Tune in to New Music Monday with host Arturo Gómez on Monday, July 31 at noon on “Lunchtime!”

Bill Kopper: “Ancient Rhythms”
One of the Front Range’s most talented and versatile guitarists is Bill Kopper. His new recording features University of Colorado-Boulder alum, and keyboardist Erik Deutsch who was mentored by Art Lane before joining Fat Mama, Charlie Hunter and other prominent groups touring around the world. Not only does Erick play piano and keys, but he also co-produced the album with Bill Kopper. The accompanists include some of the Front Range’s most prominent players: “Bijoux” Barbosa on bass, John Gunther on flute, Paa Kow on drums and other gifted musicians. The contents include a variety of styles and group formats ranging from straight-ahead jazz to a bit of funk and samba. KUVO Jazz takes pride in playing our own artists—Colorado Proud! As if that was not enough, this New Music Monday falls on Bill Kopper’s birthday.

Terell Stafford: “Between Two Worlds”
Heralded as one of the greatest trumpeters of the past 2 generations, Terell is especially beloved in Colorado with a strong following due to being a part of the annual Vail Jazz Camp and Vail Jazz Party for over 15 years. Currently a professor of jazz studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Stafford teams up with his fellow Temple faculty members for this recording, Bruce Barth-piano, David Wing-bass, Jonathan Blake-drums and Tim Warfield on tenor and soprano saxes, plus, guest Alex Acuña on 5 songs. “Between Two Worlds” reflects the duality of Terell, musician and family man, band leader and accompanist, teacher and administrator, stay-at-home dad and constantly touring! The recording’s playlist features tributes to McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver and his first tunes written for his wife and daughter.

Kyle Eastwood: “Eastwood Symphonic”
It is not easy to grow up in the shadow of a famous parent, yet it also has its advantages. Kyle’s legendary actor/director Clint has been a lifelong jazz fan and pianist who has produced films about Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck. The young Kyle grew up attending the Monterey Jazz Festival and going backstage with his dad, at home he would hear Clint playing the piano and his extensive collection of jazz records. No wonder Kyle opted to become a bass player and band leader in jazz forging his own identity. For his 10th outing as a leader, Kyle is honoring the music associated with some of his father’s best-known films, theme songs from “Dirty Harry”, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, “The Eiger Sanction”, “Gran Torino” and 8 others all recorded in Prague with the Grammy® Award-winning Czech National Symphony Orchestra along with the Kyle Eastwood Quintet. Listening to this album is sure to make your day!

Now in its 21st year of debuting the latest arrivals to the KUVO Jazz library, many of them are played ahead of their official release date. In addition to the music comments, I’ll provide a few tidbits about the artist, if it’s a new or an up-and-coming artist. It all begins at Noon every Monday.

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