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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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  • 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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Pianist Gerard Masters has a beautiful touch and an open ear. He and his trio (bassist Brett Hirst and drummer Nicholas McBride) have the wonderful Palindrome, recor…
Former Mingus Big Band and Elvin Jones Jazz Machine bassist Andy McKee is joined here by drummer Idris Muhammad, vibraphone and marimba player Joe Locke, and saxophonist Al…
As was the case with guitarist Nick Demopoulos’ brilliant "Harmonic Convergence," reviewed here last year, Exegesis, a quintet lead by the adventurous guitarist (adding dij…
This free jazz exploration is packed with dynamic twists and turns that challenge the most adventurous ears. Alto player Carter, bassist Radding and the explosive drummer K…
Pianist Goldberg is joined on this lushly produced recording by saxophonist and flautist Kenny Goldberg, bassist Jeff Falkner and drummer Dave Renick. The eight original co…
Jazz guitarist Dave Mosick has beautiful tone, exquisite technique and a deft touch, all of which point to high quality musicianship. Though he is steeped in the tradition …
Illinois Jacquet was one of the great tenor men in an era of great tenorists. His immortal recording of "Flying Home," cut with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra when Jacquet wa…
Jerry Jerome played tenor saxophone with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Red Norvo. One can safely say the man was no slouch. This collection offers many exampl…
This 7-song program was recorded live at an outdoor café in Azusa, California, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. It features the leader’s vibes, augmented by sympat…
Here is an interesting concept. The music of Erie Satie and Bela Bartok performed by an acoustic quartet of a guitarist and trumpeter from Israel, a bassist from Brooklyn a…