A remarkable recording of solid grooves, Hudson is a remarkable debut from a band that comes together as if they have performed as a unit for years.
The highlight on this recording is clearly "A Hard Rain Is A Gonna Fall". The Bob Dylan classic is given a very soulful treatment with deep musical colors. Slowly, the listener notices that the tune has metamorphosized somehow into a whirlwind of organ and drum conversation that reminds this listener of "Pharaoh's Dance" from the Miles Davis recording Bitches Brew. And not surprisingly so because the drummer, Jack DeJohnette, was in the studio with Miles during the making of that historic date. The keyboardist, John Medeski, famously of Medeski, Martin and Wood, is more than capable to create that spacey, hypnotic feel. Together, with John Scofield(who also worked with Miles Davis) and ace bassist Larry Grenadier, the band is truly cookin'.
By way of contrast The Band's "Up On Cripple Creek" is very faithful to the original, as Medeski's piano stylings take the listener back to another period of music, in which the band follows suit with toe-tapping accents and statements.
Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" is very pleasing. And as this writer has spent many summer vacations in the Catskill mountains the groove the band sets on this tune is exactly the right relaxed one.
Jack DeJohnette: drums
Larry Grenadier: bass
John Medeski: piano, organ
John Scofield: guitar