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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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  • 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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  • 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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Thoughts Past and Present by Harry Whitaker is a classic jazz trio recording from a master pianist, composer and arranger. On this recording of nine original composi…
Ari Roland, stand up bassist, composer and leader on this his most recent recording And So I Lived In Old New York carries on in the bebop tradition. His quartet of …
Bill Easley’s Business Man’s Bounce swings through eleven songs with an easy going feel that is laid back, smooth and polished. Easley, a mellow toned tenor saxophon…
If you enjoy jazz guitar, if you are a guitarist, if you like small groups, straight-ahead jazz, and especially if you are a Wes Montgomery fan, then this DVD, Wes Montg…
Matt Haviland is an accomplished trombonist, composer, and arranger, who, along with saxophonist Vincent Herring, has produced an exquisite contemporary jazz album of tanta…
Joel Miller and his band Mandala have a new album, Tantramar an inspirational, genre defying musical landscape that explores a wide range of beautiful melodies and h…
The debut recording Song to a Rose by trumpeter Jamie Breiwick is included in my top ten favorites of this past year. Song to a Rose is a contemporary jazz ap…
Clichés are the worst and I try to avoid them at all costs. I must admit, however, that the title for this CD is most apt. Pianist, Gil Coggins’ near debut recording, Be…
I have just come from a screening of a new film Duke Ellington Live In ’58. Obviously, it’s not new. This is a DVD by the Jazz Icon folks, a buried treasure that was…
The debut album Let It Go by Josh Nelson is impressive, beautifully crafted arrangements, a wonderful assortment of tunes and a superb performance by an excellent ca…