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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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  • 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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  • 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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Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is a tribute to the late guitar genius organized by his estate and designed to emphasize the funk, R&B and blues aspects of …
Come On In is the eleventh release by veteran drummer Steve Smith's Vital Information, and the third consecutive to feature the line-up of Smith, guitarist Frank Gam…
It is often said about great jazz recordings that they yield new surprises with each subsequent listening; I can't imagine how many playings of Bremen to Bridgwater …
Satoko Fujii is a tremendous talent on the piano. The last CD I heard from her was Clouds, a series of free duets recoded with Natsuki Tamura on trumpet. Both are fe…
I was just sitting down to review Watts at Scott's, Charlie Watts' excellent new 2-CD set recorded live with his tentet at Charlie Scott's Jazz Club in London, when …
This ten year old date from the trio of Dutch pianist Marc Van Roon and their special guest Dave Liebman is surprisingly contemporary sounding. The music is mostly restrain…
En route to laying their claim to the title of "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band," the Rolling Stones paved the way by mastering the form of the blues. Singles, 1963-…
As I listen again to the Blueprint Project's self titled third CD, I am reminded that the naysayers do indeed know nothing and that the future of jazz is secure in the hand…
The Blues: Memphis, St. Louis, Sweet Home Chicago...and now, apparently, Dear Old Stockholm. Anybody still questioning the universal nature of the blues needs to give a lis…
Love is Blue is a ballad heavy collection in keeping with the recent vogue of female jazz/pop vocal hybrids. Jackie Allen, who has proven her ability to handle tradi…