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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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  •  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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John Doll

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In this self-produced first recording, the Josh Irving Quartet performs a series of pieces that should help in their process of shopping their music to record labels. The Q…
The music on the initial cut entitled ‘Jazz-Menu 1’ begins ominously as if the fog is slowly rolling in and one is trying to find their bearings in the mist of uncertainty.…
Dan Kozar’s "I Remember You" is a pleasant way to spend an evening. His finger-style guitar playing is functional without any frills. The album features a whole laundry lis…
Who can argue the wonders of a seventeen piece big band swinging to the music of mostly Frank Foster? There is exuberance, polish, style and charm to this music. As Frank F…
Kurt Crandall tries hard. Tries hard with various flavors of the blues Chicago Blues, West Coast Swing, and Kansas City Jump. Playing the Blues is deceptively simple, but i…
Jon Bentley’s new album entitled "Motions" reflects starkly different moods and tales. It’s a brilliant creation composed of separate stories without plots. The music is so…
Matt Lawson’s "Midnight in Merizo" is a wonderfully, straight-ahead jazz album without any pretenses or posturing. This album reflects Lawson’s own sensibility. He was rais…
It could be me. You take a handful of skilled musicians and you’d expect fine music. There is no doubt the musicianship of these players. When you hear music you expect to …
New York Electric Piano (NYEP) is a minimalist trio that relies on the emphatic beat of its rhythm section of Tim Givens and Aaron Comess and the venerable Fender Rhodes pl…
First impressions can be deceiving. The cover photography is hardly compelling. What is the Sofferman Perspective anyway? But who could argue with and not be intrigued by t…