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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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  • 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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  • 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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For me this CD represents a closing of all the Jazz that came before it, since it was released in the era between Free Jazz and Fusion. It is post-everything music, contain…
A dramatic departure from organist Freddie Roach’s Blue Note recordings, he is experimental, soulful and pensive. While the Blue Note sessions were notable and worthy, thes…
Lee Morgan - Jazz Impresario Extroadinaire!What is there left to say about Lee? All I can do is add to the legend. Professional at the age of 15. First trumpet in the Dizzi…
This reissue on Verve is quite welcome. These are good, straightforward Jimmy Smith/Kenny Burrell performances. They are supported by Milt Hinton, George Duvivier, Bill Eng…
Brother Jack McDuff had one of the hottest combos in Jazz in the early sixties, and what distinguished him from the grand master Jimmy Smith, was his great bands(he was lik…
Recorded during the rising popularity of bossa nova in the United States in 1962. Many jazz artists jumped on board incorporating songs by Jobim, Valle, Bonfa and Gilberto …
This album is one of the alltime great jazz albums in the history of jazz music. Trane really came out of his shell and let the world know that he was a force to be reckone…
The late great musician/bandleader Charles Mingus, along with his group of fine talented instrumentalists, made this hard hitting, mainstream be-bop contribution to the jaz…
What can be said about Miles the great that has not already been said. This is the most brilliant CD top to bottom that I have ever experienced. Never have I heard a person…
Jimmy Smith's phenomenal February 25, 1958 date, at Manhattan Towers is one of his greatest, and my all-time favorite record. With, Kenny Burrell, Eddie McFadden, Lou Donal…