Hudson Supergroup Announces Debut Album & Shares Bob Dylan Cover

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Jazz supergroup Hudson will issue their self-titled debut album on June 9 through Motéma Music. The album features a number of covers, including the newly shared arrangement of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan.

The foursome of New York’s Hudson River Valley residents – drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Larry Grenadier – hooked up at at the 2014 Woodstock Jazz Festival and recently confirmed their first tour dates, currently slated for June and October. The group recorded Hudson at Scott Petito’s NRS Recording Studios in the Hudson River Valley.

Songs penned by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band’s Robbie Robertson are featured on the album. The 11-track record, which was inspired by the group members’ shared surroundings, also showcases songs written individually and collectively by the group.

“This area has been a place for musicians to come to retreat,” Medeski said in a statement. “There’s performing, but there’s also writing and practicing and growing and going deeper. Traditionally people have come to this environment to search and grow. To woodshed.”

“All of us built our careers in the city and then moved out to the Hudson Valley to raise our kids and have a home,” Scofield stated. “One thing that we all have in common is that although we’re urban musicians, we left the city to live in nature.”

Along with “Lay Lady Lay,” the debut LP features a cover of Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” which Rolling Stone premiered and can be streamed below:

Hudson Tracklist

  1. Hudson
  2. El Swing
  3. Lay Lady Lay
  4. Woodstock
  5. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  6. Wait Until Tomorrow
  7. Song for World Forgiveness
  8. Dirty Ground
  9. Tony Then Jack
  10. Up on Cripple Creek
  11. Great Spirit Peace Chant

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