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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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    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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Brian S. Lunde

Brian S. Lunde

 
 
 

From the opening light bop of "The Cobbler" to the loping closer from which the record takes its title, "A Little Somethin'," this is a thoroughly enjoyable set of straight-ahead jazz from an uncommon combo format...

Choose One, the self-released, first jazz record by Denver guitarist Ryan Fourt, is a charming collection of straight-ahead, bop-oriented jazz. Of the eight tunes, Fourt composed three, sideman Shilo Stroman one, and the rest are a mix of standards.The title track, “Choose One,” opens the record with light-hearted bop. While the title connects well with the cover art, showing Fourt with guitar in hand at a fork in a wooded road, the title for this tune could also come from the fact that alto s

Educated at the Academy of Music in Malmö, Sweden, Kristian Lind is a young bassist beginning his contributions to the global corpus of recorded jazz with the release of his first record, Wintergames. Like the Sonny Rollins piano-less trios that inspired him, he is joined only by drums (Peter Danemo) and tenor saxophone (Karl-Martin Almqvist). Paradoxically this setting both draws attention to Lind as he is driving the harmonic progression of the tunes, and detracts from him because the focus i
Royce Campbell is a career jazz musician who built his musical foundation by touring for 19 years with the legendary film and television composer and arranger, Henry Man…
At the age of 72, Mike Mainieri isn’t the household name among the jazz public that he should be. He played his first professional gig on vibes when he was 14 as part of…
Manual Valera is a rising young lion in jazz, and one listen to his latest record, Currents, should convince you. It's an impressive display of modern jazz craftwork…
If ever there was a contest to choose a poster boy for "it's not over 'till it's over," Mort Weiss would be a strong contender. At 66 years of age, he picked up his clar…
Some people become well-known as a result of sheer determination that overcomes their lack of natural talent; others are gifted beyond measure with talent and never beco…
The Here & Now quintet's debut record, Break of Day, is a fine introduction to some young jazz musicians who began to build their sound during their high school y…
In these difficult economic times, we would do well to remember that good things can come from adversity, even if the payoff is in the distance. Benny Powell is living p…
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