On Monday, May 31, at noon, KUVO debuts the following recordings.

Willie Jones III – “Fallen Heroes”
A third-generation musician continues the legacy of his father and grandfather and takes it one step further by founding his recording label, WJ3. This time out the extraordinary drummer has a stand-out group of accompanists that include the living legend George Cables on piano plus Sherman “Big Biscuit” Irby on sax, Jeremy Pelt-trumpet, and others. Most of the songs were composed by Willie’s recently fallen heroes, Larry Willis and Roy Hargrove.

Nicki Parrott -“If You Could Read My Mind”
Ever since landing in NYC from her native Australia, Nicki has taken the capital of jazz by storm as a bassist and vocalist. For her latest recording on Arbors, Nicki selected a wide array of pops songs to convert to jazz tunes with one exception, the 1906  Scottish folk tune, “The Water Is Wide” that closes the album as a stunning duo with guitar.

Todd Cochran – “TC3”
Growing up in San Francisco Todd was exposed to classical music and jazz by his parents who were both trained musicians. When he was 13 years old Todd’s father took him to not only see the Duke Ellington Orchestra but to meet the Duke after the concert which was the spark for Todd to pursue a music career. After accompanying Bobby Hutcherson and Freddie Hubbard in his 20s, Todd moved on to a successful career scoring movies, Todd has returned to jazz with this marvelous organ trio album.

Every Monday beginning at noon, I debut the latest arrivals to KUVO JAZZ, often ahead of their regularly scheduled release date. In addition to the music, I’ll provide a few tidbits about the artist, in particular if it’s a new or up and coming artist. I’ll be sharing the above mentioned selections and other new music. —Arturo Gómez


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