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Adam Ben EzraPin Drop ... CD
Little Big Beat/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
Pretty wonderful sounds from Adam Ben Ezra – an artist who works here completely solo, but with a flowing range of sounds that's completely hypnotizing overall! Ezra's a bassist at heart, but also plays piano and clarinet on the record – and also vocalizes a bit, and adds in some foot stomps too – all with this earthy, organic approach to his instruments that really opens up their sonic possibilities, while still also keeping things in a forward-moving, always-swinging style! The work on bass is especially wonderful – as Adam's strong, deep notes are extremely powerful – and often offset by more unusual touches on the strings – not in a gimmicky way, but just fresh sonic expressions. Titles include "Prayer", "Silk Road", "Balagusto", "Can't Stop Running", "Brown Piano", and "India Time". CD

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Maurice BrownMood ... CD
Mobetta/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Fantastic sounds from trumpeter Maurice Brown – a straight jazz player by training, but one who opens up here in a warmly soulful groove! The record bristles with loads of great keyboards from Kris Bowers – whose sound is as important to the album as Brown's trumpet – and the rhythms are played live, but have a nicely chunky quality that fits in well with the occasional vocal from Maurice – as well as guest vocal contributions from Talib Kweli, Chris Turner, and J Ivy! Most tracks also feature tenor from Chelsea Baratz – and the whole thing's got a nice groove that's maybe in the same electric territory as some of the more soul-drenched titles in recent years from Blue Note. Titles include "The Mood", "On My Way Home", "Stand Up","Moroccan Dancehall", "Shenanigans", "Capricorn Rising", and "Journey Exotique". CD

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Tommaso CappellatoAforemention ... CD
Mental Groove/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Spare drums, percussion, and lots of electronics from Tommaso Cappellato – a musician who works here with only a bit of guest vocals from time to time, but never makes us feel like we're missing the presence of a larger group at all! Cappellato's somewhere in a space near cosmic jazz, but is also maybe focused a bit more on the rhythms too – almost like some of the best talents coming out of the London scene about a decade ago – younger musicians who were influenced by 70s electric jazz, but took things in a new territory that was all their own! Tommaso's definitely in his own space here – soaring out on titles that include "Pastlife Flashbacks", "Solitary Orbiter", "Melting Spheres", "Get Set Free", "Fly", and "Team Ball". CD

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Matt CappyChurch & State ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
A tight trumpeter with a really fresh sound – strong, soulful, and equally well-suited to funky tunes and more freewheeling numbers! The set's brimming over with soul – and the range of musicians changes with each different tune – although Fender Rhodes features on most numbers, and sets up a core flow that's just great for the way that Mat Cappy approaches his horn. The mix of electric energy and acoustic voice reminds us a bit of the great Brad Upton records from a dozen years back – and Cappy's definitely got the strength to situation himself in a legacy that includes earlier soulful trumpeters who worked in such a mode – like Donald Byrd in the 70s, or Tom Browne at the start of the 80s. Titles include "East Philly", "Phoenix", "Church & State", "Eight Five Six", and "Sacramento". CD

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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents ChurchMark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church ... CD
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – some of which shift the sound of the acoustic instruments in the process! The shift is a bit like that taken by Jimi Tenor with his own music in recent years, but the overall sound is still very much in the soaring, cosmic territory we've always loved from Mark – but there's also a much deeper connection to the planet as well. Wonderful throughout – a great step forward for an artist we already love so much – and titles include "Sketch For Miguel", "Now Or Never", "Nova Roda", "The Mission", "Distractions", "Mason's Galaxy", "Imam", and "Sun Up Sun Down". CD
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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents ChurchMark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church (with download) ... LP
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – some of which shift the sound of the acoustic instruments in the process! The shift is a bit like that taken by Jimi Tenor with his own music in recent years, but the overall sound is still very much in the soaring, cosmic territory we've always loved from Mark – but there's also a much deeper connection to the planet as well. Wonderful throughout – a great step forward for an artist we already love so much – and titles include "Sketch For Miguel", "Now Or Never", "Nova Roda", "The Mission", "Distractions", "Mason's Galaxy", "Imam", and "Sun Up Sun Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
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Mark De Clive-LoweLive At The Blue Whale ... LP
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 17.98
A jaw-dropper of a record from Mark De Clive-Lowe – much more of a jazz album than anything he's ever done before – and a set that's recorded live, too – which is also more of a change! The style here is wonderful – with Mark handling piano, keyboards, and some live effects – in a quartet that also features alto sax, bass, and drums – spinning out in territory that's a bit 70s space jazz, but also inflected with a lot more 21st Century phrasing, too. The blend is sublime – way more spiritual and spontaneous than anything Mark's ever done before – even though we've really loved most of his other music, too. It's wonderful to hear such a shift in someone we've already dug for well over a decade – and the titles are dedicated to Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal, and Yusef Lateef – which should give you an idea of the spirit that he's going for on the record. Titles include "Evergreen", "L&H", "The Golden Lady", and "Swahililand". LP, Vinyl record album

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4 KornersPortal Of Gold ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
A totally fresh post-millennium take on the electric jazz sound of the late 70s & early 80s from Atlanta-based quartet 4 Korners – inspired by the funky fusion era, but really putting it in a timeless light of their own! We've always loved the sound that provides inspiration here – mid-to-late 70s electric keyboard jazz, carried well into the 80s by The Yellowjackets and others – so fiercely modern sounding in its time that it's now, somewhat ironically, difficult to pull off without sounding self-consciously retro. That's where the 4 Korners excel so strongly. It's fresh as can be! The players are Clarence Hill on keys, James Thompson Jr. on bass, Isaac Thomson on guitar and Jerrod Sullivan on drums – who share songwriting and production credit equally in the notes – which comes as no surprise considering how tightly it plays! Titles include "Midnight Interstate", "King's Highway", "The Dew", "Orbiting Hands", "Table For 2", "Through His Eyes", "The Great Flight", "Motions" and "Portal Of Gold". CD

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Ollie HowellSelf-Identity ... CD
Sky Academy/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
A beautiful voyage of self-discovery from drummer Ollie Howell – but a set that also clearly gets its strength his collaboration with the other members of the session too! Ollie adds in a bit of electronics with his drums, but the core energy here mostly comes from the acoustic exchange between the tenor of Duncan Eagles, trumpet of Henry Spencer, piano of Matt Robinson, and bass of Max Luthert – players who often create these building blocks of sound that soar to the sky with sort of an understated spiritual vibe – very contemporary in approach, yet also with much deeper roots of inspiration. The group also features Ant Law on guitar, and Robinson plays a bit of Fender Rhodes – but the most haunting elements, to us, come from that acoustic core that really drives the sound. Titles include "Almost Tomorrow", "Rise & Fall", "Shadows", "Knew", "Balancing Stones", "In Truth", and "The Unknown". CD

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HUWMusic From The Multiverse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with the kind of future elements you'd guess from the image, sometimes more understated – in a good fit with the more sensitive lyrics of the album's range of different singers – who include Jube (Julie Clarkson), Bennett Holland, Sid M, and Jamie Paul. A few tracks are instrumental – with more of a focus on the sax and drums – and titles include "Baskerville", "Last Minute", "Already Home", "Midnight", "Foot Down", "Flow State", and "Thank You". CD

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Kandinsky EffectPax 6 ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
A jazz trio, but one with a very unique vibe – given that, in addition to familiar saxes, bass, and drums – the group also uses a fair bit of effects as well! The drums are often echoey and thunderous, the basslines nicely bumping, and the tones of the saxophone can go off in all sorts of directions – always tuneful, but often with darker currents too – nice little sonic twists and turns that certainly make the instrument sound different than usual! Saxophonist Warren Walker also plays a bit of keyboards too, although those often seem wrapped up with the larger electronic palette of the album – and titles include "Astoria", "We Make Our Own Holidays", "Loops", "Iron Lion", "Re: Jungle", "Musicbox", and "Glass Bottles". CD

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Corey KingLashes ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
A striking debut as a solo act from Corey King – an artist who's been on the New York scene for years now, and had the chance to work with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Esperanza Spaulding, Lonnie Smith, Mos Def, and Glen Hansard – and has come up with a sound that's completely his own! We might call Corey a soul singer at the outset, but the shape and texture of his songs is something different overall – maybe moodier portraits of his inner spirit, with as much sonic shadings as music in the mix – which really fits the way that King puts his lyrics across. The vocals are often as fuzzy as the sounds around them, but never lacking for feeling or expression – as Corey has this really focused quality that's very different than some of the sleepier contemporary singers who can sound like they're getting lost in a downtempo groove. King handles most of the keyboards as well – and titles include "Parisian Leaves", "Botched Farewell", "Uncle Richie", "Ibaraki", "Midnight Chris", and "Lucky Grey". CD

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Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic inspiration of the 70s era, but with a distinctly 21st Century execution – with crispy edges, cosmic currents, and a chunky approach to rhythm that makes the whole thing come across with a really subtle sort of power! The album's overflowing with guests – including Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Kamasai Washington, Keyon Harrold, and Laylah Hathaway – but there's also a core energy that's all Terrace's own, with lots of snakey keyboards that weave these magical tonal patterns in a wonderful way. Brilliant, and completely captivating – with tracks that include "Push", "Curly Martin", "Never Enough", "Turkey Taco", "Tribe Called West", "Think Of You", "Bromalia", and "Valdez Off Crenshaw" – a nice remake of the Donny Hathaway classic "Valdez In The Country". CD

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Charles OwensAs One ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, and drums – in a mode that's got the laidback feel of some of those great 70s jazz sessions when a more traditional tenorist might get a bit electric – but also at a level that has Owens pushing the boundaries a bit on two of his own compositions. The bulk of the set features soulful retakes of older tunes by Prince, Joe Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and Fleetwood Mac – but at a level that's beautifully tasteful, and way more than any sort of smooth jazz project of this nature. Titles include "Steppin Out", "Dreams", "When 2 R In Love", "What's Going On", "Take Me With You", and "Reminiscing". CD

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Eddie PalmieriWisdom/Sabiduria ... CD
EP/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a fantastically modern refiguring of Latin roots – with elements that stretch back to Palmieri's earliest charanga years and his Latin jazz rebirth, but used in ways that are very different – and very striking throughout! The lineup remains relatively small on most numbers – with very heavy focus on piano, percussion, and bass – but Eddie also makes great use of key guests who include Alfredo De La Fe on violin, Donald Harrison on alto, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, and Joe Locke on vibes. Titles include "Locked On", "Cuervas Y Tumbao", "Wise Bata Blues", "La Cancha", "Augustine Parish", "Life", "Samba Do Sueno", and "Jibarita Y Su Son". CD

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Philadelphia ExperimentPhiladelphia Experiment ... CD
Ropeadope/Atlantic, 2001. Used ... $7.99
Sweetly funky grooves from the Philly underground! The Philadelphia Experiment is a great trio featuring drummer Ahmir Thompson (from The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri Caine, who plays some great Fender Rhodes and Hammond B-3 on the set! The core grooves are by the trio, working together in a way that's not that different from the freestyle funk of Medeski, Martin, & Wood back when they used to care a bit more about the groove – and the group's joined on a few tracks by guests, including Pat Martino on guitar, Jon Swana on trumpet, and Larry Gold on cello. The best cuts on the set have a hard beat underneath, warm rolling basslines, and washes of keyboards over the top to keep things nice and sweet. Titles include "The Miles Hit", "Call For All Demons", "Grover", "Ain't It The Truth", "Mister Magic", "Philadelphia Freedom", and "Lesson #4". CD
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Christian ScottChristian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Diaspora ... CD
Stretch/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Christian Scott just seems to be finding his groove more and more with each new record – really opening with a new sense of pride and power after adopting the Atunde Adjuah name – and blowing here not just on trumpet, but also "reverse flugelhorn", sirenette, and siren – and also using some sonic architecture to open up and expand his sound! Rhythms are a compelling mix of drum programs and acoustic percussion – peppered with work on alto, Fender Rhodes, bass, guitar, and drums – in this groove that's much more sharp-edged and sonically compelling than most other projects of this nature. Titles include "Lawless", "Our Lady Of New New Orleans", "IDK", "Desire & The Burning Girl", "Completely", "No Love", and "The Walk". CD

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Christian ScottChristian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Ruler Rebel ... CD
Stretch/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays trumpet, but he also works with some electronics and effects, too – in a group that mixes acoustic elements from piano, flute, and percussion with electric work on Fender Rhodes and guitar – all in a sound that's swirlingly soulful, and as enigmatic as you might expect! The music reaches back to some deeper roots, but reworks the sound completely with lots of contemporary elements – and Scott's trumpet takes on a new sort of majesty in the setting – maybe hitting the promise we first saw in his music years back, but with even more focus here. Titles include "Encryption", "The Coronation Of X A Tunde Adjuah", "The Reckoning", "Ruler Rebel", and "New Orleanian Love Song". CD

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Jared SimsChange Of Address ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $3.99 12.98
Jared Sims has a great way of making a baritone sax open up and groove – sliding in here alongside Hammond and guitar that give the whole record a late 60s soul jazz vibe – and the sort of setting you're not usually likely to hear with baritone! Sims takes his time, and uses the horn in nicely chunky ways – which really fit the equally chunky rhythms laid down by the combo – which features Nina Ott on organ, Steve Fell on guitar, Chris Lopes on bass, and Jared Seabrook on drums. Given that the set features both bass and organ, there's a very nice bottom that really suits the baritone – on titles that include "Seeds Of Shihab", a tribute to Sahib Shihab – plus "Offer For Wilson", "Ghost Guest 1979", "Forest Hills", and "Tower Of Fazenda". CD

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✨✧ Nate SmithKinfolk – Postcards From Everywhere ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic full length set from drummer Nate Smith – an artist who really wins our ears right from the start, then holds us rapt throughout the course of this wonderful debut! Smith's onto something really special here – jazz at the core, but served up in different snapshots of inspiration – with quick changes in rhythm and a shifting focus of instrumentation – in ways that also have Nate playing some Fender Rhodes and other keyboards, as he works alongside Kris Bowers on piano and Rhodes, Jaleel Shaw on alto and soprano, Fima Ephron on bass, and Jeremy Most on guitars. There's some of the electric crackle that we love on Shaw's records, but Smith's also more open to moving around a lot in the way he approaches the tunes – allowing for guest vocals from Gretchen Parlato and Amma Whatt, as well as guest instrumentation from Chris Potter on tenor, Lionel Loueke on guitar, and Dave Holland on bass. With support like that, you can definitely guess that Nate's on the right path – which you'll certainly hear on titles that include "Skip Step", "Bounce (parts 1 & 2)", "Disenchantment The Weight", "Retold", "Spinning Down", "Pages", "Home Free", and "Spiracles". CD
 
 
 



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