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Wednesday May 31, 2017

The Times

Jazz review: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield: Hudson / Arve Henriksen: Towards Language
By: John Bungey

A warm, inviting album by musicians wearing their virtuosity lightly.

On Hudson, a relaxed, rootsy album recorded in upstate New York, you’ll hear jazz and you’ll hear rock. What you won’t hear is jazz-rock. Instead of the mix of hyperactive soloing and thumping backbeats popularised in the 1970s, here are four musicians who have grown up listening to rock applying jazz thinking in more subtle ways.

The guitarist John Scofield, the keyboardist John Medeski, the bassist Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette on drums may just be the ultimate jam band. Their reading of the Band’s Up on Cripple Creek retains its rootsy charm; Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay stretches out over a slippery Caribbean groove. More radically, A Hard…

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