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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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  • 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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  • 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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Best known as a featured player in the neo-swing outfit Royal Crown Revue, trumpeter Scott Steen displays solid jazz chops in a variety of styles on his first release as a …
At first pass, Brazilian pianist Age Garcia's North American Debut, "Alabastro," seems like a pleasant enough exercise in background jazz with a subtle new-age flavor. That…
From his early tenure as the house pianist at Verve Records through more than half a century as a leader of his own sessions on a variety of labels, Oscar Peterson has has …
Jeff Kaiser had substantial help with this music, considering that his Ockodektet is a seventeen piece ensemble, but he composed, arranged, conducted, recorded, mastered an…
This disc pairs two of the giants of Chicago jazz offering a variety of settings that could serve as the soundtrack for a seminar in jazz styles. Marshall Vente has been pr…
Although he was a player with rare talent and a distinctive tone, Joe Henderson didn't get his full due until late in his career. After signing with Verve in 1992 he releas…
Chicago based drummer/composer Damon Short has studied the music of Harry Partch, played in a gamelan ensemble and performed and recorded both as a leader and sideman in a …
Despite the group's name, this disc does not feature hard bop arrangements of Trent Reznor songs, although you'll find some hard bop references here and there, along with m…
Originally from Washington, D.C., Timo Elliston has spent the last several years establishing himself on the New York jazz scene after completing studies at the University …
This recording has been tucked away in the Pablo vaults since 1975, when legendary jazz impresario Norman Granz assembled an all-star lineup of players who had journeyed to…