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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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  • 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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  • 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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Gypsy Schaeffer is not an individual, but an adventurous Boston-based jazz quartet with an improbably large stylistic sweep. New Album is their third recording for…
New Hampshire native and saxophone virtuoso Charlie Kohlhase certainly has a sense of humor - after all this is a man who titled one of his recordings 'Play Free or Die.' T…
A trio comprised of piano, trumpet, and drums, White Rocket makes the most of a seemingly limited instrumental palette on their self-titled debut CD. A lot of the credit fo…
Pieces of Old Sky is Samuel Blaser's fourth recording as a leader. Previous sessions led by the Swiss trombonist include a quartet ("7th Heaven"), a solo trombone CD, and a…
Guitarist Ori Dakari's music fuses the seemingly disparate worlds of modern jazz and the folk and ethnic musics of North Africa and Eastern Europe. The first thin…
Hope and Destruction is a completely surprising CD, but not for the reasons you might think. The surprise isn't that Hope and Destruction is comprised larg…
Australian-born multi-reedist Jacám Manricks' debut CD, "Labyrinth," is one of those all-too-rare recordings: thoroughly sublime from start to finish. It captures a …
One of the most pleasant developments of the past decade in jazz is its renewed embrace of ethnic and folk musics of various types. Included in this newly expanded musical …
To those of us who grew up in the 1970s, the phrase 'instrumental progressive rock' conjures images of musical excess typified by thunderous drum fills, soaring Baroque key…
Led by the Austrian-born multi-keyboardist Walter Fischbacher, Phishbacher - the group - slips between the worlds of funky fusion, straight ahead jazz, and R&B flavored jam…