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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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  • 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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  •  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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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

While this writer usually avoids writing about musical styles with which he is unfamiliar, an exception had to be made here. Unicorn Digital sent along a couple of n…
Here’s a nice new release from Canada’s Cornerstone Records. The label is owned by musicians and has issued a wealth of good music since its 1993 inception. In the past yea…
Anniversaries are always special and this is no exception. Thirty years ago, Stony Plains Records issued their first record from their tiny office in Edmonton, Alberta. The…
Jean-Pierre "JP" Alessi is a dedicated follower of his late idol, Emmanuel "Manny" Paul. Manny Paul passed away in 1988 at the age of 84 and is remembered as one of the fin…
Since the age of Swing, Anita O’Day remains a constant inspiration to singers and fans. This writer’s introduction to O’Day’s music was from her days with the Gene Krupa ba…
Please permit me to quote briefly from Jeff Cook’s liner notes. "The musicians and ATTITUDE of the music of New Orleans created a whole new way to perceive how music could …
Sathima Bea Benjamin sings with the clarity of mellowed church bells. One is not apt to misunderstand a single word in any of her songs. It’s that particular asset that tru…
Pianist Willie Pickens is a beloved jazz fixture in the Windy City. While he has recorded frequently over the last four decades, only one session was waxed in a city other …
Los Angeles based vocalist, Karen Blixt, is out to make an instant good impression. Her debut CD does exactly that. There’s an old expression that urges "If you’ve got it, …
Formed by trombonist Jonny Enright in 1996, Grupo-X issued their successful debut CD, X-Posure in 2001. The young band impressed us with its considerable fire…