Listen in for new music from “Live Edge Trio with Steve Nelson,” “Karrin Allyson,” and “Ben Patterson Jazz Orchestra” on Monday, May 6 at noon on New Music Monday on Lunchtime! with Arturo Gómez.

Kamasi Washington: “Fearless Movement”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, nurtured by the legendary jazz giants, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, and Billy Higgins among others, Kamasi Washington is a music lover’s “dream come true” as he embraces the sounds of traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, soul, funk, hip hop and more! Moreover, he has a strong fan base in all of those genres. Kamasi says his fifth album as a leader is his first “dance album” because, for him, dance is movement and expression.  The recording boasts a superb cast of guests including André 3000, Thundercat, The Chicago Kid, and the funk giant George Clinton who also helped produce the sessions recorded in his hometown. If you are a follower of Kamasi you will enjoy this new album as it reflects his music from previous recordings and his well-attended concerts, if you are just learning about Washington, this is an ideal introduction that is sure to get you hooked. Advance reviews highly rate this album with predictions of many Best of 2024 awards. With this new outing, it appears a sure bet that after 2 nominations, this is the one that will bring him his first Grammy® award! Time will tell.

Live Edge Trio with Steve Nelson: “Closing Time”
For the debut of his new ensemble, the highly respected pianist and educator based in northern Colorado, Ben Markley asked the incredibly talented New York City based vibraphonist Steve Nelson to join him, bassist Seth Lewis, and his fellow University of Wyoming faculty member, Andy Wheelock on drums. The Live Edge Trio with Steve Nelson is a welcome addition to the KUVO playlist, as in all his previous recordings, Ben composed some profound tunes with Seth adding two and Andy supplying a song as well. Rounding out the album are two standards with reimagined updates. Steve injects the New York City attitude into the mix to give the edge to the trio hence the name of the group. Even though the title is “Closing Time,” this is just the opening of a new adventure for the remarkable Ben Markley.

Karrin Allyson: “A Kiss For Brazil”
Since the beginning of her successful career 35 years ago, the outstanding vocalist out of Kansas, Karrin (car in) has had an attraction to Brazilian music including a song or two on most of her previous recordings, five of which have been Grammy® nominated. In addition to Portuguese, Allyson sings and performs in French, Italian, and Spanish. This time out, Karrin recorded her first all Brazilian album which was not what she planned. One of her favorite Brazilian singers; Rosa Passos was visiting New York City where Allyson has been living since 1998, so she asked her to record two songs with her. After they recorded them, Karrin and her band were so pleased they decided to go Brazilian for the rest of the session and the result is this new album, another feather in

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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