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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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  • 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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  •  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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Donald James

Donald James

Roy Assaf and Eddy Khaimovich take the customary steps for a jazz ensemble's debut record on Andarta. Re-harmonized standards? Check! Guest spin from an establishe…
It seems to me that a blurb from the conductor of the Nashville Symphony Pops orchestra is the wrong way to go when getting a recommendation for a funk/hipster/groove/loung…
Just because one can record a CD doesn’t mean that one should. Janis Siegel’s Sketches of Broadway is, to put it mildly, a smug and self-indulgent exercise litter…
The crooner is an endangered species. Once the aspiration of many an entertainer, being labeled a crooner slipped from hip to square long ago. That is until Harry Connic…
Named after a Portland jazz haunt, George Mitchell’s Play Zone is nothing if not good straight-ahead swinging post-bop jazz. There’s nothing terribly fascinating or …
I fear it would be sacrilege to write anything but a review full of nothing but praise for a live album by Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson and Al Foster. The Montreal Tapes…
The press release accompanying Carlos Henrique Pereira’s first American release claims that "the balance between [his] opposite inspirations (of his native Brazil and curre…
It seems a bit odd to write about Ottmar Liebert’s Euphoria’s Nouveaumatic on a website called JazzReview.com; there is simply no way to write about this with…
To Music, by the Jim Robitaille Group, is a bit self-indulgent, but nonetheless a competent recording. Robitaille is a craftsman; his compositions are a fluid combin…