Nothing shall i fear
Ruff Scott, born in Jamaica and on the NY scene for years. A member of the legendary Easy Star All Stars, Ruff Scott has worked with many greats from Sugar Minott, Dennia Brown, and U-Roy to King Yellow Man, Marcia Grffiths, and Beenie Man. Now Ruff has teamed up with Billy Polo at Prince Polo Records and is ready to release a full length solo project - Nothing Shall I Fear. The record hits everywhere on Friday, but today you can preorder in high quality audio AND snag the dub versions of each track for FREE. It's all right here at Prince Polo. Dig.
big picture holiday
Saxophonist and bandleader Avram Fefer spent his formative years jamming with Roy Hargrove and John Medeski and went on to play with Archie Shepp, The Last Poets, and Tony Allen. And now Avram brings together Big Picture Holiday - a seasoned band with a funky, soulful and lush sonic universe. Their new record, Shimmer and Melt, drops right here on October 30 - get ready for some groove, and drop in right here to get on the list.
Christian Scott Speaks
Creativity, compassion, and courage are all present in Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah's appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. Christian describes his personal encounter with police in the context of writing his composition KKPD, with all of the emotion and frustration that results from intimidation based on race. We applaud Christian for persistently bringing this issue to the national stage, and urge you to tune in and support. Check out the NPR piece right here, and support right over here.
The City Of Brotherly Love - yes, Philadelphia - now has the second largest downtown population in the US, and the music is flowing. Tomorrow night World Cafe Live is the place as THREE Ropeadope bands hit the stage - Jesse Fischer, Butcher Brown, and Sidewalk Chalk are gonna serve up a musical stew of soul, funk, jazz, and Hip-Hop just for you. It's all part of Jesse's tour to mark the release of his new album, Day Dreamer. Tickets are here, bring your dancing shoes.
Going back to church
Last year Mark de Clive-Lowe dropped CHURCH - an incredible collection of music that was composed on the spot at his live events. The record remains in top rotation here at the fake office, and now MdCL has gone back to church with a massive remix project of the same name. This is one to add to your collection folks, pick it up here, and check out the deluxe bundle with both albums (22 tracks).
Live And Love All Life
Prince Polo Records is here with their first release. Jesse Ivan Demming AKA Quizflo, born in Trinidad and now a presence on the NY reggae scene, brings a classic sound with beautiful melodies and a unique voice. His message is positive positive positive - a refreshing renaissance of the heart of reggae music. Led by the dedication and pure love of the music, Billy Polo is the driving force behind Prince Polo Records, and we can tell you some great music is coming right at you. Pick up Out From The Nest right here.
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.
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