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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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  • 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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    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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Charles Walker

Charles Walker

Manhattan island’s Lower East Side, much like so-called "free" jazz, is a territory that attracts newcomers primarily based on a reputation built up in its early years: a r…
Jazz writer Howard Mandel once recounted an observation he’d heard from Michael Cuscuna a propos of the loft-jazz scene in 1970’s New York - the surprising realizati…
In the liner notes to this, his sixth recording as a leader, pianist Ted Rosenthal refers to his trio’s versions of the standards they include ("A Sleepin’ Bee," "Let’s Coo…
For anyone who has ever attempted to play an archtop acoustic guitar, they know what a demanding beast she can be. This writer had one (inherited through two generations) a…
Jazz and electronics often pose as inimical territories, with all the stern boundaries, suspicious treaties, and sidelong glances ingrown to Cold War era enemies. One need …
I can think of few sights more pathetic (as in "stirring pathos") than the image that opens this otherwise run of the mill DVD. As the lights rise on this hour long set fro…
Upon examination of the cover of this disc, one is struck by an unusual image. A solitary figure stands on the horizon of a desert, surrounded by absolutely nothing but san…
Beauty is a Rare Thing, or so claimed the Ornette of 1960, a bass-ic phrase the Charlie Haden of the last few decades has unselfishly explored. Silent and solid behind a pa…
One of the major detriments included in the jazz recording industry's last-decade crossover from analog to digital is the question of what exactly to do with all that new s…
What might happen if one were to take that well-worn hyphenated phrase and turn its emphasis around: American-African? One of the greatest proponents of asking exactly this…
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