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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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The program notes accurately that "Survey" is a collection of original compositions mostly by Matthias Ockert that consist of scraps of electronica, rock and new music unit…
Matt Geraghty offers an eclectic range of influences on his recent album. The overall effect is a bit of a grab bag. The most compelling piece is Geraghty’s ‘Sevilla,’ the …
With studious and radical reworking of pieces, legendary Wayne Shorter creates joy and imagination on his new album, "Alegria." This is his first studio album as a leader i…
Don Lanphere’s career started as an impressive saxophonist in 1949 by playing with legends Fats Navarro, Woody Shaw and Woody Herman. Except for a Woody Herman stint at the…
What is striking about "Witnessing," an album by a Swedish trio of musicians, is its precision and camaraderie in the give and take of their individual performances. The mu…
From the sound of things, "Paradise" is a congenial kind of place. Barry Wedgle, a name Dante would hardly have used, leads his band through an amiable array of musical pie…
The air filled with the intoxicating fragrance of flowering jasmine and roses.... so read the program notes in Joshua Simon’s "Living the Life at the North Sea Festival." T…
Secretos de la Guitarra or ‘Secrets of the Guitar’ is the ninth album of Argentinian multi-instrumentalist and composer, Pedro Menendez. His music is a whirlwind of the inf…
Urban Landscapes is exactly what it purports to be. Newyorkestra Big Band offers a variety of original sketches of the Great City. The band gives us pause to glimpse New Yo…
One wonders why they call themselves ByProduct. If someone called me a ‘by-product’, I’d probably look them straight in the eye and say, oh yeah? By-product is by definitio…