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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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  •  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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Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

Shape Shifter is a most felicitous title for this live CD. The Scott Reeves Quintet displaces expectations, interrupts calm toe-tapping, and even quibbles with th…
Better late than never: Ralph Lalama has given us an altogether challenging and entertaining CD. His latest, Energy Fields, seems to use the least instrumentation…
Before tending to the job of reviewing this CD, please allow this critic an indulgence. On the cover, there is a single sentence which causes rising bile in those of us …
Problem: You’ve got a function you need to supply a powerful swingin’ big band for, but you can only come up with the scratch to pay ten guys (and/or gals,) and a conduc…
An idea of what guitarist Dan Heck's passion is can be determined from the title of his newest CD. Compositionality is a great name for an album in which all th…
There are times when you don't need a lot of information about the artists participating on a recording to know exactly how you feel about it. Duets, from two S…
An interesting title, has guitarist Ryan Blotnick's first CD. In his liner notes he basically uses it to answer the age-old question, "If a young, very talented jazz qui…
Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite was one of the first uses of the LP format to allow a small group to record a long-form composition. The lineup could not be better…
Joe Locke has spent the last two and a half decades providing surefooted, exciting mallet work to every opus to which he lends his name. Speaking of his name, you can fi…
The opening cut, "gNash," informs us of the album’s message: "The squeamish need not apply." A slightly off-kilter beat by Motian and Hebert underpins Kolker’s and Aberc…
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