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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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  • 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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  •  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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Mountains and Plains is a pleasant release from the Rich Halley Trio. Saxophonist Halley, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer/percussionist Dave Storrs create nine expans…
Holly Hoffman is part of a very small minority in jazz. I don't mean that she is a female instrumentalist; though they are still outnumbered by the men, the number of di…
At 35 years and counting, ZZ Top has enjoyed the longest run of any major rock band without experiencing any changes in its original line-up. The Texas trio of guitarist Bi…
Pianist and composer Kris Davis displays considerable talent in both roles on her CD Lifespan. She weaves interesting melodic passages into her extended, discursivel…
This recording, produced and released by Los Angeles avant gardist Vinny Golia, features an interesting avant garde jazz quartet from Italy called Less of Five. The group i…
The music on Six by Six: A Jazz Guitar Celebration was recorded at a New Jersey studio in 1993 for release on a Japanese record label. It's taken a decade, but this …
All talented musicians, particularly young ones still trying to make their name, have to battle the impulse to overplay. On an instrument such as the bass, whose role is pr…
This self-produced release from jazz vocalist Danny Barrett is very nice indeed. From the tasteful arrangements of Bill O'Connell to the fine playing by the various musicia…
Drums! Bass! Guitar!--this outing from the Ben Hans Trio is nothing if not concisely titled. That's appropriate, since the group takes a no-nonsense approach to the …
I Wish You Peace is a big band composition in three parts by saxophonist and composer Paul Dunmall. With the sponsorship of BBC Radio 3, the original concept was sim…