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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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  • 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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  • 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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Alto saxophonist Rocco John Iacovone studied with Lee Konitz and put in time with Sam Rivers. As the liner notes point out, this explains the sense of having feet in bot…
This is a strong compositional and performance calling card for New York City-based pianist Serrato and his trio, bassist Hill Green, and conga player Henry Morales. Fro…
Jeff Lisenby breaks the stereotypical mold of accordion with this superb offering of originals and well chosen covers. Opening with "Donna Lee," the Charlie Parker class…
The story told by pianist Jackob Sachs and bassist Eivind Opsvik is that they posed the question to each other: "Out of all the remaining living masters, who would you w…
One of a series of extraordinary re-issues out on the Malanga Music imprint in 2007, this set from Cuban jazz piano maestro Chucho Valdes may well be the standout. Recor…
Banjoist Jake Schepps, violin master Ryan Drickey, guitarist Greg Schochet (who also plays mandolin), and string bassist Eric Thorin have combined their estimable talent…
This is solid, straight ahead jazz by three masters of the craft. Covering a program of jazz standards, obscurities and originals, the principals never fail to impress. …
Pianist Harold O’Neal, a veteran of recordings with Greg Osby and Bobby Watson, has an impressive first outing in this mesmerizing collaboration with guitarist Rick Gibb…
Pianist Bill Mays and trumpet maestro Marvin Stamm open this exquisite collection with a delightful duo on "Baubles, Bangles and Beads." As impressive as the opening dia…
This 2005 New Year’s Eve show recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo offers the best of the Mingus Big Band. Here are Eddie Henderson, Jack Walrath (who was with Mingus in T…