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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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  • 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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  • 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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Mark E. Gallo

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Wes Montgomery’s unique picking style, utilizing his thumb rather than a pick, served him well through two distinct stages: the largely straight ahead jazz period on Riv…
This is one of the more exciting collections on Monk, given its brevity and compactness. In 10 songs the brilliance of the master pianist and composer is well communicat…
Chico Freeman’s father was an important and impressive Chicago-based saxophonist even before he cut his first Rahsaan Roland Kirk-produced disc in 1972, at the age of 49…
Kerry Linder is a delightful vocalist who reminds frequently of Astrid Gilberto and who consistently shines on this beautiful effort. A native of Curacao, the largest of th…
Ed Thigpen, now 73, lives in Denmark, from which jazz pool he drew some of the most accomplished players in the land in Jens Winther (trumpet), Thomas Franck (tenor saxopho…
Best known for his infectious "Grazing In the Grass," a tune that topped the American Top 40 in 1968 (and which is included here), African trumpet/flugelhorn player and voc…
Dexter Gordon was one of the most important tenor saxophonists to emerge in the bop/post-bop era, and he remained a formidable player for at least 4 decades. A tall, good l…
This 9-song set features 7 superb originals from the pens of principals Brent Jensen (alto) and Rob Walker (flugelhorn), alongside gorgeous takes on "It Could Happen To You…
Lester Koenig’s Contemporary Records was the leading West Coast jazz label at its most prolific period in the 1950s and 1960s. This delightful 4 CD box captures the magic o…
This mini chronicle of the musical magic of Bud Powell was recorded live at the beginning and at the end of his career. The opening six tunes were recorded live at the Roya…