2018 Countdown | John L. Nelson

A crowning point in Ropeadope history: the release of original songs by John L. Nelson carefully stewarded by his daughter Sharon L. Nelson and meticulously laid down in the studio by family. Louis Hayes, nephew of John L. Nelson, cousin of the the great Prince Rogers Nelson, hit the studio at Sharon’s call and spontaneously performed and recorded the songs of his uncle with style and grace. The result was Don’t Play With Love, a message for us all and both a sublime tribute and a contemporary musical statement. One can hear both the legacy of Jazz and the melodies of our time in this recording, as the record quickly has become a must have for any serious Jazz collection.