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Wednesday October 04, 2017

From Daily Local

CONCERT PREVIEW: Jazz supergroup Hudson to visit Ardmore Music Hall
By: Fern Brodkin

Hudson, the jazz quartet that released their eponymous debut album (Motéma, 2017) in June, will visit Ardmore Music Hall on Oct. 11. The group was founded by legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette and includes bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield.

They named the band Hudson because the four musicians live in the Hudson River Valley in New York. They first performed together at a one-off concert at the Woodstock Jazz Festival in 2014.

Last year DeJohnette decided he wanted to do something special for his 75th birthday, which was Aug. 9 of this year. So he contacted Grenadier, Medeski and Scofield and asked them if they wanted to reunite to record and tour. The all-star musicians made time in their busy schedules to do so.

“I listened to some of the music from (our Woodstock Jazz Festival) concert and thought it would be cool to get together and play some original music, do some cover songs, play some grooves… and everybody said ‘yeah,’” said DeJohnette in a telephone interview from his office in upstate New York. “So we went in the studio for 5 days at the beginning of this year and we recorded a lot of great music, some of which got on the album. Some we still have in reserve.”

The Hudson album features 11 tracks. They include 3 of DeJohnette’s original compositions, 2 of Scofield’s compositions, 1 group composition and 5 covers of Woodstock-area and Woodstock Festival artists.

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