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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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  • 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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Don Williamson

Don Williamson

It’s a sincere pleasure to review Les Is More, not only because it brings to the public’s attention some previously unheard Les McCann live recordings, but mainly be…
You know, every once in a while, a group comes along that makes a reviewer glad to be of assistance in spreading the word about it. The Motet is one of those groups. Bas…
Just as it would seem that all of the Mel Tormé recordings have been released, Playboy Jazz, through the auspices of Concord Records, has made available to the public a liv…
As Concord Records has undergone its transformation in the past year, it is creating new brands and alliances that expand its reach into new markets beyond its roots in mos…
Lynn Cannon has self-produced his third CD of contemporary jazz, and even though I doubt if he’s wealthy enough to afford the listening posts at, say, Barnes & Noble, his m…
Anders Mogensen is a drummer you may not hear often in the United States. Even though he has performed at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, Mogensen is based in Denmark and …
Henry Butler has changed labels, this time to Basin Street Records, and with the change, he has ventured a little further than he has in the past to encompass even more mus…
Jeff "Tain" Watts is following up his critically acclaimed 1999 CD, Citizen Tain, with another that extends his leadership among friends to create the music that cap…
I’m embarrassed to admit that I sought out Kermit Ruffins’s St. Philip Street Jazz And Blues Club when I was in New Orleans last year. I had already heard Astral Project an…
I suppose that I could start this review with the bromide that, like fine wine, some things are worth waiting for. Well, as a total Kenny Barron fanatic, I can say that, ye…