“Honor Thy Fathers (Circumstantial): Pianist Hobgood pays homage to his “musical fathers” — including Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Nat King Cole — and in so doing achieves some of the finest playing of an already distinguished career.”
In 2016, Hobgood launched The Laurence Hobgood Trio with the album Honor Thy Fathers, a musical tribute not only to Hobgood’s own father, but to all of the musicians who have inspired him. In his Downbeat review, Howard Mandel wrote: Overall the ambiance is warm, dark and reflective, which is not to discount Hobgood's strategically big, broad voicings, streaming glissandi and consistently perfect articulation. Michael J. West of Jazz Times called the album a sublime statement, and Howard Reich had this to say in the Chicago Tribune about a recent performance: Just as Honor Thy Fathers can be considered Hobgood's strongest recording to date, this band may provide his best musical forum yet.
One of the finest pianists out there. Period.
Laurence Hobgood, pretty much the king
of modern Songbook interpretation.