Mike Nagoda : outside The Box
Canadian double-slide playing, LGBT advocating, standing strong and making great music guy MIKE NAGODA is working on his next record for release right here at Ropeadope, and he needs your support to make it happen. If you are not familiar, Mike has adopted the double slide guitar as his cerebral palsy makes all other instruments impossible to handle. His first record was released here last year, and now he is teaming up with Grammy winning producer Chris Birkett to record OUTSIDE THE BOX. We've heard some of the rough mixes and it is incredibly exciting to hear Mike's development as an artist. Mike exemplifies the outsider who faces challenges and stands strong throughout to persevere - a true Ropeadope story. Please take a moment to read Mike's story right here, and support by contributing or sharing.
khari cabral & jiva
Jiva was formed in the 1990's as part of the fertile Atlanta music scene; when UK Acid Jazz, Chicago House, Italian Nu-Bossa Nova and Philly Nu-Soul were flooding into the city and Rare Groove emerged. Fast forward to 2016 and a new JIVA is formed, with many of Atlanta's seasoned players. Inida Arie bandmates Khari Cabral-Simmons, Ricky Quinones, Charles Garner and Forrest Robinson form the core, with special guests Julius Speed, Rafael Pereira, and Colin Agnew and vocalists Chantae Cann, Brenda Nicole Moorer, Ametria Dock, and songwriter Kipper Jones. The new Jiva is Khari's response to the challenges of today's world, bringing music as a companion and testament to the best otential of humanity. The new album, HEAVEN & EARTH, hits this Friday Spet 30 - drop in right here to stream and order.
Scotty Hard Live
Check it! We got an email from Ropeadope alum Scott Harding yesterday announcing a live show at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn on 9/25. Joining Scott are Billy Martin, Todd Reynolds, Shahzad Ismaily, Ray Archie and Raz Mesinai. It's all a benefit for The Underground Producer's Alliance, where Scott is a mentor in residence to young artists. An amazing show for a groundbreaking and important project. Come on out and support. Check out Scott's interview with The Cipher right here to get the full story of the man.
Analog Spirit Quest V2
MK and the Brothers Nylon are at it again, recording ASQ V2 to 1/4 inch tape on their coveted Tascam 388. Beginning at Electric Windowland and crossing over to the new spot at Charles Bronxin' Studios, Michael Kammers, Michael Rufolo, and Nick Rufolo are joined by guests Lisa McQuade, Neeraj Mehta, and Chris Kuklis for a journey in experimental analog sound. This is serious music, so set aside some time and get the headphones on. Drop in here for the lead single.
Kyle Nasser, Rodrigo Recabarren, Pablo Menares, and Yago Vasquez make up the jazz collective that is BEEKMAN. Based in Brooklyn by way of the world, Beekman brings a world class mix of influence and style to the studio for their second album, aptly titled BEEKMAN: Vol. 2. Menares and Recabarren hail from Chile and are highly regarded in their home country, while playing worldwide with many jazz greats. Pianist Yago Vazquez arrived in NY from Spain in 2008, quickly establishing himself as a go-to studio musician and live performer. A graduate of both Harvard and Berklee, Kyle Nasser has been praised by All About Jazz - '“Superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader…ardent creativity and his urbane artistic composure.” One must hear to understand, so drop in here for a taste. Step right over here to stay in the loop.
Ibaraki - Corey King
Far East Suite
In 1963, the DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA embarked on a US State Dept 'jazz diplomacy' tour of the Middle East, South Asia, and The Balkans. Later, Ellington recorded his brilliant collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, The FAR EAST SUITE. And now, 50 years later, SLAVIC SOUL PARTY re-imagines the Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering an exotic American sound, reversing the "exotic tinge" and reveling in this subtle, funky, and brilliant music. Led by Matt Moran, SSP explores the tangled issues of authenticity and identity, while creating music that is uniquely New York. While celebrating Ellington, they are perhaps adding their chapter to the piece, as the tour never made it to the Balkans - it was cut short on November 22, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Slavic Soul Party plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite debuts on September 16, drop in here for preorder and to hear tracks as they are unveiled.
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.