point of departure
From the early days playing with the likes of Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson, to present day leading THE COOKERS, DAVID WEISS is an often unsung hero exploring Jazz in its many forms. His project POINT OF DEPARTURE is in full swing, with their third album set for release here at Ropeadope on February 17. Delving into the unique era of the late 1960's, when Jazz became more complex and yet simpler as a variety of influences - soul, rock, far east rhythms - infused the music, WAKE UP CALL is an exploration of this time with cuts from John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and more. The band includes Myron Walden, JD Allen, Ben Eunson, Travis Reuter, Nir Felder, Matt Clohesy, and Kush Abadey. The music transports you to a glorious and inventive time, yet remains adventurous and polished at the same time. Stop by right here to stay in the know.
'While Black is a race, it is also a synonym for African. We aren't born a race - we are raced. But despite any structural attempts by the dominating class to suppress our spirits, there is a light that still shines within.' (Nicholas Payton). Thus begin the liner notes for AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE, a master work from Mr. Payton that brings his full essence as a musician, a composer, and a Black man in America. Afro-Caribbean Mixtape delivers the history OF the music, IN the music. Drop in right here for a first listen and to pre-order your copy.
We were introduced to Cillian King as a member of NOTIFY, and recently he got in touch about his new project with Cillian Doheny called ATLAS. Often times music disarms your critical faculties and just makes you feel good, and the Atlas album AFFINITY does just that. Artfully blending traditional Irish concertina with orchestral elements, the album feels like the dream sequence in a classic film. AFFINITY will be available worldwide on January 27th. Pick up a copy right here in high def to support the artists, or drop in to your favorite streaming service and turn it up.
2017 is the jawn
Happy 2017 Everyone! We're rested and ready as we prepare for an epic year at Ropeadope, with over 30 releases already scheduled.There is a surge of creativity happening among musicians, and we are stoked to be in the middle of the mix as we continue to build an equitable, collaborative community that not only brings great music out but empowers artists to speak freely to the world in a meaningful way. Look for new releases from ATLAS, NEW STANDARD DUO, NATE SMITH, DAVID WEISS, DIGABLE PLANETS, NICHOLAS PAYTON and many, MANY, more.
A very good year
Stand Strong is the mantra here at Ropeadope, and 2016 has tested us again and again. Storm clouds are swirling all around the door, and quite seriously it knocks us back - for a moment. But Stand Strong we MUST as we work hard each day to get our hearts and minds into a positive space. How? With the MUSIC and the people who make it. We've released 59 records this year, all gems from people who are committed to quality and innovation. We’ll be counting down the best of the best starting tomorrow - in the meantime drop in here and take a look at the music Ropeadope artists have brought to the world in 2016.
Artists First Records brings us the new album from Philly based rapper STS (Sugar Tongue Slim). Following up on his collab with RJD2, Slim delivers LADIES NIGHT, a self-described 'night at the club' in the vein of The Roots and Mos Def. The album features appearances from the likes of Terrace Martin, Chill Moody, Torae, and more. Drop in right here for to stream and purchase.
The Art. Of Cool
People People People! Get your travel plans in order as we head to The Art Of Cool Festival next spring in the hip town of Durham North Carolina. We'll be there in force as Matt Stevens, Christian Scott, Terrace Martin & The Polly Seeds, RC & The Gritz, Shaun Martin, and Robert Searight's SPUTNIK drop in for a no-holds barred musical journey. Stay tuned here for details on the Ropeadope afterparty, and drop in right here to get the full festival lineup and the VIP experience.
We are stoked to welcome Nate Smith to the Ropeadope family! When Nate picks up the sticks, people pay attention. When Nate Smith brings out his debut album with the likes of Kris Bowers, Jeremy Most, Amma Whatt, Lionel Loueke, and Gretchen Parlato (among many others), the whole world pays attention. KINFOLK is a stoy of Nate's musical family and journey, with fascinating interludes from his parents framing the music. It feels like his story, but it hits a very common, personal spot. Check the first single here, and stay tuned as KINFOLK unfolds.