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Hudson a studio album by jazz musicians Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski, John Scofield, and Larry Grenadier. The album was released on June 9, 2017 by Motéma.[1]

Hudson
Hudson album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2017
RecordedJanuary 2017
StudioNRS Recording Studio, Catskill, New York
GenreJazz
Length71:54
LabelMotéma
ProducerJack DeJohnette, John Medeski, John Scofield, Larry Grenadier
Jack DeJohnette chronology
Return
(2017)
Hudson
(2017)

BackgroundEdit

Hudson is the name of the quartet; it is inspired by the beauty and history of the Hudson River[2] from which Woodstock is a few miles away. Bassist Larry Grenadier is himself a resident of the Hudson Valley. What is more, DeJohnette appeared on 1996 Michael Brecker's album Tales from the Hudson, which had similar instrumentation—except for Brecker's saxophone.[3]

The quartet initially played a concert together at the 2014 Woodstock Jazz Festival; that experience encouraged the band to pursue the project, culminating in the present record. Hudson is the band's debut, eponymous album consisting of not only originals by bandmembers but also new renditions of famous songs by such musicians as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Band, and Jimi Hendrix. Another relevant touchstone, unstated but clearly implied, is Miles Davis.[4] The album also includes a new version of song "Dirty Ground", a 2011 tune from DeJohnette's album Sound Travels recorded with lyrics and vocals by Bruce Hornsby.[5] The album clearly celebrates the music from the late 1960s and early 1970s.[6] Hudson was recorded directly to Pro Tools at 24-bit/96kHz at Scott Petito's NRS Recording Studio, in Catskill, New York. Petito has been DeJohnette's recording engineer for some 20 years.[7] The label's official website also states that the release celebrates Jack DeJonnette's 75th birthday.[1]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz     [8]
AllMusic     [9]
Elmore93/100[3]
The Guardian     [10]
Jazz TrailB[6]
Pitchfork7.5/10[11]
PopMatters6/10[12]
Stereophile     [7]

Paul de Barros of DownBeat wrote "It would be easy to dismiss the supergroup Hudson as mere boomer nostalgia, but that would overlook just how vigorous, original, engaged and downright pleasurable this welcome debut sounds.... The band jumps deep into free territory on the title-track opener, an archeo-futuristic jam that spins raunchy, fuzzed guitar and skronky keyboard clanks around a throbbing, ceremonial beat".[13] Seth Colter Walls of Pitchfork Media stated "This is not the most fiery music DeJohnette has collaborated on, in his eighth decade. But the peaceable mastery that moves through Hudson does have the distinction of feeling comfortable without being too predictable".[11] John Fordham of The Guardian added "The group's slightly clunky Native American chanting might have been better replaced by sampled field-recordings with instrumental decoration, but this is an elite jazz outfit collectively telling a compelling new story".[10] Nate Chinen of JazzTimes commented "What they're creating is a top-to-bottom group improvisation—a jam, if we're being plainspoken about it—with the morphing shape of an amoeba. But over the course of a discursive and open-ended 23 minutes, a kind of structural integrity emerges, rooted in the loopy clarity of DeJohnette's groove".[14]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hudson"DeJohnette, Medeski, Scofield, Grenadier10:56
2."El Swing"Scofield5:29
3."Lay Lady Lay"Bob Dylan8:16
4."Woodstock"Joni Mitchell6:00
5."A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"Bob Dylan9:14
6."Wait Until Tomorrow"Jimi Hendrix5:29
7."Song for World Forgiveness"DeJohnette8:36
8."Dirty Ground"Bruce Hornsby, DeJohnette3:58
9."Tony Then Jack"Scofield5:03
10."Up on Cripple Creek"Robbie Robertson5:35
11."Great Spirit Peace Chant"DeJohnette3:16
Total length:71:54

PersonnelEdit

  • John Medeski – piano, electric piano, organ, flute, vocals
  • John Scofield – guitar, flute
  • Larry Grenadier – double bass, vocals
  • Jack DeJohnette – drums, flute, vocals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Hudson". Motema Music. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ Shteamer, Hank (April 14, 2017). "Hear Jazz Supergroup Hudson Cover Bob Dylan's 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hynes, Jim (9 June 2017). "Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield: Hudson". Elmore Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate (June 1, 2017). "Review: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski & Scofield, 'Hudson'". NPR. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ Tunis, Walter (19 July 2017). "Quartet of jazz giants unite for a new group and album: 'Hudson'". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b Freitas, Filipe (21 September 2017). "Hudson: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield - Hudson". Jazz Trail. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b Baird, Robert (August 17, 2017). "Recording of the Month: Hudson". Stereophile. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  8. ^ Farbey, Roger (18 June 2017). "Hudson - DeJohnette Grenadier Medeski Scofield: Hudson". All About Jazz. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  9. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Jack DeJohnette / Larry Grenadier: Hudson". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b Fordham, John (6 July 2017). "DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield: Hudson review – a new jazz supergroup". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b Walls, Seth Colter (20 June 2017). "Hudson". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  12. ^ Layman, WillDeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, and Scofield: Hudson (20 June 2017). "DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, and Scofield: Hudson". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  13. ^ Barros, Paul de (August 2017). "DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield: Hudson (Motéma)". DownBeat. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  14. ^ Chinen, Nate (31 August 2017). "Hudson: Upstate New York's Supergroup". JazzTimes. Retrieved 6 March 2019.