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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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  • 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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  •  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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John Gilbert

John Gilbert

The big band of Jason Hainsworth swings heavily with soloists that get off the ground and into orbit immediately. An solid example of this is "When I Fall In Love," a be…
What a joy it is to recive an album that is true to the genre. This tribute to Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra is definitely not an imitation, but there is enough inflecti…
The collaboration of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie changed the course of jazz so emphatically, that to this day BeBop lives on with their influence felt in every jazz …
This is as hip as it gets, there is no thin gruel here. Curtis Stigers gets it all in this album. He shows a side that is as dusky as a thousand midnights in the ballads an…
It is a distinct advantage for a vocalist to have the ability to play an instrument. Dena DeRose has certainly been the recipient of this gift. DeRose is a fine singer who …
This album fills the air with sadness. Lois Deloatch has created a outlet for some obviously devastating things that have occurred in her life. She expresses quite eloquent…
This ensemble is a very tight bop oriented group with 5 cats that can blow. As a matter of fact the 'con-fusion' bands on the scene today, that are a flurry of activity and…
This is a prime example of BeBop at it's best. There is fine unison work between the horns, and good tunes from which to extrapolate . Dino Losito at the piano is an exciti…
A quartet of fine musicians playing an indistinct jazz form, sort of emblematic of a dreary day. The themes seem to be melancholy and dark.The highlight of the album is …
This quintet has a nice tight grouping with fine musicians throughout. No fuss or clutter here, just the meat and potatoes of a solid jazz group with a refined sound."Re…