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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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  •  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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  • 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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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

Here's a fine vibraphonist formerly with George Shearing coupled with four other wonderful improvisors. The quintet includes Bob Mintzer of the Yellowjackets on sax, James …
This happy session is intended as a tribute to George Lewis, Big Jim Robinson, Lawrence Marrero, Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau and Baby Dodds. The revival group is very well …
This is very nice! Saxophonist Willie Akins and his quartet from St. Louis sent along his "Alima" CD for review. Akins has been on the scene for 40 years and for unknown re…
Although placed in the blues style, this recording really defies categorization. It spans jazz, ballads, blues, gospel and boogie. This Arizona pianist & vocalist is a trul…
The name of John Stein may be unfamiliar to many. The guitarist has been teaching at Berklee for many years and I had the pleasure of reviewing his debut CD "Hustle Up" a c…
When I receive a review copy of anything on "32 JAZZ", my heart begins to palpitate. What goodies are they sending me this time? This is a beautiful reissue of a session wh…
I'm a big fan of "standards" and whenever I receive a CD dedicated to the old time honored songs, I check first to see if a tune is included by my favorite composer, Walter…
From Rochester, NY emerges a fine small group under the leadership of bassist Bob Stata. I'm really impressed by this solid little band featuring Justin Flynn-saxes, David …
Although not a jazz presentation in every sense of the term, the Bill Collins release, Footprints Of Your Life, is reminiscent of the vocal jazz stylings of George Benson a…
Libby York is a New York born jazz vocalist now residing in Chicago. Blue Gardenia is her first CD and hopefully, not her last. The smokey voiced singer reaches back to the…