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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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  • 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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  • 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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Mark Keresman

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Though Ms. Lila Downs was born Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico and grew up there and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has fully embraced the music of her Mexican heritage. Howeve…
When was the last time you picked up an album titled Let’s Groove and you really did (groove, that is)? When was the last time you liked an album by a fellow wh…
The man is gone, his music lives on. We Music Fans hear that a lot, and sometimes it’s the guys what hold the copyrights that’re splish splash raking in the cash. Not in…
This French/Ivory Coast-er drummer Manu Katché fellow has quite the resume - Euro-jazz saxophonist Jan Garberek, cosmopolitan prog-rockers Sting and Pet…
Larry Goldings is an organist/pianist/composer who’s made his bones with Matt Wilson, John Scofield, and others, but here he bathes in the spotlight him…
When folks talk "trios," it usually means "piano trio" (jazz; keys/bass/drums) or "power trio" (rock; guitar/bass/drums). In the 30s & 40s, a piano trio often meant pian…
What is it about the Midwest anyway? It’s supposed to be conservative and it sure can be, but like with any "repressive" setting, it engenders wild creativity. Doppler S…
The term "fusion" has come to (loosely) define many things over the years. Jazz fused with rock, funk, whatever (Weather Report, Yellowjackets), slickly produced easygoi…
I’m not sure how to pronounce it either, but this fellow Eyal Maoz is, to employ hackneyed critical phraseology, a talent to watch. Maoz is Israeli-born, New York City-r…
O Fusion! Where Art Thou? Or: What hath Corea wrought? I can’t try to be "funny" anymore - this platter by Speed of Sound done went and put the kibosh o…