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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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  • 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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John Gilbert

John Gilbert

Dan Jacobs has succeeded in doing what every musician strives for and rarely achieves, their own identity. His Trumpet style is unique, there is an introspective feel to hi…
Swinging is defined by this writer as the ability of the music to move one emotionally. Julie Kelly not only swings, she has the finest repertoire of tunes in the business.…
The selection of tunes on this disc were the portent of very hip things to come. This fine trio has woven a tapestry of jazz that swings tastefully, like a porch glider on …
Stu Goldberg has fashioned what the scribes have dubbed as "Classical Jazz" and maybe a bit more classical than pure jazz. Nonetheless it is a fine piece of work with brill…
This recording has a unique make-up, instrumentally speaking, and it works beautifully. There is an other worldly feel to the tunes that give it a ethereal sense. Sherman F…
John Alexander has penned all original tunes on this album. The arrangements are tight and the music ranges from the boppish "You Need Dis" to the richness of "Trina's Chee…
This is a Quartet of fine musicians that give that very hip and definable southern viewpoint to jazz artistry. Jazz, particularly in Virginia / Maryland, has that added …
If you take a bit of Earl Coleman, a taste of Giacomo Gates plus Obie Jessie himself and what you have is a fine vocal artist. Ellington's "Caravan" is treated to Jessie…
The purity of jazz is the essence of this impressive recording. Shep Meyers has assembled a quartet of imposing talent with fresh arrangements done in a stylish bop mode. <…
The spirit of Charlie Byrd lives on in this wonderful tribute, elegantly presented in a live recording performed at "The Rams Head On Stage" in Annapolis. This was the s…