Aaron Parks created a stir with his debut in 2008, Invisible Cinema, and we are thrilled to announce the natural successor to that album. Aaron Parks Little Big is a lush, melodic and driving work, blending genre and style in a fluid narrative from start to finish. The title references the novel by John Crowley, but also informs us that this is a band; Greg Tuohey with a searing tone on guitar, David 'DJ' Ginyard on bass, and Tommy Crane on drums. As a unit, they bring Parks' compositions to perfect expression, moving across the space and time of different styles to reflect the interwoven and complex world we now inhabit. Aaron Parks Little Big is an easy listen at any time, always ready for your attention when you are ready to dig deeper, and it leaves you with a sense of comfort and optimism. October 19 is the date, stay tuned for Pre-order info.
Jared Sims seems to often speak of places; with his 2017 release Change Of Address he brought us from the busy streets of Boston to his home in West Virginia as he took the chair heading up the Jazz Studies department at WVU. And now, Jared returns with The New York Sessions, his tribute to the places and sounds of New York City. There's something about the sax that can describe the feeling of New York, that sexy and gritty feel on the street, that energy, that flow, that feeling that you not only belong but that it's YOURS. Jared captures the heat on the street as he and the band are in absolutely top form, taking us through the city with tracks titled Tribeca Tap Bar, The Bodega, Pelham and more. This is both a story and a journey; tune in here for pre-order info as we prepare for an October 12 release.
The title balances contrasting philosophies on imagination and the relativity of human views, and so we are introduced to the curious mind of Saxophonist and Composer Kyle Nasser. A graduate of both Harvard and Berklee, Nasser explores the intricacies of composition and perfomance and the concept of the suite, weaving together tracks related by a common theme. The players are sublime and varied; bassist Nick Jost is a member of the metal band Baroness, While Altoist Roman Filu performs with Steve Coleman, Miguel Zenon, and Dafnis Prieto. On drums is the great Allan Mednard, whose credits seem to include just about everyone. Persistent Fancy is an elegant journey, and is set for release on October 5, stay tuned for pre-order and streaming. In the meantime, drop in on Kyle's band Beekman right here.
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.
His self-titled debut stunned us with elegant style and clearly defined textures, his collaboration with Pablo Eluchans (VSUS) showed a deeper dive into electronic soundscapes, and now E Scott Lindner returns with his second full length album. Port Of Dreams heads in a new direction, best described as Orchestral Psych, complete with a string quartet, woodwinds, piano, bass, and drums. As an engineer and producer at his Pinch Recording studio, Lindner exerts full control over the sound, tying his diverse projects together sonically. On Port Of Dreams he managed to write, record, mix, and master in a mere three days, making this the most ambitious and challenging undertaking of his career (thus far). Appearances from Ropeadope and Infinity Gritty artists include Adam Ahuja, Andrew Gould (Nuf Said), and Pablo Eluchans. Port Of Dreams heads our way on September 21, with pre-order and advance streaming available in late August.
With this sixth release on Adam Ahuja's Infinity Gritty label we can see a classic and ambitious brand in it's early formative state. Drop in here to get up to date.
A unique improvisational collective from up above NYC (Albany to be exact), Bright Dog Red is a confounding blend of genres. Drummer and Composer Joe Pignato, inspired by his teacher, Yusef Lateef, assembled his students for fully improvised live sessions fusing Jazz, Electronica, Hip-Hop, and Psychedelia. The core band is MC Cully, Cody Davies, Jarritt Sheel, Mike LaBombard, and Anthony Berman, and their first full length recording - Means To The Ends - is set for release on October 5th.
It’s like spontaneous, collective meditation. We get into a trance state and ideas just flow. MC Cully notes, at its best, the music is an impossibly divided form of unity, with each participant as expressive as a soloist and supportive as a side-player. (MC Cully)
In an age of individually wrapped packets of 'entertainment', Means To The Ends is a refreshing deep dive into musical exploration without a hint of self indulgence. It's hip, it's a groove, and at the same time it's OUT.
Vivian Sessoms was born in Harlem, and she shuttled between Philly and Harlem as a child with some stops in Newark & Camden NJ. As she likes to say – ‘she lived in all the ‘hoods. Her parents were free thinkers, creatives who were immersed in music and cultural expression. Early on she just knew that one day she would be a singer, and that knowledge became a compelling need that drove her forward. With her parents singing and playing music around her, harmonizing and sharing the essence, the structure of music, there was never another option. The church figured in as well, as her grandmother made sure she was in church most Sundays, and the spirit of gospel music was forever entangled with her destiny.
And so we present to you today, Vivian's rendition of the classic traditional song 'See Line Woman'. Originally recorded for the library of Congress (Sea-Lion Woman) and later popularized by Nina Simone, See Line Woman expresses Vivian's understanding of the roots, and her vision for elegant arrangement. Featured on the track are Vincent Gardner, Kenyatta Beasley, and Donny McCaslin. Let it roll.
The incomparable Nate Smith has helped invigorate the Jazz scene over the last two decades with his visceral and deep-rooted style of drumming. From work with Jose James, Dave Holland, and Chris Potter, to his Grammy nominated debut album, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere, Nate is on the scene. It seems that every day another musician or fan posts a video of Nate behind the kit, in awe of the style and and polish of his work. Now, Nate has prepared a solo drumset album dubbed Pocket Change - 11 improvised drum tracks of groove and feel, and of course technique.
Pocket Change will be released in three formats - Collector's Vinyl, A Creators software package from Loop Loft/Native Instruments, and in digital download/streaming worldwide. Start right here for the single and find your spot.
'The idea of the album is to use (seemingly) simple grooves as a launching pad ... My goal was to develop improvised thematic ideas within groove context to create a storytelling arc.' (Nate Smith)
This cat takes some old school spoken word and makes it fresh - with a clear eye on the Jazz greats and no apologies. Tony Adamo has led a storied life, from the Navy to radio to acting to putting up billboards. When he met up with Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite from Tower Of Power, he began recording and found a new groove: Free flowing spoken word. Tony writes his words down, and then does his piece on stage or in the studio, and the words are not the same. He has teamed up with Mike Clark for his new record, WAS OUT JAZZ ZONE MAD, due out on September 14th with a feature from Roger Smith. This is the poet as band member - sometimes singing, sometimes beat poet, sometimes a radio presenter, all in synch with the madness of the music. It's like a sport, where the ball can go anywhere and the players move in earnest. When it's right, it's nothing but graceful. WAS OUT JAZZ ZONE MAD pays tribute to the greats, to the players behind him, and to the art of improvisation.
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.
That's right. The band formerly known as Just Drums And Tuba is back. Formed in 1995 by Tony Nozero and Brian Wolff, this avant-everything duo that began Austin Texas has achieved legendary under (and above) ground status as they take two instruments and blend Jazz fusion, Hardcore Punk, and Alternative Hip-Hop in a surprising structured way. The band has not recorded since 2005, and we are honored to bring you their new project - TRIUMPH!. Joined by Steve Garofano on (additional) Drums and Percussion, Ben Ellman on Sax, Jonathon Freilich on Guitar, and Francesca Wolff on vocals, Brian adds in his own Vocal, Beatbox, Trombone and Flute to for an epic statement of, well - triumph!. Seemingly unaffected by the challenges of the times, or simply strong enough to bear it with a driving, forward moving and anthemic call, Drums And Tuba are here to lead the way. Triumph! is set for release on September 28.
Connected by music and an eclectic frame of reference, Adrian Harpham, Deron Johnson, Gabe Gordon, and Yonatan Levy are Light Blue Movers. Their debut album, Atlas, found them experimenting with sound and groove, while collaborating with vocalists like Stephanie McKay and Leyeux. In late 2016 the all-star, trans-continental quartet got together for a live show in LA, and of course hit the studio for a couple of nights and let the tape roll. Two sessions in Venice California, with no songs, no chords, no charts. It had been a tough year, and things were about to get much more complicated in the world around them, as it has for us all. The result is Teleological Devolution (the Venice Sessions pt.1), an unapologetic, searching, sonic freedom that literally sounded like life itself. This is real, folks, and real is needed right now. The album hits on September 7 via Harpham's Modern Icon Recordings, with pre-orders on August 10. Drop in here and follow the band for updates.
dred scott. The incomparable renegade pianist who co-founded the ground breaking hip- hop jazz group Alphabet Soup. The musical director for AMFAR's Cinema Against Aids gala at Cannes. Composer and performer in six San Francisco Mime Troupe productions. Film composer, solo artist, and all around player with celebs too numerous to mention. And the super subtle and not-as-subtle piano player at Del Posto in New York. dred has graced us with three albums thus far; a live recording from his long running Live At Rockwood residency, and the simultaneous releases Going Nowhere and Prepared Piano. It's been a minute since the maestro of the maelstrom has recorded, and now he returns to the studio with his long time friend and musical cohort Ben Rubin (Mudville) to record ALL of the parts to his new album - Rides Alone. The compositions are sublime, perhaps dred's most accessible and gentle writing and playing in his storied career. dred scott rides alone stands as a mature and melodic statement of life and love. dred scott rides alone will be released on September 21, with pre-orders starting August 24. Stop in here to hear and understand dred scott.
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.
Jonathan Scales - the subtle and fashionable cat from Asheville NC with two mallets and a dream. When he first arrived at Ropeadope with his 'Fourchestra' he instantly changed the way we viewed the steel pan, with elaborate, sometimes delicate, often powerful compositions. Over the last five years Scales has persisted, winning over many of the best players in the game, and now he brings his latest project to the forefront. PILLAR is set for release on September 14, 2018, and it features none other than Jonathan's hero Bela Fleck and a cast of guests including Shaun Martin, Victor Wooten, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, MonoNeon, Jeff Coffin, and Oteil Burbridge. The core band is Jonathan with bassist E’Lon Jordan-Dunlap and drummer Maison Guidry, a killer lineup on its own. Stay tuned as we unveil new tracks from PILLAR.
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.
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.
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.