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Derrick Hodge is a contemporary musical renaissance man. A top-flight bassist known for his core membership in the Robert Glasper Experiment, he is also a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who has worked with everyone from Common and Terence Blanchard to Maxwell, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Gretchen Parlato. Color of Noize is at once the title of his third album and the name of his band, comprised of pianist/organist Jahari Stampley, keyboardist and synth player Michael Aaberg, drummers Mike Michell and Justin Tyson, and DJ Jahi Sundance on turntables. Hodge plays bass, guitar, keys, and sings. He co-produced the set with Don Was. Color of Noize is the first time Hodge has worked with an outside producer. Cut live in studio, his musicians encountered the music only when they were about to record it; improvised moments are abundant here. Hodge doesn't meld genres, he blurs them in an exotic, resonant, uplifting music of his own. Groove and flow become multivalent expressions of a single creative voice through instrumental hip-hop, contemporary jazz, indie rock, and soul; they emerge to offer emotional depth and spiritual heft. "The Cost" opens with sampled, fragmented voices hovering above fretless bass, turntables, reverb, wafting organ, and lithe piano, grooving through the studio haze in a thunderous crescendo with lightning-fast breaks and vamps that bind them. First single "Not Right Now" whispers in with hip-hop beats before Hodge's economical bassline becomes the tune's melodic voice. When the band enters, they embellish and expand the harmonic ideas as he improvises. Hodge plays upright bass arco-style alongside his electric on "You Could Have Stayed," a soulful ballad that simultaneously evokes R&B and sweet Southern gospel. Commencing quietly as a sparse harmonic notion, organ swells and junglist drumming escalate the tempo as declamatory synths create a maelstrom for furious bass soloing. Second single "Heartbeats" seemingly appears from the ether with reverbed tom-tom and a hummable bassline tenderly adorned by piano and electronics. It foreshadows "Brand New Day," the souled-out acoustic guitar jam driven by a hovering Hammond B-3 to support Hodge's singing, as do piano and an elegantly hushed kick drum. His elegantly distorted bass solo breaks it open to impart emotional, spiritual, and carnal truth. Color of Noize pushes past Hodge's earlier albums. It's a fully realized project that will appeal to any listener willing to embrace its spontaneity. Even in its rare, chaotic, cascading moments, the album expresses a wholeness most modern musicians are incapable to summon. Hodge is an accommodating, even generous, musical explorer and therefore gets the max from his material, production, playing, and sidemen. Based on its quality, Hodge takes his place in the company of a few visionary peers such as Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, and the late Mick Karn.
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1
The Cost
00:04:39

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Recording Engineer, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Additional Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Jahi Sundance, AssociatedPerformer, Turntablist - Jahari Stampley, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Not Right Now
00:06:26

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Little Tone Poem
00:01:15

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Acoustic Bass Guitar, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Hodge, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Josephine Hodge, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Elijah Hodge, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Freda Knowles, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

4
You Could Have Stayed
00:04:44

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Recording Engineer, Acoustic Bass Guitar, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Color Of Noize
00:06:59

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Jahi Sundance, AssociatedPerformer, Turntablist - Jahari Stampley, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

6
19
00:04:57

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Fall
00:06:24

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Recording Engineer, Fretless Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Aaberg, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wayne Shorter, ComposerLyricist - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Looking At You
00:05:11

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Heartbeats
00:03:32

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Recording Engineer, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

10
New Day
00:05:28

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Electric Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Aaberg, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mitchell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tyson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

11
You Could Have Stayed (Piano Version)
00:02:58

Don Was, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Producer, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Seidman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Qmillion, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Taub, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahari Stampley, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Derrick Hodge is a contemporary musical renaissance man. A top-flight bassist known for his core membership in the Robert Glasper Experiment, he is also a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who has worked with everyone from Common and Terence Blanchard to Maxwell, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Gretchen Parlato. Color of Noize is at once the title of his third album and the name of his band, comprised of pianist/organist Jahari Stampley, keyboardist and synth player Michael Aaberg, drummers Mike Michell and Justin Tyson, and DJ Jahi Sundance on turntables. Hodge plays bass, guitar, keys, and sings. He co-produced the set with Don Was. Color of Noize is the first time Hodge has worked with an outside producer. Cut live in studio, his musicians encountered the music only when they were about to record it; improvised moments are abundant here. Hodge doesn't meld genres, he blurs them in an exotic, resonant, uplifting music of his own. Groove and flow become multivalent expressions of a single creative voice through instrumental hip-hop, contemporary jazz, indie rock, and soul; they emerge to offer emotional depth and spiritual heft. "The Cost" opens with sampled, fragmented voices hovering above fretless bass, turntables, reverb, wafting organ, and lithe piano, grooving through the studio haze in a thunderous crescendo with lightning-fast breaks and vamps that bind them. First single "Not Right Now" whispers in with hip-hop beats before Hodge's economical bassline becomes the tune's melodic voice. When the band enters, they embellish and expand the harmonic ideas as he improvises. Hodge plays upright bass arco-style alongside his electric on "You Could Have Stayed," a soulful ballad that simultaneously evokes R&B and sweet Southern gospel. Commencing quietly as a sparse harmonic notion, organ swells and junglist drumming escalate the tempo as declamatory synths create a maelstrom for furious bass soloing. Second single "Heartbeats" seemingly appears from the ether with reverbed tom-tom and a hummable bassline tenderly adorned by piano and electronics. It foreshadows "Brand New Day," the souled-out acoustic guitar jam driven by a hovering Hammond B-3 to support Hodge's singing, as do piano and an elegantly hushed kick drum. His elegantly distorted bass solo breaks it open to impart emotional, spiritual, and carnal truth. Color of Noize pushes past Hodge's earlier albums. It's a fully realized project that will appeal to any listener willing to embrace its spontaneity. Even in its rare, chaotic, cascading moments, the album expresses a wholeness most modern musicians are incapable to summon. Hodge is an accommodating, even generous, musical explorer and therefore gets the max from his material, production, playing, and sidemen. Based on its quality, Hodge takes his place in the company of a few visionary peers such as Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, and the late Mick Karn.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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