It's a typical story - An irish fiddler from North Caroline goes to Brazil and falls in love, choosing to record an album of Forro, Samba, and Bossa Nova on the violin. Well, maybe it's not typical at all. Canta Violino is a remarkable way to experience the depth of the instrument and the country.
The energy of Mike Clark is boundless, as he continues to create music in a variety of settings. He appears on Brad Farberman's Ropeadope debut, hanging with the young cats on the NYC scene, and then pops back up with his longtime friend and collaborator Delbert Bump for a Hammond infused journey. A key surprise here - a young Elias Lucero on guitar shines throughout.
Don’t Play With Love – The John L. Nelson Project, the highly anticipated recording of John L. Nelson’s compositions is set for worldwide release on March 2, 2018. Preorders will begin on January 29th via the Ropeadope Select online store. The album features Jazz legends Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Dezron Douglas, and Richard Germanson, and was recorded at Paisley Park with Sharon L. Nelson as producer.
Soul and Jazz, Portland style. Molly has been a vocalist with Jarrod Lawson for a bit, and she hit the studio with quite a few special guests: David Sanborn, Will Lee, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Del Atkins, Pedrito Martinez, Oli Rockberger, Gregg Bissonette, Timothy B. Schmit, Ricky Z, Jason Sutter, Jim Cox, Anton Fig, Lelan Sklar, and Chris Botti.
Edge Detection was recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, with all five band members playing together simultaneously, while in isolated rooms. Recording this way helped capture the great live synergy between the players which you can witness during their performances. Their live sets tend to be open with many in-the-moment improvisational aspects, and this essence was not lost during the studio recordings. Bandleader and guitarist, Will Hanza, expresses, “The term ‘jam’ can be a loaded one, but the idea of having some concrete ideas, while still allowing the music to be open to take advantage of the moment is really important to us.”
Todd returns to Minneapolis for an epic throwdown at JT Bates' Monday night series at The Ice House. The groove was good, so he and John Medeski decided a recording was in order.