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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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  • 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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Brenton Plourde

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Songs two through eleven are placed together as a ten movement suite based on the mid-century works of Duke Ellington and orchestral works of Oliver Messiaen. This is tr…
Recorded at the Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in Vancouver, Canada on May 8th, 2004 this recording of the Chad Makela Quartet proves that you can turn a flicker into a…
A very interesting version of Take Five. Coming in at over 8 minutes, pianist Phillip Strange plays both Brubeck and Desmond with Larry Marshall on drums playin…
The soundtrack to the film "Good Night and Good Luck" could stand alone as just a great Dianne Reeves record. Set to the back drop of 1950s America, the soundtrack has R…
After making waves with his 2005 release Catching Tales, Jamie Cullum found himself on the covers of a lot of magazines around the world, including "Jazztimes."…
With more and more outsiders recognizing the value of jazz, we are starting to find that everyone is now making mixes for our listening pleasure. Through DJs creating th…
David Lanz’ Spirit Romance is his first for Narada since 1998. In the time in between, he has recorded an independent album and a few for Decca, which have sold…
Always nice to hear fresh faces and fresh vocals done not only to their own songs but to classics as well. Sara Gazarek, the 23-year-old newcomer who has been getting a lot…
Equal parts joyous and melancholy combined with sophistication and melody, Aidan Mason experiments with a musical movement called ‘Azania’ a mix of classical ny…
From the opening notes of "The Menace" to the closing notes of "The Brinx," Family Style has given us a good old American jazz album. Chris Neal playing Rhodes organ and…