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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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  • 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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Mark E. Gallo

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Bop pianist Sonny Clark had a short but impressive career. Before he died at the age of 31 in 1963, he had recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dinah W…
Trio is a wonderful recording from Chicago-based bassist Tatsu Aoki, reed player and oboist Robbie Lynn Hunsinger, and multi reed player and percussionist Joseph Jar…
Like a tender bird’s morning waking, the flute and cello dialogue that opens the first untitled track on this tantalizing disc, serves as the waking to the possibilities in…
This is fun. I imagine that tuba players get tired of having their music referred to as "fun." Like the harmonica, tubas tend to be taken less seriously than other more mai…
Detroiter Larry Nozero and a stellar group of locally lauded musicians offer one of the most exciting discs of the past year in this outstanding tribute to Eddie Russ. This…
Northern Light is confirmation that Boston-based guitarist Steven Kirby is one of the most gifted guitarists in jazz today. From the opening quick paced, quick witte…
These recently unearthed recordings from the 1960 Birmingham (Michigan) Jazz Festival are a major find. Produced by Dave Usher, best known for co-owning a jazz label with D…
One of the finest clarinetist of the past quarter century, Peplowski successfully straddles the fence between tradition and modernism. On "If This Isn’t Love," for instance…
This is nothing if not an interesting and sometimes fascinating project. Interspersing stories with the inventiveness of a full spectrum 12-piece jazz orchestra, Indigo Inv…
Francesca Tanksley has held down the piano chair in the Billy Harper Quintet for 15 years. None of the exquisite playing glimpsed in that format prepares for the power unle…