
Genre Jazz
Length 73:27
Label Indirecto Records
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Electric Tonic is a live Jazz album by Medeski Martin & Wood. It consists of completely improvised[1] material recorded as one piece at Tonic in New York City on July 4, 1998.[1][2] Described by the band's website as "electric improvisational birthday music," it had previously only been made available at their live shows and through the band's online store; It is now sold online through Amazon instead.[2] For the Electric Tonic concert, electric keyboards and basses were used by Medeski and Wood respectively, a counterpart to the group's fully acoustic album Tonic, recorded eight months later at the same venue (though released first in 2000).[3]

According to John Zorn's liner notes:

"The first new music series presented at Tonic in the summer if 1998 was an inspiring show of solidarity showcasing the full range of the Downtown scene. As always, Medeski Martin & Wood were present playing their unique blend of groove, noise, and improvisation to a packed house of enthusiastic music lovers."


The concert was recorded by Federico Cribiore, archivist for Medeski Martin & Wood with 2 Earthworks microphones, Sonosax pre-amps, Apogee A/D converters live to a two track DAT @ 48kz.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Bass Hi Hat"   5:22
2. "Brush Rim Groove"   8:05
3. "Birds & Trash"   5:31
4. "Shacklyn Groovin'"   10:20
5. "Carnival of Noise"   2:59
6. "Illy B's Wood Section"   5:49
7. "Wood's Street Beat March"   3:57
8. "Scofield's Ride"   5:44
9. "Woodthump Groove"   17:02
10. "Mutha Funkin' Medeski"   8:38



  • Recorded by Federico Cribiore
  • Mastered at Sony Studios by Marc Wilder
  • Cover designed by David Bias


  1. ^ a b c Electric Tonic cover and liner notes (2001). Beatworld Music. "100% improvised music"
  2. ^ a b c "Medeski Martin & Wood::Music". Retrieved 14 July 2015. Available ONLY through the band’s store or at a live show, Electric Tonic is electric improvisational birthday music... 
  3. ^ Tonic cover and liner notes (2000). Blue Note Records.