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Tuesday August 08, 2017

From JazzTimes

JazzTimes – Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day Three
By: Evan Haga

The fest wraps with plenty of sun and groove.

The supergroup Hudson hit precisely the marks you’d want from a band featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Larry Grenadier and organist/pianist John Medeski. I caught a loud, elastic, cathartic take on Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand,” with Scofield covering the vocal melody in tasty Wes-style octaves before DeJohnette sang with fatherly, workmanlike charm. Hudson is in many ways an homage to a postwar generation raised on both acoustic jazz and the brilliant popular music of the 1960s, so Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” approached as soulful midtempo postbop, came off as a kind of theme song, or mission statement.

Hudson felt special, like a set that will mark this particular Newport against all the others.

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