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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

Mark E. Gallo

Guitarist Mark Kleinhaut has been a well regarded player in the Northeast for three decades. A member of the advisory board of the jazz studies program in the School of Mus…
One of my top 10 of 2003, this is a mesmerizing work that showcases the musicianship of these three visionaries: Piotr Michalowski (alto and bass clarinet, baritone, tenor,…
The phrase "muscular" is frequently used in musical criticism to describe a musician’s attack or forceful nature in the playing of their instrument. Pharaoh Sanders or McCo…
Larry Nozero has been a major figure on the Detroit jazz scene for 40 years, capable of many styles, including the mellow, almost light-jazz quality of the disc at hand. Th…
Frank Wess’s reputation as a first-rate tenor player was well established 40 years ago. More importantly, he is credited as being one of the innovators of jazz flute, havin…
The four discs that comprise this box set cover trio recordings from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, duets recorded in the 1970s, ensembles from the 1970s and ‘80s, and live reco…
The hallmark of a great recording is the ability to combine extraordinary technique with an uncommon emotionality. This is a great recording. There is a strong sense of tra…
Recorded at Berklee College of Music in May 2000, this 10-song collection from bassist Raberg, trumpeter Phil Grenadier (Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Hart), alto and…
Ron Miles is a trumpeter with no sense of musical boundary. The Denver musician who has worked with Bill Frisell, Don Byron and Ginger Baker, among others, is as capable of…
09.08.2003

Raw by Kiko

New Jersey born Kiko has lived in Portugal for most of his young life and has established a reputation as a fine vocalist there. On this debut recording, he covers a wide s…