Born in Roanoke Virginia, Christina Marie Gleixner is an artist with a curious mind. It would seem simple: grow up with a passion for music, go to school and follow in the footsteps of thousands by writing and performing the music of the day. And yet that’s not the path that Christina took. Upon hearing a track from late Turkish singer Tanju Okan, Christina was so taken with the music that she decided she would sing in Turkish. The lyrics spoke of being so drunk one would forget that their love ever existed, and somehow it unlocked a strong creative space.
Guitarist, composer, arranger and producer Chance Hayden has worked with many including Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton, Andy Stokes, Lindsey Webster, Maimouna Youssef and Mycle Wastman. He has attracted international attention touring with Jarrod Lawson, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Billboard Live and an exclusive birthday celebration for Stevie Wonder. His music has been chosen for the BET television series Being Mary Jane and Sony Pictures #1 box office film The Perfect Guy. Hayden is the producer of The Peace House Sessions, an ongoing video series featuring the likes of Mark Lettieri and Liz Warfield. And now, Chance brings his new album, get somethin', via Atlanta Records. dig in and get somethin' hip.
After two acclaimed releases in 2017, Experiments With Truth and What Is Now?,the ever creative Richard X Bennett returns this spring with a solemn reflection on life, death and the transformation of suffering into beauty. Away From The Many finds Bennett in a solo space, gently playing for an audience of one. This is a record for those times you find yourself alone, though it is also perfect for setting a quiet tone among friends in our all too frenetic world. Away From The Many includes two remixes from a piano player from another layer: Aaron Doltonjoins Mr. Bennett in expression that more than matches the mood. The album is cued up for release on April 20 with Preorder on March 23.
From the great city of Omaha Nebraska, Dana Murray is a drummer, producer, and a new kind of educator. He grew up watching the greats play in North Omaha, and he knew he'd better get his chops if he wanted to be in that company. And yet instead of a drummer's record, Dana brings us Negro Manifesto, an album of music with a purpose that evokes thoughts of many, from Gil-Scott Heron to Hip-Hop activists The Goats, from Coltrane to Philip Glass. Negro Manifesto is a reflection on our world from a man who is comfortable in all scenarios, and it is intended to bring dialogue around the subject of social justice. Dana will be touring - playing music and holding panel discussions on race, gender, and community throughout 2018. Stay tuned for previews of the album, recorded commentary from Dana, and a continued discussion to help us learn and heal.
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We are eternally grateful for the creative energy that Robert Sput Searight puts into the world, and we are honored by his presence here at Ropeadope and with his label RSVP Records. yet it is his collaborative work with Percussionist Nate Werth that intrigues us beyond all. Ghost-Note is their project together, and it begins with two drummers finding a rhythm on stage and in life. Unique in history, Ghost-Note builds from this core with no specific destination, and expands outward - adding melody and accents as it adds serious players who bring new flavor to the band. It is a fascinating process, and it is moving forward with accelerating power. What does that mean? It means that the next Ghost-Note record is a powerhouse of musical exploration that eclipses their debut, with a core band of Anthony ‘AJ’ Brown, Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II (Sly 5th Ave), Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr, Jonathan Mones, Michael Jelani Brooks, and Xavier Taplin - and a dizzying array of guests including Kamasi Washington, Karl Denson, Raja Kassis, Prudence the Auset Sneed, Brandon ‘Taz’ Neiderauer, Nigel Hall, Bob Lanzetti, Alvin Ford Jr, Jay Jennings, Nick Werth, Bobby Ray Sparks, Phil Lassiter, and Michael Palmer. There's plenty more to say, but we'll just let that sink in for a moment. Drop in here for the title track.
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.
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.
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.