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Live Review: 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival

Much like Ernest Hemingway’s famous description of how bankruptcy happens (“Gradually and then suddenly,” he wrote in The Sun Also Rises), the pervasive presence of women instrumentalists at the Monterey Jazz Festival seemed to materialize in an instant, but actually resulted from a long, often underground buildup. Last year’s breakthrough, with more than 15 ensembles … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival”

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Derrick Hodge: The Second

The music of bassist Derrick Hodge has been described as cinematic, and for The Second, his obviously titled sophomore release as a leader, he assumes the role of all-encompassing auteur. Hodge plays every instrument on eight of this album’s dozen tracks, and all but one finds him credited as sole composer. The result, influenced by … Read More “Derrick Hodge: The Second”

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Derrick Hodge: Live Today

Bassist Derrick Hodge was a palpable presence last year on Black Radio, Robert Glasper’s commercially successful mash-up of jazz, hip-hop and soul music. Hodge’s debut as a leader, Live Today, deploys many of the same core musicians and invokes a similar stylistic template, but cuts down on the high-powered guest stars and recognizable cover tunes … Read More “Derrick Hodge: Live Today”

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