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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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  • 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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Mark Keresman

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Though this will strike some as heresy, this particular "best of" is not ‘Trane’s best. Before you start reaching for the poison pens, here me out. The Atlantic and Impu…
Duke Ellington’s highest compliment for someone was "beyond category," a rarefied level where "categorizations," labels, appellations, etc. mean little or nothing. Ray Char…
Singer/guitarist Rory Block has been at it for awhile now - "it" being the business of playing & singing the blues, with particular emphasis on country blues (also known as…
Mike Ladd is both a (literate) producer of cutting-edge (certainly not that "gangster" stuff, word-up yo) hip-hop and an MC, one whose aim is not to make a spectacle of him…
Bar Hop is perhaps a too-accurate title - while certainly not "bad" jazz by any means, it’s the kind of conservative, slightly Latin- and contempo/fusion-tinged bop/…
To paraphrase Myron Cohen, "Everybody got to come from someplace" -- Charlie Parker begat Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods, Thelonious Monk begat Andrew Hill, and so on. …
In 1979, a bunch of big-name jazz hepcats got together to revisit/pay tribute to the style of music that put 'em on the map in the first place: Hancock, Williams, Carter, S…
There are many jazz albums on the market that practically scream "All-Star Session! Everyone playing on this album is a big shot in his/her own right! Buy it!" Of…
Fate can really bite you on the hiney - take the late Sonny Sharrock (1940-1994). After years of inactivity, one of the very first (if not THE first, playing with Ph…
UNTIL THERE IS THAT GREAT label-spanning anthology presenting the singular genius/joy that was/is the career of pianist & composer Thelonious Monk, the world (such as it is…