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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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  • 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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Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

When it comes to the Golden Age of fusion, let's get arbitrary: 1968-1974. Many speak with reverence of Miles, Gary Burton, Larry Coryell, the (original) Mahavishnu Orch…
When you're a blues guy with a sobriquet including the words "magic" and "slim," you'd better have the goods. The Essential is a best-of collection drawing upon…
In retrospect, the 1970s got a bad rap -- sure, there was Viet Nam, Nixon, disco, gas shortages, and really bad TV, but there was an awful lot of musical creativity goin…
Here are three masters of improvised jazz from two continents, presented in one duo (piano/drums) and three trio contexts, live in Zurich 1998 & 2004. Irene Schweizer is…
O, when will this Myra Melford gal be acknowledged as one of jazz's here-and-now treasures, as a pianist, composer, and bandleader? Yes, it's an unfair world in which we…
Of all the bands that made the news/broke the mold/made the biggest splashes in the heyday/glory days of the first wave of Fusion (1969-1974), the UK outfit Soft Machine…
The Stryker/Slagle Band is my kind o' mainstream jazz outfit - if fact, this is a modernist/progressive combo in mainstream dress. Stryker/Slagle have an immediate "swing" …
ALL THE TIME one hears of the archetypical singers - Ol' Blue Eyes, Lady Day, Ella, Anita (O'Day), Tony, Joe Williams.... all well and good, yet Chet Baker hardly ever g…
And to think there was a time when This Writer wasn't all that excited by piano trios.... as a lad, I respected them, true, but I was always thinking, "Where's the horns…
Anyone bemoaning jazz today because of that "dour seriousness syndrome" present in so many manifestations just needs to listen to Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy Band's <…