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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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  • 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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Ron Bierman

Ron Bierman

Brazilian Voyage indeed hits some breezy, swaying Brazilian highlights, but there are stops in Germany, New York and, perhaps, Kentucky. Even the samba-like track…
The Brad Linde Ensemble honors some of the jazz giants who emerged in the middle of the last century, most of them recognized instantly now by single names. This release…
Big bands haven't been mainstream for decades, but they're still with us. Alex Stewart's Making the Scene, a fascinating discussion of contemporary big-band music…
This is an entertaining and satisfying set by an unusually good piano trio. Veteran Orrin Evans has played for years with Bobby Watson's group. Here he does five of the …
Dave Rivello wrote and arranged this session's material, and album notes by Bob Brookmeyer, a respected veteran of the big-band wars, give him immediate credibility. Riv…
The first track of Rafn Emilsson's Eftir 8 (After 8) has a medium-tempo, breezy-Brazilian vibe. It sounds like the beginning of another Stan Getz bossa-nova alb…
A few of the names Royce Campbell has played with will suggest his professionalism and range: Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Herb Ellis and Fred Hersch. Here he is joined b…
This is a world-class, straight-ahead jazz outing swinging and lyrical. Most contemporary tenors are still trying to catch up with John Coltrane. Harry Allen owes more t…
No music manages more crushing misery or greater joy--Dixieland expresses emotional extremes. Though its corny syncopations are decidedly out-of-fashion beyond the borde…
The musicians who have the greatest longer-term impact are the ones who have something new to say. But they are also usually harder to appreciate at first, because they'…
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