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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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  • 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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  •  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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Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor

It’s a wondrous experience when a group of jazz veterans come together for a session of standards. With little or no rehearsal, these masters with various styles immediatel…
This debut CD is the first of two volumes released this year by young San Francisco Bay area guitarist Terrence Brewer.In the album notes, he says these recordings are t…
This CD represents the fine pianist, Jessica Williams', solo tribute to her mentor and friend, Dr. Billy Taylor. She wrote all the songs, and they show her impressive range…
No one in the jazz world is more respected than the late Art Blakey. Those privileged to see Blakey and his group, The Jazz Messengers, will remember the image: drummer Bla…
Jim Ridl’s Your Cheatin’ Heart is a hodgepodge. (Definition: odds and ends, a motley of assorted things.) One sure thing, this CD's nothing but adventurous-trio,…
Over the years, there have been a lot of jazz Christmas albums recorded, but this is one of the best. The session was recorded live in December, 2005 at The Cellar in Vanco…
What is great about this new CD is the interplay between the two saxophonists -- leader Aaron Irwin on alto and Rich Perry on tenor. Guitarist Ryan Scott, bassist Matt Cloh…
Listening to Human Motion is a lot like visiting an art gallery - the CD gives us an array of "sonic landscapes," as one critic puts it. Making up these "musical p…
I really liked this new big band album from the Tony Gairo-Gary Rissmiller Jazz Orchestra. Bands like this, containing relatively unknown musicians, seem to be springing up…
Relatively unknown New York vibraphonist Mark Sherman seems close to a breakthrough with his new release One Step Closer. On the CD, tenor sax great Joe Lovano gue…