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Abercrombie/Erskine/Mintzer/Patitucci, The Hudson Project 
(67:30); SCD-9024-2
Stretch Records
2635 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (925) 682-6770
E-mail: hudsoninfo@aol.com
Cyberhome: http://www.aent.com/concord or www.hudsonmusic.com

This quartet performed during a series of clinics sponsored by the 
D'Addario company, culminating in a show at New York's Manhattan 
Center in late 1998. The group's members - John Abercrombie, Peter 
Erskine, Bob Mintzer, and John Patitucci -need no introduction to 
contemporary jazz fans. Each brings a pair of interesting tunes to 
the table, but the result sounds less like a band than a superficial 
	Mintzer's "Runferyerlife" kicks things off with some uptempo 
rhythm changes, and "Modern Day Tuba" closes the set in spirited 
latin-funk style. Patitucci's presence is particularly strong 
throughout: He plays a mean electric bass on "Labor Day" and two 
other cuts, and his upright feature "The Well" is outstanding. 
Erskine's two compositions, "Cats + Kittens" and "Bass Desires," 
feature characteristically solid drum solos. Abercrombie contributes 
"Little Swing," an especially pretty melody, and "That's For Sure," a 
country-ish cut on which Mintzer lays out. Throughout, the 
guitarist's lyricism is undercut by the excessively high gain of his 
	Despite some hot playing and a strong batch of tunes, the 
record seems thrown together - probably because it was thrown 
together. It's a lot of fun to hear these guys go at it, all the 
same. But The Hudson Project probably won't be considered a 
vital part of any of their individual discographies.
~David R. Adler, 2/22/00

1. Runferyerlife
2. Labor Day
3. Little Swing
4. Cats + Kittens
5. The Well
6. Bass Desires
7. That's For Sure
8. Modern Day Tuba

John Abercrombie, guitar;
Peter Erskine, drums;
Bob Mintzer, saxophone;
John Patitucci, bass

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