The Second Derrick Hodge

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Label: Blue Note

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Contemporary Jazz

Artist: Derrick Hodge

Composer: Derrick Hodge, Mark Colenburg

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  • 1The Second05:42
  • 2Transitions01:55
  • 3Song 305:10
  • 4You Believed05:14
  • 5World Go Round04:28
  • 6Heart Of A Dreamer04:13
  • 7Underground Rhapsody04:09
  • 8Clock Strike Zero04:50
  • 9For Generations03:44
  • 10Don Blue04:29
  • 11Going06:11
  • 12From Me To You03:29
  • Total Runtime53:34

Info for The Second

Two-time GRAMMY-winner and bassist Derrick Hodge is currently on tour with Maxwell, but that hasn't stopped him from making time for his own craft. He is making the best of the tour's short break by releasing his own project, The Second, which hits stores August 26th on Blue Note Records.

For his sophomore outing, Hodge plays the majority of instruments and handles the vocals, with the exception of getting some help from drummer Mark Colenburg on three of the album's 12 songs. Meanwhile trumpeter Keyon Harrold, trombonist Corey King and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland lend a hand on another track. Describing his vision with the album, he says, "I wanted to create something that exposed myself artistically, with a heartbeat for the people."To provide listeners with a taste of what's to come, Hodge has released two singles, "Clock Strike Zero" and the title track. Both songs provide a sampling of Hodge's unique and brooding sound. "My hope is for this sound to uplift people, help them get through whatever, and show that I'm all in for creating music for the rest of my life and career," he says of the project.

„Derrick Hodge has been busy since releasing Live Today, his debut solo offering, in 2013. As a member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 followed his record by two months, and that band toured for more than a year. Hodge also co-produced Otis Brown III's The Thought of You, played an integral part in Glasper's reimagining of Miles Davis on Everything's Beautiful, and resumed his role as musical director for Maxwell.

The Second builds on the genre-blurring foundation Hodge laid on Live Today, but contrasts with it as well. His attraction to cinematic soundscapes remains evident but there's a deeper focus on delivering more immediate melodies here. He has chosen -- for the most part -- to keep his own counsel here, and he plays all instruments on nine of these 12 tracks. The title track (and first single) is one of three to feature Mark Colenburg on drums. The snare, hi-hat, and cymbal grooves frame a bittersweet melody with a gospel vibe alternately articulated by electric bass, guitar, and acoustic piano. A synth backdrop assumes personas of horns and strings. Syncopated breaks and a B-3 wind around the guitar solo in the bridge. "Song 3" is a lovely ballad. Scored for bass, piano, drums, and ambient atmospherics, the melody is delivered via a treated bassline and rhythm tracks in waltz time punctuated by flute fills, as backmasked production effects add layers of texture. "World Go Round" is a dexterous bass jam that weaves jazz, country, and funk atop fingersnaps and hand percussion. "Underground Rhapsody" places Colenburg's snare breaks alongside bluesy guitar fills, a pulsing keyboard vamp, and a rumbling bassline, all appended by harp samples. It recalls the Glasper band's swelling live jams. "Clock Strikes Zero" weds vintage Kraftwerk-esque electro to contemporary jazz with layers of echo surrounding the distorted bassline. The horn section of trumpeter Keyon Harrold, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and trombonist Corey King -- who all appeared on Live Today -- return on "For Generations," the only straight-up jazz tune. Its slow stroll weds progressive swing and New Orleans R&B. Hodge employs his electric and upright basses, providing exceptional harmonics and rhythmic extension. "Going" is a slinky groover with synths and harpsichord set against a breezy, smooth, jazz-funk chart highlighted by Colenburg's taut breaks and Hodge's fluid, sexy bass. "From Me to You" is a sparsely adorned folk-jazz ballad with Celtic overtones. Acoustic piano, ambient sounds, and string effects support his gentle tenor vocal in delivering the tender lyric. On The Second, Hodge's disciplined arrangements make convincing use of all the instruments he plays, creating a smooth flow throughout. His compositions are no less ambitious, even if they are more readily accessible. This album is a more holistic endeavor and, while a tad more laid-back, is utterly lovely in conception, production, and execution.“ (Thom Jurek, AMG)

Derrick Hodge, double bass, vocals
Mark Colenburg, drums
Keyon Harrold, trumpet
Corey King, trombone
Marcus Strickland, tenor saxophone

Derrick Hodge
has spent his youthful career transcending between various styles of Hip-Hop, Gospel, R&B, Funk, Singer/ Songwriter, and Jazz, performing and/or recording with an impressive roster of GRAMMY® nominated and awarded artists including Maxwell, Common, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Timbaland, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Gerald Levert, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Sade, Terence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, and many more.

In 2008, he was commissioned to write a piece by the Chicago Symphony entitled “Infinite Reflections”, and was selected to be a part of the Sundance Composer Lab. Hodge currently performs as a solo artist in front of sold out crowds at diverse venues including Summerstage and Blue Note Jazz Club, maintains a steady career as a film composer, and serves as the Musical Director for Maxwell.

“Live Today is the way I chose to begin my story as a solo artist. It is a melting pot of sound and emotions, and is how I decided to capture my thoughts at that moment in time. There were many directions that this record could have went, but I chose to give people what was on my mind in a very raw, unedited way. Live Today is about acceptance, being in the moment while paying respect to those that came before me, and about writing music that feels good to me.” (Derrick Hodge)

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