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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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  •  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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Glenn Astarita

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British sax great, Elton Dean is widely recognized for his work with "Soft Machine, and the various incarnations and of this wonderful band, that remains an operational ent…
Here we have three prominent improvisers, imparting adventurous liberties with the modern jazz vernacular. Brimming with disparate musings, and atonally drenched dialogues,…
With this effort, guitarist Mike Johnson leads his ensemble through a potpourri of unearthly soundscapes coupled with an abstract aesthetic amid offbeat time signatures and…
This band will likely inject a bit of good-natured pandemonium into your mind’s eye. At times, they fuse an element of silliness with Zappa-like twists and turns, and pert …
New York City resident, bassist Michael Pope sheds within jazz, rock, and r&b circles, per the vibist and guest artist, Joe Locke’s liner notes. With this outing, the bassi…
If the cover of this CD looks familiar to many of you old-time prog-rockers out there, then you may recall Roger Dean’s somewhat infamous artwork for the band, "YES." W…
Pianist John Bunch’s impressive discography includes stints with prominent band-leaders such as Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman, while serving as vocalist Tony Bennett’s mu…
Two giants of modern jazz align for a two-CD production, one of which is a DVD featuring band commentary, transcribed solos, and interviews. Here, valve trombone master Bob…
These laudable freethinking progressive jazz musicians once again relay a thirst for creativity, highlighted here in rather luminous fashion. Alto saxophonist/clarinetist F…
Eight days after this session, tenor sax great Frank Lowe was scheduled for lung surgery, noted here, within the liner notes. Hence, on Sept 19, 2003 the artist succumbed t…