Listen in to our New Music Monday highlights on Monday, October 17 at noon on Lunchtime! with Arturo Gómez.

Ron Carter: “Finding the Right Notes”
This recording is the original motion picture soundtrack to the documentary about the life of the most recorded bassist in the history of jazz with over 2.500 studio sessions! Maestro Carter is heard on 10 impressive tracks recorded live in New York, Germany, Newport, Stockholm, and the Blue Note. Ron is heard in big bands, bass duos, and small ensembles. One track features Denver’s own, Bill Frisell on guitar. The documentary will be initially broadcast on RMPBS channel 6 on Friday, October 14 at 8 pm with subsequent airings and on-demand viewing.

Tawanda: “Smile”
The 2020 co-winner of the annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition releases her debut accompanied by a stellar cast of veteran musicians. Due to the suspension of the competition for 1 year because of the pandemic, it was decided to have 2 winners when it resumed. The 26-year-old Tawanda although based in Los Angeles was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM to a German mother and a Mozambique father. She relocated to L.A. at 19 to pursue her career as a vocalist. Tawanda’s vocalist shero is Denver’s own Dianne Reeves whom she wishes to emulate as a vocalist without imitating her, and as a role model for other women to follow. On her debut, she sings “I’m Okay” which Dianne sang on her debut recording with the fusion group Caldera. Her nickname is Tawanda-Ful and on this recording, she demonstrates it.

Conrad Herwig: “The Latin Side of Mingus”
For his 5th recording of “the Latin side of” series, Herwig chose one of the greatest bandleaders and composers of the 20th century to follow his tributes to Coltrane, Miles, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Henderson, all of which received nominations for a Grammy®. This time out the gifted trombonist chose 8 songs to cover the variety of music Charles was known for. As in his other Latin side sessions, Conrad is accompanied by excellent accompanists, Randy Brecker-Craig Handy-Bill O’Connell and others including Rubén Blades on narration for the track. “No Dejes Que Pase Aquí (don’t let it happen here).

Every Monday for the past 19 years starting at Noon, I debut the latest arrivals to the KUVO Jazz library, many of them are debuted ahead of their official release date. In addition to the music comments, I’ll provide a few tidbits about the artist in particular if it’s a new or up-and-coming artist.

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