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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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From out of Denver, pianist Mark Sabatella delivers a fine collection of mainstream originals in Determination. Most are by himself; others by tenor sax man Keith Ox…
All the virtues of the jazz duo are heard on Cerulean Blue. Here, we have pianist Laura Klein and vibraphonist Ted Wolfe together, creating an eminently listenable r…
David Murray’s The Devil Tried to Kill Me is joyous jazz fusion, with influences ranging from West African to creole to funk. Anchoring the numbers is the insinuatin…
What a great idea, recoding two top-flight pianists together, in duo, solo and with a rhythm section. Thus, we have the legendary Hank Jones and Canadian star Oliver Jones …
Mosaic’s stated goal is to create an original voice, performing in a range of styles; to be unique and experimental yet to remain accessible. In its first CD, Unsaid, Un…
Tim Hagans’ lyrical trumpet and pianist Marc Copland’s stand-out compositions and arrangements are on display in Alone Together. Although fresh and inventive in i…
One of this reviewer’s joys: A new CD comes in featuring a relative unknown and-from the first listen-I'm elated as to how good it is. Such is Eli Yamin’s You Can’t Buy …
In Guitars, McCoy Tyner, the great pianist, teams up with five stringed-instrument players, each uniquely different, to produce a diverse, very listenable CD. The co…
Last year marked the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the paragon of jazz labels. Recognizing this auspicious occasion, the company issued the CD Mosaic: A Celebra…
This new CD, Fade, by vibraphonist Tim Collins reflects a grab bag of styles all the way from contemporary rock to modern classical, including punk, blues and str…