Ajoyo - Benskin
'I long for the day, My color, my kind, My gender, my race, Won't trouble your mind.' The clear voice of vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles begins Ajoyo's first single, Benskin, with this powerful and simple statement. Cameroonian rhythms lead the track, and jazz piano and horns move in like the music had been paired since the beginning of time. Tunisian (by way of Paris) Yacine Boulares demonstrates an ease of composition and style on the strongest debut we have seen in some time. Jump in here and grab the track, and support Ajoyo in the making of the full album right here.
death of the cool
Twenty seven years ago Jazz legend J. J. Johnson stated 'Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will.' For over 100 years this slippery art form has been evolving, twisting and turning musically and culturally. There are times where it settles in the public perception, and then there are times like these. Jazz is restless yet again, moving through another generation and searching for new ground. Walking Distance is part of that process, seeking to define 'home' in a world of constant motion. Their debut album adds just enough mayhem to the mix and brings it all back to a very personal neighborhood, just like that. Dig in and support Walking Distance right here.
Willoughby Greene - Walking Distance
Stop The Violence (S.T.V)
Renowned bassist Bill Dickens recorded 'Stop The Violence' on his debut album, Tha Truth, in response to the violence plaguing the streets of Chicago. Fellow musicians have been working on remixes to spread the word across the planet - a project of creation and encouragement to those that are working worldwide for peaceful solutions to our issues. The S.T.V. World Remix project starts today and runs until January 18, 2016. News will soon be out on the first remix, and sites are set up for you to add your comments and photos. Soon we will make the stems from the track available worldwide for anyone to remix or record the track. It's a blank canvas for all of us to express our solidarity and desire for peace, let's see what we can do. Drop in on tumblr, facebook, or google+. Hear the original track here, and stay tuned.
Nick Rosen on keys
With great pleasure we welcome Miami native Nick Rosen to the Ropeadope family. Nick is in demand, playing live or doing session work with the likes of Col. Bruce Hampton, Russell Gunn, Dionne Farris, Jennifer Holliday and more. His debut album, Step Into The Light, is aptly tited as Nick steps out on his own with a little help from guests Terreon Gully, Saunders Sermons, and Oteil Burbridge. The compositions are mysterious and delicate, which is not to say that they don't swing. Step Into The Light right here and support the vision.
Sidewalk Chalk X Ropeadope
You might have noticed the videos we dropped last week from Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk - Huffington Post certainly did. Yes, it's out - Sidewalk Chalk will drop their next record, Shoulder Season, right here on February 3. Compiled from seven live performances across the US, Shoulder Season signifies transition, a time in between two places, a feeling of expectation for what is to come. look for more videos to hit each week, and preorder the full Cd and DVD package right over here.
Them, Us - Sidewalk Chalk
Gone Under (Shayna Steele & Snarky Puppy)
Fresh Cut Orchestra X NPR
We are thrilled to announce that Philly's own Fresh Cut Orchestra will be dropping their debut LP right here at Ropeadope. A ten piece with some heavy hitters - Jason Fraticelli (Matisyahu, Mark Guliana), Josh Lawrence (Erykah Badu), and Anwar Marshall (Kurt Rosenwinkel) - FCO already has Ropeadope alum Christian McBride talking about the release on NPR. The record drops on February 17th, and we strongly suggest you jump in and get one of the first copies right over here.
Sanguine - Fresh Cut Orchestra