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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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Mark E. Gallo

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Steve Fentriss was 16 years old when he went into the studio to lay down tracks for this masterwork. At 17 he was named a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellow by the National Fo…
Luis Munoz is a brilliant composer/arranger/percussionist born in Costa Rica in 1953 and a resident of Santa Barbara, California for the past 30 years. Vida, recorde…
Evolution is one of the standout jazz discs of the year, if not of the past couple. Don’t be surprised to see a Grammy nomination and don’t be surprised to see a ras…
Comprised of three extended pieces, the two on the original LP -- "Conquistador" (17:51) and "With Exit" (19:17) - and an alternate take on "With Exit" (17:21), this 1966 r…
One of my favorite recordings is The Right Touch, a 1967 Duke Pearson masterpiece. Sweet Honey Bee, released the year previously is nearly its equal. Also on …
This 1961 effort found trumpeter Donald Byrd in new territory, at least for that time in his musical growth. Though in general the concept of finding himself in new territo…
The Blue Note roster of artists in the mid-1960s was untouchable. Horace Silver was at the front of the pack and as this exquisite package more than adequately displays, th…
Joe Lovano has been one of the most noteworthy front line post bop tenor players on the scene for many years. I’m All For You is a break from the muscular blowing th…
This DVD, recorded February 27, 1985 at New York’s fabled Town Hall, serves as a front row seat to an amazing jazz reunion concert. Blue Note, while not out for the count, …
For the master trumpeter’s label debut for Blue Note, Wynton Marsalis offers one of his finest recordings to date. From the splendid opening "The Feeling of Jazz," with Dia…