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Meet Chris Hodges : I began playing electric bass at the age of fourteen. I played rock, country, pop, etc. When I was seventeen, I bought Jaco's Jaco Pastorious (Epic, 1976) and absolutely became hooked on jazz. At age nineteen, I began to play upright because I had gotten into a lot of old jazz.
Instrument(s): Bass (electric and upright), piano, guitar.
Your sound and approach to music: I've struggled for a long time with writing music and trying to figure out what my sound is. I was living in Atlanta and had just finished a stint with a smooth jazz outfit when I hooked up with an amazing keyboardist. He showed me a side to jazz that I had never really known about. This kind of jazz (mostly tonal with odd time signatures - even juxtaposed time signatures and instrumentations) blew me away. I started writing this kind of stuff and it was so natural to me.
I basically take an idea (when I'm writing) and do something that I know makes it unique. I like there to be some aspect of my performance or composition that nobody expects. Maybe random syncopated accented notes in a solo or an eleven-bar phrase in a composition. It's not as spontaneous as free jazz or anything but it keeps a groove while keeping you awake.
CDs you are listening to now: Eddie Vedder, Into The Wild (Soundtrack); Ben Allison, Cowboy Justice (Palmetto); Christian Scott, Anthem; Avishai Cohen, Adama.
Desert Island picks: Dave Brubeck, Take Five (Columbia); Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Left of Cool (Columbia); Ben Harper, Will To Live; Bill Evans, I Will Say Goodbye; Pearl Jam, Greatest Hits.
What is in the near future? I have a recording session coming up that is the second attempt to record a solo album. I have a slightly different perspective on the material, and will (hopefully) not be as rushed as I was last time.
I will be on a local morning show in November, promoting a festival I will be performing at.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...