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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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  • 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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  • 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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"Keeper," the latest recording by the Stryker/Slagle Band, is a collection of straight-ahead jazz compositions that further exemplifies the incredible tightness that thi…
Dave Anderson new album Conversations is a collection of jazz standards and some originals arrange for a duo of piano and percussion. I only remember another album recorded…
The vibraphone is not the first instrument people think about when talking about Jazz music. But the history of jazz is full with great vibraphonists, legends like Lionel H…
This is an entertaining and satisfying set by an unusually good piano trio. Veteran Orrin Evans has played for years with Bobby Watson's group. Here he does five of the …
This young man, Chris Colangelo, has firmly established his position as one of the premier bassists in the jazz milieu. When he solos, it's dexterity plus rhythmic perfe…
Bassit Dan Dean shows his talent and versatility on the superb 2 5 1. This CD takes its title from the familiar turnaround that is a key element in the harmonic prog…
This is Bob McHugh and his trio at its finest. It is with pure enjoyment that I recommend this fine jazz CD collection for your listening pleasure, for Pure Imag…
Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival is great jazz music, anywhere and most certainly anytime! All the arrangements are by John Fedchock for this live performance …
It’s always startling why, with the great wealth of instrumental possibilities available to jazz artists, they continually place themselves in the same old formats, even…
Barrett Deems (1914-1998) may not be one of the more familiar names from jazz history, however, the Chicago-based drummer forged a sideman career second to none with length…