New Music Monday highlights on Monday, January 30 at noon. Tune in with Arturo Gómez.

Joe Chambers: Dance Kobina
The outstanding veteran Joe Chambers was in high demand as a studio and touring drummer for some of the most respected names of jazz in the 1960s and ’70s, mostly for Blue Note. So impressive was he that the label founder and owner Alfred Lion asked him several times to record for them as a leader, however, Joe was so happy as an accompanist that he politely declined. Finally, he recorded his first as a leader in 1998. Now, for his 3rd Blue Note album, Joe explores the deep musical connection between Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Argentinian, and African music.

Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux
The pianist Hal and his guitarist for this session, John Scofield have recorded and played together on stage frequently since 1979, they are kindred spirits in their music views., yet they each are themselves when playing. In addition to “Sco”, another decades-long friend and accompanist, Adam Nussbaum is on drums while the bassist Wayne Dockery also goes way back with Galper, it’s no wonder why this quartet plays so cohesively. One of the recording’s highlights is “Yellow Days, “ another one of the numerous jazz canon songs that began life as a Latin American tune retitled in English.

Jay Lawrence and The Platinum Jazz Orchestra: Payin’ My Dues
Based in Salt Lake City, drummer, composer, and co-owner of Jazz Hang Records, Jay Lawrence was commissioned by the Utah Arts Festival to write 3 songs for his newest project. This propelled Jay to recruit the finest Utah musicians and guests from Miami and Los Angeles. This is not just another big band recording because Lawrence arranged the tunes adding several influences outside of the traditions yet keeping the orchestra swingin’ and in the pocket!

Now in its 20th Anniversary year, I debut the latest arrivals to the KUVO Jazz library, many of which are played 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 an up-and-coming artist beginning at noon every Monday.

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