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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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  • 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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Guitarist Mark Carter, who has been a side man in the Los Angeles area, has his first release out called It's About Time. For a first release, he has a winner here. …
After vocalist Steve Tyrell released his 1999 CD of standards called A New Standard on Atlantic, no one knew at that time that Tyrell would be the new standard for s…
Producer/Perfomer Brian Culbertson know how to find and nurish the newest artists in smooth jazz. He helped saxophonist Steve Cole become a household word in smooth jazz th…
If you are looking for quantity, Gonerville has it. It's features twenty tracks, with the longest being just less than five minutes. In quality though, Gonerville…
Foxy Music seems to be like 70's psychedelic fusion mixed in with a whole lot of today's sampling. Here the combination does not work. Each track seems to miss something th…
This Canadian trio plus one has been known as a Canadian institution, just like Hockey Night in Canada for many years. Their fifth release is their first live recording and…
Wilson follows up his initial release Northern Seascape with a blend of downtempo numbers on Cape of Good Hope. He gets help from such smooth jazz giants as Richard Elliot,…
First, I would like to thank you for taking the courage to bring the smooth jazz format to your station. With other radio stations in the area sounding alike, I like the fact that your station knows there is an audience for music above what is being played on the radio. It seems that radio statons either play rock, country or contemporary and not realize that there are people older than 30 who don't want to hear news and talk all day and can't relate to music that was done before the 1950's. You …
Sirius Satellite Radio features seven channels of jazz and blues music. One of them is called "Cafe Jazz," which caters to the smooth jazz enthusiast. I have had a chance to hear both "Cafe Jazz" and its competetor, XM Satellite Radio's "Watercolors," and I was very impressed with the diversity of "Cafe Jazz." If I was to program a smooth jazz station, "Cafe Jazz is the way I would program it. It is a great mixture of instrumental and vocal jazz that goes beyond the normal music range of smooth …
It has been been six months since Sirius Satellite Radio put its Jazz Cafe smooth jazz programming on the Internet. After a Valentine's Day opening in four cities, Sirius became nationwide on July 1st. When I first heard the Jazz Cafe, I thought that this would be the way that smooth jazz should be presented and fully recommended it here on jazzreview.com. Since that time, Sirius programmers went away from their earlier efforts and have gone away from the way that smooth jazz should be pr …