The first, Let's Go Everywhere, is a children's record, with the
title track interpolating Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere" into
call to arms for kids to travel the globe old school, through music and
imagination. The second 2008 MM&W release, Zaebos, is a
return to the music of their beginnings. It's a collection of John Zorn
tunes, with range from the prog rock/free jazz DMZ of "Zagzagel" to the
jagged piano/acoustic bass workout "Rifion."
The third release, Radiolarians Vol. 1,
is the first installment of one of the more bold projects in recent
memory. Starting this past February, MM&W scheduled three tour
runs, with each one planned as the breeding ground of a new album.
Volume 1 contained plenty of starter yeast from jams like "Professor
Nohair," a tribute to New Orleans jazz great Professor Longhair.
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Similarly, Radiolarians volume two, which was recently
completed, and volume three, which is being made right now, were
completely conceived from improvs on the road.
-- Tom Bowker