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For the boxing strategy, see Rope-a-dope. For the Antietam album, see Antietam (band)

Studio album by Lester Bowie
Released 1976 (1976)
Recorded June 17, 1975
Studio Blue Rock Studios
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 35:15
Label Muse
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Lester Bowie chronology
Fast Last!
African Children

Rope-A-Dope is an album trumpeter Lester Bowie recorded for the Muse label and released in 1976. It features performances by Bowie, Joseph Bowie, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Don Moye, Charles Bobo Shaw and Raymund Cheng.


In his review for Allmusic, Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars, stating: "Throughout, the highly expressive Lester Bowie is heard in prime form".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • All compositions by Lester Bowie except where indicated
  • Recorded at Blue Rock Studios, New York City, 17 June 1975
  1. "Tender Openings" 9:29
  2. "St. Louis Blues (Chicago Style)" 9:36 (Handy)
  3. "Mirage" 6:40
  4. "Rope-a-Dope" 9:30



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Rope-A-Dope - Lester Bowie | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 28. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.