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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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    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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Covering classics with her mellifluous voice, Anne Walsh shows her love of music, conveying feelings of love, joy, pain, heartbreak and blessing while honoring composers of…
No doubt, James Carney is a promising young keyboardist and composer. The New York City resident’s fifth outing is a commissioned piece and according to the artist, "was…
A PhD jazz educator, Australia reared woodwind artist and composer, Jacam Manricks calls New York City home. On this 2009 release, he employees a superior quintet and 40…
Beware of unintended consequences. Or, in the case of Mark Isaacs, be grateful for them. The Australian jazz pianist had recorded various trio albums, which included Austra…
Restless Spirits may be considered a showcase for European jazz pianist and composer Roberto Magris. The maestro brings his compositions and his considerable piano t…
Pianist Rick Germanson steps out with his third hit, Off The Cuff, after several years as sideman to many jazz elites. Bringing with him bassist, Gerald Cannon and…
New York City-based vocalist and master improviser, Lisa Sokolov elevates jazz and pop standards to newer realms on her fifth solo outing. With these duo, trio and quart…
Leading a band to the realization of one's ideas is its own challenge. Having side players versed in leading themselves can only add to the process. Seattle-born, New Yo…
One can debate whether the big bands are "dead"--and a good chunk of this CD's liner notes are devoted to that debate--but one must acknowledge that large ensembles still c…
At first glance, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci seems to have sprung fully formed onto the jazz scene, but that's only if you don't live in Japan. His U.S. debut, Love…