Officially launched in honor of DeJohnette’s upcoming 75th birthday (on August 9), the quartet originally came together at the 2014 Woodstock Jazz Festival. “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley,” says DeJohnette. “And there are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.”
On their self-titled debut, the unit references their surroundings not only in abstract ways but also by the inclusion of a piece by Woodstock’s most famous son, Bob Dylan: a transcendental version of his "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Here's a promotional trailer for the album:
Hudson’s initial tour begins June 9 in San Francisco. The band will perform at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 4. Hudson is out June 9 on Motemam Music. For more information, visit https://hudson-music.bandcamp.com/releases.