Yak Attack X Ropeadope

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Dave Dernovsek, Rowan Cobb, and Nick Werth have put their minds together and the result is a full force electronica-slash-everything power trio that will blow your mind if you don't stay elastic. The name of this band is Yak Attack, and they are coming for you. Don't let the E word define it though, as the bands draws deeply from House, Drum & Bass, Breakbeat, and yes, Jazz. This band goes OUT, taking you along with a little groove in your step. In case you haven't picked it up the connection yet, Nick Werth is connected to the Ropeadope family via Ghost-Note, and we are thrilled to have him and his Yak Attack brothers join the roster. their new album, Safety Third, hits on September 7th. 

 

 

 

Eddie Palmieri | Full Circle

While the world continues with uncertainty, Mr. Eddie Palmieri continues with clarity and purpose. Following up on his 2017 release, Sabiduria, Mr. Palmieri has teamed up with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to build out the PalmieriSalsaJams interactive music App. The app enables you to mute, solo, pan and fade any instrument in the recording, along with tempo control, looping and sheet music for each part. We've seen the App in action with Christian's Stretch Music release, and this will be the first for intricate salsa compositions and playing. of course, the App will be accompanied by the release of the album, titled Full Circle as Palmieri presents timeless Salsa classics with the world's top musicians and some fresh new talent and arrangements. Featured on the recording are Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, “Little” Johnny Rivero, Luques Curtis, Louis Fouche and many more. This is music that jumps right out of the speaker and spills out onto the street. Drop in here to preorder the album, and keep an eye on Uprising Music NYC for details on the App. 

Kaveh Rastegar | Light Of Love

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He's a founding member of the Grammy Nominated Jazz Quintet Kneebody. He's written and produced with folks like Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Kimbra, and Meshell Ndegeocello, and De La Soul. He's a founding member of the 70 piece Hip-Hop orchestra Dakah, and a member of the Seattle based power trio THRUSTER! featuring guitarist Timothy Young and drummer Matt Chamberlain. He's slung the bass with style and grace on stage with Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Sia, and of course John Legend. Kaveh Rastegar is a powerhouse, bringing a solid punk and rock mentality into whatever genre he chooses. 

We are proud to be the place for Kaveh's solo debut, Light Of Love, a collection of songs that form his perspective on music drawn from his world of experience. Light Of Love finds Kaveh in the studio with a cast of accomplished characters: Chris Dave, Brandon Coleman, Gaby Moreno, David Garza, Nicholas Payton, and the sublime Becca Stevens, among others. Preorders start this Friday July 13.  

dustlights

We know Joe Wilson from the high energy band Karikatura, and now he returns with a new and unique project titled dustlights. The band’s story began in late 2015 Brooklyn, when saxophonist Joe Wilson and bassist Ran Livneh escaped from their busy freelance musician lives for a few hours every week to explore esoteric curiosities, such as how would Erik Satie and Steve Coleman sound playing together?  Or, how would Miles Davis make post-rock? Very soon they knew they were onto something, and brought in Wilson’s long-time friend and collaborator David Christian on drums. The foundational groove and spacious textures of the dustlights sound soon emerged.

Breaking all the “rules” in their first year, the trio refused to play live shows.  Instead they committed to cycles of creation, destruction, and renewal. Ideas would be born out of nowhere, fed some life, and then torn to shreds. The songs that survived these development sessions would be set in digital stone as an EP.  Fittingly, their first recording session was the last one to take place at legendary Rubber Tracks studio before its demise by high-rise developers.

During the next development phase, everyone’s individual lives took deep dives into cinematic worlds.   Christian got a call to work with major producers Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen on the TV series Man In the High Castle.  Wilson was commissioned to compose and produce a soundtrack for awarred-winning short film “Jake”. And Livneh, who hails from Israel, drove into the heart of “real ‘merica” on US tours with indy art rockets Milan to Minsk.  As visual life merged influences with sonic creations, the band in turn joined forces with a duo of international fine arts and illustration “bandmates” - Toshitaka Aoyogi and Kara Smith- who dreamed up a visual vibe for the record and videos.

In 2018, dustlights have generated the buzz of a good secret, as the band won huge applause from a small avant-garde rock audience of strangers at legendary East Village club nublu;  100x repeat position on a Berlin tastemaker’s private Soundcloud playlist; and earned the attention of award-winning film composer Ariel Loh to engineer their most recent recording session at Stone Studio.  

DB3 | Firebrand

DB3 is the brainchild of guitarist and bassist David Bailis, who after touring internationally with renowned artists for many years including the Pimps of Joytime and John Forte of the Fugees, started his own trio in 2017. What started as a residency in NYC has become an exciting creative outlet for Bailis, with the debut album slated for release in July of 2018. David Bailis’s skilled guitar playing and diverse sonic background shine through in his live shows with influences ranging from jazz, afrobeat, funk and rock. His adventurous compositions and the band’s synergy take listeners on a memorable ride. Firebrand will be released on The Infinity Gritty label on July 20, pre-order right over here

Ill Doots

We love Philly, and we love humans that work for the greater good in a collaborative way. Ill Doots are just that; they share a common place, culture, and similar ideology, and they transcend the term collective in an open source, dynamic community of artists, educators, and musicians. They are from many places, assembled in the great city of Philadelphia, with a shared emphasis on the value of the process rather than the product. With an open flow like this, it is natural that the output takes varied forms. From theater to education to live and recorded music. And so it is that Ill Doots bring their new self-titled album to the world via Ropeadope on July 27th. Check out the first revealed track featuring Ron Draper and Anwar Marshall right here

“The movement is about more than the group. It is about the community. It is about living life to the fullest, the way it should be lived, whatever that may entail. Musicians, artists and other creative people are encouraged to join in the lifestyle. “ILL” stands for “I Love Living.” (Jump Magazine)

Jim Stephens | Philasippiola Soul

After his Ropeadope debut – On Our Way To Forever – and his gritty, stripped down album of salt of the earth tunes – Boxcar Blues – Jim Stephens returns with his opus. Songs Of Healing:Philassippiola Soul brings Stephens full vision into view, with classics like Down By The Riverside and Baby Please Don’t Go interspersed with his soulful gospel-tinged compositions. The process is one of inclusion, with a solid cast of inspiring musicians from Chuck Treece, Doug Grisby, Pablo Batista, Lucky Thompson, and many more contributing their unique styles in the arranging and recording process. This is a record of the people, by the people, and for the people. Laments on life’s struggles with a positive message of fortitude and hope color the pages of Philassipiola Soul.

Shaun Martin is in Focus

From the Snarky Puppy golden days to his solo release, 7 Summers, we have always been (and will remain) huge fans of the style, grace, and versatility that Shaun Martin brings to the piano in its many forms. From delicate riffs to dance party rhythm, Shaun expresses himself with perfect comfort and brings the power when the setting calls for it. So we are proud to announce Focus - the new album from the Shaun Martin Trio. This time Shaun returns to the piano and the roots of the Jazz Trio with longtime collaborators AJ Brown and Jamil Byron.

'i wanted to sit down and fall back in love with the piano - to dance with the one that brought you.' - shaun martin

The trio format lends plenty of inspiration for Shaun, he counts Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, and Gary Peacock as influences and standards for the trio vibe, with the magnetic interplay between the instruments as the foundation. Yet as always, Shaun Martin makes the trio his own, comfortably expressing himself as though he is in fact dancing with the one that brought him. A couple of standards from Joe Henderson and Billie Holiday set the frame, with five original compositions that bring the story into Focus, and the interplay between these lifelong friends is indeed magnetic and seemingly effortless. 

Russell Gunn | The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

We are honored to announce that trumpeter par excellence Russell Gunn has joined the Ropeadope family. Russell brings a unique perspective as he has developed a deep sense of the history of Jazz while firmly engrained with Hip-Hop sensibility. The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra is a not just a big band - it is a labor of love for Russell and the players, and for over a year they have been carefully crafting the sound and the compositions that make up their new release - Get It How You Live. With a powerful sound, RKJO comes out swinging, adding in signature performances from Theo Croker, Dionne Farris, and Saunders Sermons. The record hits on July 20, and preorder is all set right here

‘Get It How You Live is about explaining yourself in an honest way – when you open your mouth it has to be genuine’ (Russell Gunn)

21Soul begins today, and we are both nervous and excited to bring a bunch of fresh new programming to you - first up, 21Soul Radio feeding from our Mixcloud page. Louis and Fabian are trying their hand at the DJ thing, carefully matching up tracks from the Ropeadope catalog for your listening pleasure. Check it here, tell a friend, but most of all tell us what you think! 

  • Funny How Time Flies (feat. Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin) by Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale by Leon "Foster" Thomas
  • From Here: Interlude by Nate Smith
  • The Torrent by Shaun Martin
  • Mason's Galaxy by Mark de Clive-Lowe
  • Loops by The Kandinsky Effect
  • Wagtail by Notify
  • New Expectations by The Fresh Cut Orchestra
  • Mind Meld by The Funk Ark
  • Feathers by RC & The Gritz

HUW + RXB

With album titles like Music From The Multiverse and Away From The Many, pianists Aaron Dolton and Richard X Bennett have clearly informed us that they draw from sacred places within as they compose and play their music. Recently the two connected via digital means and began to collaborate. What began as a simple track remix became a full length album of reinvention as they both found common experience and expression. 

It’s like waking up as another person.  Who wouldn't want that. It is me, but it’s not me. (Richard X Bennett)

 I found the existing structures fantastic to work against; composing, editing and then gaining feedback on the changes. (Aaron Dolton)

And so we present to you Wood/Water:  A unique project from two creative minds searching to make beauty from life's challenges, and finding that the process has endless permutations.

The mood: Reflective expression, ambient with a groove. 

 

 

Philthy is Philthy

His biography lists Philip Lassiter as horn arranger for the late Prince Rogers Nelson, but as we all know, there is alway a story behind such success. His father was a preacher, and his mother got him started with piano, but it's not about a simple gift of talent; Phil took in the world around him in Dallas Texas and beyond, humble and driven to learn from everyone he met. And learn he did, becoming indispensable as an arranger and producer as well as a sought after trumpeter. 

“Stay humble and hungry - get into the practice of admitting that you don’t have something, and then you can really really grow.’ (Philip Lassiter)

After two solo albums, Philthy has teamed up with vocalist Elliott Yamin to bring us Party Crashers - a heavy hitting funky album with horns that lunch and vocals that grab the soul. With Phil's arrangements and horns, Elliott's old world gravelly vocals, and a cast of greats including MonoNeon, Jason Thomas, Bobby Sparks, Keith Anderson, and Tommy Sims - Party Crashers is your summertime banger. Tune in and shake it, baby. 

 

 

RoSaway

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Rachel Ombredane and Stéphane Avellaneda are a flute and drums duo. Yes, that's correct, from the back of the orchestra and the back of the band to the front of the stage. Rachel earned her degree(s) in flute, musicology, and vocals at esteemed Parisian schools, and Stef cut his teeth on the world stage touring with Serbian guitarist Ana Popovic. Both have the skill to play and perform the music of their choosing, and together they are RoSaway - a sort of pop, sort of electronic, sort of Jazz band with flute, drums, Rachel's otherworldly vocal, and a bit of help from Adam Ahuja on keys. RoSaway's new single, Freedom, hits on Infinity Gritty via Ropeadope on June 29th. Stay tuned right over here.

Javier Santiago

From Minneapolis to Stockton CA to NYC, Javier Santiago's path has been in earnest, searching for the right combination of musical knowledge, skill, and influence. Selected to attend the Brubeck Institute, Javier learned from greats like Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, and Joshua Redman before heading to the New School to further his study. Outside of class Santiago honed his production skills as well, and now he brings his world to the fore with the album Phoenix, an exploration in Jazz with the core band of Corey Fonville, Zach Brown, Dayna Stephens, Ben Flocks, and Nir Felder. Phoenix is what people might have called 'Future Jazz' just a few years ago - but the future is now so we'll just call it Jazz. Phoenix hits on June 29th, and is available for preview and preorder right here.

Aeons and Aeons

This is one of those posts - where we have an artist (or two) who have really strong bios in their genre but the new album doesn't sound anything like what they have previously done. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is an award-winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry. A leading exponent of the traditional sean nós style, her repertoire also includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources. Described as “one of the freshest sounds in Irish music” by fRoots magazine, Padraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today. OK, now throw that away and get ready to hear the new sounds these two make together. Aeons is like a hazy dream state drifting aimlessly around the center of the universe. Ambient Celtic ambassadors is the best way to describe these two - check out Fis by Aeons, due out on June 29. 

Pendulum Swings | Angelo Moore

Angelo Moore is hitting the road with fierce energy and dedication. The Brand New Step is his project outside of Fishbone, and it's a traveling groove and politics driven storm. Claude Coleman Jr (Ween), Ashish “Hash” Vyas (Thievery Corporation), JJ Jungle (The Coup), Hassan Hurd (The Coup) form the core, with vocals from Butterscotch, Cheyenne Moore, and Bridney Reese. Ths IS the brand new step, and Angelo has a treat for us today as he drops a classic single with a B-side to address the current state of confusion in the good ol U S of A. The signature sound is courtesy of the infamous Rondo Brothers of Berkeley California, with frequent collaborator Kris Jensen on guitar. The B-side is Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues as only Angelo Moore can do it. 

You'll want to catch the groove and the lyrics on these, and drop them into your playlist for heavy rotation. 

Tosin Aribisala | Afrika Rising

Born and raised in Nigeria, Tosin Aribisala grew up digging deep into his father's vast record collection. As a drummer from Nigeria, the natural influence of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, and King Sunny Ade are there, but Tosin's wide interests led him to credit many others: Art Blakey, Dennis Chambers, Bob Marley, Sting, and Seal. If you sense a pattern in that influence, you are correct - Tosin is an inspiring soul whose passion for the music and the people is immense. He has performed with many, from  Taj Mahal to Spyro Gyra to Femi Kuti, and he teaches worldwide to share his wisdom and positive energy with young and old.

'my music is a mixture of African rhythmic textures and some elements of jazz and blues, with lyrics of hope, love and human realities.'

Is it the music that shapes the man, or the man that shapes the music? It is both of course, and Tosin Aribisala is a light in a challenging world, bringing rhythm and energy to us all. His new album, Afrika Rising, is a stunning collection that speaks to the possibilities of a blended world - first the rhythm and then the exploration, all with an unforced but concise message. Afrika Rising hits on June 22, drop in here to preorder. 

cee knowledge

Craig Irving, the Philadelphia hip-hop vocalist better known as Cee Know the Doodlebug of the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio Digable Planets, is back with the second album from Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Dubbed Alien-Aided: A Cosmic Funk Anthology, the album brings us up to date with Cee's progressive Hip-Hop and funkified brand of streetwise jazz poetry, with many of his core travelers and some new guests including Schoolly D and Cookie Rabinowitz. Due out on Philly's Artists First Records, Alien Aided is accompanied by some serious animation from Eric Horvitz, whose work work you might recall from early Ropeadope years. Catch the first track and preorder right here