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Moodymann, Jerome Derradji 

When: Sat., Feb. 14, 10 p.m. 2009
Price: $12 after midnight, $10 before midnight
When Kenneth Dixon Jr., aka Moodymann, was coming up, lots of hip-hop producers were sampling scratchy old soul and jazz records. Dixon loved those same records, but he took them in a totally different direction—into the Detroit house and techno scene of the 90s, where their organic warmth stood in stark contrast to the prevailing synth-based aesthetic. In terms of general far-outness, he belongs in a class with cosmic thinkers like Sun Ra, George Clinton, and Andre 3000, and his best work—which boxes up thick funk in merciless dance-club beats—is as transcendent as anything they’ve done. He also shares some of their Afrocentric, power-to-the-people politics, which come through on his recent Det.riot ’67 (KDJ), a tribute to his ravaged hometown. Jerome Derradji opens. —Miles Raymer

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