Robert 'Sput' Searight. Held in high esteem by his peers and fans alike. His credits are lengthy, but it is his quiet and persistent dedication to the evolution of music that shows his true brilliance. We are honored to announce the launch of RSVP RECORDS, founded by Sput and the newest addition to the Ropeadope family of labels. First up on RSVP is Fortified, the debut album from Ghost-Note with the incomparable Nate Werth and a host of special guests. Expect uplifting music from some of the best kept secrets in the community as Sput and RSVP roll out an impeccable roster of exceptional artists. Drop in right here to see what it's all about, and sign up here to be in the mix. This is special.
Havana Nu Beat Suite
Composer, innovator, and tireless improvisor Frank Catalano delivers the holy grail of jazz albums for 2015 with Havana Nu Beat Suite - a six movement suite to honor the citizens of Havana Cuba. The Suite features Frank's longtime collaborator and mentor Randy Brecker and the incomparable Ornette Coleman. With hypnotic percussion, complex harmony and soft counterpoint throughout, Catalano describes the vibe as 'Avant-Trance'. Frank Catalano's exuberant respect and love for the players, the art, and the people are evident throughout; 'Ornette became someone that I wanted to be like as a human being. I felt happy and tranquil just standing near him'. Havana Nu Beat Suite is out today.
Music Education Win
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has a vision for music students worldwide. Today marks the release of the Stretch Music APP, an interactive music album and player that gives the user complete control. Each audio channel is available, so you can mute, pan and fade any instrument to play along with the recording. The sheet music is included; our favorite feature is the loop button to repeat any part of the track as you practice. It's a sleek and focused way of doing what kids have been doing on the web, and it is bound to boost the next generation of musicians in a big way. Drop in right here and get it.
Everybody’s Feelin Real
It's been a big year here at Ropeadope, but this week we take a deep breath and bow to the most dedicated of performers, composers, and players - Mr Jesse Fischer. In a world of dominant personalities, Jesse is the quiet, gentle force that keeps his head constantly in the music. Day Dreamer is Jesse's seventh album, and it is the kind of work that reveals itself in more depth with each listen. As the seasons change and we reflect on life and times past, Day Dreamer is the perfect soundtrack. Enjoy.
Full Tilt Boogie Band
Jimmy Stephens is a man on a mission - right in the middle of this year's successful week of advocacy for victims of abuse Jimmy started recording not one but TWO full length albums. A collection of the finest players from both cities, Jimmy is bridging Philly and New Orleans to bring up the ROOT of music. Guests include Chuck Treece, Kinyon Lanier, Winston Byrd, and more to be announced, and both records are well on their way. Right now Jimmy needs all of us to help get the project finished, so please step over here and support. There are some great perks for the drummers and horn players as well!
Resident Improvisor Mark de Clive-Lowe connects producers around the world in a dramatic re-envisioning of his acclaimed release CHURCH. AtJazz, Opolopo, Daz I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic), Myele Manzanza and more contribute to CHURCH Remixed, due out worldwide on October 2. Those who know can swing over to Traxsource and dig in right now, picking up several exclusive bonus tracks. Read what Revive has to say here, grab the music right here, and get ready for MdCL's Philly appearance right over here.
Feet On The Floor
It's a simple fact on this earth - The FUNK must go on. Big Sam's Funky Nation holds it down with this week's new single - Feet On The Floor - a statement on New Orleans musicians standing strong. The horns are every bit as dirty as they should be, and the track is a lead off to next year's full length LP. Catch Big Sam and the Nation on tour, read up on the history right here. Does it swing? You KNOW it does.
Big Sam & Kermit Ruffins break it down
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Big Sam Williams, AKA Sam Bolden (yes, THAT Bolden) has Ropeadope connects from back in the days of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and we are honored to welcome him back to the fam with the upcoming release of his new single 'Feet On The Floor'. The single drops on Sept 25, and it's all about the leadup to his next Big Sam's Funky Nation full length LP. The song is a testamanet to the strength of New Orleans musicians. Stay Tuned for the track premiere, and drop in here to catch Big Sam's Funky Nation on the road.
Move It Funky
This week is the biggest over here at the fake office, as we cue up Christian Scott's soon to be historically important release - Stretch Music. The record features Elena Pinderhughes, a talent so strong her name is part of the title, and Christian's ensemble of rising stars - Braxton Cook, Corey Fonville, Corey King, Cliff Hines, Lawrence Fields, Kris Funn, and Joe Dyson Jr. Prepare to let go of definitions and revel in the open nature of jazz, and dig in right here for to preview and preorder this amazing new record.