Ice on the Hudson features vocalists René Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas and Karen Oberlin and an all-star ensemble interpreting diverse songs about the emotional complexities of adult life in today’s world. There’s a special chemistry that’s found only in the rarest of songwriting partnerships. The names Renee Rosnes and David Hajdu are already well known to music lovers: Rosnes as one of her generation’s most acclaimed jazz composers and pianists, Hajdu as an award-winning author and critic. With Ice on the Hudson, their first collaborative album of songs, the pair reveals a breathtaking synergy, crafting a collection of deeply felt and genre-defying songs that join words and music with alchemical results.
“Smart and complex, barrier-breaking music. No one working in the jazz idiom has ever attempted to write songs like these.” ~Will Friedwald, author of The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums /
“An unexpected happy marriage of Joni Mitchell and Stephen Sondheim for the 21st century.”
~Stephen Holden, longtime music critic for The New York Times