Robert Dodson

Musician and Software Engineer in Michigan

Robert Dodson

Musician and Software Engineer in Michigan

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Robert topbop!™ Dodson - Bassist Producer Composer
Out on the early 1960's Chicago jazz-jam-rock scene as a guitarist, Robert was at the feet of groups like the Pharaohs, and hanging around the AACM. He played with a number of local acts, such as Empty Hand, the Omega project and Absolute Zero and has toured as guitarist with soul legend Otis Clay. He played as guitar sideman with Sherrie Scott, Thunder Road, bass with the Sexy Blues Band of Chicago and others... Robert was a founding member in Sine... the Band on bass. With Sine he toured Australia with the Arlington Heights Illinois based Metropolis Youth Symphony Orchestra performing selected band originals in a symphonic arrangement. Other assorted bass chair gigs included classic rockers Blue Rage.
Current projects include collaborative composition and studio work on guitar, bass and other instruments with Calvin Koco Brunson.

Robert's current performance unit is the trio topbop! kocodado gwadafro.
topbop! kocodado gwadafro is Calvin Brunson (Chicago) - vocals/drum programming/keyboards/pianos/music pedagogy; Robert Dodson (Chicago) - bass/guitar/drum programming/vocals/erhu/imagination voyager; Frantz Flereau (Paris) - ekon/clave/congas/djembe/Haitian drum/talking drum/tambells/water drum/planetary sphere music.

"Showdown at Redrings" tour and live album release dates to come ... watch this space!!!
About "Zenzele”... - >topbop dot com< - to listen ...
The song "Zenzele" was written and arranged by Calvin Brunson, who in addition to the soukous keyboard rhythms and also contributes an improvised but “in character” vocal that transforms the piece into a powerful roots authentic but current and contemporary message. Frantz Flereau provides the percussion landscape underlying and speaking the rhythms relentlessly. The bass and all guitars are composed and performed by Robert. Our apologies that this is only tune where you can hear the full trio working. Stay tuned, more tracks are being written and laid...
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