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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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  • 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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  • 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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John Gilbert

John Gilbert

Dave Bernstein heads up a red hot quartet that cooks like a New Orleans chef on high heat getting ready for Fat Tuesday. "Rabbits" is an original bop inspired compositio…
This record is so hot it might ignite at any minute. It rocks, it takes toe tapping to another level. This ensemble will whisk you on an excursion to Road House heaven. Thi…
Loretta King has the two main ingredients that are the prerequisites of any solid vocalist, namely, clarity of tone and proper pitch, and when you add lyricism and freedom …
This recording features six original tunes by Shep Meyers and one addition by the late Pianist Richard Twardzik, who incidentally, was greatly admired by Charlie Parker,…
When you have a recording with superb lyrics, great melodies and a vocalist whose phrasing and tone match the sophisticated hipness and intent of the writer, you have a spe…
This recording is impressive in many ways, On the one hand there is the mystical presence of Django Reinhardt in Vignola's complex message and then a boppish whisper to Cha…
Michael Kanan has assembled a first class trio. Tim Pleasant on Drums is an adept and facile player who keeps the time, adds very hip accents and embellishments and most im…
Richard Simon has not only jammed with the King of Thailand, in the company of the estimable Mr. Sam Most, but the Kings of Be-Bop have also been privy to Simon's deft play…
This is the initial CD for Lulee Fisher and quite possibly the breakthrough needed for this engaging, sweetly sophisticated vocalist. The undercurrent of sensuality is ever…
Jack Reilly's marvelous approach to the improvisational style that he has developed gives him an identity all his own. It is a singular posture. All jazz players strive for…