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 dispora 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
Hre 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.