The White house
April 30 is International Jazz Day, and President Obama and the First Lady are celebrating in style. The 2016 All Star Global Concert will happen at The White House tomorrow, with an incredible assemblage of world class musicians. We're happy to say that Terrace Martin will be performing along with Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock and many others. Check it out right here, and tune in to ABC tomorrow night at 8 as the event is broadcast live.
Psychmonde is out today
We've been digging in deep on this new Todd Clouser / A Love Electric record - PSYCHMONDE. You can feel the heavy influence of Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and William Burroughs - but tinged with the restless soul of a man who reflects on the world from the street rather than the writer's chair. With John Medeski laying down the B3 rhythms, and long time ALE bandmates Hernan Hecht and Aaron Cruz hanging sometimes odd meter and sometimes driving rock behind Todd's pointed and poignant lyrics, Psychmonde is a haunting, REAL, and tightly focused work of art that delivers heavy social critique. Appearing in the context of Todd's work, Psychmonde is the record that ties everything together and reveals the full power of his path, all with a groove. This is what tomorrow's art, poetry, and music sounds like - rising up from the masses. Support and enjoy right here.
Man From yesterday
Our Good friend Khari Cabral-Simmons introduced us to the enigmatic Max Fisher - A man who pops into the scene and then disappears for a minute only to return with stories of musical exploration and mission driven experience. Mentor, jiu-jitsu practitioner, guitarist, Max has played the White House AND the lobby of the El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. A regular teacher and collaborator with the great India Arie, Max is preparing a full length album of his greatest hits from the last 10 years. Today marks the start - MAN FROM YESTERDAY is the lead single - check it right over here.
Live Music this week
And here we go again - Ropeadope Artists are out in force. Check Shayna Steele in Paris tonight, and more talent than you can imagine at the RSVP records show in New Orleans. Thursday night swing by Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC and catch Arthur Vint with Associates Tony Scherr and Jon Cowherd. Friday catch Frank Catalano with Nir Felder at Club Bonafide for his NY record release gig or if you are in NOLA stop by and see Charlie Wooton (with Papa Mali) at The Maple Leaf. Saturday Lex Sadler hits the Blue Note, The Funk Ark gets the groove moving at The HOB New Orleans, and Adam & Kizzie set the mood in Oklahoma City.
A Love Electric - Psychmonde
Millennium man TODD CLOUSER is joined by Ropeadope founder JOHN MEDESKI for the next release on Ropeadope SUR, and it just makes perfect sense. Todd is just as comfortable in the barrio as he is in the downtown jazz scene, and Psychmonde feels like his message and style is perfectly refined in one album. Psychmonde is deep, direct and honest - with a groove. Hernan Hecht and Aaron Cruz round out A LOVE ELECTRIC, again with a sense that Psychmonde is the maturing blend of Todd's vision and the band's live experience. This may be the record that allows us all to fully understand Todd Clouser - maybe. Dig in here for an early listen, and cue it up for preorder.
We are stoked for this week's release of WORLDSPEAK by The Flowdown, and for their album release party tomorrow night in Brooklyn. Ropeadope:LIVE in BK also features Tacuma Bradley's Unity Band and Jesse Fischer, and it all happens at the BROOKLYN BOWL. Check the band's Facebook page for a special listening party announcement - we have a feeling you might get to hear this record early (shhhh)
Ropeadope: LIVE in NOLA
RSVP Records is throwing down in New Orleans this week for the second Ropeadope:LIVE event of the year. And when we say throwing down, we mean Louis Cole of Knower. B SLADE, Shaun Martin, Jennifer Hartswick, Philthy, RC & The Gritz, Chantae Cann, Ghost-Note, and Sputnik with guest appearances from Farnell Newton, Roosevelt Collier, Nigel Hall, Alvin Ford Jr, Mononeon, and Bobby Sparks. Now that's a lineup that tells you its the PLACE to be on on the Jazzfest daze between. It all starts at 9 PM on Wednesday April 27th at The Blue Nile. Grab your tickets right here.
Philadelphia PA. TODAY (4/20). We are thrilled to announce the addition of ARTISTS FIRST RECORDS to the Ropeadope family. One of a only a few woman owned labels in HISTORY, AFI is led by Melody Forrester and will feature releases from talented artists from Philly and beyond: Sugar Tongue Slim (STS), Cee Knowledge, Kin4Life, Joe Jordan Experiment (JJX), Selina Carrera, Ty Ward, and Jeff Bradshaw. We've been plotting with these folks for a while, and let me tell you they are serious about their biz and their art. Drop in right here and get on the list, news is on the way.