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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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  • 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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  •  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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Tom Chandler

Tom Chandler

Electric bassist Liebig has traveled a long and winding road to get where he is, including stints with Les McCann and Julius Hemphill and a bit of time studying classical c…
Take a quick look at the song list on the back and the first thing you'll notice is that this set begins with a Clash tune. The Clash? Did we bypass Radiohead and go straig…
What an impressive debut! The Israeli guitarist (by way of the Berklee College in Boston and then NYC) fits perfectly into the Tzadik worldview, although perhaps Dakari's m…
Cycles Suite cover is a kind of whited out picture of leader/guitarist/composer Chris Jentsch . Cycles Suite pretty much kicks ass. Geeky Chris Jentsch i…
A member of Philip Glass' ensemble since 2007, some of Crowell's pieces on Spectrum have a decidedly minimalist bent. It's a little funny, because the disc opener, "…
Although this is ostensibly a free recording, and it is in fact totally improvised, the palette that the two long-time collaborators are working with here is explicitly ton…
A NY contemporary of guys like Ben Monder and Brad Shepik, Baggetta is a versatile, lyrical guitar player with a melancholic compositional sense that lends itself to open e…
Swingin'! The second album from pianist Markley (get it? Second Intro?) has a playful forward propulsion that is impossible to deny. Go ahead. Try it. Did you succee…
The West Coast trombone genius continues his odyssey of exploring the trombone/bass/drums format, with delightful results. This time the tritet is filled out with Chris Lee…
San Diego pianist and composer Danny Green is pretty extraordinary. Still in his twenties, he has a firm grasp on a variety of Brazilian and Latin grooves, and puts it all …
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