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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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  • 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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Mike Jurkovic

Mike Jurkovic

Capturing the huge passions of Mingus' music is, for most musicians and writers, an impossible quest. By bearing her heart, Sue Graham Mingus, wido...
Besides the dusky miracle of her sumptuous contralto, props must be given to Wilson’s steel determination to cross jazz (if it’s still fair, or relevant, to call what she d…
The real rewarding thing about listening to this striking debut, besides having the privilege of listening to a true talent emerge, is the joy of knowing that Laura Nyro ha…
Still supreme, still the apogee of Trane and the quartets’ powers. If I went on with scholarly hyperbole you’d all see right through me and, if ‘A Love Supreme’ was about a…
One can hear why ‘Red Clay’ was hugely regarded as Hubbard’s finest disc upon its 1970 release. Hancock’s young electric Rhodes lends the right airy-ness and early post ‘Bi…
Trane took no time introducing the power of the classic quartet. Garrison’s tha-thoom bass, McCoy’s block strides, and Elvin’s swing cymbals and giant drums cut he path for…
Whatever the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane conjure for you: transcendence, darkness, illumination, voodoo, you’re going to hear it and feel it on ‘Naima’ and ‘Tran…
Even on his first, all-acoustic recording since 1967, his first as a leader since 1994, and, believe it or not, his first live album ever, Shorter is his best sideman. Givi…
Yea, the name of the band is a big mouthful but man, what a bite! Recorded big ‘n brassy during a four night stay at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburg, quickly …
Very few artists would dare open a collection of their selected recordings with clavichord improvisations, but Jarrett has been, and genuinely remains, one of the rare few.…
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