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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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    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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It has been a pleasure this week to receive two recordings by jazz masters. For one by Phil Woods I wrote: "Once a performer has reached the level of jazz master . . . cons…
Ever since the forays of American musicians into Rio de Janiero and environs in the early 1960s, Brazilian music has exercised a profound influence on the jazz tradition. W…
This recording is pretty much what you might expect, but rather than a condemnation, this is intended as high praise. Once a performer has reached the level of jazz master …
The concept for most jazz albums usually occurs more conventionally, and as the result of solitary imaginative considerations, than those for Underdog, and Other Stories…
Lest we show lack of appreciation, let’s be mindful that much of the jazz in America is being conducted, so to speak, on college campuses. Often, many of the country’s more…
Laurence Hobgood’s name appears as the primary one in the jacket design for When the Heart Sings, but there’s no doubt that the album is a joint enterprise, the resu…
If Little Richard sang jazz, he would sound exactly like the Philippines jazzman Mon David. David’s vocal expressions have Richard’s unbridled verve and over the top hoo…
Tenor sax ace Sean Nowell’s second date as a leader provides some insight into his broad musical vernacular, since the Birmingham, AL., native has composed film scores a…
What a voice. I mean, what a voice! Jackie Ryan, who has been wowing audiences and critics and musicians and anyone else who happens to be within earshot of her voice…
When Laurence Hobgood tickles the ivories, it transports the listener to a desirable place. It cleanses the mind of any worries, and places the listener in a world where…