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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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  • 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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  • 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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Glenn Astarita

Glenn Astarita

Pianist Gael Mevel leads his rhythm section through a chain of circular movements, performed within the context of loosely based and relatively abstract waltzes. In the lin…
Bassist William Parker’s large ensemble is known for its vociferous, free form excursions. In the liners, Parker sets the tone for this set via his lighthearted, depiction …
Trombonist Scot Ray leads a West Coast consortium of like-minded musicians on this superb 2003 release. And while the trombonist possesses monstrous chops, this jazz/fusion…
When discussing present day jazz-based piano trios, Michel Camilo’s group most assuredly resides within the upper echelon of such matters. With this 2-CD set recorded at Ne…
Jazz trumpeter Natsuki Tamura leads his space age, jazz-fusion quartet into an affair marked by echoing EFX, brash soloing, and numerous cosmic meltdowns. This Japanese bas…
The reverent musical partnership continues to surge onward, as disc 1 features the "Studio" works and disc 2 contains the "Live" portion of the program. On this effort, Eva…
Guitar pioneer Fred Frith wears his multi-instrumentalist hat on these works culled from compilations he’s participated in and other niceties. The first number titled "Trai…
Multi-reedman Anthony Ortega enjoyed stints performing with the Lionel Hampton and Don Ellis big bands, yet his solo activities have been scattered throughout several decad…
In simple terms, this album smokes! And hearing the somewhat under recognized guitarist Dave Stryker, is akin to previewing an aural illustration of the history of jazz gui…
With the orchestra’s latest release and others, it’s more about the sum of the individualistic parts that round out the base musical concepts. This album features a venerab…