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The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble (Jody Redhage – cello/voice, Zach Brock – violin, Martin Urbach – percussion, Steve Hudson – piano) is a genre bending ensemble based in New York City. They record and perform original music with roots in classical, tango, jazz, folk & pop. Their newest CD is Galactic Diamonds. Read a review from Aural States.

Notes by Steve Hudson about this CD:

“What I enjoy about this group and our instrumentation of piano/melodica, violin, cello, and percussion is that we explore a wide spectrum of musical landscapes – music that is at times is lush, and expressive, and yet at other times experimental and aggressive. We are able to explore that delicate balance of written music and improvisation, or structure and freedom. When a song finds that balance, magical things can happen during a performance. Working with master and versatile musicians such as Zach Brock, Jody Redhage, and Martin Urbach makes this all possible.

If there is one idea that underscores all of the music on the cd Galactic Diamonds, it would be ‘follow the line.’ There were no preconceived forms when the music was written, or even a specific genre to adhere to. It boiled down to, ‘where does the musical line want to go?’ Tune with Tango has the energy and the warm appeal of tango coupled with captivating solos on violin, piano, and the cajon. The melody is fun, and soloing on the piece is equally enjoyable. Funky Hobbit was written years ago while I was studying a piece by Debussy. While playing this one musical passage, I started playing with a funky bass line, and the tune emerged from there. Song for John Lennon was inspired by a documentary I saw on Lennon’s life. One thing, among many things, that really stuck out to me was here was a guy who had a great career with the Beatles, and yet afterwards he had this passion to keep forging ahead, find new musical ground. Miles Davis had that too. I wanted to celebrate that spirit in this song.

There is a balance of music on this cd of longer through-composed works alongside pieces that are designed to be simple and transparent. Many of these pieces to me are like short stories, letting the listener create his or her own narrative.”

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Shine features original compositions of Steve Hudson that take the listener on unexpected sonic adventures, from soulful stride piano to uptempo grooves.

The album features some of New York’s finest musicians including Marcus Rojas on tuba, trumpeter James Zollar, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, saxophonists Claire Daly and Mark DeJong, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, vocalist Peter Eldridge, and many others.

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Seamless brings together members of the Outer Bridge Ensemble to explore originals from members of the band. There are tunes with old world melodies, and compositions that reflect the diverse musical personalities of drummer David Freeman, saxophonist Mark DeJong, bass clarinetist Tom Buckelew, bassist Mike Noordzy, and pianist Steve Hudson.

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The first album by the original Outer Bridge Ensemble (formerly called the Steve Hudson Quintet), which feature early Hudson originals such as Mingus Moon, Love’s Logic and Zop Reprise. All About Jazz writes, “If jazz is the sound of surprise, then this is it!”

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