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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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Facebook Ad Caught My Attention

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!


I am a follower of Derrick Hodges's work as a seasoned Jazz accompanist and his approach as a bassist, his concepts and approach to the bass are brilliant and creative. This album from my listening, is a further reveal of his gifting as an artist creating a canvas and a composer.

Brilliant Textured Jazz

I kept listening to the samples of each song over and over and over again thinking this is one of the most diverse jazz compilations I've ever heard in my life. I loved the diversity of the music, the texture of the songs, the rhythm and base. And then after listening to each sample for about the 10th time remaining amazed at how cool this is, I thought "hey wait a minute - I can buy this and listen to it all the time!" So I did - and you should too.


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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