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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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  • 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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Craig W. Hurst

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What stands out most clearly when listening to John Bunch’s CD A Special Alliance is the incredible clarity and deftness in his playing. Bunch is undoubtedly an arti…
With a big throaty tenor saxophone sound, an accompanying Hammond B-3, and tunes by Tex Allen, Jack McDuff, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Lucky Thompson, Doug Lawrence’s CD…
Few musical experiences compare to the sound of a contemporary jazz big band. The full thrust of sound generated by multiple brass, saxophones and a swinging rhythm section…
Signature: Live at the Egg Farm is a two CD set that documents two live sets of music improvised by French bassist Joelle Leandre and Japanese pianists Masahiko Sato…
RH Factor, the newest CD release by Philadelphia based drummer Robert H. Henderson is not particularly remarkable for the music recorded. All 12 tunes (plus one seco…
Immediately from the first notes of the aggressive sounding throaty tenor saxophone heard on the Latin inspired first cut "Get a Rope" of David Freeman’s CD David Freema…
The Rick Parker Collective is a group of musicians drawn together by the attraction of the New York City jazz scene to young, up and coming players. This group’s new CD rel…
Art Standards by Art Pepper and the Hollywood All Stars is a sampler CD drawing from a recently released multi-CD box set produced by Galaxy Records entitled Art …
The liner notes Bill Evans wrote for his 1963 recording Conversations With Myself, perhaps imply that a solo piano effort can be a very private musical communicatio…
With his newest CD My America, Jamaican born Monty Alexander provides a musical collage representing the United States of America. The recording is a veritable smorg…