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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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  • 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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Big Ball signifies one of two, concurrent 2003 releases by Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli. As he calls this band, "Big Zoom." Here, Niggli steers his quintet thru spirit…
One of several late 2003 releases by the New York City based non-profit jazz label, this piano trio affair in particular will probably find its way onto quite a few Top-10 …
Hailing from England, this trio is noted for its cleverly articulated and irrefutably unique line of tactics, spanning avant-garde jazz, and clever employment of electronic…
Drummer/percussionist Kevin Norton aligns his formidable wares with revered British artists; saxophonist Paul Dunmall and bassist Paul Rogers for this live set, recorded in…
In the liners, drummer Jerry Granelli mentions, "the heart of the band is risk, not knowing, curiosity and nowness." In effect, this quasi, blues-jazz improvisational rock …
St. Louis., Missouri reared alto saxophonist Luther Thomas spent several years in Denmark yet can be heard on three CDs for this upstate New York area, impov based label. A…
This Frankfurt, Germany based, progressive-jazz/avante-garde record label is celebrating its fifth year in business. Simply stated, Between The Lines has emerged as …
Pianist/composer Matthew Shipp’s legacy moves into yet another direction with this quasi, classical-atmospheric-jazz-improv outing featuring longtime associate, bass hero W…
This production is an appropriately coordinated extravaganza featuring three top-flight European improvisers. As the influential British, avant-garde guitarist and EFX wiza…
Leo Records (Leo Feigin) has released a substantial catalogue of LPs and CDs documenting the pre-and post Soviet Union modern jazz/improvisational era. The latest culminati…