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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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  • 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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  • 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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Italian pianist Roberto Magris leads a pan-European quintet on the fine new CD Il Bello Del Jazz. Most notable among the group's members is the fine…
Minions Dominion is the third album by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, recorded in early 2002 and finally out almost five years later. A lot of things happened duri…
Look At Me Now is a gorgeous album of standards from Parisian chanteuse Laika Fatien. Her tone is graceful and clear, yet nonetheless sultry. She is accompanied…
Chris Walden made his bandleading debut last year with the fine, Grammy-nominated disc Home of My Heart. Its follow up is No Bounds, which seems to suf…
Guitarist Mark Elf's Liftoff is a very enjoyable collection of classic sounding jazz. Elf's playing is meticulous, and he is joined for ten tracks by a stellar …
Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, both American jazz musicians of South Asian Indian descent, have been performing together in different ensembles …
Good Night Songs captures on two CDs a two and a half year-old live trio performance from three accomplished musicians and educators. John Tchicai, the Dutch re…
Los Angeles based guitarist, Johnnie Valentino, has put together an eclectic quintet on his new OmniTone release, Stingy Brim. The use of Randy Jones on tuba in…
It is said that good thing come to those who wait, so as good as Swiss pianist Moncef Genoud's latest CD Aqua is, the two years between its 2004 recording date …
Morph the Cat is the third solo release from Steely Dan co-leader Donald Fagen, completing a de facto trilogy with 1982's The Nightfly and 1993's K…
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