This Just In: A New Music Round Up – Fri., July 5 from Student Intern Laelah Stephney & Music Director Sean McPherson

Greetings! Sean here. I’m honored to be joined by student intern Laelah Stephney, who is working with me this summer on music programming and on producing This Just In. Every Friday, we’ll be bringing you some highlights of new music we are featuring here on Jazz88. This is all connected to This Just In, our weekly show that celebrates new jazz releases. You can catch This Just In, hosted by myself–and soon Laelah as well–Fridays at noon on 88.5FM, or catch it on your own schedule from our on-demand page.

If you have input about the music we’re playing, or ideas about what else we should be playing, let me know please! I can be reached at sean@jazz88.fm.

Kavyesh Kaviraj – “Rain” from his new album Fables Listen Here

Kavyesh Kaviraj, a local composer, pianist and arranger, has managed to give new life to a sound that we are all familiar with. His debut album Fables features a unique, nature-inspired piece, “Rain.” It starts soft, but quickly becomes cacophonous, jumping back and forth between the two. I’ve listened to “Rain” all the way through three times so I could fully grasp what it’s giving me. I may still have to give it another listen or two because it is so dense. Kaviraj creates personal pieces connecting his music to his rich cultural background and his soul. I personally hadn’t heard of him before, but to know that such an admirable musician walks among us is truly eye opening for what our Twin Cities can offer! Fables is definitely worth exploring if you enjoy listening to stories and personalized sounds, accompanied by sultry and multifarious layers of harmony.

Conrad Herwig- “Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit” (feat. Eddie Palmieri) from his new album, The Latin Side of McCoy Tyner Listen Here

Trombonist Conrad Herwig’s bread and butter in the world of jazz is setting the works of our great jazz composers inside a Latin style. Herwig has done it with the likes of Mingus, Coltrane, and Horace Silver, and now, it’s McCoy Tyner’s turn. Tyner, a pianist most famous for his tenure with the John Coltrane quartet, writes music that is effortlessly pliable to different styles. With Herwig handling the charts and the Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri at the piano bench, this record is a treat. The track we chose, “Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit” was originally an epic, whole-side-of-the-record-filling tune from Tyner’s 1973 live release, Enlightenment. With solos from Palmieri, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, and Herwig himself, the song marries the passion of Tyner’s composition with the Latin sensibilities that this first-rate band provides.

Thanks for checking out This Just In, and be sure to shoot an email over to sean@jazz88.fm if you have any input about our music programming! -Sean McPherson


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