Ball Of Confusion

'People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin. Run, run, run but you sure can't hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Vote for me and I'll set you free! Rap on, brother, rap on'. Poignant lyrics from The Temptations brought back to the conversation by Grant Green Jr. on his new release - SOUL SCIENCE - due out next Friday. Grant offers his take musically, with that silky smooth and soulful guitar present throughout - but he is clearly commenting on the state of our world on this track and others. And then of course, adding in beautiful love songs to balance out the confusion. SOUL SCIENCE finds Grant singing, in a timeless style reminiscent of Richie Havens. It's up for preorder today - support the master musician on his quest to heal the world. 

Journey To Golden

We've been holding on to this one for a minute - the divine CHANTAE CANN is busy working on her debut album - JOURNEY TO GOLDEN - to be released in March on ATLANTA RECORDS. We fell in love with Chantae when she graced the Snarky Puppy Family Dinner record, and eagerly await her new music. Today you can join in and support by pre-ordering the album with special exclusive perks. Check the options right here, and be part of the making of this great record. 

bye bye blackbird

This man just does NOT STOP. Frank Catalano returns (with Jimmy Chamberlin) to bring us the third record in their trilogy. BYE BYE BLACKBIRD features the great David Sanborn and special guests Nir Felder and Demos Petropoulos. Dedicated to jazz legends Von Freeman and Eddie Harris, Bye Bye Blackbird is described by Frank as 'the jazziest of the trilogy'. It's all happening here in April, but you can jump over to Frank's early ordering spot to reserve your copy. Our tip - get the dinner with Frank and Jimmy and raise a glass with some great humans who also happen to be incredible musicians. Late to the party? Drop in right here and get the back story.


We've got a special treat lined up for you in April - from the mind of Padraig Rynne comes NOTIFY, and incredible band from Ireland that is rearranging and redefining Irish music in the broad idiom of 'jazz'. Formed in 2013, Notify features Cillian King, Eoin Walsh, Davie Ryan, and Cormac McCarthy. Delicately balancing organic compositions with electronic overlays, improvisation, and a touch of funk, Notify creates a flowing, futuristic soundscape that holds all the haunting feel of old Irish music. Just drop in right here for one song and you will see (and hear). Support Notify on the book of faces and stay tuned. You have been Notified.

Through The Badlands - Arthur Vint & Associates

speaker minds

Another gem coming at us out of Portland Oregon via FNBeats Galore! Portland native Randal Wyatt - emcee, community leader, and mentor - heads up this evolving collective that lays positive message on top of that solid Northwest party funk. The new jawn is titled GUMBO GROOVES, and features the soulful and funky keys of Mr. Tony Ozier. We love that positive groove in our Hip-Hop, from the Philly sounds of Burndown Allstars and Kuf Knotz to the Chicago style of Sidewalk Chalk - SPEAKER MINDS drops right into the mix with that distinct Portland vibe. Get loose right here

Grant Green Jr.

As the son of legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green (1931-1979), Grant Green Jr. was exposed to exceptional musicianship right from the start. Growing up in Detroit, Grant enjoyed a constant parade of jazz greats streaming through his living room. His neighbors included Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, members of the Four Tops and the Temptations. Miles Davis was known to join impromptu jam sessions in their home. Grant Green Jr. has released music as part of the Godfathers Of Groove (w/Bernard Purdie), and is often seen as part of Col. Bruce Hampton's band, and now he's brought us his solo record, SOUL SCIENCE, recorded in Atlanta with Khari Cabral-Simmons and Daz-I-Kue. SOUL SCIENCE features Atlanta greats Nick Rosen, Julie Dexter, Jacob Deaton, Kevin Scott, and Duane Trucks, and is ready for your ears on February 12th. Drop in on GGJ right here and stay tuned!  

Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step

Yes, that’s right. We’re all pumped up over here as we proudly announce that Angelo Moore & the Brand New Step will release their new one - Centuries Of Heat - here at Ropeadope. A founding member and lead singer of the legendary band FISHBONE, Angelo Moore needs no introduction. His new project is the result of collaboration with The Rondo Brothers and features guest appearances from Boots Riley, Butterscotch, and Syzygy. It’s hot, it’s got SOUL, and it’s full of social commentary with a funky funky beat. CENTURIES OF HEAT is set for release on May 13th - stay tuned right here for news.


Alexander Claffy - the man who appears when there is serious music to be played. Last weekend he showed up on stage at the Christian Scott show, working that bass. He studied with the great Ron Carter, and he's played with Wallace Roney, Louis Hayes, and Russell Malone. Now he's on the CLAFFY tip, with a debut album that will at once confound your senses and soothe your soul. Claffy addresses jazz from a different direction, with some high end dramatic pieces, a reworked classic, and even some Neil Young. He's all cued up for some great dates at Chris' Jazz Cafe and The Kennedy Center. The new album hits on February 26th. Get yourself some CLAFFY right here, right now.


If you're hip to The Sharp Things you know they are in the midst of a four album series dubbed THE DOGS OF BUSHWICK, and you've probably caught them on the road with The Church or Polyphonic Spree. It is with great pleasure that we present the final chapter in the series - EVERYBODYEVERYBODY - set for release here at Ropeadope on February 19th. With tracks like 'Sport's Drinking Again' and 'Daphne's Coming Over', the album has a beautiful feel that spans from retro to futuristic, all with solid composition from Perry Serpa, layers of sound, and some serious solos from the enigmatic Jim Santo. We don't do ROCK often, but when we do - it's The Sharp Things. Drop in and get sharp.