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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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  • 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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  •  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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  • 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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Brian Woodbury’s release entitled "Variety Orchestra" is a like a traveling medicine show of tonics and herbal remedies, dried road kill, and anything else he can find alon…
Bulls Eye! sounds pretty wispy. Bailey 3, a combination of guitar, organ and drums, lead us through a series of jams that are delicately spun and intricately drawn, like a …
American-raised Paul Berner has worked with not only jazz luminaries as Monty Alexander and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, but with many northern European jazz artists. Bern…
Melodic Miner’s Daughter has a slighty schizoid feel to it. The CD cover looks like an elaborate personal diary that gives the impression of a New Age release. And then ins…
Listening to John O’Gallagher’s "Abacus" reminded me of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, shadowy shapes that map the terrain of the unconscious. Kandinsky’s paintings used g…
Tom Dempsey and Tim Ferguson are longtime friends in the New York jazz community and they make their debut on their own album with well known local musicians, David Bixler …
Blessed with a sweet voice and a very competent band, Rebecca Sayre’s recent album entitled "This is Always" is a pleasant way of spending an hour. The selected pieces are …
It always seems that the Fresh Sound/New Talent label brings together inspiring musicians. "Subtextures" is no exception. This one features Rob Horton accompanied by the in…
A Little Night Waltz is a confidently sculpted piece of music. Pianist G.F. Mlely plays in a style that is reminiscent of Lennie Tristano, bold and slightly off-kilter. His…
Appearances can be deceiving. With the liner notes stating that the title track "reflects the culmination of some unjust personal challenges topped by the (World) Trade Cen…