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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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  • 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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  • 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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I imagine that most devotees of avant garde jazz have their moments of advocacy to their unbelieving friends: "No, really, check out this Ornette album, it really swings" o…
A Mumbai of the Mind is something of an experimental CD, melding the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti with jazz and the music of India. The thing about experiments, t…
The 4 CD set Stompin' At The Savoy: The Original Indie-Label 1944-1961 is one of the most significant reissues in recent memory, presenting a unique window into the …
Free bassist Dominic Duval's Rules of Engagement series of duets continues apace with this second volume featuring Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone as his opposite number. T…
Guitarist Nels Cline & multi-wind & reedman Vinny Golia are two of the busiest improvisationalists in L.A; that's probably equally true in stylistic terms as in the amount …
The 3 CD set Bopland is a true piece of modern jazz history, presenting for the first time all three hours of music from the July 5th, 1947 "Jazz concert-dance" at Los Ange…
A Guitar Supreme: Giant Steps in Fusion Guitar is a provocative record; what it provokes will have a lot to do with your preconceptions. The collection features seve…
Vampire Suit seemed like a good band to listen to on a rainy day two weeks shy of Halloween. Though there's nothing particularly scary about their sound, the name nonethele…
Gordon Lee's Flying Dream is more pretentious than it is good. However, since it strikes me as very pretentious, that means there is still plenty of room for it to b…
Natsuki Tamura's Ko Ko Ko Ke is the type of album that will be interpreted differently by each individual who listens to it. For me, in fact, each playing of the CD …