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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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  •  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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John Gilbert

John Gilbert

Yardbird Suite is the piece de resistance of this recording. An energetic trumpet solo by Pat Harbison is followed by Monika Herzig's inspired pianistic message. Gentle but…
Having heard the best Guitarists on both coasts, Steve Abshire and Vince Lewis rank right up there with the best. Both have an effortless style with fire and soul and a who…
Plato the philosopher was known for his attacks on art. Karin Plato on the other hand does art, (in this instance jazz), a great favor with a fine approach to the vocal asp…
Without question Pinky Winters is the consummate ballad singer in the jazz world today. Her tone is exquisite in its smoothness, clarity and unabashed sensuality. Each word…
The provocative cover art on this CD suggests a torrid vocal trip within, and the message is confirmed with the evocative style of Miss Dawn Aitken. Sultry and sensual is t…
Romance is in the air when Glenn Miller unveils his danceable and also listenable music. The arrangements are lucid and the wonderful melodies come alive again bringing nos…
There is truth to the adage "The Older The Fiddle, The sweeter the tune" On his 80th birthday, Flip Phillips swung like one of the Flying Wallendas. He was accompanied b…
O.F.F. is by far the cornerstone of this album. Both The Guitar of George Muscatello and the Tenor of Brian Patneaude generate ideation not found in the other offerings. Th…
There is a rather melancholy feel to this recording, marked by an otherworldly air. After a somewhat disjointed trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis on "Shooting Star" Nash's…
The highlight of this recording is the extended Tenor solo of Mike Murley on "Jake's Lament:" The saxophone managed to convey his message despite the rebarbative slapping b…