The most outwardly political album to date from Antibalas – and quite possibly the funkiest one too! The set's got the group really grooving hard in their 70s Afro Funk-inspired vein – jamming at a level that would make Fela Kuti blush – working together with a fierce array of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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Adam Ben Ezra —
Pin Drop ... CD Little Big Beat/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lakecia Benjamin —
Rise Up ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
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Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is even more smoking here than on her previous album for Motema – much more from the streets, as you might guess from the album! Benjamin handles all the sax solos, and composed the music as well – but the set's a very collaborative effort, and is filled ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maurice Brown —
Mood ... CD Mobetta/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chante Cann really blew us away with her debut – and she seems to sound even better here – working with a new level of complexity in her music, while still coming across with all the soulful richness of the previous set! Acoustic piano features strongly in the sound – balancing ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
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, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful return to form for bassist Malcolm Cecil – a musician who made some great waves on the London jazz scene of the 60s – then disappeared behind years of studio and recording work in later decades! Cecil's back and sounding great here – working with a young trio that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Funky drummer Mike Clark works here with organist Delbert Bump – co-leading a session with a nice blend of classic Hammond modes and a trace of 70s funk! The core group's a quartet – with Vince Denham on tenor and soprano sax, and Elias Lucero on guitar – although the main energy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Alex Conde —
Origins ... CD Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ...
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Pianist Alex Conde always has a great way of blending jazz performance with Latin rhythms – and that approach really takes off here, as Conde's core combo gets fantastic frontline help from Brian Lynch on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Dayna Stephens on tenor and soprano sax! Both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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DJ Harrison —
Stashboxxx ... LP Fat Beats, 2014. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Gritty soul-steeped hip hop instrumentals from DJ Harrison – covering an impressive range styles from stripped down boom bap to thickly atmospheric spacey and lots of points between! It's excellent stuff, playing really well as beginning-to-end album as opposed to a grab bag of beats. He also ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ghost Note —
Swagism ... CD RSVP/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy 2CD ...
Great sounds from Ghost Note – a group that's co-led by a drummer and a keyboardist who also plays more drums – which should give you an idea of the funky nature of the album! There's a fuller group on hand for most of the record – guitar, tenor, alto, flute, and more keyboards ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tight guitar from Chance Hayden – a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument, even while picking out a sharp note solo! There's a dexterity in Hayden's style that's clearly inspired by the more proficient blues guitarists in recent generations ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
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 ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever full length album from Jazzanova – and an instant classic that's been well worth the wait! For years, the group have turned out some of the most exciting singles and remixes on the international groove scene – and during all that time, they've been secretly storing away ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Andrew Finn Magill definitely makes his violin sing on the set – but he also does so in a way that borrows plenty from Brazilian music – as you might guess from the "canta" in the title! The album features a group that includes Dudu Oliveira on flute, Mike Marshall on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shaun Martin —
Focus ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautifully soulful work from pianist Shaun Martin – a player who can mix both lyrical sense of flow and strong attack on the keys – all within the confines of a well-balanced trio that grooves strongly at all three corners of the triangle! Shaun's wonderfully deft on the keys – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A pair of wonderful records – reissued here together as a single 2LP set! The core album Let's Make A Record is a starkly beautiful album from New Orleans street evangelist Sister Gertrude Morgan – recorded in 1968 with only voice and tambourine, but in a way that's got a highly ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
JD Allen adds his tenor to a fair bit of the tracks on this album from drummer Dana Murray – and while his horn isn't usually heard on records with a parental advisory sticker on the front, that setting also makes for a surprisingly strong outlet for his talents! Murray is clearly a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nuf Said —
Rise ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic mix of deep soul and funky jazz – but served up with a vibe that's completely contemporary, and which definitely gives these guys a sound that's all their own, right from the start! Iona Vintu is the singer, and she's got this tremendous voice – richly expressive, but never ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – sounding here as if he hasn't changed a thing since the 70s! With most artists, that would be a critique – but given that during the 70s, Eddie was constantly ablaze with creative activity, and always pushing his boundaries – we mean that ... (Latin) read moreCD
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 ... (Latin) read moreCD
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 ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius work from Jay Phelps – a jazz trumpeter, but also a soulful singer – yet working here in a mode that's a completely fresh fusion of both of his talents! There's a crispness to the record right from the very first note – like you've just stepped into a cool club from a back ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky set from Philthy – a group who take their name from trumpeter/leader Philip Lassiter – an artist you might know from a previous date under his own name, but working here very much as part of the ensemble! The group have a horn-heavy sound that's somewhat in the legacy of Tower ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
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 ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Dystopia ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
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These guys definitely take the "prog" in their name seriously – as the album's got a very jamming approach to electric jazz – heavy on basslines, guitar riffs, and keyboards – but also with a lot more contemporary approach than you might expect! Let's say these guys are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
RC & The Gritz —
Feel ... CD Rexamillon/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
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RC Williams really outdoes himself here – moving The Gritz way past their previous role as the backing band for Erkyah Badu – and finding their own wonderfully strong sense of soul! The groove is fantastic right from the start – funky, but very fresh in approach – with lots ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Logan Richardson's really on fire here – sounding a bit different than any of his previous records, but equally creative overall! The set's got an unusual format – two guitars and electric bass dominate the middle, with heavy drums from Ryan Lee, and these very openly-blown alto parts ... (Jazz) read moreCD
No krunk here, at least not in the familiar set – as the album features trumpeter Russell Gunn working with a host of hip young players in the Atlanta scene – reworking modern rhythms with a very cool funky jazz approach! These guys have definitely grown up on hip hop – at least ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Javier Santiago —
Phoenix ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
Soaring keyboards from this up-and-coming player – an artist who's especially fantastic on Fender Rhodes, which get plenty of space on this excellent album! Javier Phoenix is a jazz musician at the core – yet he's also part of a younger generation we might dub the post-Robert Glasper ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A trio of fantastic albums from Christian Scott – all packaged together! First up is Ruler Rebel – a fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really great work from this up-and-coming combo – a group who seems like they can spin together neo soul and hip hop better than most of the rest – and who also make great use of some live jazzy instrumentation as well! The set compiles live performances done around the midwest in ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A surprisingly great batch of modern salsa tracks – recorded with a really classic feel! The group's led by pianist/arranger Oscar Hernandez – and it features work by a number of older salsa legends, including Jimmy Sabater, Ruben Rodriguez, and Bobby Allende. Tight all the way ... (Latin) read moreCD
Molly Tentarelli is quite a soulful singer – one who definitely lives up to her placement on the Atlanta label – as she reminds us of some of the great recent soul talents we've heard from that city! There's a nicely organic quality to the instrumentation here – a real band, with ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This set's the first we've heard from pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic, and we're guessing he won't be a nomad for long – given the strength of both his writing and work as a leader on the album! The cover's a bit unassuming, but the album comes on with a bold sort of power right from the start ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Venture (Mark Sherman/Mike Clark) —
Life Cycle ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
A tight quartet with a great combination of elements – the vibes and piano of Mark Sherman and the tenor of Chase Baird – two instrumental forces that have a great way of dancing around each other! Drummer Mike Clark provides lots of rhythms for the proceedings, augmented by the rich ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Weiss & Point Of Departure —
Wake Up Call ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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, ... (Jazz) read moreCD