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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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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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  • 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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Bill Smith

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In this age of "metafication", when every work of art must be held up, turned over, upside down, jiggled, poked, prodded and made to turn its head ...
It’s fitting that Dave Brubeck’s latest musical offering is in Telarc’s Live at Starbucks Series: the Brubeck name has become as ubiquitous and mainstream as the S…
All evidence to the contrary, there are very few fine recordings of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. I say contrary to the evidence because Jobim may be one of the most r…
In a perfect world where creative music is equally disseminated regardless of marketing muscle or name brand recognition, Fluid Motion, the debut disc by David …
Any new work by Kahil El’Zabar is cause for excitement. Over the past twenty five years, the Chicago percussionist, bandleader and mainstay of the groundbreaking Associatio…
Paul Serrano’s liner notes to the 71 year old Chicago saxophonist Harold Ousley’s debut disc tell of an early gig playing with the Heine Bros. Carnival in Champaign, IL. On…
In interviews, mega-Grammy winner Carlos Santana often pays homage to John Coltrane as an early inspiration. That’s a nice nod. Yet despite fumbling attempts at imitation, …
Brown, who died last year at the age of 77, has long been touted in blues circles but is known primarily for a late-eighties rediscovery of his work thanks to progeny Bonni…
Somewhere along the line, maybe because he refused to paint himself into a tidy genre corner and instead fueled his voracious creative appetite with Tin Pan Alley standards…
For followers of Lacy's career, this Verve release with sometime collaborator Roswell Rudd has got to bring a smile to your face. Rudd's elastic - occasionally spastic - bu…
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