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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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  •  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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  • 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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Marian McPartland is a diversifier, her early work with black students in Washington predated most jazz educational work by five years , and continues today. She has served…
Out of print -- at least in the USA -- for years, it's good to have this available again -- thanks, Enja & Koch!!! Pepper Adams was one of the finest exponents of hard-bop …
Some very talented jazz musicians are out there in America's heartland -and not all of them want or need to move to New York or LA. Chicago pianist/composer Surace is one s…
This is a collection of Gershwin for people who enjoy Gershwin, and it is a very nice introduction to the music of George Gershwin for those who are new to him! There are v…
Upon listening to the first track from the Phil Bancroft Trio album "Swings and Roundabouts", I wasn't sure if soon I would be lulled to sleep. The opening section of the f…
As they say, nothing is really new in jazz these days. It’s all been done before and what remains is for upcoming generations to interpret and add to the tradition with the…
This straight-ahead CD is so very welcome and full of what so many of us miss. The title track is not a shy piece, it tells the listening audience to jump right on the s…
Sacre Jeru! Somebody has finally taken on the legacy of Gerry Mulligan the composer/arranger, not the saxophonist, as he was sometimes overlooked / under-appreciated as a c…
Let me be the first to give you an "Introduction" to this young 22 year old drummer / leader / composer who must have been reincarnated from a great jazz musician from the …
This project which was produced by Nicholas Payton contains nine original tunes and three remakes marks the renaissance in Payton's career as he steps away from traditional…