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Thursday June 15, 2017

From Pittsburgh TribLive

Hudson headlines final night Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
By: Bob Karlovits

Guitarist John Scofield thinks there could be a simple reason why he takes his music so many different directions.

“Maybe I’m just restless,” he says.

That refusal to let his career drift along in a predictable manner will display itself at 7:15 p.m. June 18 when he performs with his latest band, a quartet called Hudson.

As the final scheduled act of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, the gig takes on the appearance of a climactic, closing set. And in a way it should.

It is a quartet that also includes drummer Jack DeJohnette, keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Larry Grenadier. It is a band made up of colleagues who have worked together in a variety of ways and who all live in the Hudson Valley of New York, not far from Woodstock.

And it is a group that reflects the many ways Scofield goes with his music, which includes his funky Uberjam group; the Country for Old Men group, which offers his electric blues-tinted version of country music; and a recording project called Quiet, which was soft — but far from smooth — jazz.

“We put it together two years ago for the Woodstock Jazz Festival,” Scofield, 65, says of Hudson. “And then this year we put it together again to celebrate Jack’s 75th birthday.”

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