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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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  • 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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  •  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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The music of Charles Mingus is unique in the history of jazz. What makes it unique is also the reason I can’t recommend the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s tribute album…
Charlie Shavers’ The Everest Years is a different kind of small group jazz than we’re used to hearing today. Instead of a small number of long, drawn-out pieces w…
From the first notes of "Autumn Leaves" on Red Mitchell’s final recording, Live at Port Townsend with George Cables, we know we’re in for something special. Cable…
The Monika Herzig Acoustic Project’s In Your Own Sweet Voice purports to be A Tribute to Women Composers, however only one-third of the tracks are by compo…
Transparent Horizons, the latest CD by Stich Wynston’s Modern Surfaces, starts with a rather unsubtle joke. Describing itself as "trio comprised of saxophone, gui…
Mike Melito wants you to know he loves Blue Note albums from the sixties. He shows this love on his latest CD The Next Step. A hard swinging quintet plays some fi…
Canadian trio Provost Lachapelle Brochu bills itself as an offshoot of the classic Jimi Hendrix group and Pat Metheny’s trio with Jaco Pastorius and Bob Moses. On their …
Don’t buy Solo Settings if you’re looking for straight-ahead jazz. It doesn’t claim to be such, instead asking to be rated as "world music." Fair enough.Th…
Bucher Sommer Friedli, a young Swiss trio consisting of guitar (Michael Bucher), bass (Patrick Sommer), and drums (Tobias Friedli), claim in their press information that…
Veteran Hammond B-3 master Vince Seneri’s newest CD, Street Talk, gives us all something to chat about. Fortunately, it’s all good.Seneri starts us off wit…
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