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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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  • 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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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

The Stan Getz Quartet with Chet Baker Quintessence-Volume Two Concord Jazz CCD 4858-2 I've waited a year for Volume Two, the second half of a rare 1983 meeting of these two…
Duke Ellington was impressed enough to arrange a 1963 recording session for Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand). Since then this giant of a composer/pianist has b…
Judi Silvano provided the soprano voice for Joe Lovano's 'Rush Hour" and "Celebrating Sinatra."( Lovano reciprocates by appearing on two cuts on this CD.) The lady is a com…
The "venerable" blues and ballad singer Ernie Andrews (born on Christmas day) and veteran tenor player Plas Johnson (who plays like he should have been) bring barrels of Ch…
This review is for those who are not familiar with this remarkable British guitarist. I wasn't and that was my loss. His fans have been waiting for this Pittsburgh concert …
Florian Ross, still in his twenties, is a versatile and talented pianist/composer/arranger/bandleader from Germany. His albums reflect his versatility. "Seasons and Places,…
It's intergenerational, boys and girls, and it's fun! Now, this CD arrives too late for my grandkids and it won't give your kiddies an appreciation of later Trane or even e…
Mainstream pianist Benny Green,a protege of Oscar Peterson, doesn't try to overwhelm you with pyrotechnics,at least on this CD. However, he does have the chops (or hands!) …
My wife used to think that Paul Desmond was Dave Brubeck. (No, she is not the woman who once actually asked Desmond, "How many of you are there in your quartet?") What she …
Rolling Stone has described composer/reedman Phillip Johnston as "the H.G. Wells of the Jazz World." In over two decades he has composed for dance, theater, and films (incl…