what a long strange trip it’s been

Funny how time flies when you're having fun! It's been almost 18 years since we opened the doors here at Ropeadope, and man it's been a wild ride. From DJ Logic straight through to Eddie Palmieri, we have been blessed with the trust of great artsts and amazing art. Most of those 18 years have been captured online - albeit in a cluttered and random fashion: A simple search for Ropeadope images yields a host of interesting results, and the wayback machine shows the changes in our site over time. We will be collecting all of these images in the Ropeadope Archive, and we'd like to hear from YOU. if you have images or audio that you would like to include please email Jerome Brown. Thanks for joining us on the ride!

Manifest Destiny


This is a big week here at the fake offices as we prepare for Friday's release of WISDOM (Sabiduria) from Mr. Eddie Palmieri. We've been digging throught the vast history of the man, the legend, and finding that he embodies everything that we strive for: persistent innovation with absolute respect for tradition. In fact, by easing in new elements to Latin music, Mr. Palmieri manages to PRESERVE the culture rather than push it aside. In this way he parallels the great Miles Davis by expanding the audience without losing the core. Saludos to Eddie Palmieri - please join us as we unveil new tracks all week from SABIDURIA. Start here with the title track featuring MARCUS MILLER, BERNARD PURDIE, DAVID SPINOZZA, AND RONNIE CUBER. 

Eddie Palmieri at Subrosa

New York City! Grab your dancing shoes and prepare for your spirits to be lifted as Mr. Eddie Palmieri begins his Latin Mondays residency at Subrosa. Each month Palmieri Presents will feature renowned instrumentalists and vocalists who have performed with Mr. Palmieri, and who continue to excite audiences with Afro-Caribbean, Salsa, and R&B sounds. Each month will feature a special guest, beginning Monday April 17 with Mr. Joe Locke. Performers include Little Johnny Rivero, Kelli Sae, Herman Olivera, and Alex Conde. This is world class performance in an intimate setting - don't let it slip by. Tickets are right here. We'll see you on the dance floor.    

Six Of Saturns

New Orleans is the place to be as Jazzfest is almost upon us, specifically the ACE HOTEL for the Six Of Saturns series. King Britt and Tim Motzer will be there for a special release show as Vinyl Me, Please drops the King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan album AND the original Sister G record on a deluxe double LP exclusive edition. Is that all? Nope. Look for Ropeadope family - Mark de Clive-Lowe, Maurice Brown, Christian Scott and more as Gilles Peterson and Worldwide FM curate a full two weeks of musical expression. Check it right here.    

Your Attention please

This week marks the true beginning of spring here at the fake office: the land is alive with sunny skies above. We've got THREE solid records coming out this Friday! On the Jazz tip, it's OLLIE HOWELL from London with delicate and complex compositions that speak to the glory of rebirth, and from West Virginia, JARED SIMS speaks of the deep roots and power of growth. Our friends at Atlanta Records introduce Detroit soul singer MICHON YOUNG, who speaks of the strength of the heart and the joy that follows, with a voice that reminds us of Nina, Joan, and Tracy all at once. It's a springtime explosion of diverse sound, so please take a moment to hear the roses. 

Jared Sims

What’s that, Thomas Wolfe, about not being able to go home again? Tell that to Jared Sims. In 1996, the saxophonist graduated from WVU with a degree in jazz studies. Twenty years later, having made his mark in New England as a musician, bandleader, educator, and all-around musical instigator he returned to his alma mater to head up its jazz studies program. And now he returns to Ropeadope (ref:Akashic Record) with a concise and powerful new record - CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Jared handles the bari sax like an old friend, relishing in the bottom rich sound and drawing on influences from Sahib Shihab to the honky tonk of Hank Williams. The band is Nina Ott, Chris Lopes, Steve Fell, and Jared Seabrook, and it's ready for release this Friday April 14. Drop in here for a taste. 

Charles Owens Quartet

Tenor Saxophonist Charles Owens is back in the mix, this time with a new twist. He dropped into Montrose Studios with his RVA compadres Devonne Harris, Andrew Randazzo, and Kelli Strawbridge to record AS ONE on 2 inch tape. Electric bass and piano mark a new turn, with six recognizable covers and two original tracks. This is the feel of finely tuned friends creating music together for the sake of beauty. Charles knows his horn, and the powerful groove of Randazzo and Strawbridge give him the time to play, with Devonne Harris dropping signature accents on the Wurlitzer. We get the feel of a (very) chill 70's Jazz lounge, with the jukebox glowing on a Saturday night. Drop in here for a taste. 

The music never stops

We are beyond stoked for this week's release! Ollie Howell has a master's touch on the drums, and his compositions take you back to a time before ego-driven solos but with a refreshing new feel. Ollie sets a backdrop of reflective mood, and adds a powerful feeling of joy and hope in each piece. He's back in London, coming off his release show at Rich Mix, and getting ready for tour plans - let's hope we can line him up for a US run. Drop in here for a new track from SELF IDENTITY right here.    

Feeling Alright

From Detroit Michigan by way of Gary Indiana comes the supremely talented Michon Young. Soulful and longing vocals mark Michon's sound on her new album - LOVE,LIFE,EXPERIENCES - set for release on April 14 via Atlanta Records. In Michon's words: 'I have always believed that music is love. It is universal. It can soothe the soul, bring tears to your eyes or simply just place you in a reflective state'. Michon's voice is captivating and mysterious, yet filled with a sense of confidence and joy. Visit the new album here, and stay tuned as we unveil new tracks.