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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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Dar Cho is the latest release from pianist, vocalist, composer arranger and educator Mark Moultrup. Dar Cho is a Tibetan word, Dar meaning to increase lif…
Daniel Ori’s debut CD as a leader is wonderful. A straight ahead contemporary jazz album that blends world influences into plenty of jazz stories. So It Goes takes t…
Knowing that Daniel brings to his compositions his uniquely Israeli perspective, further reminds me that Jazz is alive all over the world! The compositions are not ethni…
Requiem is a contemporary jazz journey that will captivate its listening audience with its boldness, daring, and discreet sense of verve and style. The performe…
The Groovemasters are a new contemporary jazz ensemble whose eponymous offering is a five song EP that richly satisfies and leaves the listener wanting more. These heavy…
So It Goes introduces the jazz acoustic bass and compositions of Daniel Ori to a wide jazz listening audience, and it is an original, refreshing CD collection t…
Manual Valera is a rising young lion in jazz, and one listen to his latest record, Currents, should convince you. It's an impressive display of modern jazz craftwork…
Jesse Elder has a new CD, The Winding Shelland it is long past due. His debut recording Jesse Elder Quintet - Leaf Lines (Independent 2005) showcased a talent…
Guitarist Ori Dakari's music fuses the seemingly disparate worlds of modern jazz and the folk and ethnic musics of North Africa and Eastern Europe. The first thin…
In A Dream is the first release for Gretchen Parlato on the Obliq label. Ms. Parlato has a previous independent CD released in 2005. Since that time she has honed he…