After three studio albums, we are stoked to announce a trilogy of LIVE recordings from Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin. A chronicle of recent tours in Japan, Chicago, and New York, the trilogy leads off with Tokyo Number 9, with selections from eight concerts in Tokyo. The raw energy of the shows and interaction between the audience is hard to describe but easy to feel. Tokyo Number 9 is not only a document of these players in top form, but of the energizing power of live performance in our lives. The lineup is Frank Catalano on saxophone, Jimmy Chamberlin on drums, Vic Juris on guitar, Theo Hill on piano, and Stacy McMichael on bass. The art is a fascinating piece from Chicago's Tony Fitzpatrick, in and of itself worth the ticket price. Drop in here to to listen and preorder. .
Holding it down in Boston for over ten years, Akashic Record returns with their second Ropeadope release - Big Bang - set to hit Friday May 5th. Big Bang continues the organ driven funk and soul sound that the band delivers with perfection. Brian Thomas on the trombone, Jared Sims on Baritone Sax, Steve Fell on Guitar, Peter MaClean on Drums, Darby Wolf on Piano, and of course Sam Gilman on the Organ. This is classic groove, tight and funky, just polished a little with plenty of grit. Dig it.
Late last night Col, Bruce Hampton, Ret played his last gig on planet Earth. A full house was assembled to honor him, with so many of those that he has influenced and mentored on stage. We will all look back on this and realize this was a truly beautiful moment in a long string of beautiful moments that were randomly orchestrated to enlighten us all. This is not just the death of a celebrity whose music touched us, this is the departure of a GIFT that we as humans had the choice to recognize and learn from. Col. Bruce Hampton was a child at every age, he was the man who tested whether you were paying attention to the truth. He loved baseball because it was the only sport where the defense had the ball! He confounded those who might be asleep, and he inspired passion and dedication in those who sensed the way. His riddles made us wonder if he was a prophet, yet he never allowed us to define him as such. He made it through this impossible paradigm without buying in, without getting lost in reality.
'Col. Bruce Hampton has forever influenced Ropeadope: his approval of my intent has emboldened me and set the company on a course that will always be committed to music first, and to the people who make it. He has connected me to myself, and revealed answers within. It is not possible to express the depth of this connection. ' (Louis)
Then like in poetry, I have dot dot dot and then drop down to the next line. Kinda off center and leaving his soul! Parting the waters under the medulla oblongata! uh oh....mankind.
Bruce said there was no one as pure as Cachao, so we'll close (for now) with this...
We saw Shaun Martin light the whole place on fire Saturday night in Durham NC - the man can make you laugh, make you cry, and make you DANCE. There are many players who sit down and delight the audience with their expertise, and there are those who can set the groove. We respect both styles, but Shaun Martin can do both of those things like it's child's play and then grab the mic and make YOU sing. We're serious folks, Shaun knows how to throw a prty and you are invited. Check the tour dates and get on it - you can come back and tell us how much fun you had later.
We met Adam Turchin on a side street in LA, as we were heading home from a night of Jazz at The Blue Whale. He and Terrace Martin were celebrating as a record they were working on was just turned in. We talked about Jazz in Hip-Hop, argued about the best cheesesteaks, and generally agreed that musicians are underpaid. Here we are some 16 months later and Adam has brought us his labor of love - Manifest Destiny - a conceptual art project with 48 minutes of music ,11 paintings, and online motion graphics. The album features guests Robert 'Sput' Searight, Rose Gold, Terrace Martin, and more with sculpture by John Souter and paintings by Jackie Stanton. Drop in here to listen and learn, and here to follow Adam.
The last cold days of early spring are here and the heat will be upon us in a minute, as we head out on the road to see some live music. Charles Owens Quartet hits in Richmond on Thursday night and then it's down to the Art Of Cool Festival in Durham NC - here's the lineup:
- Friday 4/28 - Matthew Stevens - 5 PM
- Friday 4/28 - Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah 7:30 PM
- Saturday 4/29 - Terrace Martin & The Pollyseeds - 6:30 PM
- Saturday 4/29 - RC & The Gritz - 11 PM
- Saturday 4/29 - Shaun Martin 11:55 PM
- Saturday 4/29 (Sunday 4/30) - Sputnik - 1 AM
We are looking forward to ALL of it, and we hope to see you there. No promises on our condition after that Saturday night Dallas invasion.
Guitar man Will Hanza is back with a banger - ESCAPER is Will, Jay Giacomazzo, Andrew Nesbitt, Johnny Butler, and Adam Ahuja - a Ropeadope Allstar band with serious intent. Start with a solid funk foundation, drop in some breathy and swinging Sax, and then let the guitar soar above - that's the recipe that takes these cats on a journey outside the walls of confinement. Their new album, Skeleton Key, is cued up for release on May 12th, with some gems jumping out along the way. Check the first single - CASTLES - right here, and preorder Skeleton Key right here. If Apple Music is your thing you can check both tracks right here.
Tenor Saxophonist Charles Owens is back in the mix, this time with a new twist. He dropped into Montrose Studios with his RVA compadres Devonne Harris, Andrew Randazzo, and Kelli Strawbridge to record AS ONE on 2 inch tape. Electric bass and piano mark a new turn, with six recognizable covers and two original tracks. This is the feel of finely tuned friends creating music together for the sake of beauty. Charles knows his horn, and the powerful groove of Randazzo and Strawbridge give him the time to play, with Devonne Harris dropping signature accents on the Wurlitzer. We get the feel of a (very) chill 70's Jazz lounge, with the jukebox glowing on a Saturday night.
This is a big week here at the fake offices as we prepare for Friday's release of WISDOM (Sabiduria) from Mr. Eddie Palmieri. We've been digging throught the vast history of the man, the legend, and finding that he embodies everything that we strive for: persistent innovation with absolute respect for tradition. In fact, by easing in new elements to Latin music, Mr. Palmieri manages to PRESERVE the culture rather than push it aside. In this way he parallels the great Miles Davis by expanding the audience without losing the core. Saludos to Eddie Palmieri - please join us as we unveil new tracks all week from SABIDURIA. Start here with the title track featuring MARCUS MILLER, BERNARD PURDIE, DAVID SPINOZZA, AND RONNIE CUBER.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has emerged from the studio to bring us a trilogy of albums that stand as one work. The Centennial Trilogy is at its core asobering re-evaluation of the social political realities of the world through sound. Timing the release around the 100th anniversary of the first Jazz recording, Adjuah continues on his mission to obliterate the pejorative of the social construct of race and separation. By blending genres he seeks to find that which is common in us all. The first of the series is RULER REBEL, which introduces us to the players with a mix of Trap, Western African, and Native American music via New Orleans. We fully embrace the vision and message, and of course the music - drop in here to experience Ruler Rebel.