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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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I can't think of a finer way of starting off the century and the year 2000 than with this romantic jazz CD and its smooth jazz of eleven selections! There is a lot of sweet…
Lenora Zenzalai Helm needs no introduction to jazz fans. The lady with the sultry and mystical voice is right at home with this new release. A great mix of old and new song…
What is there to say about any performance by the late "Ella"? The superlatives have all appeared in print, radio, TV and every media known to mankind including smoke si…
As you are probably aware, Mel Torme passed away June 5th at age 73 having left us a wealth of recorded performances. This reissue from the Bethlehem Archives is certainly …
Kris Adams is a very impressive young vocalist. The Boston-based artist issued her debut CD in late 1999 for Jazzbird and I was pleased to receive this copy recently. Kris …
The band changes slightly from the last session reviewed here last week. Clarinetist Allan Vaché and drummer Ed Metz Jr. traveled up from Florida. Allan is regularly heard …
The Duchess" is Doris Spears' debut CD for Dreambox-Encounter and is quite a treat. The singer kicks off with a spirited version of Evil Gal Blues, once a very popular item…
This is Diane's second release, and let me tell you, it's wonderful. What's to like about this recording? The fact that she covers compositions that are not too well know o…
The American debut CD by Russian vocalist/actress Natalia Nazarova takes a rather novel approach in that the singer pursues pop, smooth jazz and straight-ahead jazz in both…
Patrick Arena has a hell of a voice! He doesn't so much reinvent the 10 vocal standards that are appear on his debut release Night Cap as he takes control of them with a po…