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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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  • 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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Ronald Jackson

Ronald Jackson

The music on this album flows, it peaks, it settles again. Free-spirited and expressive, it’s about as melodic as expected of projects of its kind. The first tune, "The …
The Free Project is a departure from this very accomplished pianist/educator’s 2004 straight-ahead offering, "Mo City Jungle," although there is still a very stro…
Like your music with pinches of different spices all wrapped into a neat little new age package? Darol Anger (violins) and Mike Marshall (guitars, mandolins and mandocel…
Whew! Let’s dissect this one, shall we? We’ve got a great blend of genres here, straight-ahead, fusion, and blues being the most prominent. Add the title of the album: <…
Already a successful businessman in the financial industry after a few unsuccessful attempts at music, I had to wonder how much dedication and conviction trumpet/flugelh…
Straight-ahead steam and a bit of hot guitar smoke here and there make this energetic album a cool standout. Kudos to trumpeter/composer Kevin Hackler for producing such…
Tom Gavornik, a very capable guitarist/composer with a few releases under his belt, has run the gamut between rock and jazz, going from Clapton and Hendrix to Miles and …
In my capacity as a reviewer with Jazzreview, my ears have been treated to some of the most diverse and often impressive music and use of instruments in the world. I’ve …
Mahoney’s Way is a refreshing album of fluid, racing sax solos and tight rhythms. Originally released in May 2006, it reappears as a "special re-release" (not s…
Here’s a sweet holiday gem with all the charisma and soul of three of the most highly respected artists in smooth jazz. Each "take" on a holiday classic is approached wi…