The Cheryl Hodge Group | Living off the Grid

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Living off the Grid

by The Cheryl Hodge Group

Submission for 59th Grammys Best Jazz Vocal Album. "One Step At A Time" submitted for Best Trad. R&B Performance; Best R&B Song. "Senegal" has been nominated for Best Jazz Song 2016, Hollywood Music In Media Awards.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Living off the Grid
5:24 $1.67
2. Senegal
4:02 $1.67
3. Darryl's Organic Farm
4:59 $1.67
4. High Noon at the Earth's O.K. Corral
4:32 $1.67
5. One Step at a Time
5:02 $1.67
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6. Blue Hawaiian Moonlight (Party at the End of the World)
3:17 $1.67
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In "Living Off the Grid" Hodge's dream album has finally come into fruition. Combining the greatest talents of Hodge's past, her album includes the incredible sax of JOSH COOK, groove meister (drummer) CHARLIE DOGGETT, and men of Bass: the extraordinary DAVE CAPTEIN, & DYLAN HODGE, Canadian jazz & blues diva: DEE DANIELS, key virtuoso (and currently on tour with James Taylor): JIM COX, Trumpet international phenom DAVID LONGORIA, guitar legend: JOHN STOWELL, Bass god, STU HAMM (formerly with Joe Satriani & Steve Vai), and from King Crimson on percussion: PAT MASTELOTTO. Other serious heavies on the album along for the ride are: guitarists CLIFF MADDIX & BRIAN CUNNINGHAM, and pedal steel man JACK ALDRICH. Lively jazz & blues singer, songwriter Cheryl Hodge is always on the scene. Her jazz single (“Tree People”) won BEST JAZZ SONG, 2013. Other hits from her previous Blues CD, "Roots Don't Lie", make this jazz/blues/R&B celeb is one busy woman.

Hollywood critic Jim DeCicco (of the Hollywood Music In Media Awards) called her Blues recording: "A masterfully produced contemporary (Chicago) jazz/blues release that is fresh and vivid. World class performances and arrangements – a must for any true music lover's collection."

Still enjoying some success from her 2007 jazz release, "INDIGO", featuring Cheryl along with guitar great, John Stowell, Juno winner Brad Turner on trumpet, Tom Colclough on sax, along with a host of musical phenoms; Downbeat critic, Bob Protzman said of Indigo: "In the seemingly eternal debate about who or what is or isn't a jazz singer, anybody with ears would without hesitation and with great enthusiasm cite Cheryl Hodge as the real thing."

Hodge is the winner of the GRINDIE Award (RadioIndy.com). She's been featured as an "emerging artist" of the month, on Coast to Coast AM Radio with George Noory. She is also the author of "A Singer's Guide to the Well- Trained & Powerful Voice". She served for 8 years on voice faculty at Berklee College of Music, and for 21 years at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC
Bookings and RPK thru website http://cherylhodge.com, email: hodgecheryl@hotmail.com

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Mike New

Highly Recommended
While in Italy a few years ago I had the opportunity to see Michelangelo’s David. I was awestruck by the detail of the hands, feet, muscles… all sculpted in marble with dramatic realism. But it wasn’t until I stepped back and absorbed the full statue that I felt the overwhelming energy of this incredible work.
Such is the case with Living Off The Grid, the latest collection from The Cheryl Hodge Band. Each of the six tracks is its own work of art, a masterful combination of smart lyrics, outstanding musicianship, and exceptional sound quality. Taken individually, these tracks are arguably among the most impressive music to come along lately.
But as with David, it is essential to step back and experience the entire work. This is an album where the parts come together to deliver something very powerful. When you listen to the album in one sitting, you’ll find Cheryl has taken you on a remarkable, rather moving journey she calls “Adventures on an Imperiled Planet.”
It’s not what you think. This is not a “message piece” filled with dire predictions and preachy admonitions. Quite the opposite. The lyrics are so cleverly crafted and enjoyable, a casual listener might not even notice the subtext sitting right there in camouflage. Individual tracks stand alone, never suggesting they are part of a larger story. Start at the beginning with a copy of the lyrics in hand (printed on the CD jacket), and listen nonstop to the end. This is a brilliant work.
As with Cheryl’s past albums, Living Off The Grid maintains a great deal of musical continuity – with one noteworthy departure. The title track kicks off the theme with an enchanting ditty about ditching the mainstream, set to a highly listenable arrangement that is vaguely reminiscent of Steely Dan. And while every track on the album has a unique personality, each tune feels like it belongs in the family.
Until the final cut, that is. Blue Hawaiian Moonlight is different. Originating from the 1920s, it is the only song not written by Cheryl Hodge, and its musical style is a dramatic departure from the rest of the album. Cheryl sings backup as part of the “Luau Girlz,” relinquishing the lead vocal to Sherrie Montgomery. Yet this quirky little tune absolutely belongs in the family; in fact, it is the perfect – ingenious – ending.
An amazing group of top-notch musical talent joins Cheryl Hodge on this album. Trumpet hero David Longoria and jazz guitarist John Stowell swap riffs with Cheryl on Senegal. Stu Hamm (former bassist for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai) lays the foundation for High Noon at the Earth’s OK Corral. Jim Cox (currently on tour with James Taylor) injects some tasty synth runs in Senegal and Darryl’s Organic Farm (which also features Pat Mastelotto, drummer for King Crimson).
And then there’s vocal legend Dee Daniels on One Step at a Time, which practically jumps off the album screaming “Hit R&B Single!” This gorgeous duet between Dee Daniels and Cheryl Hodge is all about strength and resolve, and these two voices will make you believe anything is possible. Every aspect of this track is outstanding. If you’re looking for one song to download, start here.
By the way, this album sounds good. Audio quality has always been very important to me, and I have to say the mixing and sound engineering here is top notch. Play it on your best set of speakers.
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