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Ariel BartIn Between ... CD
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A beautiful new voice in the small world of jazz harmonica – one who certainly resonates with echoes of the past, but finds a way to open up the instrument in a setting that's much more spiritual than we might have expected! Ariel Bart blows her instrument with a great sense of color here, and works in a quintet that features Mayu Shivro on cello, David Mitchell on bass, Moshe Elmakias on piano, and Amir Bar Akiva on drums – all musicians who have this gently flowering quality together – maybe slow modal style, with these progressions that open up with a tentative energy at first, then illuminate wonderfully once Bart's instrument slides into a solo. Titles are all original, and include "Deep Down", "Colors Palette", "Spiritual Wars", "The Year After", and "In Between". CD

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Lakecia BenjaminPursuance – The Coltranes ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
The music of the Coltranes – both John and Alice – taken into wonderful directions by saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin – a younger player who clearly feels the influence of the Great One in a very deep way, but isn't about to just offer up a straight copy of the family spiritual legacy! Part of the difference lies in the fact that Lakecia plays alto, not tenor or soprano – but there's also this energy here that's really fresh, too – maybe a more compact take on the ideas of the songs, but also strongly collaborative too – as the record features contributions from so many other great artists – Gary Bartz and Steve Wilson on alto, Meshell Ndegeocello and Reggie Workman on bass, Marc Cary on piano, Brandee Younger on harp, and Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals. The lineup changes nicely throughout the album, and there's many flavors of reflection in this Coltrane rainbow – on titles that include "Turiya & Ramakrishna", "Om Shanti", "Alabama", "Acknowledgement", "Liberia", "Central Park West", "Sprial", "Syeeda's Song Flute", and "Pursuance". CD

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Alexia BomtempoSuspiro ... LP
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A set recorded in Brooklyn, but one with plenty of Brazilian spirit in the music – served up in a mix of English and Portuguese lyrics, with a breathy sort of charm that really takes us back to the 60s! The album's more jazz vocals than bossa nova, but definitely has some of the latter – and the group features Piano and Rhodes from Vitor Goncalves, trumpet from Michael Leonhart, and guitar from Jake Owen – who moves between acoustic and electric to give the songs just the right vibe. Alexia sings wonderfully – with the sort of patience that allows a tune to develop in the right way – ala Astrud Gilberto at her best – and tracks include "Mais Devagar", "Grao", "Even Now", "Fim De Sonho", "Serpente", "Floating Away", and "Evergreen" – plus one Japanese track as well. LP, Vinyl record album

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Gorden CampbellConversations ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A wonderful debut from Gorden Campbell – an underground soul singer on the contemporary LA scene, and one who works here with some of the same collaborative power as the jazz musicians in the city in recent years! Gorden claims inspiration from Terrace Martin, who's on the set, in a lineup that also includes Kamasi Washington – but apart from the bigger names, the whole thing is really an overall effort from everyone involved – great musicians who help shift the vibe with each track, but keep things unified over the strong vocals and message-minded music that Campbell lays down – tunes that include "Too Many Lost", "One Mind", "6 In The Mornin", "Play Somethin", "Initiate", "Song In 6", "Wherever", and "Purify Me". CD

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DuskiMake A Wish ... CD
Ropeadope, 2021. Used ... $3.99
Duski started out as a chordless trio with sax, bass, and drums – then added in guitar and piano to really great effect – so that the combo begins with some open modes, but finds more of a sharp-edge fusion expression overall – yet served up here with plenty of balance in the sound! Things can come on full at points, but never too jamming – just loving the fuzz of the guitar next to some of the acoustic elements in the group – as the quintet romp together with a very good understanding of their best sort of groove. Titles include "1989", "Home", "Settlers", "Arjun Nagar", "Before The Show", and "Make A Wish". CD
Also available Make A Wish ... LP 8.99

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DuskiMake A Wish ... LP
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Duski started out as a chordless trio with sax, bass, and drums – then added in guitar and piano to really great effect – so that the combo begins with some open modes, but finds more of a sharp-edge fusion expression overall – yet served up here with plenty of balance in the sound! Things can come on full at points, but never too jamming – just loving the fuzz of the guitar next to some of the acoustic elements in the group – as the quintet romp together with a very good understanding of their best sort of groove. Titles include "1989", "Home", "Settlers", "Arjun Nagar", "Before The Show", and "Make A Wish". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Make A Wish ... CD 3.99

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Chris McCarthyStill Time To Quit ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Chris McCarthy's the pianist in the group, and also the composer of all the tunes on the set – but the record gets some equally strong drive from the frontline work of Takuya Kuroda on trumpet and Michael Blake on tenor! Chris' tunes seem to fuse together Kuroda and Blake with this really bold energy at the start of every song – before the artists each take off on solos of their own, matched with McCarthy's energy on piano – which is often this very vibrant array of notes that come in streams and clusters! The rest of the group features the round, solid bass of Sam Minaie and the effortless romping drums of JK Kim – on titles that include "Shockingly Effective", "That's All You Get", "Ready Steady Here You Go", "Toasty", and "Happy Tired". CD

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Jason MilesBlack Magic ... CD
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Keyboardist Jason Miles has a long legacy in jazz – both as a sideman with bigger names, and as a leader on his own – but this set with his Kind Of New group may well be one of his best so far – a sweet batch of electric grooves that goes a long way towards updating older styles of keyboard funk! Miles has a wonderful way of letting the right sort of spaces fall between the notes – a vibe that takes us back to the best early work by Bobby Lyle or Rodney Franklin – and like both of those musicians, he knows that the best way into a groove is to take things easy, and let the music find itself – which it does wonderfully on the mixture of tunes included in the set. The set features work from Reggie Washington, Jay Rodriguez, and Steven Wolf – and titles include "The Other Side Of The World", "Black Magic", "Kathy's Groove", "Wolfdelic", "Kat's Eye", and "Jean Pierre". CD

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Brenda Nicole MoorerMarrow ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Great work from a really unique singer – a vocalist who's equally well-balanced between jazz and soul, and who uses that balance to great advantage throughout this well-crafted LP! Brenda's vocals and inflection definitely show a strong side of the understanding of the nuances you'd use in jazz – but she also works in tunes that are more soul-based, although still with a nice degree of complexity – instrumentation that changes from track to track, and which has way more going on than just beats and keyboards too. Tracks include "Marrow", "Catch Me Falling", "The Core", "Little Prayer", "Flying Lessons", "Return To Sender", and "Your Light". CD

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Aaron ParksLittle Big II – Dreams Of A Mechanical Man ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 12.98
A great second chapter to the Little Big album from Aaron Parks – a set that's full of as many great keyboard lines as that one – with Aaron on a mix of acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and other sweet keys – plus vibes as well! And as with that set, the keyboards are balanced by the sharp, raspy tones of Greg Tuohey on guitar – a player who almost gets key-like tones from his instrument at times, using it sparely, and with a nice sense of resonance that really helps shape the mellow grooves of the sound! The rest of the group features David Dinyard on bass and Tommy Crane on drums and percussion – and titles include "My Mistake", "Friendo", "Solace", "Here", "Is Anything Okay", "The Storyteller", "The Shadow & The Self", and "Where Now". CD

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Christian Scott Atunde AdjuahAxiom – Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A fantastic chapter in the continuing evolution of trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a set recorded at the Blue Note in New York, just days before the city had to shut down in 2020 – and a record that maybe carries with it some of the urgency of that moment! Scott's studio records in recent years have really blown us away – but it's maybe even more amazing here to hear him working with the group in this frenzy of colors, tones, and rhythms! In addition to conventional trumpet, Christian blows a reverse flugelhorn, which has an amazing sound – and his group features really intense work on drums from Cory Fonville, whose efforts on the kit seem to set everyone else on fire – a lineup taht features Lawrence Fields on piano and Rhodes, Kris Funn on bass, Weedie Braimah on percussion, and Elena Pinderhughes on flute. The music is tremendous – full of power, life, and message – on titles that include "Diaspora", "The Last Chieftain", "X Adjuah", "Huntress", "Incarnation", "Songs She Never Heard", "Guinnevere", and "Sunrise In Beijing". CD

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Christian Scott Atunde AdjuahChristian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Ancestral Recall ... LP
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 33.98
A really great showcase for the continuing evolution of Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a musician who's become so much more than just a straight jazz trumpet with a soulful vibe – as you'll hear on this really compelling set! The music is even more expansive than Christian's recent trilogy for Ropeadope – especially in the rhythms, which are both earthily percussive, and very forward-thinking – kicked up way past standard jazz rhythms, and driven by a heck of a lot of percussion as well – including some from Scott himself! The man also handles a variety of hip horns in addition to his trumpet – including a reverse flugelhorn, and another horn of his own creation – in a group that also features lots more percussion, a bit of piano, and guest vocalists who include Saul Williams, Mike Larry Draw, Chris Turner, and Devan Mayfield. The sound of the record is tough to describe in easy words – but if you loved the recent Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, you'll find yourself maybe loving this one even more. Titles include "Songs She Never Heard", "Prophesy", "Forever Girl", "The Shared Stories Of Rivals", "I Own The Night", and "Ancestral Recall". LP, Vinyl record album

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Christian Scott Atunde AdjuahStretch Music ... CD
Ropeadope, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A brilliant record and a big step for Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, at a point when he truly was stretching out creatively in a big way – seamlessly mixing classic electric jazz influences & modern electronic touches! Scott is on trumpet, his custom sirenette & reverse fluegelhorn, mixing earth-bound sounds and spacey atmosphere throughout – and the band includes Braxton Cook on alto, Lawrence Fields on piano and Rhodes, Corey King on trombone, and Corey Fonville and Joe Dyson Jr on a pretty impressive mix of drums and sampler atmosphere. It starts off strong with "Sunrise In Beijing", an impressive showcase for flautist Elena Pinderhughes, who really helps this one take flight over the spacey & stuttering percussion. Other tracks include "Twin", "Perspectives", "West Of The West", "Liberation Over Gangsterism", "Of A New Cool", "Tantric", "The Last Chieftain" and more. CD

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✨✧ Alexia BomtempoSuspiro ... CD
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set recorded in Brooklyn, but one with plenty of Brazilian spirit in the music – served up in a mix of English and Portuguese lyrics, with a breathy sort of charm that really takes us back to the 60s! The album's more jazz vocals than bossa nova, but definitely has some of the latter – and the group features Piano and Rhodes from Vitor Goncalves, trumpet from Michael Leonhart, and guitar from Jake Owen – who moves between acoustic and electric to give the songs just the right vibe. Alexia sings wonderfully – with the sort of patience that allows a tune to develop in the right way – ala Astrud Gilberto at her best – and tracks include "Mais Devagar", "Grao", "Even Now", "Fim De Sonho", "Serpente", "Floating Away", and "Evergreen" – plus one Japanese track as well. CD
Also available Suspiro ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Gillian MargotPower Flower ... CD
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gillian Margot's a jazz singer, and clearly has a fantastic ability to use her voice with the dexterity of an instrument – but she also brings in some nice currents of soul to this standout set, which is the kind of record that should really push Gillian over the top! The great Geoff Keezer's on board, handling all the piano and keyboards on the set – and Margot seems especially well-tuned to his energy, as the voice and keys flow together wonderfully, but in very different ways from track to track – maybe no surprise, given that the set mixes Gillian's own originals with cuts by Stevie Wonder, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Sample. Titles include "This Night", "Lighthouse", "Shadow Box", "Black Is The Color", "Power Flower", and "Now Is Where You Were". CD

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✨✧ Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits ... LP
Ropeadope/De Rap Winkel (Belgium), 2016. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eddie PalmieriMi Luz Mayor ... CD
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hard-driving set from the great Eddie Palmieri – and a record that's maybe his strongest salsa effort in years, even though it's still filled with lots of the edgey, jazzy touches he's also brought to his best material in recent decades! The album's got a very strong lead vocal presence – both from Herman Olivera and Gilberto Santa Rosa, both of whom join Eddie's group and provide a strong focus for the ensemble's jazzy performances – with an especially strong sax section that includes work from Craig Handy, Ralph Moore, Gary Smulyan, and Ronnie Cuber! Carlos Santana serves up a few guitar parts on the record – and the group also features work from Jimmy Bosch and Conrad Herwig on trombones, and Brian Lynch and Jonathan Powell on trumpets – amidst plenty of percussion, and strong lead piano from Palmieri. Titles include "Mi Congo", "Chica Ni Lambo", "Abarriba Cumbiaremos", "Sun Sun Babae", "Yo Soy Mulato", "Tremendo Cumban", "Sonando Con Puerto Rico", and "El Resbaloso". CD

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✨✧ Christian Scott Atunde AdjuahAxiom – Live At The Blue Note ... LP
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic chapter in the continuing evolution of trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a set recorded at the Blue Note in New York, just days before the city had to shut down in 2020 – and a record that maybe carries with it some of the urgency of that moment! Scott's studio records in recent years have really blown us away – but it's maybe even more amazing here to hear him working with the group in this frenzy of colors, tones, and rhythms! In addition to conventional trumpet, Christian blows a reverse flugelhorn, which has an amazing sound – and his group features really intense work on drums from Cory Fonville, whose efforts on the kit seem to set everyone else on fire – a lineup taht features Lawrence Fields on piano and Rhodes, Kris Funn on bass, Weedie Braimah on percussion, and Elena Pinderhughes on flute. The music is tremendous – full of power, life, and message – on titles that include "Diaspora", "The Last Chieftain", "X Adjuah", "Huntress", "Incarnation", "Songs She Never Heard", "Guinnevere", and "Sunrise In Beijing". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Axiom – Live At The Blue Note ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ DuskiMake A Wish ... CD
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Duski started out as a chordless trio with sax, bass, and drums – then added in guitar and piano to really great effect – so that the combo begins with some open modes, but finds more of a sharp-edge fusion expression overall – yet served up here with plenty of balance in the sound! Things can come on full at points, but never too jamming – just loving the fuzz of the guitar next to some of the acoustic elements in the group – as the quintet romp together with a very good understanding of their best sort of groove. Titles include "1989", "Home", "Settlers", "Arjun Nagar", "Before The Show", and "Make A Wish". CD
Also available
Make A Wish ... LP 8.99
Make A Wish ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Light Blue MoversAtlas ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sublime blend of progressive beats & production with soulful songcraft by Light Blue Movers – and it takes even fuller flight thanks to some excellent guest vocals by Stephanie McKay and others! The Light Blue Movers themselves are drummer and producer Adrian Harpham, keyboard player Deron Johnson, bassist Jonathan Levy ,and guitarist Gabriel Jordan – who together craft a broad sonic tapestry of live instrumentation and abstract production touches, perfectly suited to the guests, including the always wonderful McKay on a couple tunes, as well as singers Julian Coryell, Miss Kenichi, Leyeux and Megan McCauley. Nice stuff! Titles include "Vahana", "Last Page", "So Far, So Long", "Upper Manhattan", "Atlas", "Mt Fuji", "Serenity", "Trains Don't Fly", "Refuge Of The Roads", "Lonesome Autumn Blues and more. CD
(CDr pressing.)

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✨✧ Shaun MartinThree-O ... CD
Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet keyboard set from Shaun Martin – a pianist who does a great job of mixing electric and acoustic elements here, driven on strongly by the acoustic bass of Matt Ramsey and powerful drums of Mike Mitchell! The set's funky at times, but never lets the rhythms completely dominate – as Martin's got this way of mixing his keyboard elements together with a richness that's completely great on its own – and which only sounds better once the bass and drums kick into gear and really set the tunes on fire! The set features an unusual take on "Afro Blue", which uses a heavy drum break – and an equally sweet take on "Naima", again with an unusual sense of rhythm – plus the originals "Riddle Me This", "The Light In Dark Place", and "Liberty Of The Rising Son". CD

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✨✧ Seth TrachyZygmon ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. Used ... Out Of Stock
Seth Trachy is the saxophone leader of the group, but the set also features some guest Miguel Zenon on alto – and the two horns often do a great job of flowing and fluttering together – over nicely dynamic rhythms from Glenn Zaleski on piano, Pablo Menares on bass, and Felix Lecaros on drums! Yet even the core quartet material is great – as there's this bold, chunky energy to the album that pulsates out of the rhythm trio, then gives great encouragement to Trachy to make these long, blocky lines with his solo! The set features one vocal number, with lots of guests – the end track "ChiChi" – and other titles include "Water Bat", "JoJo Yelli", "Prantz", and "Expansion Contraction". CD
 
 
 



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