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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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  • 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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Warren Miller

Warren Miller

This trio performs music that is hard to describe and understand. Perhaps that's because they play a kind of music they call "arhythmia", which is unfamiliar to me. The ban…
With this recording, Mark, Nick, and Stanley reveal an aesthetic and methodology informed by the music of the 60's that later supplanted "jazz". The trio looks to John Colt…
The Thirsty Ear label continues to release music that is both fresh and imaginative. Scrapbook by bassist William Parker is another fine example of what happens when a trio…
This outing from these four gentlemen could have benefited from a group name. Something as simple as the Unit would have worked. The group performs like one tight unit. The…
Winsberg, a name new to me is a flamenco guitarist. Flamenco is the ancient music/dance complex of Spain. This disc is steeped in that tradition, but offers the listener so…
I know this is not a new CD. But I just picked it up recently. Been listening to it constantly ever since. The truth is I'm a big Tim Hagans fan. I think he's one of the ho…
This cd is loaded with wonderful music. There are only six tracks. But they average around 8 minutes. Some of these songs defy the term jazz. But most music these days defy…
The year was 1957. Monk and Trane got together for a couple nights at the Five Spot. This music is timeless. By now, any serious jazz fan knows this music by heart. But aft…