New Music Monday

We raise the curtain to June with the return of Spring and some new releases that swing. Ku-umba Frank Lacy & the Mingus Big Band release Mingus Sings with the approval of the widow Mingus, Sue. For this outing, Franks leaves his trombone in its case and sings the songs of Mingus, with lyrics penned by Charles Mingus, Elvis Costello, Langston Hughes, Joni Mitchell, Sue Mingus and others to the superlative all star laden  Mingus Big Band.

We conclude what has been a history making month of May here in Denver, a cloudy history we wish never to see again.

Cuban drummer and 2011 McArthur Fellow awardee Dafnis Prieto releases a provocative straight-ahead project on his own Dafnison Music label, Dafnis Prieto Sextet's Triangles and Circles has many musical twists and turns, oh yeah, triangles and circles too!  University of Colorado at Ft. Collins music professor and saxophonist, Peter Sommer, is part of several leading groups along the Front Range, he also performs and records with his own group. Sommer's new one is titled Narrando Historias or narrating history.

Spring is the time of renewal and when it comes to music,  it is the time for a continuous stream of fine new releases in a wide variety of music styles. We'll begin with a new recording with Colorado connections despite it being led by UK drummer, Allan Finney who is fresh off a stint at Dazzle's with B-3 player Tony Monaco. Allan who has played the Vail Jazz Party in the past teams up with some Front Range cats for Cool featuring Eric Gunnison on piano/keys, Mark Simon playing bass, Bob Rebholz on flute/sax, and Bill Kopper on guitar.

The 2 outstanding guitarists, Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan team up for a brand new release, Duets, a collection of 10 duos between the two, alternating between acoustic and electric guitars as well as Kevin taking turns on vibes, piano and bass. The Puerto Rican trombonist and bandleader from Philadelphia, Angel "Papo" Vazquez celebrates 40 years as a musician with his brand new outing with his group,  the Mighty Pirates Troubadours, Spirit Warrior is another production of Vazquez's own, Picaro Records.