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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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  • 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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Morrice Blackwell

Morrice Blackwell

Owner and publisher of jazzreview.com, Morrice Blackwell is a christian husband dad jazz fan website developing marketing manager basketball playing engineer that lives for photography.

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Just before Hampton Hawes went off to prison for an 11 year narcotics sentence, he ironically recorded a group of traditional spirituals on piano. Widely regarded as one of…
From The 70’s gives Bill Evans listeners an opportunity to hear five previously unreleased tracks from the late great jazz pianists’ repertoire. Some of the tracks have Eva…
The picture of happiness reflected in this picture of Philly Joe Jones permeates the music on this CD. Don’t be misled by the title of this album "Drum Songs" though, Jones…
I recognized the names, Henry Mancini and Charlie "Bird" Parker. I figured that because this band was a jazz oriented unit that they took those two well known names and put…
In the liner notes of this remastered 1960 album by Barney Kessel, Kessel talks about the musical process that his band went through while this live recording was in progre…
Etta Jones wasn’t as well known as her contemporaries; just the same she was a standout vocalist with the prowess and class of an Ella Fitzgerald. This woman was a very suc…
Originally recorded in 1960, "The Sound Of The Wide Open Spaces!!! Is more than an inference to the vast expanse that is the state of Texas, it’s also about the music creat…
In 1974 The Joe Pass Trio played a series of dates at Donte’s in Los Angeles called "Guitar Night," and they were always on Monday nights. These events caught on and starte…
The Modern Jazz Quartet was together for 20 years and disbanded in 1974. The best thing about breaking up is getting back together again, and MJQ reunited in 1985 for "Tops…