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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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  • 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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  • 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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Richard C. Anderson

Richard C. Anderson

With the passing Jimmy Smith, king of the Hammond B-3, there’s a throne that is conspicuously empty. It’s probably too early to say for sure, but judging from his 2006 rele…
Ancient stories get to be that way (ancient) because they communicate universal truths that resound with all human beings in all eras, but also because they are entertai…
Listening to Lou Rawls sing "Something Stirring in My Soul," recorded in 1966 for his Capitol release Carryin’ On, there’s little wonder why he became such an eff…
I got turned on to Cassandra Wilson in 1996 with her second Blue Note disc New Moon Daughter. Everything about it thrilled me: the mix of folk, country, blues, pop, …
Let me be perfectly frank: I do not like "jamband" music. I find it monotonous, self-indulgent, lazy, masturbatory and dull. But there are exceptions, the prime one being M…
Music in general, and jazz in particular, has advanced so much over the past 40 or so years that the compositions of pianist Andrew Hill’s new disc, Time Lines, don’…
Hippies, good sex, high times, the rise of youth culture. Even those of us who were too young to remember them (or maybe, especially those of us who were too young too reme…
Sometimes fusion comes across as a lazy attempt at creativity. Too often musicians attempt to pass off a reggae beat beneath a standard, an exotic mode in a pop number, or …
Years ago, I randomly picked up a CD titled Bass Desires by some guy, a bassist named Marc Johnson. It featured a couple other players I’d never heard of - a sax pla…
I’m officially back on the Bill Frisell bandwagon. I took a little time off the late ’90s and early ’00s, having become a little bored with the guitarist’s "Americana" phas…
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