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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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  • 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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  • 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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Craig W. Hurst

Craig W. Hurst

One of the great things brought to a listener via live recordings is the excitement and presence of being "in the moment" of an actual performance. One has the opportunity …
With the release of the CD Bobby Shew, Gary Foster and Friends Play the Music of Reed Kotler, trumpeter extraordinaire Bobby Shew and multi-woodwind master instrumen…
There are so many different influences present in the music on the newest CD Bridge by Akiko Pavolka’s House of Illusion that it almost defies categorization. This c…
The debut CD The Unsuspecting Moment by Mark Gould and Friends is a collection of nine tunes composed or arranged by Tampa Bay/Sarasota, Florida based tenor saxophon…
For those familiar with the sounds of "light" jazz, the new CD by Mark Adams Asceticism a portrait in jazz will certainly meet their expectations. The recording has …
Jazz musicians have for many years sought out accompaniments beyond that of the standard rhythm section of piano, bass and drums. Among other reasons, this search is perhap…
Who sounds a little like Ornette Coleman’s quartet from the late 50’s/early 60’s, a little like Lester Bowie, a little like Mingus, a little like Eric Dolphy, the band Sex …
Narrative, the recent release by Montreal pianist and band leader Tom Van Seters is everything one would expect from a high quality, modern, straight-ahead jazz reco…
In the parlance of some, "The Bigs" refers to making the big leagues or the big time. With his newest release on the Naxos Jazz label, Bigs, David Sills demonstrates…
Although certainly not as well known as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, Gary Burton, or Stefan Harris, Eldad Tarmu is destined to make a name for himself in the j…