NU_OPEN
 

FEATURED INTERVIEWS

  • 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…
    Read more...
  •  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…
    Read more...
  • 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…
    Read more...
  • Kem Owens
    Written by
    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…
    Read more...
MORE INTERVIEWS
Edward Kane

Edward Kane

This release by performance artist/singer Judith Ren-Lay is a fascinating mixture of provocative lyrics, vocal acrobatics, studio innovations, eastern influences, and the p…
Alex de Grassi played with G.E. Stinson on Shadowfax's eponymous 1982 release. Although de Grassi favors acoustic instruments and Stinson was even then involved with electr…
Born in Pakistan, raised in Southern California and having an impressive educational transcript that includes a study in India with tabla master Alla Rakha, guitarist and p…
Clouds is a series of duets on trumpet and piano, each piece devoted to a type of cloud--"Cirrus," "Stratus," and so on. This may or may not be one of the senses tha…
Pamela Rose's You could have it all is a winning collection of contemporary blues. Driven in large part by Tony Stead's Hammond B-3 Organ, the music has a funky puls…
Pieces of Brain is a free-jazz trio from Poland consisting of guitarist/saxophonist Jon Dobie, bassist Staweck Janicki and drummer Jacek Majewski. One of them, my money say…
Natural Artefacts addresses the following questions: what is real, what is artificial, when is now, is there a definite border between real and artificial, when do y…
The Adam James Wilson Quintet plays music that sounds remarkably fresh in these jaded times. The combination of instruments is fairly unique: flute, violin, drums, piano an…
Mike Gorman is a talented young pianist from England and The Maze, his debut album as a leader, is a consistently engaging set of straight ahead jazz. The CD starts …
Men Art Works is a perfectly pleasant piece of contemporary jazz from French Canada. Jocelyn Menard plays a husky, rich tenor and a smooth soprano saxophone. He's al…