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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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    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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Chat Noir, the debut album from newcomer Christoph Irniger is a good demonstration of free, expressive jazz coupled with some very decent traditional flavorings. …
ArushA is a group taken to the fine hybrid form of jazz, incorporating elements of straight-ahead jazz, blues, reggae, & R&B, complete with R&B vocals of genuine quality…
One-man-show (writer-producer-performer of all songs and instruments) Jesse J. Smith puts forth his debut album here, entitled Royal Nights, a very heavy synth/or…
East West fancies its music as "music you haven’t heard before." In some ways, that may be true. In other ways, quite the contrary. This is very good music, the basic…
.... it’s another Miller Time is an interesting and expressive album that categorically embraces "free jazz." While not terribly impressive, there’s something e…
Here is a refreshing group of musicians offering a very refreshing and innovative look at urban grooves heavily steeped in fusion jazz. The professionalism shines throug…
Jazz vocalist Tony Adamo struts back with his silky, charismatic, and, as I’m sure many ladies will confirm, seductive vocals on this clever new release Straight Up D…
Certainly no unknown commodity as up-and-coming jazz artists go, the "Jazz Paganini," violinist Christian Howes, explodes in this most entertaining and refreshingly pers…
Anomalies is a real treat for those of you who’ve had some considerable exposure to the intricacies of classical rock (i.e., Kansas, Jethro Tull, early Rick Wak…
Delivering on a pledge made long ago to make this duet happen, organist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin two-thirds of the popular trio, Medeski, Martin, and Wood (…