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  • Kem Owens
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Like Gabriel over clouds,Braff and his cornet soar over two string sections- two decades apart. The earlier tracks on this Arbors release , songs associated with Bing Crosb…
This DRG release is a tribute album on many levels. To Duke ,obviously ; to Strayhorn - inseparable from Duke; to the lyricists - Carol Sloane is grown-up enough to appreci…
This is more Michael than Maynard , so don't expect a lot of Maynard flying high above Big Bop Nouveau. The little/big BBN -which always sounded big - was augmented to actu…
If you have a copy of the original recording you probably assume it contains the actual sounds of the Newport concert. Wrong! Most of it was put together in the studio. "Wh…
This was a Ray Brown week at the club in November of 1988 and he invited a couple of old friends over for a rare live appearance together. They are not just very tall .They…
Start with the perfect match- Michel Legrand's eloquent melodies and the insightful lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman . Add the silky voice of Nat's younger brother. Back …
Lennie Tristano's musical approach, developed in the forties, provided an alternative to bop and was a harbinger of free jazz. It wasn't for everyone, but then what music i…
The great jazz divas displayed a number of qualities. Ella -swinging agility; Betty Carter and Carmen McRae- inventive rhythmic phrasing; Sarah Vaughan-that incredible rang…
The cliches are true. Monk was "quirky" and "eccentric". Others had difficulty playing with him because of his complicated harmonies and shifting accents. Yet he wrote joyf…
The best tribute to a jazz master is not slavish imitation but recognizing his spirit. That's what the "Allstars" deliver in this hard-driving live recording from a Hamburg…
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