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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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  • 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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Glenn Astarita

Glenn Astarita

There was magic in the air at the New York City venue, "Visiones" on May 2nd and 3rd 1992. A very special live concert indeed, as modern jazz pianist Armen Donelian led his…
The Strike Boys’ (Tommy Yamaha and Martin Kaisa) website simply shows a pre-New Years Day type counter, presumably indicating the time remaining till this release is…
Avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Adam James Wilson is an improviser who procures microtonal concepts and action-based sound sculpting, influenced by experimentalists su…
British tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste and his large ensemble have crafted a hands-down winner here. His compositions and arrangements celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s …
Italian bassist Maurizio Rolli’s exceptional tribute to Jaco Pastorious "Moodswings," is followed-up by this recording, which unfortunately, suffers from a bit of anonymity…
When not performing or recording with Italy’s revered "Italian Instabile Orchestra," multi-reedman Carlo Actis Dato pursues his solo career, in rather vigorous fashion. Dat…
Trumpeter/flugelhornist Chris Kase is an American residing in Spain. He possesses a warm tone and distinct sense of assurance when performing on both horns, as many of his …
Ex-Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper has led an active and largely fruitful career via an assortment of group-based projects and solo outings. However, this CD co-featuring …
Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Tom Lellis would seemingly enjoy a career-based, upward spiral with the advent of this winning production. He garners compassionate assistan…
Guitarist Prasanna poses quite a few interesting propositions throughout this truly novel release. His East Indian decent serves as a basis for his unique fusing of dispara…