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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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When I first popped this one in my CD player, I had no idea that I had opened the door to yesteryear’s serious "soul" sound. Distributed by Australian company AIM, which…
Though we all know that the more things change, the more they stay the same, it’s never been more evident than in this 70s recording by this talented vocalist. This coll…
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As a pattern emerges, it appears that Don Byron’s recordings arise from one of three origins: the making of a musical point in argument against a prevailing critical view, …
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