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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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    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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Brian S. Lunde

Brian S. Lunde

Even casual jazz fans will recognize the name Brubeck. Pianist Dave Brubeck led a popular 1950s quartet that recorded the now instantly recognizable "Take Five," a rare …
Largely self-taught, pianist Wayne Horvitz was first noticed in 1980s in his native New York where he became a part of the "experimental improv" or avant-garde club and …
If there's such thing as a sure thing in jazz, it's taking a group of legends and putting them together in one band. Because the heart of jazz is cooperative improvisati…
Khan Jamal, born in 1946 in Florida, began playing the vibes at the age of 18 and has been a fixture on the Philadelphia jazz scene for many years. This record, released…
Whit Williams is an iconic Baltimore jazz musician, having been a fixture in the city for over fifty years as a reed player, arranger, and educator. Naturally, he's work…
As if to make a statement about this quintet's intentions, Mason opens with Coltrane's "Moments Notice." It is a light, airy version, with drummer Juanma Nieto …
If you enjoy contemporary straight-ahead jazz, this record is sure to please. Penman is a bassist from New Zealand who relocated to New York in 1995, and this is his sec…
The jazz trio is of course one of the pillars of instrumentation for the expression of jazz music. It contains only the essential ingredients: rhythm, a bass line foundatio…
One of the non-musical challenges every recording artist faces is what to title their records. There are doubtless many approaches to this task, from seeking serious ins…
Brooke Sofferman, a former student of John Abercrombie's, is an 'emerging' tour-de-force in neo-bop jazz. As you will sense immediately when you spin Fine Whines,…
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