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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

You kinda knew it was coming. This "down & dirty," collaborative mega-funk tribute just had to be in the works at some point, considering Brian Culbertson’s fixation wit…
The Spanish guitar is one of the most romantic and exotic instruments in the world of music, in my opinion. Artists like Jesse Cook, Ottmar Liebert, Johannes Linstead, a…
Syncopation, the vocal jazz quartet that burst onto the jazz scene in 2002 and has been heralded by the Boston Globe as the "Manhattan Transfer of the 21st Century," aga…
Keyboardist Robert Walter really does know how to capture one’s attention. Known for his fat and heavy Hammond B-3 sound, the artist struts pizzazz and funk, and yet his…
Some groups do an excellent job of describing their sound, style, and very essence in their promo material. Some do a lousy job, the description turning out to be quite …
From the opening notes of The Next Level, bassist D-Lucca frames this as a San Francisco treat, as you can hear the trademark nuances that so often mark music fro…
Techy celestial synth, radio transmissions, and a touch of classical piano (and that’s just in the 2 ½ min. intro) actually coming in as "part 1" of the title and first …
In 2006, I reviewed Willie Hill’s Natural Evolution album, which I classified as having a purely soft, mellow, almost ethereal feel about it. It was an album expr…
Often, I will read reviews by others regarding a certain artist just to see what they took away from a given recording and compare my own views to see if there’s any par…
QwertyWHAT? Wow, I guess if you’re going to come out funky in an ear-catching fashion from your very first track, you may as well give that track a funky "out the…