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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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  • 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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  •  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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Nobody can say that Ignacio Berroa rushes into things. A sought after drummer who has played with a whose who of Jazz luminaries, Berroa is just now releasing his first …
It has been said that the greatest compliment Duke Ellington could give another musician was to say that he or she was "beyond category." If you would like to hear what …
When an painter approaches his canvas for the first time there is nothing before him but a blank space upon which to work. The same is true for a musician, when they app…
There are some recordings that really defy you to place them in one sort of category or another and this is definitely one of them. Toukouleur, the new recordin…
Lukas Vesely, the 28 year old Czech American jazz bassist has a new album called Peace Prayer out and it is a collection of sublime and very heartfelt numbers, …
Artists can take a real chance when they switch categories. It is not always the best of ideas and they can sometimes get lost in a world they may like, but not really d…
If there was ever a more aptly named recording than this one, I cannot think of it. H20, the new disk from Paul Hawkins, is everything its namesake is. It's fluid…
Vida, the new CD by Adonis Puentes is a wonderful introduction into the world of Cuban music. Adonis, one half of the The Puentes Brothers singing team, gained …
It's not often that you hear the name Roger Miller used in connection with a jazz recording. Come to think of it, it's rare that you hear the name Roger Miller used in c…
When you hear a jazz group that presents a seamless and seemingly effortless style of playing, then you know that you have found something special. Such is the case with…
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