All-Star Band Hudson To Release Album, Tour North America

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Friday February 17, 2017

From DownBeat

All-Star Band Hudson To Release Album, Tour North America

The new band Hudson includes four of the most acclaimed musicians in jazz: drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield. The quartet recently recorded a studio album that is slated for release this summer. The band takes its name from the Hudson Valley area in New York state, where each of these musicians resides.

DeJohnette, who will turn 75 on Aug. 9, will celebrate his milestone birthday by hitting the road. Hudson’s tour of North America includes a performance on June 30 at the Montreal Jazz Festival. (That show, held at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal, will be a double bill with saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s quartet.)

The members of Hudson originally came together in 2014 to perform at the Woodstock Jazz Festival. “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley,” DeJohnette said. “There are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.”

Grenadier also feels that an artist’s environment can be a driving force in the creative process. He draws a similar sense of inspiration from the Hudson Valley—a locale that offers a placid alternative to the frenetic pace of nearby New York City.

“The musicians who migrated up this way from the city were not escaping the music,” Grenadier explained. “They were looking for a way to go deeper into it. The space and the atmosphere of the area create an ideal place to find the music within. We all travel and play so much around the world that when we are home, we’re in a place that’s full of quietude and we have room to search for the beauty and space within music.”

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