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Wednesday July 05, 2017

From Downbeat

Hudson’s Collective Groove Exceeds Expectations at Montreal Jazz Festival
By: Ed Enright

The Montreal Jazz Festival has earned a reputation for presenting some of the finer emerging acts in improvised music each year. This year’s festival appearance by the collective known simply as “Hudson” indicates that tradition is alive and well.

A recently formed jazz supergroup consisting of drummer (and elder statesman) Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Larry Grenadier, Hudson puts a funk-and-fusion spin on Woodstock-era rock and folk repertoire of the late 1960s and invents its own compositions in that same spirit. In addition to sharing numerous artistic connections, some of which were established decades ago, all four musicians reside in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York, a region long known for its natural beauty and thriving indie arts scene.

As one of the early headliners of the Montreal Jazz Festival’s 38th edition, currently underway and continuing through July 8, Hudson contributed to event’s long history of recognizing and tapping into ambitious new projects in jazz. The group performed June 30 at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal on a double bill with saxophonist/flutist Charles Lloyd’s quartet…

Hudson’s Montreal show was the epitome of cohesiveness, which can be a rare quality in supergroups one encounters on the festival circuit. Organic to the core, the group’s performance clearly hit home with the audience, whose enthusiasm contributed to an atmosphere of fun, excitement and high expectations that were ultimately met and exceeded…

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