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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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Whether Myra Melford's true talents favor her composition skills or her performance skills is inconsequential to what amounts to a fine album. "Where the two worlds touch" …
Well, what can I say? Obviously, this is not an album that I'd listen to in my car on the way to work or anything. But...as "The Jazz Wedding Album", I have to say this col…
Seeing that this was a new release from Brandford Marsalis' label, I knew that Miguel Zenon's CD, "Ceremonial", was going to be different. I wasn't disappointed...and I was…
Okay. I demand to know why the producers of the remake of the movie "Shaft" did not use Eleven Eyes to do the majority of their soundtrack. This album is so funky that othe…
Jeff Gibbs, a talented pianist, has an interesting claim to fame: two tracks from his album, "Reflections", were used for the soundtrack of Michael Moore's documentary, "Bo…
I'd never heard of Gorka Benitez. I'm not sure many people have. Perhaps his name is well known in insider jazz circles. After listening to this CD, "The Free Session", I w…
As a clever play on the title of Chet Baker's "Chet Baker Sings", Jeff Baker's (no relation, as far as my research shows) new CD, "Baker Sings Chet" is a smooth and delight…
Rick Latham warns the listener on the inside jewel case of his latest CD: "emissions warning: this product contains dangerously high levels of funkengruv." I'm not sure his…