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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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  • 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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  • 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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Michael Robinson is a jazz-influenced composer who bases (at least in part) his compositions on the ancient Indian (long) musical form of raga, but the two pieces on this C…
Ah, when 3 geetar players get together.... what? Rampant fretboard self-indulgence would be what many non-guitar-heads would expect, lots of "teckneek" but little actual co…
After a too-long hiatus from recording, multi-reed player/composer Sam Rivers is back with a vengeance! Here, he's at the helm of an orchestra consisting of many of the bes…
Vibist Bill Ware gets around: his band Vibes (reviewed nearby, on the site), the Jazz Passengers, and this quartet. Where the Vibes album "With Drawn" is more varied & expe…
Sacre Jeru! Somebody has finally taken on the legacy of Gerry Mulligan the composer/arranger, not the saxophonist, as he was sometimes overlooked / under-appreciated as a c…
What we have here is an old-fashioned, good-natured Tenor Sax Duel, like Dexter & Wardell and Lockjaw & Griffin used to have. The late, often under-rated Harris (for younge…
With this package, we get a fine overview of the late, legendary trumpet master Kenny Dorham's earliest accomplishments. That's to say, Blues in Bebop focuses on his earlie…
For a fellow I never heard of (and I've been haunting record stores since '69), Scranton, PA-born pianist Degen has a hell of a resume: in the 60's, he lived in Germany, pl…
CIMP Records, usually known for its uncompromising releases of "free/out" jazz and free-improvised music, has done the jazz world a favor by releasing this wonderfully inve…
The Buried Treasures first--gad, what a find! A pristinely recorded set by the "classic" Brubeck Quartet, in their last year of existence. No signs of strain, though--still…