Call it A Tale of Two Brothers.
Oliver Wood played guitar. He moved to Atlanta, honed his instrumental and vocal chops, and formed one of the Southeasts most popular rock bands, King Johnson. Chris Wood played bass. He moved to New York, immersed himself in the citys lively jazz-and-improv scene, and formed the internationally acclaimed instrumental trio called Medeski Martin & Wood.
Now, their divergent paths meet at the crossroads of a striking new recording: Ways Not to Lose, the debut album by The Wood Brothers, out now on Blue Note Records.
The twelve tracks that comprise Ways Not To Lose were recorded in one week of September 2005 at Allaire Studios in bucolic Shokan, New York. Nearly all the tracking was done with the musicians playing live, together in one room. The sessions were produced by Medeski Martin & Wood keyboards wizard John Medeski and engineered by S. Husky Höskulds (whose session credits include the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Fiona Apple, and Solomon Burke, among many others).