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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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  •  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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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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Mark E. Gallo

Mark E. Gallo

The Tijuana Brass was a band that found a formula and a niche and played it to the hilt. Schmaltz (a horrible version of "Hello Dolly," a song that was horrible from the ge…
When trumpeter Herb Alpert made a splash in the mid-1960s with his Tijuana Brass, there was a sense among some so-called hip jazz listeners that this was music for squares,…
There is a telling quote from the famed improvisational pianist Ran Blake framed over the back of the jewel box: "Prana Trio takes the listener on a nightmare from Soho …
Harri Stojka is a gypsy guitarist from Vienna. That in itself is enough to make comparisons to the king of the gypsies, Django Reinhardt, expected. The thrill is that th…
Like The Harder They Come, this is a movie that takes the viewer deep into the day to day reality of Jamaican Rastafari musical culture, at least the scene as it …
This compilation on the great Bobby Timmons reveals a man on his way to greatness, but who instead died of alcoholism in 1974 at just 38. Recorded between 1960 and 1964,…
This January 1960 recording comes to life in the Super Audio Hybrid SACD version. It goes without saying that the music is exquisite, and in this format that quality jum…
There are a number of impressive guitarists courageous enough to tackle flamenco. Few are as convincing and awe inspiring as Roger Scannura. Encore is a sampler f…
One of the standout reissues of the past year, this is chock full of chops from the master altoist, along with a stellar cast of accompanist, including Paul Chambers, Ji…
This Super Audio (SACD) version of the 1957 meeting between these two modern masters is enhanced by the addition of three alternate takes. The results are magic. What’s …