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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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  • 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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What we're offered here by jazz pianist Dave Fleschner, is his tidy exercise in 'chamber-jazz-bebop.' Dave & his group are fine exponents of the great ethos of jazz one exp…
The most compelling tune on this album is "Gnomesayin' which translated, is obviously Know What I'm Sayin' in the vernacular of the street. This song is in a be bop mode an…
After 20 years of gradually building his rep as a reliable and versatile sideman on the Orange County, Calif., circuit, guitarist Matthew Von Doran has finally stepped out …
Sounds of Summer, released by Concord Records, is their Jazz Moods series celebrating the summer its warmth and cheer with a compilation of cool and up-beat numbers from va…
It’s "Hot" and vivacious, this journey Allison Miller takes us on, as she introduces her debut recording, released by Foxhaven Records named "5 am stroll". The label this p…
A wide range of talent shares the spotlight on this tightly composed album. It’s soft, smooth, a little perky, yet, introspective and thought provoking.Opening with a se…
I have one rule when it comes to smooth jazz. Don't bore me. Jazz can be exciting, inspired and improvised. What it should never be is trite or tedious. I'm pleased …
Possibly because of its many stylistic variants and the large number of musicians involved in the music during its heydays, recorded jazz has been more closely tied to vari…
Lee Konitz and Alan Broadbent: Two craftsmen from different jazz generations united by an emphasis on exploration rather than emotion. The result is inventive music that cr…
Jimmy Giuffre was always a little ahead of the curve. Though he was lumped in with the (often unfairly maligned) Cool School, his stuff was always adventurous. JG omitted d…