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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

When I first played this album, I felt the same degree of smug satisfaction that I recall from more than fifty years ago when I heard my first Eddie Condon album. It's the …
Let's have a look at a new figure on the Canadian blues circuit. Brian Blain is a native of the eastern townships of Quebec. That's the portion of Quebec that borders on Ve…
Beaux J Poo Boo is a recently formed jazz quartet staffed by four renowned music educators. Named for the composition "Beaux J Poo Boo" by Les McCann, the quartet turns out…
Many blues and jazz collectors, including this reviewer, enjoy historical anthologies. These compilations provide us with a quick glimpse into a particular era, instrument …
Fans of Ritchie Hart's 2004 album Blues In The Alley will be pleased to see a new release by the guitarist next month. Greasy Street will hit the shelves of y…
The Period record label is better known among collectors of classical music. The company once occupied offices on East 74th Street in New York and is now just a memo…
New England's Dan Moretti appears on his eleventh CD overall and his third with the supergroup "Once Through." The group's initial album was Once Through in 2002 and…
Everybody who loves country blues will welcome the arrival of a great acoustic duo from southern California. Nathan James and Ben Hernandez introduce their debut album M…
Amazon River is getting quite a bit of airplay in advance of its August 23 release date. That's always a good sign. While the influence of Toots Thielemans is…
Something Like Now begins with the full rich tones of Francois Moutin's string bass almost commanding the listener to wait for what's coming. Moutin is an imposing b…