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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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John Kelman

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Looks can be deceiving. One look at the cover of Fred Hess’ latest release, The Long And Short Of It, featuring Fred in conservative attire, looking like a middle-ag…
While output from the mammoth session that resulted in The Mourning Of A Star, El Juicio, and the subject of this review, Birth, was of uneven quality,…
It’s a wonder why more jazz groups just don’t record live. Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio hasn’t put out a studio recording in over ten years and is the better for it; and …
In the short space of less than five years, violinist Jenny Scheinman has burst onto the scene, recording as a guest on nearly twenty-five releases, including such high pro…
Following 2000’s all-acoustic Wood, and 2002’s tribute album, Jaco, Brian Bromberg returns to the smooth jazz territory of his 1998 release, You Know That …
It is a rare thing to find a group that has created its own harmonic language. Oregon is one such group; no matter what they play, no matter what the instrumentation, they …
It would appear that recording for a new label can really invigorate an artist; it happened with Terence Blanchard, whose 2003 Blue Note release, Bounce, is a highli…
For those who subscribe to the opinion that Europeans can’t swing and groove in jazz, they’d be hard pressed to find a better example that refutes this mistaken belief than…
For those who subscribe to the opinion that Europeans can’t swing and groove in jazz, they’d be hard pressed to find a better example that refutes this mistaken belief than…
With a clean sound and economical style, New York-based guitarist Amanda Monaco delivers, with Amanda Monaco 4, in intriguing album of contemporary post bop that is …
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