New Music Monday

bobjames.com

The veteran, versatile pianist of note Bob James releases an in the pocket live quartet performance recorded on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.  On LIVE at Milliken Auditorium Bob is joined by guitarist Perry Hughes, Nathaniel Phillips-bass and the drummer Clarence Penn. The Angeleno pianist of Nicaraguan descent Donald Vega's newest is a tribute to one of his piano heroes, Monty Alexander.

Eldar Music

For his 10th recording as a leader, the seasoned  pianist Eldar (Djangirov) releases his first live album, World Tour.  Eldar, originally from Kyrgyzstan,  made his initial recording back in 2001 when he was only 14 years old.  New Orleans based B-3 player Charlie Dennard returns with his newest outing,5 O'Clock Charlie.

jazzjournal.co.uk

As we head to the finish of another spring in order to begin summer, we are pleased to debut and share this week's crop of new releases well-suited to be added to your summer's playlist!

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.

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