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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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  • 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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  • 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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John Barrett

John Barrett

Now this will open your eyes. Before he joined the Yellowjackets, Robben Ford was a blistering bluesman, with a tangy rock-inspired tone. Herein are three club dates, inclu…
People say that I'm hollering. Charles Mingus once said. "Man, I feel like hollering." He always had passion, but rarely like this: seated at the piano, Mingus gold wild, r…
Here is the best kind of nostalgia. Steve Million has love for the past, both styles and musicians. (He clearly loves Monk, as some tracks make clear.) But you get no re-cr…
Basically, there are two reasons to record a standard. You either want to tribute a previous version, or you're trying to make the tune yours. Many fine players are here, a…
I was gratified but not surprised, that some of her songs began to overlap in my mind with certain well-defined approaches to jazz. Arranger David Lahm, who often works wit…
It sounds silly at first: "Get this - everyone in the band is a Jones!" You laugh, but not long -- this is some serious jam. The rhythm lays an easy groove; the horns (some…
At present, no one can touch 32jazz for compilations: drawn from a deep catalog, they are always well-packaged and always entertaining. What's different this time is the su…
The cover offers a hint: a silhouette of Bobby Timmons in all colors, but just a pinch of blue. No one can explain it, but the music Timmons wrote has always been more famo…
This one runs by so fast: subtle grace, flawless hands, a playful wink at odd moments. That Hank Jones, and it's also Fats Waller, two great stylists best known for other t…
The sound is simple but it is DEEP. You know the smooth jazz clichés: limp-noodle tone, solos going nowhere - you won't find them here. Norm Douglas has a pretty sound, wit…
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