Friday April 14, 2017
From Rolling Stone
Hear Jazz Supergroup Hudson Cover Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’
By: Hank Shteamer
Master improvisers Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield reflect on the deep roots of their rock-inspired collective.
On Hudson, the upcoming debut by their band of the same name, jazz luminaries Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield pay tribute to their shared love of 1960s rock. The album features two interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including a loose, lyrical nine-minute-plus version of the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan classic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” premiering below.
Out June 9th, Hudson also features the group’s takes on Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow” and the Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek,” as well as Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” plus original pieces by the band members. Their interpretation of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” moves from a pastoral opening theme to a simmering psychedelic climax during Medeski’s spacey keyboard solo.
The quartet takes its name from New York’s Hudson Valley, where all four musicians live. “All of us built our careers in the city and then moved out to the Hudson Valley to raise our kids and have a home,” guitarist Scofield said in a press release. “One thing that we all have in common is that, although we’re urban musicians, we left the city to live in nature.”
Hudson debuted at the Woodstock Jazz Festival in 2014, but the members have worked together for years in various projects. Scofield and DeJohnette – a veteran drummer known for his work with Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and countless other legends – first played together in 1978, and both appeared on Herbie Hancock’s 1995 LP The New Standard, an album that also featured rock and pop covers. In the 2000s, they joined forces again in the band Trio Beyond. And since the late Nineties, Scofield has collaborated extensively with Medeski Martin and Wood, the keyboardist’s long-running collective trio. Grenadier, a constantly in-demand bassist, has worked with all three fellow Hudson members in different settings.
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