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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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    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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India born, New York-based percussionist-composer Ravish Momin has studied drum-set with Andrew Cyrille and Bob Moses, as well as North Indian percussion with Misha Masu…
This newly remastered CD of the original 1986 recording finds perpetually brilliant prog-rock and jazz drummer Bill Bruford performing with The New Percussion Group o…
Bemun unintentionally could be one of the most interesting releases of the year, not only because of the honesty and the originality of the music as it synthesizes j…
Avant-jazz saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart has created one of a kind album. His third outing Sone Ka La hooks aspects of African dance, Caribbean rhythms, and up…
Music is the universal language and jazz is global. For decades we have seen this art form spread from America around the world. The original source was Africa and the colo…
The post-war history of the clarinet in jazz is summed up in a 1961 Down Beat article: "The Clarinet In Jazz . . . What Happened?" "Face it:" wrote Leonard Feather, …
I was lucky enough to hear a few tracks from "Sone' Ka-La" shortly prior to its US release. I instantly knew that it was potentially going to change some things in…
The genre of World Music has grown in leaps and bounds with some of the most intriguing work produced to date. From the Latin sound to the African beat, the abundance of…
That jazz has become an international language has always been best exemplified in the cutting-edge artists of Europe. Han Bennick, Evan Parker, Tony Oxley, Enrico Rava …
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…