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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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  • 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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  • 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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Saxophonist Rob Wagner made New Orleans his home in the early 90s and firmly established a reputation as one of the very finest reedmen in the Crescent City - or anywher…
Gentle Path Highway is the 10th release by Swedish psychedelic jam-rockers The Spacious Mind. Unlike a lot of bands working in this vein, TSM has an unusually f…
Fred Katz is best known to jazz fans as the cellist in Chico Hamilton’s late 50s quintets -- some of which featured future stars Jim Hall and Buddy Colette. He was also …
On Look What I Found, Seattle denizen Tom Baker and his quartet play an edgy, risk-taking, diverse sort of modern jazz that is informed by various types of avan…
A native of Japan, bassist and composer Tatsu Aoki come to Chicago nearly 30 years ago and quickly established himself as one of the pre-eminent improvising bassists in …
Hailing from upstate New York, Lunch With Beardo is a collective of musicians and sound artists with deep roots in the local punk-rock scene who were drawn together by a…
The Empty Cage Quartet - formerly known as the MTJK Quartet - is a longstanding collaborative project featuring trumpeter Kris Tiner in the front line along with saxopho…
Italian guitarist Simone Massaron is a new name to me. It turns out that "Breaking News" is is first recording as a leader, though the 36-year-old Milan native is alread…
Generally, I rarely listen to solo recordings. This is because almost everything that excites me about jazz and improvisation is centered around the interaction between …
The appearance of this duet set is cause for celebration. Pianist and vibraphonist Berger has been a major force in modern jazz and improvised music for at least 50 year…