The Sea to the North

The Sea to the North

by Garth HudsonGarth Hudson


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It wasn't too hard to guess that Garth Hudson's long-awaited solo album would be a tour de force; his virtuoso instrumental talents stood out even in that legendary group of musicians known as the Band. What may surprise listeners, however, is the sheer scope of sound on this effort, with Hudson playing an intimidating range of keyboards (including pipe organ), various saxophones, accordion, melodica, and Tarogato. Each track is a sonic adventure, the hapless listener unsure of what lies around the next bend. Several centuries of music and continents seem embedded in the elegiac title track ("composition" is a better word for music of this scope), while "The Saga of Cyrus and Mulgrew" is boldly futuristic. Later years found the erstwhile members of the Band occasionally digging into the Grateful Dead's catalog, and Hudson is no exception, doing a free jazzy take on "Dark Star" on which he even offers some spoken vocals. Members of that sterling Woodstock, NY, band the Crowmatix show up here, with prominent appearances by group leader Professor "Louie" (aka Aaron Hurwitz), who co-produces. Hudson's old bandmate Levon Helm shows up as well. This is startlingly spontaneous music with a brain (a very big brain), and it's not for the faint of heart or the average pop fan. And that's a great thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Woodstock Records
UPC: 0687241001128
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 90195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garth Hudson   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Melodica,Pipe organ,Tarogato,Ensoniq,Chroma
Badal Roy   Tabla
Michael Been   Guitar
Dan Brubeck   Drums
Gary Burke   Drums
Mike DeMicco   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
Mike Dunn   Bass
Levon Helm   Drums,Soloist
Mark Hudson   Vocals
Scott Musick   Drums
Larry Packer   Violin
Tommy Spurlock   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Jimmy Eppard   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Marie Spinosa   Percussion
Purna Das   Khamak
Manju Das   Ektara

Technical Credits

Levon Helm   Explosions
Garth Hudson   Producer
Mark Hudson   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Aaron Hurwitz   Producer
Scott Petito   Engineer
Bill Putnam   Engineer
Dan Sheehan   Engineer
Tommy Spurlock   Engineer
Dave Cook   Engineer
Quentin Ryan   Executive Producer
Robert Brower   Cover Painting
Maud Hudson   Art Direction

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