Four of the world's top instrumentalists - Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood), and John Scofield (guitar) - unite to form a supergroup collective on 'Hudson'.
Based on the high-profile personnel, each of whom has built extensive audiences from their individual and group projects, and the brilliance of the music, this project is not only a major event for marketing in the jazz world but will create opportunities for marketing to the jam band world as well.
In addition to original compositions, Hudson features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell, creating opportunities for further marketing interest including editorial track premiere opportunities.
“We love and respect each other’s music and individual personalities on their instruments, and the combination just seemed to really gel,” he explains. Aside from a few originals, the group runs through classics inspired by the region, including Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow,” in addition to Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” “We seem to have a really special rapport that comes across in the music,” he adds.
The group also tackles Woodstock heroes The Band, which is an especially personal touch for DeJohnette, who was (and is) friends with Band members Garth Hudson and Levon Helm, sitting in on several of Helm’s “Midnight Ramble” concerts.
“When I played with Miles, we did a double bill with The Band and Miles at the Hollywood Bowl, and the rest of the band — Keith Jarrett and Dave [Holland, bass] — jammed with the Band there.”
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