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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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  • 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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The Scott Dubois Quintet debut recording Monsoon is consistently irreverent in relation to mainstream jazz ideals - maybe self-consciously so. It’s an unwieldy mix o…
Joe Bonamassa’s latest CD "Had to Cry Today" has no shortage of smokin’, let ‘er rip, blues/rock guitar blowing. Being 27 years old (not too young, but young enough to ment…
Anglo American (AA) is an extremely wide-ranging retrospective of tenor saxophonist Gary Windo, made up of rare and previously unreleased music. Windo had an uncanny…
Brian Charette’s "Digital Honesty" (D.H.) is wildly imaginative, ambitious , and successful. Actually integrating multiple styles into something interesting and original is…
Satoko Fujii Trio’s latest CD "Illusion Suite" (I.S.) is a vast playground of creative music-making styles, performed with clarity, urgency, and vision. This is the 6th rec…
Rob Levit is an accomplished guitarist. Actually, he’s also an accomplished composer, visual artist, educator, and poet/essayist. His new record, "Uncertain Path", is adorn…
Jazz musicians often give lip service to the true interaction between players in their group, but then don't deliver. Not so with the Australian trio of guitarist Stephe…
Africa Before Invasion is Najite Agindotan’s (he calls the group ‘Najite Olokun Prophecy’) love letter to his homeland. A prime example of 20th century African Diasp…
Categorizing the music on the CD re-release of Temporal Analogues of Paradise (TAP) is not an easy task. In light of what’s been previously written, I feel it’s appr…
When the liner notes of a record explain the music contained within in relation to Doctor Abraham Maslow’s "Hierarchy Of Needs" at length, there is likely one of two thi…
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