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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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  • 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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Lyn Horton

Lyn Horton

The newest release from What We Live is called ESPECIALLY THE TRAVELER TOMORROW. What We Live is a trio made up of Lisle Ellis,who plays the bass, Donald Robinson, who play…
Boxholder Records has recently released a recording of a March, 2001, performance at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, by Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble of Warren S…
Mat Maneri, violinist extraordinaire, has assembled a chamber ensemble with a multiplicitous constituency whose sound is diverse and multi-directional. For the new AUM fide…
Probably the first impulse in writing about the recent release by Aumfidelity of FREEDOM SUITE played by the David S. Ware Quartet is to compare it to the original 1958 rec…
A new release from Thirsty Ear, AMASSED, follows the first recording from the group Spring Heel Jack, but includes a stellar cast of players, which thrusts this CD into cre…
I have often wondered how a contemporary musical style of the 21st century would sound. OPTOMETRY exemplifies how that might be. This newly released CD on Thirsty Ear has b…
AND THE CULTURE ABOUNDSA history lesson is being taught in four Episodes in the recently released LET PAUL ROBESON SING on CIMP. Joe McPhee’s Bluette assumes a respo…
SHADOW & LIGHT is a recording that was made coincidentally on September 11, 2001. That coincidence has therefore rendered the recording significant. It is impossible to kno…
Polyrhythmic Paradise - Maintaining the philosophy that accompanied PIERCING THE VEIL, volume 1, William Parker & Hamid Drake have painted the landscape of the world of mus…
The first of a two volume (2-CD) set released by IKEF recordings is a conversation, which, according to Eugene Redmond, executor of the estate of Henry Dumas, was probably …