Live at the Wolf is the first live album by The Band's member Garth Hudson, and his wife Maud. It's only a Piano-Accordion-vocal album.
This album is a recording of an intimate performance by the Hudsons, who were there to celebrate the opening weekend of the new London Public Library's wonderful Wolf Performance Hall in London, Ontario, Canada.
Hudson displays a virtuosity on the piano that is reminiscent of Art Tatum. He weaves in and out of jazz standards, quoting from a wide range of jazz piano history. He is a master of the idiom and is as at home in Teddy Wilson style walking tenths, as in Harlem stride. During the concert, Hudson was on a wheeled secretary chair, and would wheel over to his wife Maud between numbers to confer on the next song they would play.
This CD is one of a series of recordings on Canada's Make It Real Records (MIR), which is a boutique label, that specializes in recording real music, in real time on real instruments. "Live at the Wolf" is the only non-studio recording on the label. Other recordings by MIR include 2B3 The Toronto Sessions - various Hammond organ artists, My Regeneration - The Prima Donnas, Brotherhood - Blackburn, Footwork - Anderson & Sloski, Shorthanded - Lance Anderson.