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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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    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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The cover of Señor Kroon suggests quite a bit about the music that the CD contains. First of all, there is Steven Kroon, percussionist, dressed in tans and browns, t…
Miles Davis, certainly one of the most protean artists in the hundred-year evolution of jazz, remains controversial and admired even today. The fact is that the breadth of …
You might think that Good Morning Kiss is Carmen Lundy’s latest release on Justin Time Records. You would be half-right. Good Morning Kiss also is Lundy’s old…
If piano playing were declared an extreme sport, attempted by only the most daring and most adventurous daredevils, John Stretch no doubt would win the gold in 2002. Ukr…
Now, The Classical Jazz Quartet has two CD’s under its belt on the Vertical Jazz label, a business entity that’s dedicated to quality releases that nonetheless possess a hi…
Jason Moran has crept into the public’s consciousness so unexpectedly, with such an abundance of talent and, actually, so prolifically that it’s understandable if someone d…
Cannonball Adderley’s "new" album, Radio Nights, attains a consistency of sound and unity of concept that’s unlike some of the other new Hyena Records CD releases. T…
Judi Silvano has been riding the crest of various waves, when she hasn’t been riding some gentler zephyrs, for the past decade. Not only has she found time to record her ow…
Hyena Records is continuing its mission of releasing previously unheard tapes of live performances by legendary jazz artists that producer Joel Dorn had commercially record…
Les McCann is back, actually by demand, because ESC Records approached producer Alan Abrahams with the request to record him again after a lull in McCann’s recording activi…