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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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  •  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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  • 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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Anat Cohen is gifted on all the reeds and probably best-known for her full-bodied tenor work with DIVA, the all-woman big band. Poetica features Cohen on clarinet, a…
Ever curious about indigenous musical forms that arise from the people of countries around the world, ever explorative about new means of expression through culturally allu…
As composer and performer, Andy Narell has furthered the fusion of steel pan work with jazz, and as the years roll by quickly, he continues to add new flavor and charm t…
If you open the jacket of Andy Narell’s February 2007 Heads Up release Tatoom, you will read that the CD was recorded from May through October 2006 in Paris, Biet…
If one is worldly by nature, so will one's craft take similar form! Life’s current experiences mirror many times the events of the past. This is how I understood and app…
World music, hand drumming, fascinating rhythms and beats galore, are presented in fine form on this enticing recording. Hands On'Semble is a contemporary percussion ensemb…
Gino Foti has self-produced two releases here that draw from a wide palette of his early musical influences: classical, Mediterranean folk, Italian opera, jazz fusion, a…
Geoffrey Armes has created a song cycle around the life of Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of American Amina Begum and Hazrat Inayat Khan, an Indian Sufi musician. Noor was a Br…
Surprisingly, listening to a recording in an intimate setting brings out the best in what the recording offers. This is the case with Change Over Time by the Soni…
Vocalist and percussionist Corina Bartra throws a little bit of everything she knows and likes in her latest effort, Bambu Sun. The bilingual affair features Afro-Pe…