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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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  • 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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  •  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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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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It seems ironic that this fiercely independent Marsalis (maybe they all are) starts his own label and puts out a recording differential to others. Well, it’s not just some …
A new release by the great Saxophone player Lou Donaldson accompanied by Dr. Lonnie Smith on the Hammond Organ, Randy Johnston on guitar, Danny Burger on drums and Nicholas…
Many of Sonny's later albums are gentle breezes, a spot of happy singing without the tense surge of his earlier work. NO PROBLEM is a good example of this: Sonny had made p…
The drums pound home, and it begins. The title is modern ("Explosion"), the sound is vintage: an early 'Sixties groove you find on Blue Note. Alex Graham holds the alto, an…
One thing leads to another: Willis Jackson came to Prestige to revive his career, and in the process started another. The label was eager to join the organ arena, but their…
The name is unfamiliar; the sound is welcome. A full-time teacher in Los Angeles, Charles Kynard did not record often (as a leader, just one album after he left Prestige.) …
Cobbled together from three sessions, these sides have nothing in common - nothing but Lightnin' and a mighty hard blues. He can sound weary, but not here: the strings bite…
Two sides, one groove. There's a torrid live set, a bare-bones trio that keeps the crowd going. It's a basic sound, loose (in the good sense) and very satisfying. Then they…
The last two years I was here were perhaps the happiest years of my life. This was Bill Evans, talking about Southeastern Louisiana College, where he graduated in 1950. You…
I was on the computer,put the disk in and was suprise at what I heard.I was really surfing the net.…