The Centennial Trilogy Experience

Friday marks the first of three releases from Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Why three? because he went into the studio with a vision, and that vision was expressed in 27 tracks with three distinct chapters in a story. To offer you the full experience, we have set up some options for listeners and collectors - choose from the digital edition, the deluxe bundle with all three CDs and the final box set, or the collectors autographed edition. While you're there take a peek at the new Ruler Rebel fitted tees and crew neck sweatshirts. It's all on Bandcamp today.

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What it’s all about

Connecting the globe with music - that's what we are after. From our dear friend Jonathan Scales comes this beautiful track recorded in Taiwan during his recent tour. The vocals are performed by The Chu Yin Cultural and Arts Ensemble, a group of village elders from the Amis tribe. The song is a traditional weeding song that the villagers sing while cultivating their crop. in call and response fashion. The result is a fascinating blend of music and culture, free for your ears and your collection.   

Wake Up Call NYC

The LES is the place to be this Thursday as David Weiss & Point Of Departure hit Nublu for a little party to celebrate the release of WAKE UP CALL. Presented by Revive Music and Ropeadope, the lineup features David Weiss on trumpet, Ben Eunson Andrew Renfroe on guitar(s), Matt Clohesy on bass, Lawrence Clark on tenor sax, and Kush Abadey on drums. The album explores and elaborates on late sixties jazz with its open invitation to worldly sounds, so prepare yourself for a solid journey at the gig. It all goes down on March 30. Check in with Mr. Weiss right over here.  

The Jazz Standard

Maurice Brown has been tearing it up at his residency at The Jazz Standard - with a new cast of special guests each week. Next Tuesday is no exception; the lineup includes Nir Felder, Lee Pearson, Chad Selph, and Ropeadope alumni Skerik and Michael League. Dubbed Electric Ride, it's all part of Mobetta Tuesdays - check the details here and grab your tickets. 

doin it in the park

The Centennial Trilogy

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has emerged from the studio to bring us a trilogy of albums that stand as one work. The Centennial Trilogy is at its core asobering re-evaluation of the social political realities of the world through sound. Timing the release around the 100th anniversary of the first Jazz recording, Adjuah continues on his mission to obliterate the pejorative of the social construct of race and separation. By blending genres he seeks to find that which is common in us all. The first of the series is RULER REBEL, which introduces us to the players with a mix of Trap, Western African, and Native American music via New Orleans. We fully embrace the vision and message, and of course the music - drop in here to preorder Ruler Rebel, and keep an ear on Apple Music this Friday to hear the entire album before the official release date of March 31.  

Our Reunion

It's a natural step but a bold one nonetheless when an artist moves from seasoned player in a band to composer and bandleader for their own project(s). Guitarist Matthew Stevens is proving both natural and bold as his sophomore release - PREVERBAL - is garnering attention world wide. Stevens played an integral role in Esperanza Spalding's 'Emily's D+Evolution' and has collaborated extensively with Christian Scott, and with Preverbal we hear HIS full vision. Nate Chinen at WBGO comments '(the music) advances the ideals of modern jazz even when, sonically speaking, it gestures in other directions.' Preverbal hits this Friday, and you can hear a taste of his collab with Esperanza on the ending track here, and if you are on the Apple Music jawn you can hear the whole album right now. Set your calendar for the release show with Corey King right here.  

drones with CDs

After much deliberation, Our semi-shiny new store on Amazon is open for business. Now you can have a drone drop our latest releases right on your roof, or your porch if you so desire. Stop in here and take a look around - note that there are a few Ropeadope legacy classics in the mix that are out of print. You can shop in the USA, Mexico, and Canada, and reflect on the fact that we're a five star seller right out of the gate. We are adding more of our catalog every day, so bookmark that jawn. 

Self identity

UK drummer Ollie Howell is back in his home country after a three month residency at Q's (yes, THAT Q) Jazz Club in Dubai, and gearing up for the release of SELF IDENTITY. The record was written from his hospital bed as Ollie looked within to ponder the deep questions of life, purpose, and destiny. The results are transcendent, as the drummer moves into a larger space as jazz composer. Stop by here to get the first taste of this refreshing sound - preorder begins today, and the album hits on April 14th.