Kings & Queens
Heads up - Friday marks the release of the new record from Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle - a diverse and soulful album that draws on Eddie's diverse musical interests. The title is a clear reference to the history of African Amercians, descendants of Kings & Queens. KCUR in Kansas City says it best - 'His inclusive approach may be anathema to hermetic members of the jazz community. But Kings & Queens, released by the Philadelphia-based Ropeadope Records, honors jazz tradition while sounding entirely contemporary because Moore and his bandmates in the Outer Circle emphasize melodic grooves rather than flamboyant soloing.', while NEXTBOP proclaims their love right here. Drop in and support the band right here.
We are very excited about this new record from Trinidad - COUSOUMEH from Akinola Sennon blends jazz with undeniable African beat and steel pan flavor. This is an interpretation of JAZZ where the heritage of the island and the full sense of the African diaspora collide, sometimes in a polished way and sometimes with a raw undercurrent. Most notable to us is DOH FIGHT MEH, highlighting the groove with an extended spoken word 'discussion' of the history of oppression and its extension into the modern world, as the artist proclaims 'melanin has just been declared illegal'. This is a declaration of the coming power of the diaspora itself, musically, culturally, and politically. Drop in here to HEAR.
Are you ready to rock?
Joe Jordan hails from Philadelphia PA and he flips all those Philly expectations right out of the gate. When you see the Joe Jordan Experiment (JJX) you might think they're about to drop some ultra hip reggae on you, or maybe some Sly Stone style funk, but what you get is some hard driving ROCK. JJX is Joe Jordan (Guitar), Barbara Duncan (Drums), and Dan Halma (Bass) - three solid players that take the power trio to electrifying levels. JJX is about to hit us with THIRST, a full length LP that pays tribute to Hendrix, Rage, and Living Colour and honors all the rockers. THIRST is the next gem from our friends at ARTISTS FIRST RECORDS, and it's ready for release on September 16. Drop in here to meet the band, and stay tuned.
Ropeadope At Rockwood
NYC! Clear your plans for the night and head on out to Rockwood Music Hall. Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Ropeadope artists are set to bend your mind and body in a very good way. Tacuma Bradley's Unity Band, The Flowdown, Lex Sadler's Rhythm & Stealth, and Nuf Said are quite simply too much talent for one bill, but hey, it's Ropeadope that's how we do it. Click the band names to get a taste, and drop in here for details.
Kings & Queens
Here at Ropeadope we are VERY interested in the evolution of JAZZ. Yes, we dig the classics, and the incredible artists that push improvisation while remaining true to the classics. But what really gets us going is the idea that Jazz can flow across all boundaries, infusing ALL genres with the spirit of new creation and improvisation. LASHES, the new album from Corey King, is a BIG statement in that direction. Recorded in NY with Alan Hampton, Jamire Williams, Matt Stevens, Justin Tyson, and Vicente Archer, LASHES takes us into a world of Alternative music fueled by top jazz musicians. Layered, haunting, undefinable yet strangely familiar - this record feels like the first step into a new wilderness. Drop in here to preorder, or pick it up at itunes.
There's a wave coming up at our backs, and it feels BIG. it is strict Ropeadope policy to put out interesting music when it shows up in the inbox, so here we go. We've got TWENTY new records cued up for release between now and November 4 th, so we're gonna hit the beach and ride that wave. Look for new music from Fresh Cut Orchestra, Akinola Sennon, Eddie Moore, Corey King, Richard Sears and Tootie Heath, JJX, Slavic Soul Party, Spanky McCurdy, Khari Simmons & JIVA, Beekman, MK & The Brothers Nylon, The 4Korners, RC & The Gritz, and more. Every one a banger, a journey into NEW. Hit us up on Facebook to stay in the loop.
The Outer Circle
When you speak to EDDIE MOORE you find an ocean of calm, and when you LISTEN to Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle you find the depth of that ocean. Their debut album grabbed 3.5 stars from Downbeat, and we are ready to bring you the newest - KINGS & QUEENS - from the Houston born, Kansas City mover. Eddie runs across all the boundaries, bringing a variety of styles into his composition and playing, but without the flash and hype that defines so many. Eddie just plays it, in a deep way, with a tension just below the surface that speaks of great things. Drop in here to connect and right here to watch while we get KINGS & QUEENS ready for prime time.
Richard Sears & Tootie Heath
California native Richard Sears has distinguished himself as a fierce improvisor and ambitious composer, performing with some of the greats - Chick Corea, Johsua Redman, and Billy Hart to name a few. In 2013 The Los Angeles Jazz Society commisioned a five part suite to honor Drummer Tootie Heath, brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and double Bassist Percy Heath, began his career recording with John Coltrane and never looked back. At 80 he is still going strong, and appears on Richard Sears new recording - ALTADENA - due out on September 9th. Richard and Tootie are set to perform this weekend at the San Jose Jazz Summerfest, so if you're in the Bay Area don't miss this exciting set. Preorder ALTADENA right here.
From Quinam Road in Siparia, Trinidad comes Mr. Akinola Sennon - a musical warrior with a beautiful vision and sense of purpose. A student of Carlton 'Zanda' Alexander, Akinola views the steel pan as his pathway to changing his reality and influencing the world. His new project, COUSOUMEH, draws on the rich cultural and musical heritage of Trinidad and the African diaspora. The title is a representation of the blending of the forces that shape history, best described by the man himself right here. COUSOUMEH is complex yet simple, delicate yet powerful, and is an exciting record with an edge that is often missing in Jazz. Drop in here to preview and preorder.