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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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  • 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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Hiroshima has been around since 1980 and has successfully brought a new sense of jazz to contemporary jazz with its mixture of jazz styles and world music. Hiroshima has…
Drummer Alvin Queen is not only a first call session ace, but a leader who is noticeably comfortable and acute within both progressive and mainstream jazz stylizations. …
Breathe The Relaxing Jazz Guitar is an aptly named CD from Telarc featuring some of the finest guitarists on the jazz scene. The album opens with the gorgeous "Ah…
Inspired by Miles Davis’ jazz-fusion/funk "On The Corner," LP this Viennese unit started out in late ‘90s with an improvisation-heavy demeanor, dappled with psychedelic …
German saxophonist Norbert Stein is an important progressive-jazz artiste, largely within European circles and has not yet become a well-known name on these North Americ…
O.k., I opened the CD case, plopped in the CD and proceeded to listen with measured interest to some really exquisitely diverse jazz. I didn’t bother to read the bio or …
In Your Own Time is all about the groove. You can hear it in every track, in how everyone just settles down and plays in the pocket. There’s not a lot of showy, t…
Maki Watanabe is a bassist who also has outstanding skills of composition and arranging. The first song is Maki's original composition "Three colors". This piece demonst…
Happy jazz is what came to mind when I first listened to Joe Friedman’s debut offering, Cup O’ Joe, and that’s despite his blues under- and overtones. His …
Ro is truly, as the promo material shouts, a great eclectic mix of straight-ahead, Indian, and modern jazz that ranges from hard-swinging post-bop to free jazz …