The pianist and vocalist Mark G. Meadows has been known as a leading young figure on D.C.’s music scene since the release of his debut album, Something Good, in 2014. Since then he’s put out another fine record — To the People, named CapitalBop’s No. 2 album of 2016 — and performed in a range of clubs, concert halls and musical-theater stages across the DMV area.
Now he’s at work on a new EP, due in spring 2019, and today he released a funky cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” from that disc. You can listen to that here.
Together with his band, the Movement, Meadows brings Wonder’s up-tempo, baroque funk down to a simmer, adding complexity. At moments, his version sounds almost like cross-cover with Wonder’s funkiest hit, “Higher Ground.” Meadows’ vocals sail smoothly over the roiling grooves of drummer Carroll “C.V.” Dashiell and bassist Eliot Seppa, delivering a feverish piano solo mid-song before allowing guitarist John Lee’s eruptive shredding to bring things home.