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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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  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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Bill Falconer

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This is a story of two jazz institutions and their 50 years of association. Dave Brubeck, approaching his 88th birthday, still performs and composes. (He enters the Califor…
Nothing in jazz compares with Sonny Rollins in a concert setting. Gary Giddins' thoughtful liner notes describe his concerts as "achieving a secular spirituality that ... s…
North Carolina vocalist/songwriter Lois DeLoatch uses her rich, expressive and supple voice to pay homage to Oscar Peterson with Hymn to Freedom, her fourth record a…
That first note hits like a lightning bolt, followed by dazzling high-speed improvisation on "Just One of Those Things." It's Randy Sandke, and you won't find a more exciti…
It's not Waylon and Willie. It's Willie and Wynton and this disc is a whole lot of fun. Willie Nelson's laid-back approach is just right for blues and standards as he's pro…
Harry Warren wrote his first hit, "Rose of the Rio Grande" in 1922, earned an Oscar nomination for "An Affair to Remember" in 1957, and composed more than 500 songs for mov…
The Harry Allen - Joe Cohn Quartet 2004 Arbors release Hey, Look Me Over had me absolutely convinced that I had heard the ultimate in small group swing. Swing and in…
4 Jokers in the Pack makes the definitive case that less can be more. Echoes of Swing, an international band based in Germany, evokes the little big bands of the thi…
Kim Richmond is known both as an educator and a composer/arranger/saxophonist with many of those great West Coast jazz orchestras. In Live at Café Metropol, his hand…
Michael Dease is a leader. With Dease Bones he has developed a unique common sound from a group of stellar trombonists whose individual solo voices are divers…