Hudson Tunes Flow Freely

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Tuesday June 20, 2017

From Times Union

Hudson will keep tunes flowing freely at Jazz Fest
By: R.J. Deluke

Casual music fans may look at the lineup for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival and not think much when they see that a band called Hudson will play Sunday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. But the band, made up of four players who reside near one another in the Hudson Valley, can comfortably be called a jazz supergroup.
Based on the sound of their album of the same name, released earlier this month, the audience is in for a major treat.
Hudson is John Scofield, one of the major guitarists in any genre; Jack DeJohnette, an all-time great drummer; the superb John Medeski on keyboards, co-leader of Medeski, Martin and Wood; and the rock-steady, always-in-demand Larry Grenadier on bass. The music is a mix of classic rock songs — like “Lay Lady Lady,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and “Woodstock” — played with the startling originality befitting improvisers of this caliber, and some originals laced with both strong grooves and ripping jazz.
“There is blues and funk. Then there’s jazz, because that’s our primary focus,” said Scofield. “I think the main thing about the group is how we improvise together. Everybody in the group is pretty much committed to this idea of group improvisation and getting a vibe going and listening to each other and making something happen on the spot. Certainly, that’s a jazz tradition. That’s the way we live our lives, too.”

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