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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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  • 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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  • 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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Diary is the latest release by Argentinean-born, Brazilian-bred guitarist Torcuato Mariano. Mariano plays a blend of jazz and Brazilian music that he calls ‘Rio Chill’. Act…
Dismiss all thoughts of arrogance or hyperbole: the Great Jazz Trio could not have been more aptly named, and one listen to their latest recording, "Someday My Prince Will …
Human Spirit is alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s third album as a leader. It was preceded by 1999’s "From The Inside Out" and 2001’s "Keep Steppin’". "From The Inside Out" w…
Live At Tula’s is the latest release from jazz vocalist Greta Matassa and it’s absolutely fantastic. Recorded, as the title implies, live at Tula’s Restaurant and Nightclub…
The latest release from guitarist/vocalist Chris Bergson is a blues album, entitled appropriately enough, "Blues". It was recorded live at Smoke and features Matt Wilson on…
Wild Rice, the new duo release by guitarists Paul Bourdeau and Shane Simpson is an interesting CD. Bourdeau and Simpson (both exceptional players) play a fusion of jazz and…
Elenar, the newest release by Montreal-born saxophonist, composer and arranger Francois Theberge is by far the finest and most exciting modern jazz album I have heard in a …
Phrygian Istikhbar is the stunning debut from the very talented Tunisian pianist Wajdi Cherif. It’s a blend of jazz and Tunisian classical music, though it leans a little h…
Serenata is the beautifully sensitive new release by Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto. It is a tribute to the internationally-renowned Brazilian multi-instrumentalist H…
Tracings is the latest CD by saxophonist Mike Tracy. It’s a fine recording of Brazilian-inspired jazz played by a great group of musicians. The core band consists of Tracy …