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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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  • 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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John Doll

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This marks Christine Jensen's second release on the Effendi label and it is a superlative one. "A Shorter Distance" is comprised of music for quintet, sextet, and septet ar…
There was an historic opportunity in 1970 of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis recording together. This was on the verge of happening but Hendrix died that year in London. And D…
Just how much do you enjoy the vibraphone?
There have been influential vibes players which include luminaries such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson,…
Eric Bolvin’s "Quorum" was conceived and recorded at Blue Cherry Studios in San Jose. Sometimes music can express a sense of place and usually works in favor of the compose…
I have early memories of descending into the Eagle’s Club with my grandmother to bring home my grandfather who tended the bar. It was so dark that I grasped my Nana’s hands…
Bop fireworks are popping and brilliant colors are flashing in streaks across the sky in Baltimore. Prestige has captured a live 1973 date of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt at…
Sphinx is a Norwegian band that demands attention. The photos on their album, "The Riddle of Undisputed Truth," are alarming. It shows the faces of the band members are sli…
Sphinx is a Norwegian band that demands attention. The photos on their album, "The Riddle of Undisputed Truth," are alarming. It shows the faces of the band members are sli…
The second track of the Chico Hamilton’s latest recording, "thoughts of.... " sets the tone for the rest of the album. ‘Angel Eyes’ starts with bandleader Chico Hamilton le…
At first, Jean Pierre Zanella’s Montreal-based band on the "Mother Tree" album emerges as merely a very competent ensemble. They are a tight-knit group, but the sound on th…