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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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  • 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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  • 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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Billy Harper is one of several veteran tenor players who seem more esteemed than listened to. Harper has won grants and critics polls, but not the popularity most musici…
This is a solid, straight-ahead piano trio in a well-chosen program. They play two originals and seven fine, but far from overworked standards. The arrangements are fres…
It's now over 50 years since Jimmy Smith led the first popular organ-guitar-drums jazz combo. One of the keys to his success was the unique sound of the Hammond B-3. Tod…
Let's face it. The only time most people notice the bass player is when there is none or when he's taking a solo. In the first case they sense something's missing, even …
Close your eyes. Imagine you're in a jazz club near last call. Cigarette smoke drifts in lazy layers, making the stage a little dim. The piano trio is winding down. In t…
Al Basile's liner notes say it well, ".... some blues, some jazz, and some soul .... ." But wait, there's more! The album's title refers to a rhythmic pattern, used on s…
John Coltrane on DVD. Need convincing?. Few of his performances are available in a video format. Jump on this one if you are a fan or thinking of becoming one. It includ…
You know the way you get a tune stuck in your head and it plays over and over again until it drives you crazy? Well, that’s apparently what happened to Gerald Wilson.
Get Happy lives up to its title in every way, from its selection of cheerful, major-key tunes to its insert photos of smiling musicians. Violinist Joe Kennedy loo…
Mission Impossible. Lalo Schifrin composed the theme song for that TV show, and the title is the perfect description of how I feel about reviewing a musician of h…
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