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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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  •  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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  • 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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Larry Taylor

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Drummer Joe Haynes is a dynamic, controlling presence in this excellent new CD, Transitions. He inspires his trio, helping shape their solos with appropriate flouris…
George Colligan’s new CD Runaway contains a combination of mainstream, fusion and new age jazz, in all originals by the leader. To this listener, the most successful…
Many excellent jazz musicians go relatively unnoticed in their careers. Well known and respected among fellow players, they often settle down to playing gigs locally, away …
It’s good to hear a rising, young, straight-ahead, tenor performer such as Yaron Elyashiv. His soloing and improvisational skills bring to mind legendary greats Dexter Gord…
In Mercator, pianist/keyboardist Nick Manson has gathered a group of top musicians to record a CD commemorating Roby Duke, who died last year at 51.Manson hails f…
In Seraphic Light three great musicians, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Ravi Coltrane get together as Saxophone Summit to further the legacy of the great jazz innovato…
It’s always great when a jazz star, off the national scene for years, reappears, sounding just as good as ever. This is the case with tenor sax veteran Hadley Caliman and h…
On the Up and Up, the second CD from this talented British group, is made up of a pleasing mixture of bop, blues and ballads, spiced with a couple surprises. This…
It is always great news when a significant recording from the past is discovered and released. Such is the case with Horace Silver Live at Newport ‘58. Michael Cu…
Vocalist Dianne Reeves, four-time Grammy winner, has an impressive CD release coming in April, When You know, her first album of new material in five years. As well,…