New Music Monday Highlights
Check out these new additions to our music library when you tune in to New Music Monday on Lunchtime! with Arturo Gómez on Monday, September 19 at noon.
Steve Turre: “Generations”
For his first recording in 4 years, that’s pre-pandemic, Turre opted to be accompanied by various musicians spanning different generations which inspired the album’s title. Not only is Steve an acclaimed trombonist and master shellist, but he’s also a taskmaster when it comes to being an educator and band leader–always demanding the best! One of the highlights of this session is the presence of the sons of 2 prominent musicians, Wallace Roney Jr who like his late father plays trumpet, and Orion Turre, Steve’s son on drums. This is in addition to the seasoned veterans, Buster Williams, James Carter, Ed Cherry, and Lenny White. When 2022 nears its conclusion and the annual best-of lists are compiled, there’s no doubt that “Generations” will rank high on every tabulation.
Carmen Lundy: “fade to black”
The multi-talented Carmen hails from a musical family in Miami, however, she’s more than just a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and vocalist as she’s a highly regarded visual artist who always includes her art on each of her albums that she releases on her own recording label, Afrasia. Sadly, Carmen lost 3 family members during the pandemic and this recording is dedicated to them. Moreover, her older brother, the amazing Curtis Lundy plays bass while Turreon “The Tank” Gully is at the drums, Matthew Whitaker plays the organ, Julius Rodriguez is the pianist and Camille Thurman adds the tenor saxophone. All the songs are composed and arranged by Carmen Lundy.
Steve Gadd-Eddie Gomez-Ronnie Cuber & the WDR Big Band: “Center Stage”
Over the last 3 years or so it appears that every time I turn around we receive another recording by the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany. However, everyone features different guest musicians to ensure their swingin’ sound is never repetitious. This time out 3 stellar players tackle some fabulous 1960s and ’70s pop tunes and drummer Steve Gadd contributes 2 originals. Eddie Gomez on bass is a formidable presence as is the deep baritone sax sound of Ronnie Cuber. Two of the stand-out tracks for me are their renditions of Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes.
Every Monday for the past 19 years starting at Noon, I premiere 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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