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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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  • 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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I am rather circumspect when it comes to tribute recordings as they rarely seem to measure up to the real thing. However, my caution flies out the window where Bob Belden's…
Like the piano trio and the five piece trumpet, saxophone, and rhythm configuration (think Miles Davis' classic 60s quintet), there is a bit of tradition behind the vibe…
On their eponymous debut disc, the Italian duo Bespoken artfully straddles the worlds of ambient music and free improvisation. Though I am not familiar with either of the m…
Keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist Frank Unzueta leads his band One World through a set of a dozen or so original tunes on "Share My Love". Not content to remain in on…
For my money, the re-emergence of klezmer during the late 1990s has been one of the most rewarding musical developments of the past quarter century. Musicians from all part…
Over the past decade or so, the trailblazing Tzadik label has firmly established the mutuality and stylistic symbiosis between Judaic and Latin music. This subgenre-between…
You see a lot of jazz trio recordings with either piano, guitar, or saxophone accompanied by bass and drums. A trombone-led trio recording really stands out, simply by virt…
Using the conventional instrumental lineup of bass, piano, guitar, and percussion, the Kevin Frenette 4 - a Boston-based free jazz quartet - manages to produce some mighty …
Samsingen is an unlikely collaboration between Swedish classical vocalist Anna-Kajsa Holmberg and a group of Italian improvising musicians led by the Serrapigli…
The past few years have spawned a plethora of unlikely musical hybrids. The New York-based trio Kioku is surely one of the most unlikely that I've ever encountered. Compris…