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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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  • 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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On his remarkable sophomore recording, Soundances, trumpeter Diego Urcola confidently traverses the distance between his native Argentina and his current home in New…
Now in his 76th year, saxophonist Lee Konitz just keeps getting better and better. Far from resting on his considerable laurels, he continues to explore and examine, mining…
Hank Jones, while not the most inventive pianist in jazz, is remarkably consistent. His performances rarely surprise, but are always enjoyable. The Trio, featuring J…
Vibraphonist/percussionist Cal Tjader, who passed away in 1982, was one of the biggest non-Latin proponents of Afro-Cuban music in jazz. From the time he played with George…

With a new home at Blue Note Records, trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard seems reinvigorated and revitalized. While he delivered many fine recordings during his stay with…

All too often, recordings are produced which offer homage to a style without offering anything new. They may be well conceived and played, but without something to distingu…
The sign of a true musician is one who assimilates a broad diversity of influences, and creates a distinctive voice and personal musical language. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinke…
The website says: "Leo Records is a small independent company producing highly original, innovative, improvisation-based new music; music that refuses to be submitte…
With the use of Fender Rhodes and analogue synthesizers, Matthew Bourne’s début recording, the electric dr m owes much to Sextant-era Herbie Hancock. But with…
While often regarded as an Avante-gardist, Archie Shepp’s gruff interpretation of Ben Webster was always less abstract than contemporaries like Pharaoh Saunders. Leaving hi…