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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

Dave Carter wrote the dozen tunes on this album. Most are outstanding, and the arrangements match the material. For my 2008 best-of-year jazz mix, it was difficult to de…
Marc McDonald is a solid mainstream player. He has a good sound, clean articulation and dead-on intonation. His solos are strong and confident and so are those of his ba…
Why cover some of the best singers ever with relaxed arrangements that don't even try to outshine the originals? "Fly Me to the Moon" without Sinatra, Basie or the Quinc…
Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Schalk now splits his time between Los Angeles and New York. Though young, he's played and recorded with some exceptional musicians on both c…
Odean Pope was with the Max Roach quartet for over 20 years. Though influenced by hard bop and John Coltrane, he has diverged more from Coltrane's powerful legacy than m…
It took Todd Coolman over a year to complete this project, and an unusual project it is. Through his ArtistShare web site, he solicited compositions from the public, all…
The more I listen to music, the more I realize how much personal taste depends on conditioning and receptiveness. Most conditioning happens before the age of 20, and so,…
I first heard Steve Slagle about 15 years ago while he was with the Mingus Big Band when it was playing once a week at the Fez in Manhattan. (After a few years at the Ir…
Danger! Danger! Syncopation Overload! Dick Hyman has been crafting wonderfully nostalgic recordings for over half a century. He's an expert in the history of earl…
This band is 10 members wide. I smile when a reviewer of such groups says, "But they sound like a big band," because they never do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I…
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