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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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  • 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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  •  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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Multi-reed artist, composer, and Arkansas native Keefe Jackson is one of the leading lights of the ever-burgeoning, always fertile Chicago improvised music scene. Also a me…
Lithuanian keyboardist Vyacheslav Ganelin was the leader of the Ganelin Trio, the first avant-garde jazz ensemble from the Soviet Union to achieve notoriety on the other si…
It's hard to believe that more than ten years have passed since guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil burst on on to the avant-jazz scene with two remarkable recordings released almost…
"Piccoli Numeri" ('Small Numbers') is a rather unassuming sort of title for a jazz CD, but it fits right in with Walter Beltrami's less-is-more approach. His bandmates incl…
Trumpeter and composer Cuong Vu has been a stalwart on the Downtown NYC scene since his arrival in the mid-1990s. A veteran of numerous genre-bending musical projects that …

What a wonderful surprise this CD is! Bassist Gregg August is a new name to me, and "One Peace" is his second recording as a leader. Here, August leads a formidable cast…

Some Latin jazz groups are able to extend the music out beyond the traditional forms and rhythms we all know and love. The New York City-based quartet Grupo los Santos make…
Pablo Ziegler was the pianist for the last - and some say greatest - quintet led by the legendary Tango innovator Astor Piazzolla. A classically trained pianist and compose…
Firmly in the mold of the adventurous, avant-leaning ‘Radical Jewish’ music championed by John Zorn (via the Tzadik label), Alex Kontorovich’s debut CD "Deep Minor" is o…
Prior to receiving "When I Get Home", I had heard guitarist Jamie Fox on only one other recording - Stephan Crump’s "Rosetta", one of 2007’s best releases in jazz or any…