Happy Ears

Good Morning! We've got a nice surprise for you that has absolutely nothing to do with Cinco De Mayo, but everything to do with Soul And Jazz. From the refined ears of Atlanta Records founder Brian Hurst come THE HURST SELECTION 3 - a tight collection of 12 songs that flow like like a gentle rain on a spring day. Rod Harris featuring Musiq Soulchild, Melissa McMillan, Lindsey Webster, Michon Young and more. Just cue it up, lean back, and let the music flow. 

Terrace Martin on Arts & Raps

Mark Lettieri - Goonsquad (Spark & Echo)

EME Records

If you've been anywhere near Philly in the last few years you know it's popping. The sounds of Philly have often shaped music nationally and worldwide, and now we are pleased to announce our collaboration with Philly musician, writer, and producer CARVIN HAGGINS. Writing and producing with longtime partner Ivan Barias, Carvin and Ivan brought the world timeless records from Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, and Justin Timberlake. Now Carvin has launched Ethical Music Entertainment (EME Records) as part of the Ropeadope network of labels. EME will bring positive message through uplifiting music from the likes of BriaMarie and Alycia Miles, and that is just the start of what will be the new Home of Philadelphia Soul. Check in on EME right here and stay tuned. 

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 everywhere from Siberia to the White House to the El San Jaun Hotel/Casino 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.  

Jungle Earth

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.