DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield - Hudson (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield - Hudson (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield - Hudson (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 71:52 minutes | 835 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Music giants Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield, join forces in the electrifying new jazz-meets-rock supergroup, Hudson. Inspired by the beauty and spirit of their home region, New York’s Hudson River Valley, these famed improvisers bring fresh dimensions to Woodstock associated classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band and as well as compelling original compositions. The music also celebrates NEA Jazzmaster Jack DeJonnette’s 75th birthday.

Too often, musicians of this caliber who come together under the particular umbrella of a "project" find the end result muddied by any number of difficulties, from individual egos to production excesses. Thankfully, none of that is the case with Hudson, the collective recording by the all-star, multi-generational quartet of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. The album title has a two-fold meaning: It signifies the geographical region in upstate New York where these players currently reside, and highlights the notion that the area has always offered a place of solace for artists – especially musicians. The latter is reflected in the choice of covers here.
The mood throughout is loose and conversational. These guys play songs they love to discover what else is inside them. The collective's lengthy title-track opening jam emerges from a funky bass and drum vamp, and evolves into something akin to the early electric music by Miles Davis via Medeski's wonky organ and electric piano sounds and Scofield's deeply rhythmic playing style. The entire band works that vamp to the point where it becomes something wholly other. Grenadier's playing is remarkable not for what he plays, but for how his woody grooves are so deep they build a dancefloor for the others to move on. Scofield's "El Swing" is a lithe, slippery, post-bop number with a lovely melody steeped in blues. There are four covers in a row. First is a reggae-cum-soul-jazz take on Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay," where Medeski does his best Jackie Mitoo, while Scofield layers the lyric line with a biting tenderness and the rhythm section cuts deep. Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" builds on the wispy mystery in the original with a beautiful, bluesy, acoustic piano solo by Medeski, and Scofield's quotations from "Eleanor Rigby." Dylan's "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" becomes a vehicle for intimate and edgy exploration utilizing psychedelia, swing rhythms, Scofield's more angular rock abstractions – which always return to the blues – and Medeski's spacy chord voicings. Jimi Hendrix is represented by "Wait Until Tomorrow," in which the quartet uncover the R&B grooves underneath its rock exterior. Of the remaining originals, DeJohnette's "Song for World Forgiveness" is a highlight for its laid-back tempo and reflective but emphatic interaction between pianist and guitarist. Scofield's "Tony Then Jack" has an uptempo swagger with a knotty organ, a bouncy, walking bassline, and skittering snare work from DeJohnette, while the Band's "Up on Cripple Creek" reveals the NOLA funk at its core. Hudson is a modern update that harkens back – in feel – to the great Blue Note sessions of the '60s, when a group of jazz masters could come together to play good music and let off some steam. We need more records like this.


01 - Hudson
02 - El Swing
03 - Lay Lady Lay
04 - Woodstock
05 - A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
06 - Wait Until Tomorrow
07 - Song For World Forgiveness
08 - Dirty Ground
09 - Tony Then Jack
10 - Up On Cripple Creek
11 - Great Spirit Peace Chant

Jack DeJohnette - drums, Tom Tom, flute, vocals
Larry Grenadier - acoustic bass, vocals
John Medeski - piano, organ, flute, vocals
John Scofield - guitar, flute

Analyzed: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield / Hudson

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR10 0.00 dB -12.33 dB 10:56 01-Hudson
DR11 0.00 dB -12.44 dB 5:29 02-El Swing
DR9 0.00 dB -10.74 dB 8:16 03-Lay Lady Lay
DR10 0.00 dB -11.99 dB 6:00 04-Woodstock
DR9 0.00 dB -11.17 dB 9:14 05-A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
DR10 0.00 dB -11.06 dB 5:29 06-Wait Until Tomorrow
DR10 0.00 dB -12.12 dB 8:36 07-Song For World Forgiveness
DR9 0.00 dB -10.61 dB 3:58 08-Dirty Ground
DR8 0.00 dB -9.70 dB 5:03 09-Tony Then Jack
DR10 0.00 dB -11.83 dB 5:35 10-Up On Cripple Creek
DR10 -0.08 dB -11.46 dB 3:16 11-Great Spirit Peace Chant

Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1474 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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