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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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  •  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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These Are Them is drummer Al Ashley’s recording debut as a leader, and a fine debut it is. Joining him in this bass-less quartet are David Liebman on tenor and sopra…
The Phoenix, the debut American release from guitarist William Ash’s Trio, is a CD I opened with great anticipation. It has all the elements of a great recording. First, it…
More often than not, when a musician tries to explore many different elements on a single disc - jazz, blues, vocals, instrumentals, varying personnel, etc. - the result is…
It’s a little difficult to really get my head around the latest disc from Daryl Pratt - "Pratt’s Alchemy." To call it a jazz album would be to stretch the definition of the…
New York Gravity, the debut album from the Rick Parker Collective is by far one of the best jazz albums I’ve heard in quite some time. And I listen to an enormous amount of…
It’s been 24 year since Alice Coltrane last released an album. That’s far too long, but the wait has been well worth it. The name of the album is "Translinear Light" and it…
It’s always a courageous move when a saxophone player chooses to play in the trio format of sax, bass and drums. The absence of a piano or guitar player offers greater harm…
Innovating. Frenetic. Underrated. These are just a few of the words I would use to describe flute, clarinet and saxophone master Eric Dolphy. I think of Dolphy as one of th…
Listening to a single-disc set ‘best of’ of the music of Sonny Rollins can be a very unsatisfying experience. It’s kind of like trying to eat just one potato chip. A small …
The Three Of Us is the third (and latest) release from clarinetist Mort Weiss, released on the label he founded specifically for the release of his material, SMS Jazz. Weis…