JOHN TROPEA

Pop/Art Song/Folk / RnB / Fusion • United States
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John Tropea is one of the most admired and highly regarded guitar players of his generation. His playing shows a vast knowledge and respect for the tradition of the instrument as well as an original style that continues to define how the guitar best serves a wide variety of musical styles. He is a musician’s musician who attracts the finest players for his own projects.

Tropea has written for and played with major recording artists from around the world. In his long career, his contributions to other artist’s successes have been numerous, including his solo work with Deodato, (2001 theme), projects with Laura Nyro, Harry Chapin (Cat’s in the Cradle), Paul Simon (Fifty Ways), Alice Cooper (Goes to Hell), Eric Clapton (Journey Man), Dr. John, and many others. He is also a composer, arranger, and producer whose vital work is ably demonstrated by his personal projects. Tropea has a deserved
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JOHN TROPEA Tropea (aka Guitarra Galáctica) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tropea (aka Guitarra Galáctica)
RnB 1975
JOHN TROPEA Short Trip To Space album cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Short Trip To Space
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1977
JOHN TROPEA To Touch You Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Touch You Again
Fusion 1979
JOHN TROPEA NY Cats Direct album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
NY Cats Direct
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1986
JOHN TROPEA A Simple Way To Say 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Simple Way To Say "I Love You"
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
JOHN TROPEA Something Old,New,Borrowed And Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something Old,New,Borrowed And Blues
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
JOHN TROPEA Standard Influence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standard Influence
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2003
JOHN TROPEA Rock Candy - Standard Influence II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Candy - Standard Influence II
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2005
JOHN TROPEA Tropea 10 : The Time Is Right album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tropea 10 : The Time Is Right
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2007
JOHN TROPEA Take Me Back To The Ol' School album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Take Me Back To The Ol' School
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2007
JOHN TROPEA Gothca Rhythm Right Here album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gothca Rhythm Right Here
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2014

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JOHN TROPEA Live At Mikell's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Mikell's
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1994

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JOHN TROPEA Livin' In The Jungle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Livin' In The Jungle
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2011

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JOHN TROPEA Tropea (aka Guitarra Galáctica)

Album · 1975 · RnB
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dreadpirateroberts
If you’re a fan of the more laid back CTI Jazz or Deodato then you’ll probably enjoy this album from John Tropea who worked as a sideman for so, so many folks in the 1970s Jazz Fusion and Funk scene.

His self-titled debut as a leader finds him playing more so as an important ‘part’ of the music rather than dominating with endless soloing. (Having said that, I certainly don’t hate the idea of lots of solos at all). I was really interested to see that he both produced and mixed this album too and it sounds really clear and sharp, making great use of the wide range of performers and friends he draws upon.

I think that the funk and jazz on here ranges from energetic to a little too laid back at times – although, that’s not automatically a problem. And based on my star rating, I think this album is objectively better than the amount which I *enjoyed* it, if that makes sense.

Still, I tend to be drawn to some of the fuller arrangements on these songs – like the stellar “Muff’ and the opener too, one of the places Tropea fires up a bit. I also enjoyed the final, more atmospheric piece “Dreams” where I noticed a trumpet solo. Now, I don’t want to rest my whole review on some idea of “solos = jazz” and thus “less or no solos = pop” but it might give you an extremely general idea of the style here, which is firmly pop/light funk and not so much Jazz Fusion as some of Tropea’s other work.

JOHN TROPEA Short Trip To Space

Album · 1977 · Pop/Art Song/Folk
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darkprinceofjazz
here are 2 kinds of funk, the Hard chuggin variety, that has it's roots in Soul and R&B;, the James Brown influenced style if you will, and then there is this sad excuse for funk, The Muzak vanilla disco style, that has all most any traces of the blues stripped out, I can find no real redeeming qualities in this music, other than maybe some of the orchestrations, maybe a few mood changes here and there, but to me it is just plain Muzak, background music at best, antiseptic sterile bass grooves with no fire, zero stars would be the real rating, Kenny G has made Miliions on this style, sad indeed.

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