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Like so many other musicians out of Philadelphia, bassist Derrick Hodge is comfortable playing straight-ahead jazz, electric funk, and hip-hop grooves. All one needs to do is listen to his work in The Robert Glasper Experiment, or trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard’s band, or his recordings with the rapper Common (who appears here on the title track). Hodge sticks closer to the Glasper Experiment end of things on his debut, with tunes that often have a postmodern take on funk and electric jazz. Standout tracks like the weirdly psychedelic “Boro March” and “The Real” are densely wrought tapestries that are obvious studio confections. Yet there’s also impromptu playfulness in “Table Jam” and even singer/songwriter–style aspirations in “Holding on to You,” illustrating how creatively engaged this young musician is with the world around him. No doubt Hodge has a creative vision that should serve him well for years to come, and Live Today is one of the most promising jazz debuts in recent years.

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Best Jazz Fusion In Years

Pure creative genius.



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I saw the names Robert Glasper & Common. Listened to the clips and completed my purchase. This from a chick who, if a track doesn't grab her in 2 seconds, is on to the next. These gripped me. Can't wait to August to enjoy the project in it's entirety!


Born: July 5, 1979 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Derrick Hodge is a celebrated composer and bassist who is equally adept on both electric and upright instruments. While he is best known as a member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, he is an accomplished session musician who has worked extensively across jazz, cinematic, and R&B genres. Hodge was born in Philadelphia and first began playing electric guitar before switching to electric bass while still in elementary school. He played in his school's concert band and orchestra. He was introduced...
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