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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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  •  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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When Mort Weiss turned thirty in 1965, he tired of the music business which had been part of his life for ten years. In a turnabout career move, he began work in a music…
To Be Again represents a sizzling effort by the Curt Hanrahan Septet of the Great Frozen North. The pieces are almost uniformly energetic and up tempo as if try…
If you like your big band bold and brassy, then consider Calvin Owens’ "Keeping the Big Band Blues Alive." This is a terrific, upbeat, gorgeously performed recording tha…
Nearly twenty years ago, Jason Miles collaborated on Miles Davis’ "Tutu" by playing synthesizer. He hasn’t forgotten that experience. He claims that his ne…
Another triumph for the Barcelona-based Fresh Sound New Talent label. "Borrowed Time" features Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee on bass, but also explores his writing and arranging f…
Like the name of the record company, listening to this music one can imagine a bluesman playing on the edge of a whiskey-soaked, country back porch during the dusk as the s…
Eight of the ten pieces on Mark Sherman's recent release are part of the Motive series. There is little to decipher as to what is meant by these Motives. And ther…
"Fresh Brew" sounds more like yesterday’s coffee grounds. This recording features primarily Gary Farr on keyboards and programming. It’s something that he’s tinkered …
George Hoar’s "Eclectic Heart" is an amiable recording with a long list of contributing musicians such as Dave Liebman and Dave Samuels. And, as the title suggest…
In the last fifteen years, the Midiri Brothers have performed at the Rainbow Room in New York City, the Taj Mahal, Sands, Showboat and Caesars casinos in Atlantic City a…
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