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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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    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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Edward Kane

Edward Kane

Theme and Variations is really two albums in one. The first is the titular suite, recorded between 1957 and 1958 and issued for the first time on this CD. The fourte…
Julian Priester is an artist that, as the cliche goes, should need no introduction. But should is probably the key word here. Though he's well regarded by those who …
This CD is a collection of torch songs and jazz standards played with deceptive competence by singer Deanna Storey and a four-piece backing group. The arrangements are most…
Meant to Shine, the new CD from pianist Orrin Evans, takes it title from a speech by Nelson Mandela. Excerpted at greater length in the liner notes, the great South …
This British import is very easy on the ears. Not strictly a jazz record, Ruth Hammond turns in nine original jazz & funk tinged pop originals on this set. The CD carries a…
Carla Cook's third CD Simply Natural is a pleasing blend of classic R&B, gospel, and pure jazz. Highlighted by the soulful piano and Fender Rhodes playing of Cyrus C…
The Dom Minasi Trio's latest effort Going Out Againis evenly split between original compositions by the guitarist and slightly skewed readings of jazz standards by h…
LifeLine is nothing if not intense, a seventy-odd minute exploration of the nooks and crannies of jazz. The opener "Paradox" begins with a Cecil Taylor-esque discurs…
Brad Mehldau's latest CD has been received with a full spectrum of praise and criticism. Some critics and fans have hailed Largo as an innovative, artistic triumph; …
This independent release from former Charles McPherson sideman Kevin Quail really swings. The title cut is an original composition by the trombonist inspired by a visit to …