The Second

Format: CD
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Style(s): Funk, Fusion
Availability: Backorder

Bassist Derrick Hodge has long had a foothold in multiple musical worlds, building a diverse discography that includes work with the hip-hop artist Common, neo-soul singer Maxwell and numerous jazz luminaries—including Terence Blanchard, Terell Stafford, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato and Kendrick Scott. In 2013, Hodge rose to a new level of fame, thanks to his debut album as a leader, Live Today (Blue Note), and a win in the category Rising Star–Electric Bass in the DownBeat Critics Poll. His past collaborations with an eclectic array of musicians undoubtedly informed his new album, The Second, which doesn’t sound like the music of any of the aforementioned artists. The new disc is about atmosphere and soundscapes more than it is about hummable melodies. Like the best work of ambient pioneer Brian Eno, this is an album that can be played as unobtrusive background music, but it also rewards close listening, thanks to its nuanced details. Hodge gets assistance from drummer Mark Colenburg on three tracks, while the spare arrangement of “For Generations” features a bluesy melody played by trumpeter Keyon Harrold, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland and trombonist Corey King. On the album’s other eight tracks, Hodge decided to go the Prince route, playing all the instruments himself (bass, keyboards, guitar, drums, programming). Hodge composed all the material, except for one song that he co-wrote with Colenburg. The result is a highly personal program that includes chill compositions a club DJ might play toward the end of a long night of dancing (such as the title track and “Underground Rhapsody”), as well as deeply idiosyncratic fare, such as “World Go Round,” which merges bass runs with percussion that is akin to (and perhaps is) the sound of snapping fingers. “From Me To You” (the only vocal track) melds Hodge’s understated vocals, straightforward piano lines and waves of synthesizer into a dreamy love poem. - DownBeat Magazine Editors' Pick

1. The Second
Length: 05:41
2. Transitions
Length: 01:55
3. Song 3
Length: 05:10
4. You Believed
Length: 05:14
5. World Go Round
Length: 04:28
6. Heart of a Dreamer
Length: 04:13
7. Underground Rhapsody
Length: 04:09
8. Clock Strike Zero
Length: 04:49
9. For Generations
Length: 03:43
10. Don Blue
Length: 04:29
11. Going
Length: 06:11
12. From Me to You
Length: 03:29
Album Details
Disc Count: 1
Total Length: 53:31
UPC: 602547746627