best R&B Album!
We're beaming with pride here as Terrace Martin's Velvet Portraits snags a Grammy nomination for best R&B Album! When Terrace told us the world needs more good songs, we believed him and watched as he created an album that was reminiscent of the great R&B albums of the past with a solid contemproary feel. We;'re thrilled for the band as well - Sput Searight, Curly Martin, Brandon Eugene Owens and all of the guests who appeared. And it's all just in time for the album to hit on vinyl - pick it up right here.
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Today marks the release of the first single from ESCAPER, the brand new baddest band in the land. Ropeadope alums Will Hanza, Jay Giacomazzo, and Adam Ahuja are joined by intense drummer Andrew Nesbitt and Sax man Johnny Butler for a purposeful blend of Rock, Jam, and Jazz that sounds like a set of intergalactic travelers surveying their lands with authority. The band name is deliberate - this music is designed to take you away from reality into the realm of possibility. Dig in right here (headphones reccommended).
It is with great pleasure that we welcome drummer Ollie Howell to the Ropeadope family of artists. Ollie has turned heads in the UK. catching the ear of the great Quincy Jones, who has selcted Ollie for the opening residency at the brand new Q's Jazz Club in Dubai. We recenty caught up with Ollie at the London Jazz festival, and found his very distinct style of playing (and composing) quite uplifiting as he conveys a sense of light and hope in the midst of complexity. Check in with Ollie right here, and stay tuned for the release of his second album, Self Identity, in early 2017.
Velvet Portraits Vinyl Preorder
It's on the way folks - Terrace Martin's Velvet Portraits is being pressed onto Vinyl next week in all of its audio glory. A double LP, gatefold style, 180g Black Vinyl with collectors sleeve. We'll be assembling everything at the Ropeadope Store the following week and shipping them out just in time for the holidays. Plus there are 30 copies signed by Terrace - drop in right here and reserve your copy.
Christian Scott / Ropeadope TV
Our very own ambassador of funkiness Mr ANGELO MOORE drops back in with a reminder for us all - KARMA CASHBACK warns those who manipulate while reminding us all to put some good into the world. This Friday we hear from Angelo with a remix of the track from DJ Quickie Mart - a timely reminder of the world we live in and the eternal cycle of Karma. Drop in here to visit the original record - CENTURIES OF HEAT - and stop by on Friday for a dose of Karma.
Ropeadope Artists on the road
Fall is in full swing as Ropeadope artists bring the music to the people. First up - Ropeadope: LIVE in ATL with Shaun Martin, Mark Lettieri, and newcomers THE 4 KORNERS hitting Venkman's for what will be an epic night of music. From there it's off to Europe as both Christian Scott and Terrace Martin criss cross the land on their tours. We're pulling up the fake office and hitting the road, so check the dates and meet us in ATL, or London, or Hamburg, or Paris, or....
Dallas Texas - drop in on RC & The Gritz tomorrow for an advance listening party of THE FEEL, the new full length LP from this stellar band. Rave reviews from the UK are coming in, and this is an intimate opportunity to be there first. The official Album Release Party happens on the 23rd at The Prophet Bar and happens to coincide with the 11 year celebration of RC's Jam Session. Drop in and cue up a couple of hot tracks from The FEEL right over here, step up to Itunes and preorder right over here.
From the constant force that is Mark de Clive-Lowe and his MASHIBEATS label comes Italian musician and producer Tommaso Cappellato. Tommaso is a one man journey through sound, moving across free-form Techno, Hip-Hop, and Jazz improvisation with ease and purpose. His new album AFOREMENTION is ready for the world, and will be released on November 4th everywhere. Stop in here to preview two tracks from the album and support both the artist and Mashibeats.