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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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  • 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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  • 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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Jazz fans of a certain age will no doubt remember a band called 'Supersax.' Co-led by saxophonists Buddy Clark and Med Flory, Supersax played tightly harmonized big-band ar…
Percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck is a relentlessly multi-faceted musician who moves with ease between the worlds of classical, jazz, avant-garde, and progressive …
Jason Rigby was not a familiar name to me until "The Sage" showed up in my mailbox a few weeks ago. I took one look at Rigby's backing band on this disc, and I knew I was i…
Progressive rock has had somewhat of a resurgence over the past decade due in no small part to innovative, genre-busting artists such as the Danish multi-instrumentalist…
Ma-Do, which means 'window' in Japanese, is also the name of pianist / composer Satoko Fujii's acoustic quartet. Featuring an all-Japanese lineup that includes her long-…
In a recent interview in Cadence magazine, pianist and composer Satoko Fujii briefly discusses her four ongoing big bands - New York, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kobe. Unlike the ot…
Alto saxophonist and Illinois native Aaron Irwin displays quite a bit of range and versatility on Blood And Thunder, his second recording as a leader. Blood An…
I actually put off listening to this CD for a bit because I assumed it would be another collection of Stevie Wonder's trademark tunes. You know the ones - 'My Cherie Amour,…
According to a recent interview, pianist and composer Satoko Fujii feels as if her music doesn't fit in anywhere - too odd for the jazz crowd, and too jazzy for the rock cr…
Finnish pianist Frank Carlberg ties a lot of different aspects of his career together on his stunning new quintet recording, The American Dream. No stranger to cr…