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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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  • 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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  • 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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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

As a long-time fan of Wild Bill Davison (1906-1989), I have a nice collection of his recordings from 1927 until his very last in the 1980s. However, I have never heard thes…
On his second session for Telarc, John Pizzarelli, picked 15 great numbers from the ranks of America's finest songsmiths. I was delighted to discover Irving Berlin's "I'm P…
Here's a CD that belongs in the collection of lovers of small group jazz. I was delighted to find it in my mailbox, having heard it on my favorite jazz radio program. De…
Pittsburgh vocalist, Lisa Hindmarsh makes her solo debut with her CD titled "Know I Know." Having earned a Master's Degree in voice in the early 1990s, Lisa joined the a ca…
Here's a great session produced and annotated by the legendary George Avakian. If you're old enough to have purchased vinyl LPs, you have read Avakian's liner notes for Col…
The Manhattan chanteuse, Lisa Kirchner comes by her musical talents naturally. Her mother was a coloratura soprano who entertained in New York supper clubs and her father i…
This is the sixth CD from three-time Grammy nominee, Nnenna Freelon, and has been eagerly awaited by her many fans. Her rather eclectic tastes lead to a very pleasant blend…
Tina Lear’s new release is a truly refreshing approach to a blend of jazz and modern folk music. The accompaniment varies considerably from track to track and includes trio…
This new CD from Arbors Jazz issued a "wake-up call" announcing a fine talent that had, to my ears, been unheard. Bryan Shaw is a very classy trumpet player in the mainstre…
The Experiment is an apt title for this duo recording by Dominic Duval and Jason Kao Hwang. These two highly respected musicians embark on a series of eight "tone poems" fo…