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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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  •  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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Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

You think YOU’VE got the blues? Listen to this collection and feel better almost immediately, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this disc is a fairly wide-ran…
I know next to nothing about bassist/composer Gregg August, "and that’s.... OK," so I have no preconceived notions about his music. After several listens, …
There are sessions that "sound like" iconic Blue Note and Prestige sessions, while others are like them. Pianist Ezra Weiss’ Persephone clearly belongs i…
As of this writing, Chico Hamilton - drummer, composer, bandleader - is still going strong. As of this writer, Mr. H is one of the most underrated jazz …
Whether Medeski, Martin & Wood inspired a whole bunch of performers and bands, whether MM&W’s popularity (and that of jam bands) opened the doors of opportunity, or it’s…
While I’ve always admired Marty Ehrlich’s musicianship, some of his albums have seemed a little.... aloof, technically swell but someho…
Greg Osby is one restless mofo - he’s tried almost every context for his terse, mercurial, energetic & mostly unpredictable alto sax, except for big ban…
I know nothing about the principals on this disc, so we’ll cut to the chase. The Geographers is a disc of pure improvisation from the UK label …
For the uninitiated, the late Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was/is one of the most popular saxophonists in jazz history. He was one of the "offspring" of Charlie Parker w…
We’ll cut to the chase, as I’ve repeatedly sung the praises of Mr. Douglas on these (web)pages previously: DD is not merely one of the finest trumpeters in this modern a…