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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Kelman

John Kelman

While Hank Jones has recorded over sixty albums under his own name, and countless others as a guest, he reserves the name The Great Jazz Trio for very special projects with…
I am always a little leery when I read a press release on a new CD that spends considerable time emphasizing the artist’s ability to overcome a disability, in this case, To…
The Ansasa Trio consists of three young musicians from Slovenia, who combine Afro-Cuban, Balcan, Indian and Arabic music with the improvisational spirit of jazz to create a…
With a background that includes studies with one of classical guitarist Christopher Parkening’s top students, one might expect that Eric Skye would approach a program of st…
With Physics of Light drummer Martin Maheux illustrates how an otherwise fine album of progressive jazz fusion can be marred by a poor production concept. Recorded w…
Jazz from the West Coast, USA has traditionally received a bum rap when compared to the more edgy music coming from the East Coast. Thankfully, the LA-based Cryptogramophon…
May I know all the sounds as my own sound. May I know all the lights as my own light. May I know all the rays as my own ray. These words, from the Tibetan Book of the De…
Sometimes it really pays off to revisit an artist’s music. In the case of Eric von Essen, the West Coast bassist/multi-instrumentalist/composer who passed away prematurely …
With an almost chameleon-like ability to merge into any musical context, one might wonder, of guitar wunderkind Nels Cline, what he does when left completely to his own des…
With the premature death of bassist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Eric von Essen, Los Angeles lost one of the main proponents of its burgeoning improvising scene. Fortunat…