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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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  • 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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  •  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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Murray Reams

Murray Reams

Knowing that there is much good European Jazz that never makes it to the U.S. market, I was excited at the prospect of reviewing this collection from the UK label LINN. …
Historically, there have been a number of interesting attempts to create a "third stream" of sorts merging Country/Western/Bluegrass and Jazz: from the origins of "Weste…
The first release from Paul Carr as a leader in 13 years titled Just Noodlin’ is actually anything but. Carr is a hard-hitting, straight-ahead Texas tenor that …
We are drawn to certain recordings because of the bandleader (Parker and Monk come to mind) while the attraction of others is tied to the band as much as to the leader (…
Pianist and soprano saxophonist Joel Futterman and multi-reedman Ike Levin proceed directly from the free jazz tradition often referred to as "energy music" that was pio…
Geographical movements in artistic circles are not uncommon. The progressive impulse in painting so evident in early-20th century Paris was firmly entrenched in Manhatta…
There is a certain loquaciousness that often attaches itself to the avant-garde in the world of music, one need look no further than the writings of Xenakis or Cage to w…
Coleman Hawkins’s penchant for recording with young lions toward the end of his career sometimes resulted in near-catastrophe (witness the 1963 Sonny Meets Hawk! …