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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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  •  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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  • 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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Mark E. Gallo

Mark E. Gallo

This is the quintessential jazz encyclopedia. There certainly are other fine reference guides on the market, particularly Leonard Feather's groundb...
This scholarly look at the history of Detroit jazz is the work of college professor Bjorn and influential disc jockey Gallert, who 30 years ago was...
Toronto-based Flautist Bill McBirnie presents a handful of jazz and Latin classics in a whirlwind tour of everything from a cha cha version of Hubert Laws’ dynamic "Ball…
Ronnie Horvath didn’t start to play guitar until he was 20 years old. When he saw Muddy Waters play, the blues became his passion. It was Waters who changed his stage na…
With Little Charlie Baty’s touring retirement from the band that bore his name for 30 years or so, the mantle has become front man Rick Estrin’s solely. Rick Estrin and …
Vibraphonist Ed Saindon, a proponent of the 4-mallet approach, is a masterful musician capable of dazzling runs as well as of delightful passages, often in the same song…
Paul Hemmings is a talented guitarist who is as deft a distortionist as he is an outside tight-rope experimenter, offering an aural painting that is as bold as it is exc…
This self-produced release exemplifies the healthy state of independent jazz. With elements of world jazz, Latin jazz and straight ahead grooves, they defy easy categori…
Harry Allen is a hard blowing tenor saxophonist who, along with the equally impressive quartet that joins him on this disc, comes to impress. And he does so unequivocall…
Over the course of seven extraordinary original compositions the four-piece Groove Apparatus covers broad stylistic territory while staying within the general framework …
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