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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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  • 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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Lyn Horton

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Bob Rusch, the producer of the sequel to IN THE SPIRIT, NO GREATER LOVE, states in the liner notes that this CD is "out-of-concept"; that is to say that it does not use the…
Passion for Passion - This is one of the most challenging reviews I have ever written because it involves writing about music that cannot easily be separated from itself to…
The latest Cadence Music release by Trio X, Rapture, has three cuts. Simply stated. Beautifully rendered. Recorded live at the Knitting Factory in December of 1998. The …
Released in May of this year, DNA reflects the mastery of the duo of Matthew Shipp, piano, and William Parker, bass. Shipp is the composer of the material on this CD, excep…
Pianist Tyson Rogers has designed, done the art work for, and composed most of the pieces on, an intelligent CD, Pendulabellum. Rogers is accompanied by Jared Sims on winds…
Guitarist Joe Morris has created another instance for me to be stymied. Along with Rob Brown on alto sax & flute, Karen Borca on bassoon, and Andrea Parkins on accordion & …
Joe McPhee’s newest release on CIMP, IN THE SPIRIT, embodies the strengths of all the players who accompany him. Joe has played with the members of his double "bluettes" ma…
LIVE AT EL REY documents the last concert by Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited on a tour in 1995 that ended in Albuquerque, N.M. The concert was also the celebration of…
Dominic Duval and his Trio have just released on Leo Records a CD entitled, EQUINOX. Although the contrasting strings with a backplane of piano constitutes the centerpie…
Joe McPhee's, AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE, whose title is taken from Valerie Wilmer's book of the same name, is a solo recording, over twenty years after his first solo LP. Thi…