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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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  • 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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US-born Finnish Guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim (who's played with Nicky Skopelitis and Edward Vesala) has a sound out of the Greatr White North: not unlike Jan Garbarek and Te…
Valve trombonist/composer Clifford Thornton is a nearly forgotten figure of 1960s free-era jazz. He’s recorded with Sun Ra and Sunny Murray, and led a fine big band for his…
Saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom is one of the few (well-known, at least) established players to focus exclusively on the soprano - and she hasn't been shy about bringin…
Trumpeter and tenor saxophonist Joe McPhee has with his many recordings proven himself to be one of the free scene’s most daring and intense improvisers. This 2-CD set cont…
When I was a young snotty early-teenage thing, on Sunday afternoons I’d have to bear my mom’s Eastern European folk and polka radio programs. Naturally, I thought of this m…
Guitarist/bandleader James Blood Ulmer first came to the attention of the music world via his sessions with Ornette Coleman and Rashied Ali. Since the early 80s, he’s been …
Russell Gunn is an extremely versatile trumpeter, to say the least: aside from leading his own sessions (the stunning Love Requiem, on High Note, for instance) he’s played …
Bill Ware has the freshest voice I've heard on the vibraphone in years, picking up where Gary Burton left off in making the vibes an instrument as cutting edge as saxophone…
Aw heck, man, this Bay Area bebopper really goes to town tipping his fedora to sax icon John Coltrane with a clutch of originals (and 2 standards) firmly in the style of Tr…
Yeah, yeah, yeah - like a good meal, one consumed at leisure with friends and w/ out guilt, this reissued Cannonball Adderley classic album hits the spot. Of all the…