Derrick Hodge – The Second

September 9, 2016 / No Comments / Tags: Corey Kin, derrick hodge, Kenyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, Mark Colenberg

(Blue Note)

The Second is the fantastic sophomore recording from bassist Derrick Hodge. The effort is very much a bass player’s album in that it definitely features a good dose of Hodge’s virtuosity on his primary instrument, but there’s a balance struck between that and making a great package of music overall. The mission is definitely accomplished. The compositions on this production are as strong as Hodge’s debut endeavor with strong hypnotic rhythmic soundscapes and a full palette of musical colors driving things forward. Hodge’s versality is demonstrated further here by virtue of his playing almost all of the instruments on the songs and vocals as well. Drummer Mark Colenburg guests on three tracks, with trumpeter Keyon Harrold, trombonist Corey Kin, and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland joining in for one tune. Hodges’ brilliant musical vision is the centerpiece of this stunning gem.

Click to listen to a clip of “You Believed”:

Tracks: The Second, Transitions, Song 3, You Believed, World Go Round, Heart Of A Dreamer, Underground Rhapsody, Clock Strike Zero, For Generations, Don Blue, Going, From Me To You.