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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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  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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George W. Carroll

George W. Carroll

God, this jazz duo brings me back some 50 yrs, when I first entered into this weird bith-nith we call music, jazz, whatever......I started out fronting groups only as a sta…
It's like reading a treatise on the historical impact great players have on the jazz idiom. Jazz pianist-arranger, Joan Stiles has put together a formidable 10-piece group …
Alright, OK,......It's settled!! This chick singer is scary!! All you wannabees....Move over!! The frosting is: Her label, (and I hope her), hails from my home state of sun…
As you listen to jazz pianist-composer Willie Myette's new CD effort, you realize his multi-talents belie the great harmonic awareness he controls..........He allies himsel…
One immediately senses Hofbauer's strong talent. He delivershis solo work with a smooth edged guitar style.......Delivering hisrenditions & solo work with melodic invention…
Pheeeeeew!! Once I got past this woman's flawless good looks, I proceeded to 'review her disc'...(Somehow, that doesn't sound so nice!) Just kidding!.......chortle, chortle…
Jazz Trap-ster, Peter Zimmer & his solid quintet, treat us to a thesis of his original music. With Peter at the drums, the dissertation is edifying. The group displays a my…
Aside from the great mixing & mastering job, (Which I'll assume Lorraine held court over), I give this CD project a resounding.........WOW!! Lorraine's vocal delivery & vib…
From the backdrop of some serious, cogent, & gainful mixing & mastering by my good friend Peter Kontrimos, (acoustic bass player, & prolific recording engineer) @ 'PBS Stud…
Sarasota, Florida is the home of many a world class musician that one might consider 'unsung.' I have written about several whom I consider 'role model musician types' one in particular is trombonist extraordinaire, Greg Neilsen. There are dozens of things I could suggest positively about this gentle soul, but at the top of the shelf is his commitment to my favorite side of music, the big band idiom. Kudos too, to his 'barrel-house' size chops & prowess at playing his beloved ax, the trombone. < …