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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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  • 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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Roman St. James

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I guess that I would call "The Walkup", the debut release by guitarist Jeff Ray, a smooth jazz album. But I don’t think of it as a smooth jazz album. Which is good, because…
Bedroom Communities 02. Relounge’ is a compilation presented by Kriztal Entertainment and compiled and mixed by Torsten Martens aka Monophonic. The literature describes th…
Changing Directions, Robb Hunter Jr.’s debut release is a valiant but heavily flawed effort. Hunter, a pianist and drummer, wrote and produced the entire album himself. He …
First, I have a confession to make: I am definitely not a fan of "smooth jazz". I’ve always leaned more towards John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk than Kenny G and John Tesh…
I’m not exactly sure what goal Steve Hill had in mind when he released this album, "Vignette". It is surprisingly short - both in content and substance. It consists of thre…
Rule Of Three is a fine new release from the sax, bass and drum trio of Geof Bradfield, Noel Kupersmith and Ted Sirota (respectively). The piano-less/guitar-less sax trio i…
Point Of Grace is the sophomore release from the Washington D.C.-based Pete BarenBregge - Frank Russo Group. Well conceived and (for the most part) well executed, this mode…
Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia is the newest addition to the long list of available Thelonious Monk recordings and what a marvelously exquisite addition it is! Recorded…
‘Ancestral Spirits’, the latest release from tenor & soprano saxophonist Bob Miles is ultimately a fine CD, but it’s one of those CDs that may have to grow on you over seve…
Cycling, the debut release by the Upper Left Trio is an absolutely stunning CD. The piano trio is the most basic of the jazz group configurations, but its simplicity inhere…