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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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  • 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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  •  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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Mark E. Gallo

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Of a long line of classic sessions, Ready for Freddie is the classic Freddie Hubbard recording of his early years. Recorded in 1962 by famed engineer Rudy Van…
As splendidly matched as Coltrane and Hartman were, this pairing of Ernie Andrews with the Adderley quintet was as ideal. Where Trane and Hartman were quietly refined, Cann…
This is an extraordinary recording that exemplifies the world stage that jazz occupies as well as the shrinking and inter-connectedness of the world. Recorded live at SABC …
Bassist Paul Keller leads one of the finest big bands in the country. This scaled down sextet is just as high energy and as mesmerizing. On hand are Keller and the brillian…
Tom Harrell is one of the most compelling, captivating and creative trumpeters on the current jazz scene. He put in time with Stan Kenton, Horace Silver, Bill Evans and Phi…
Baltimore-based guitarist Mark Stanley cites Frank Zappa as an influence. An element of that influence certainly reflects in Stanley’s refusal to be easily categorized. He’…
Trombonist Al Cron is joined by Bob Schlink (guitar), Dave Zinno (bass), Vinny Pagano (drums) and Ed Tomassi (saxophone) on a program of original and envelope-pushing mater…
Baritone and soprano player Strayer plays from a reserve of emotion and an inherent sense of swing that combine for an extraordinary disc. Mentor is a gorgeous colla…
For Branford Marsalis’ second release on the Rounder distributed Marsalis imprint label, following the magnificent Footsteps Of Our Fathers, he explores the music pr…
This brilliant quintet effort from Canadian drummer/percussionist Thom Gossage, Remi Boldue (alto saxophone), Frank Lozano (tenor and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet),…