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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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  •  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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On Craig Buhler’s most recent release Skykomish, the multitalented reed player has taken a group of wide-ranging popular songs and deftly given them significantly…
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"The qualities in music which I considered most important -- and still do -- were beauty, simplicity, originality, discrimination, and sincerity." ~ Paul DesmondD…
Pianist Vijay Iyer relates Historicity to "the simple fact of being placed in the stream of history," here, on this 2009 trio date. Holding advanced degrees in phy…
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The concept for most jazz albums usually occurs more conventionally, and as the result of solitary imaginative considerations, than those for Underdog, and Other Stories…
Veteran Connecticut-based music critic, Ed Jennings, reviews From Where I Stand, A Diverse Musical Journey from Santana’s Supernatural Trumpeter, Bill Ortiz"Bill Ortiz’s de…
Sardinian progressive-jazz saxophonist Enzo Favata may not be a familiar name on these American shores, but he’s consistently offered quality work spanning a few decades…
It’s not just another Weather Report tribute. Here, original co-founder and bassist, Miroslav Vitous fronts an all-acoustic ensemble while revisiting the original concep…
Bill Ortiz’s debut CD, From Where I Stand is positioned as "An amazing mix of Neo-Soul, R&B and Nu-Jazz, from the trumpet player of Santana."Listeners are in for a uniqu…