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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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  • 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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    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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As long as Jeff Lorber has been in the music business, one would think he would play it safe and always put out the slamming jazz/funk he is well known for. But on his new …
A new CD by Richard Elliot is always a treat, and his new one, "Metro Blue", is no exception. The first project from his newly formed label, ARTizen Music Group, m…
Saxophonist Marion Meadows has been one of the freshest sounding players on the contemporary jazz scene, but his name isn’t normally mentioned among the Boney James’ and Ke…
Jazz flautist Nestor Torres expands his trademark Latin sound with this new project, mixing more pop and R&B influences into the mix, with very satisfying results. Producer…
Though sax player Rod Tate hails from St Louis, his new CD, A Musical Portrait, sounds like he’s been influenced by Eastern players like Grover Washington, Jr. Tate …
Fans of underrated soprano sax man, Marion Meadows, always know what they’re getting whenever this Phoenix-based artist releases a project; inspired blowing, great tunes, and great guest stars contributing excellent performances.

Marion has just released his newest CD, and 3rd project for Heads Up, "In Deep." Along with a sensual mix of retro-soul and contemporary hip-hop flavor, Marion throws in a few twists such as his alto and tenor sax playing. As always though, he blends in stellar gues …

Long time fans of Dallas-based pianist/vocalist, Joe McBride, know it’s always a treat when he releases a new project, and his latest CD, "Keepin’ It Real," does not disappoint. Beginning and ending with versions of "Woke Up This Morning," the Sopranos theme, the CD fuses funk, soul, Latin and gospel into a rich stew of sounds that are sure to please. The project again showcases McBride’s Texas Rhythm Club band, which more than hold their own during the various sonic twists and turns the CD take …