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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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  • 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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  •  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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If I had to choose one word to describe Tuey Connell’s vocal performance on his new CD "Under The Influence," it would be the word ‘pleasant.’ As a descriptive, ‘pleasant’ …
Piano Jondo translates to "deep-feeling piano" in the Spanish Andalusian dialect and this album certainly lives up to that title. Born and raised in Sevilla, Spain, Diego A…
The Game’s Afoot, the new release by the John Carlini Quartet is a different kind of jazz album, to say the least. Carlini and his band have produced an album that combines…
The Legendary Tenor Saxophonists 1922-1940 is really a recorded history of the evolution of the tenor saxophone as it relates to jazz music. As Scott Yanow stated in the li…
Midnight is the latest release from the great jazz vocalist Diane Schuur. Schuur’s voice, as always, is rich and engaging. Unfortunately, the material on this disc more oft…
Under The Moon, the new album from vocalist Barbara Sfraga, is a stunning portrait of an amazing talent. This is only her second release as a leader, but it clearly shows t…
I hate to use clichés, but Eric Person is, as the saying goes, one of jazz’s "best kept secrets". A musician of amazing talent, both as a saxophonist and a composer, it’s a…
Drummer Jason Bodlovich’s "Blues For Dexter" is a great tribute album to the late saxophone giant Dexter Gordon. With the exception of a couple of missteps, this album is a…
Monolith by Enders Room is the brainchild of German tenor saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Johannes Enders. An ambitious mix of jazz, electronica and spoken word, "Mon…
Keep Steppin’ is alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s second release and the follow-up to his exceptional 1999 debut "From The Inside Out" (Sharp Nine Records). The thing that m…