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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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  • 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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John Sheridan as leader, pianist and arranger has assembled his "Dream Band" to bring us truly great swing era classics by Richard Whiting and Harry Warren, with a few bonu…
Roberta Piket's debut release is both an absolute listening pleasure and a tribute to jazz past and present. Roberta describes her work by saying, "I think the best tribute…
I have to admit that even though I listen to a lot of straight-ahead jazz players, I have never paid much attention to Joe Henderson. I have casually listened to his bossa-…
Have you ever been to good ole' New Orleans, right down in the heart of the best live jazz or rhythm & blues you're ever going to hear? Well if not, let me describe the sce…
Originality on the tenor sax is about as prevalent in today's jazz jazz world as an honest politician, with that said, I would like to mention an artist and release that I …
In her impressive debut, young Tierney strikes gold. Her lyrical grace and musicality are arresting. A singing (and swinging) performance such as Tierney’s is more rewardin…
The best tribute to a jazz master is not slavish imitation but recognizing his spirit. That's what the "Allstars" deliver in this hard-driving live recording from a Hamburg…
For those who savor and enjoy the work of the great American composer, George Gershwin, this is one CD that should be in their library! In fact, from a historical jazz pers…
Arbors Records has put out a great recording by one of the most brilliant upright bass players, Bob Haggart. In this CD Haggart is accompanied by John Bunch on piano, and B…
My cousin got a chance to see Kenny Garrett live some years back and the comment that he made was, "Man! He really knows his Coltrane!" This particular cousin is quite a ja…