Church on wax
Mark de Clive-Lowe's acclaimed release, Church, is at the pressing plant and set for delivery later this month. The double LP set will be pressed on 180g vinyl, and features a pull-out poster of the album art and credits. Tap your feet to the tunes right here and get your order in - this is a must add to your collection.
Today marks the 13 th day until the September 9 th release of Adam & Kizzie's second album, The Book Of EEDO Volume Two. Rooted in faith and flowering in music, this record is truly adventurous as it moves from jazz to electronic tinged Hip-Hop. The urge to define comes when we want to communicate to others, but on this one we just can't. Take a listen and let us know what you think. Discover Adam & Kizzie right over here.
Jneiro Jarel X Kimbra
Label Who? founder Jneiro Jarel emerged from the studio last week to drop this on us - almost an hour of Kimbra with that distinct JJ style behind it. Dig.
if you haven't yet heard, we just launched a new record label called Atlanta Records. We are beyond proud of the first release from The Dionne Farris Charlie Hunter Duo. Titled DionneDionne, the album sublimely covers nine songs made famous by Dionne Warwick. Charlie's guitar work is his sublime in this setting, with Dionne's soulful and longing vocals turning the past into the present. This is one we'll be talking about for a long long time. Support beautiful music right here.
not so mellow jellow
We took a little trip down to RVA to catch the first Jellowfest from Jellowstone Records, and they straight up reminded us of the reason Ropeadope exists. Nonstop music on two stages from NINE bands. A solid groove with experimentation from start to finish, with a special visit from the one and only Count Bass D. Nobody is doing what these cats do, and the world better be on notice. Step in right here and get a taste, and stay tuned right over at Jellowstone central.
Todd Clouser, Hernan Hecht, and Aaron Cruz are A LOVE ELECTRIC, and they are tearing up the south beyond the south right now with Ropeadope founder and (dare we say) godfather, John Medeski. Check the tour dates right here if you are fortunate enough to be near. The new record drops everywhere on September 16, take a sneak peek right over here. Preorder the CD right here.
Dig this folks - Snarky Puppy founder Michael League found some time to make another new album. A completely different juggernaut comprised of heavyweights: Henry Hey, Adam Rogers, Jason 'JT' Thomas, and Michael League are FORQ. A deep southern groove with New York City fire; an all star ensemble with the spirit of a garage band. FORQ is all set to begin touring, and their new CD with full film drops on 9/9 via the GroundUP/Ropeadope pipeline. Start here.
A Powerful, Musical, Debut
This from All About Jazz on J.J. Wright's debut: "It's something of a cliché to say that an artist is one of a kind, but it fits the bill with Wright. His music is informed by religion, yet his music bears no traces of religiosity, and he's plugged into the rhythmically perspicacious nature of modern music, yet he often speaks in measured tones, using direct phrasing that's at once unique and wholly in tune with the ear.' The album drops tomorrow, and you can catch J.J. this week on the road.
atlanta got soul
We are beyond thrilled to announce the start of our new label imprint - Atlanta Records - that will focus on Soul and Jazz from Atlanta and beyond. Formed as a collaboration between SoulandJazz.com and Ropeadope, Atlanta Records drops their first release on September 2, the incredible new record - DionneDionne - from The Dionne Farris Charlie Hunter Duo. It's all about real artists making real music, and the extended community that keeps them going. Start your day with a little taste.
and the ima goes to…
Last year Russ Kaplan delivered a cohesive and in-depth (big band) jazz album that told the story of The Odyssey through music. A seemingly eclectic undertaking that managed to reach across and bring intricacy and groove together like old friends. Well, the proof of that success surfaced again yesterday as the track 'Pigz In Space' won the IMA Vox Pop award for best Funk/Fusion/Jam song. Congratulations are in order for Russ Kaplan (+7), and to the fans for getting it and casting their votes. Feel some Pigz In Space right here, and if you dig it pick up the album and support the vision.
popcorn and madness
The Plaza Atlanta is the place this weekend for an encore screening of Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton. After the film Col. Bruce will hit the W Hotel in Buckhead for a free show with special guests. And when Col. Bruce has special guests you can guarantee they will be incredible. If you're in the ATL we'll see you there, and if you're not you can see the film right here and hear the legend right over here.