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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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  • 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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The band moniker might intimate the premise for a USA Supreme Court ruling. However, it’s a finely-tuned and irrefutably explosive prog-rock unit emanating from Holland.…
Celebrated guitarist John McLaughlin enjoys a comfort zone with his current band. In the album liners, McLaughlin notes John Coltrane’s "A Love Supreme" as an influence …
Guitarist Matt White leads this Virginia-based large ensemble featuring estimable and perennially cutting-edge trumpeter Steven Bernstein. Simply stated, this unit proje…
This explosive jazz-rock unit hailing from Seattle, Washington pokes a little fun at North Korean megalomaniacal dictator Kim Jong-Il as his image is cropped alongside t…
Drumming legend Paul Motian is no stranger to trio sessions, given his historic work with legendary pianist Bill Evans, and bass-less endeavors with guitarist Bill Frise…
Mega-talented, Columbia reared percussionist Samuel Torres extends his superior percussion faculties by transmitting an impressive compositional pen on his second outing…
One-time bassist with guitar hero Pat Metheny amid his albums as a leader and first-call session duties, Mark Egan shines radiantly via his tunefully constructed fretles…
On the wings of his 2009 Posi-Tone release Dedicated, tenor sax ace Ralph Bowen reenlists the same all-star lineup for Due Reverence. Simply stated, the sa…
Italy’s Auand progressive record label offers a study in stark contrasts due to its diverse catalogue, including American and European artists, for example. This 2010 re…
Now residing in Rome, American pianist Greg Burk shines as a musical visionary throughout this compelling studio date. A supreme improviser, Burk can swing with just about …