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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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  • 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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  •  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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  • 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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Bill Carter serves as pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania. An Owego, New York native, Carter received his Bachelor of A…
There is no mistaking the fact, Wynton Marsalis may very well, heck, he is, the greatest jazz composer following the era of Duke Ellington. Marsalis has an ear for construc…
Trombones ring loud and clear during this hybrid, live-studio date. Leading a large ensemble, top-flight bone-man Tom Brantley launches a vibrant modern mainstream gala,…
Susie Meissner’s vocals have an operatic beading and billowy lifts as she courses through a docket of vintage swing-jazz tunes on her latest release, I’ll Remember Ap…
The Kevin Hays Trio gives a stunning, satisfying collection of performances with their CD collection, You've Got A Friend. This is the type of jazz trio work th…
Guitarist Michel Sajrawy launches the set with an Arabic-jazz piece "Bride Of The Galilee," which to me, sounds like a variant on Paul Desmond’s classic composition, "Ta…
The 6-piece ensemble who go by the moniker, Bipolar, take classical music to new heights and traditional jazz idioms into lively interpretations. The group’s latest rele…
Marking his Owl Studio debut in 2008 with Ride to the Other Side, Derrick Gardner has stoked the flames and fired up his fan base, whetting the appetite for his newe…
You will have a blast with this album. Jazz pianist/ composer/ lyricist/ Ezra Weiss adapted Lewis Carroll’s iconic book, Alice In Wonderland into a musical that bein…
Pianist Rob Albanese and saxophonist Ira Sullivan join forces on One Way/Detour, supported by bassist Tom Kennedy and drummer Willard Dyson. The title of the album i…