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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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  • 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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  •  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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Kere Buchanan received a little help from a lot of good musicians, but Starting over is definitely his project. Kere is not only the producer, but he also wrote or co-wrote…
As new(er) generations of jazz performers feel free to absorb non-jazz sounds, young "classical" composers have been reaching beyond the tradition of notated music. True…
One of the most hard-to-pin-down composer/performers drawing breath on planet Earth is Elliott Sharp. Classically trained (studied some under Morton Feldman), Sharp has …
Irish rock band Thin Lizzy were heralded as a viable live act amid their string of 1970s hits, which are still played on classic rock radio fare. Led by charismatic bass…
Sinister Heights is the most recent collection of new sounds by the The Remote Viewers. The collection comes on two CDs each entitled Time Flats and Mirror Mean…
Let’s face it. The bassoon has never been the glamor instrument in the band. If anything, it’s been more like a character actor, serving to make the stars look good and to …
Critics often talk about "interesting" projects, and I certainly have heard my share. The term is sometimes loosely tossed around. However, here with this latest release…
Little Feat’s legendary and rousing live performance attributes shine gleamingly on this 2009 gem, featuring its 1977 show on German TV’s Rockplast series. Filmed…
Based on vocal fragments by Renaissance composer Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474), this outing proves that virtually any combination of musical expressionism is possible, and…
Between 1995 and 1998, in his time as a faculty member at Chicago's DePaul University, composer George Flynn wrote one work each to spotlight the school's three major en…