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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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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 (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
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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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✨✧ HUWMusic From The Multiverse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... $5.99
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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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
Also available Music From The Multiverse ... CD 5.99

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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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Trevor Lawrence JrRelationships ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's jazz at the core, but with a strong dose of contemporary soul – maybe a bit in the territory of the Robert Glasper Black Radio projects, but with a vibe that's definitely all Trevor's own! The rhythms are rock-solid, and instrumentation often features some mighty sweet keyboards from Kenneth Crouch, Wow Jones, Tabor Gable, and others – alongside other musicians who include Kamasai Washington on tenor, Maurice Mo Betta Brown and Nico Segal on trumpet, Chelsea Baratz and Terrace Martin on saxes, Teodross Avery on tenor, and Nicholas Payton on trumpet. There's just a bit of vocals on the set – sung by Preston Harris, Jimi James, Donna Missal, and oddly LeAnn Rimes – but the instrumental core is what drives the set – on titles that include "Car Vibe", "B Side", "Bring The Party", "The Guts", "11 & 8", "Lovestoned", "Huh", "Alicia's Song", and "Relationships". 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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Pollyseeds (Terrace Martin)Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol 1 ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A fantastic project from keyboardist Terrace Martin – very much in the same spirit as his excellent Velvet Portraits record, but even more collaborative overall – and, given the title, a wonderful expression of the new wave of soul that's been brewing up on the west coast! Martin's keyboards, production, and songwriting anchor most of the record – but there's also a very spirited sense of interplay with all the shifting musicians and other contributors to the record – a lineup that includes Robert Glasper on Fender Rhodes, Trevor Lawrence Jr on rhythms, Kamasi Washington on tenor, Marlon Williams on guitar, and Rose Gold, Chachi, and Preston Harris on vocals – all working together in a style that almost feels like a more cosmic, righteous take on g-funk of years back – filtered through a hip, underground vibe that's pure 21st Century all the way. Titles include "Feelings Of The World", "Chef E Dubble", "Intentions", "Funny How Time Flies", "You & Me", "Up & Away", "Wake Up", and "Your Space". CD

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Christian ScottChristian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Emancipation Procrastination ... CD
Stretch/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Christian Scott just seems to get hipper and hipper with each new record – and that's saying a lot, as he was already pretty darn hip to begin with! This album's part of Scott's brilliant trilogy that has him reworking his sound even more than before – using his horn in both acoustic and electric settings, and mixing with bits of funk and deeper musical currents – all at a level that's vaguely in the territory of Don Cherry in the 70s, but served up with a vibe that's very much Christian's own! Rather than be buried in the mix of percussion, Fender Rhodes, and other horns here – Scott seems to be set free, and really opens up with both the space of his solos, and the style of his phrasing – which is even more personal than before. The other players are great, too – a shifting lineup who retain the same bristling energy throughout – on titles that include "Ashes Of Our Forever", "The Emancipation Procrastination", "AvengHer", "Cages", "New Heroes", "Videotape", "The Cypher", "Michele With One L", and "Unrigging November". 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. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
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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Soule MondeMust Be Nice ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
A tight little duo who don't seem to need anyone else – given the tremendous power of their work on drums and Hammond B-3! These guys are funky jazz at the core, but also open to lots more ideas too – and really blow us away with their work here, which seems to include no other instrumentation besides organ and drums – yet makes us feel like there's a much larger group working on the album! Both artists have a legacy that includes lots of years on their instruments, and stints with bigger acts – but here on their own, they don't need to answer to anyone else at all – as they take to the skies on the power of funky drums and Hammond. Titles include "Compared To Jody", "Kota", "Nina", "Took You Long Enough", "Immigrant Too", and "Take My Hand". CD

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Adam TurchinManifest Destiny ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Spacey jazz and a lot of processed vocals – wrapped up together in a wonderfully soulful way, thanks to the talents of Adam Turchin! Turchin's kind of the maestro here – working a range of electric elements that include mini moog, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – while other musicians drift into the mix, and also part to make a special space for different singers! The voices include work from Terrace Martin, Rose Gold, Brandon Ashe, Javier Starks, and Kate Faust – almost all of whom have their lyrics worked with a bit of electric processing – so that they filter nicely down into the instrumental elements, yet still get plenty of space to shine in the spotlight! The approach is great – maybe a step forward from some of the more cosmic soul of a decade ago – and titles include "Memories", "Gold Rush", "Manifest Destiny", "My Mind Is Moving So Crazy", "Fruition", "Like A Ghost", and "Tell Me No Dreams Sell Me No Schemes". CD

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(U)nity(U)nity Is Power ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Unity through diversity from (U)nity! At the core, players Michael Valeanu, Axel Tosca, Chris Smith, Max Cudworth and Amaury Acosta bring a strong backdrop of Afro-Cuban inspired percussion, exciting early fusion-flavored electric guitar, sax and spacey keys, and with a huge group of contributors who bring a lot more to the table. It's jazzy all the way, but with lots more going on – from cosmic hip hop, to Latin jazz, to deep soul – vibing together nicely! Largely instrumental, but with some strong vocal material, too, titles include "FEAR (Forget Everything And Rise)", "Perception", "Avenue 15" feat Pino Palladino & Petrito Martinez, "(U)nity Theme Song" feat Lauren Desber, "Penelope Ana (Love Interlude)", "New Cuba" feat Petrito Martinez, "Retrograde", "everlasting Belief" feat Jhoard, "Can I Get A Dollar", "Guarapachanga", "Ache" and more. CD

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✨✧ Arthur Vint & AssociatesDeath Rides A Horse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... $5.99
The music of Ennio Morricone – completely recast into a jazz setting by drummer Arthur Vint and his associates! The project's maybe a bit like the famous John Zorn reworking of Ennio Morricone music from decades ago – but the approach here is more unified, and has as much ear for the tunefulness of the original compositions as it does for making something fresh and new! As you'd guess from the cover, the focus here is mostly on the western side of Morricone's scoring – and instrumentation includes tenor, harmonica, violin, guitars, piano, organ, bass clarinet, and flute – which makes for some great tonal combinations. Titles include "Death Rides A Horse", "The Sundown", "For A Few Dollars More", "Man With A Harmonica", "The Ecstasy Of Gold", "Vamos A Matar Companeros", and "Once Upon A Time In The West". CD
Also available Death Rides A Horse ... CD 8.99

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Arthur Vint & AssociatesDeath Rides A Horse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
The music of Ennio Morricone – completely recast into a jazz setting by drummer Arthur Vint and his associates! The project's maybe a bit like the famous John Zorn reworking of Ennio Morricone music from decades ago – but the approach here is more unified, and has as much ear for the tunefulness of the original compositions as it does for making something fresh and new! As you'd guess from the cover, the focus here is mostly on the western side of Morricone's scoring – and instrumentation includes tenor, harmonica, violin, guitars, piano, organ, bass clarinet, and flute – which makes for some great tonal combinations. Titles include "Death Rides A Horse", "The Sundown", "For A Few Dollars More", "Man With A Harmonica", "The Ecstasy Of Gold", "Vamos A Matar Companeros", and "Once Upon A Time In The West". CD
Also available Death Rides A Horse ... CD 5.99

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David Weiss & Point Of DepartureWake Up Call ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... $6.99
Trumpeter David Weiss never fails to give us amazing music, no matter what the setting – and here, he's working with his Point Of Departure group – an ultra-hip lineup that features Myron Waldon and JD Allen on tenor sax, each taking on different parts of the record – plus guitar, bass, and drums – as well as a bit of extra Fender Rhodes from Weiss himself! As with some of David's other projects, the music is a look back at the future of modern jazz in the late 60s and early 70s – with a spotlight on amazing compositions by artists like Wayne Shorter, Kenny Cox, Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Charles Moore, and John McLaughlin – music that was years ahead of its time when written, and which gets even more forward-thinking treatment here by the group. Rhythms are tentative and angular at some points – really allowing for shades of color between the trumpet and tenor – and other points are bolder, and unlock some deeper righteous power in the compositions. Titles include "Sanctuary", "Noh Word", "Two Faced", "Pee Wee", "Gazelle", "The Mystic Knights Of The Sea", and "Sojourn". CD
(Out of print.)
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