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Live Today signals a new journey for bassist and composer Derrick Hodge as he embarks on a solo recording career. The title alludes to his top guiding principle in creating his 2013 debut album, a stunning achievement that showcases the profound depth and breadth of his musicality. Even though Hodge has played with such jazz titans as pianist Mulgrew Miller and trumpeter (and labelmate) Terence Blanchard, as well as R&B stars Jill Scott and Maxwell, the 33-year-old bassist is probably best known for anchoring the Grammy award-winning Robert Glasper Experiment. Similar to how Glasper concocts a distinctive m‚lange of modern jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, Live Today too integrates those genres and more into something that's potent and personal.

1. The Real
2. Table Jawn
3. Message Of Hope
4. Boro March
5. Live Today (feat. Common)
6. Dances With Ancestors
7. Anthem in 7
8. Still The One
9. Holding Onto You (feat. Alan Hampton)
10. Solitude
11. Rubberband
12. Gritty Folk
13. Doxology (I Remember)

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  • Audio CD (August 6, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00CXQL8EQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Live Today signals a new journey for bassist and composer Derrick Hodge as he embarks on a solo recording career. The title alludes to his top guiding principle in creating his debut album, a stunning achievement that showcases the profound depth and breadth of his musicality. “This whole album was putting on my composer’s hat, but letting go and making sure that I’m giving ... Read more in Amazon's Derrick Hodge Store

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I will look for more from Derrick in the near future, hopefully!
Hoosierdaddy
You will here a more earthy sound in Holding Onto You featuring vocalist Alan Hampton, on acoustic guitar, all the way to the rather hard jazz funk of Gritty Folk.
lotus
Every musician on this album gives a genuine, heartfelt and soulful performance.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott Dunbar on August 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is really a beautiful album.

To call this album jazz is indeed a stretch and I can only assume that is what threw off our friend J.T. Murphy down there, who claims to be from "Jazz Heaven, NJ." To give this album 1 star is not only misguided but disrespectful. This ain't your Dad's jazz, there is no bebop here. This album crosses many genres, encompasses astonishing virtuosity, and is indeed original. You can start to get a feel for Derrick Hodge on this album and his message - "Live Today" - by sitting back and letting the beautiful melodies, rhythms, harmonies and performance take you away. Enjoy hearing Glasper, Chris Dave, Alan Hampton, Common, Marcus Strickland and more play their hearts out and redefine what we think of jazz as we approach the new fusion of jazz.

Happy listening. Cheers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay Buckner-Seal on August 11, 2013
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Derrick Hodge will be one of the greats! This album is brilliant...no smooth jazz here! He is an ultimate expression of this genre (jazz): his music is alive, it moves...infuses. The musicians are young masters. I'm sold: he will be an artist that I will continue to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hoosierdaddy on September 28, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Well, I consider myself somewhat of an old soul at almost 40 years old, in that the majority of the things I listen to are from way back, such as Coltrane and Miles, Monk and Mingus as well as Al Green and Sinatra. I also love classic rock from Yes and Pink Floyd to Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath.

That brief insight into my musical interests aside, I am somewhat skeptical of music from today, I hear what's out there for talent and cringe and quickly confide in something that's stood the test of time like Coltrane Jazz or Led Zeppelin II, haha! So I was on Spotify checking out some of the new music from the Blue Note label and ran across this album and commenced to playing it in it's entirety, something I haven't done with a new album in I don't know how long! Every track on this is awesome, although Dances With Anscestors, Live Today and Gritty Folk are standouts to me. Gritty sure has a 'miles' fusion vibe to it for sure!

The music is very masterfully done and I hear the blending of old with new and it sounds great! I am really getting excited in what I have been hearing from the Blue Note label lately, and in Jazz, just don't tell Wynton! I will look for more from Derrick in the near future, hopefully!
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Completely agree with socotronic's review ! What more is there to say? Of course, not everything is bad in this set (Solitude) but why singers ??? why violins ??? We have a good time at moments but Blue Note proves once again that it has become a consensual label (see the latest by Jason Moran - All Rise based on the Fats Waller composition and music, for Moran's record, I'd give three stars because it's better than this Live Today. Same for Otis Brown III... Too bad but when I see so many stars on this site, I admit that a few dissonnant voices are sometimes needed...
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Wasn't sure what to expect from this CD. It's nothing like what he does with Robert Glasper, which is what many will expect. This is his own sound and vision. I probably wouldn't classify this as a "jazz" project-it's just music. Takes some getting used to, but i was already enjoying it more on my 2nd listen.
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By John Clayton on December 30, 2013
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Derrick Hodge is someone music lovers should check out. I first heard him with Mulgrew Miller. He sounded amazing then and has only continued to grow.
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