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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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  •  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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Ronald Jackson

Ronald Jackson

Not being a real trumpet aficionado (there only a few that really catch my interest, Miles, Dizzy, Rick Braun, Greg Adams, Chris Botti and a handful of others), I have t…
For those of you who may need an introduction, Eric Terdjman is a French guitarist and composer who first happened on the music scene with an acid jazz band known as Ecl…
This is the genuinely refreshing third offering from a truly gifted keyboardist who’s cranked out two previous projects (Down the Middle in 2005 and a sampler c…
Pieces of Peace is the self-titled sole release of the group that arose, as the promo sheet puts it, from the "primordial stew of 1960s Chicago" to become the b…
Could one expect anything less than perfection from two of the most colossal and prolific names in all of smooth jazz? Richard Elliot, one of the original sultrie…
Pop Jazz, Volume One, released by the music company Spring LLC, is a really hot continuation of the fine tradition of hybrid jazz. Hybrid jazz is no stra…
This album is, in a word, rejuvenating, like a breath of fresh spring air. It takes interesting turns and twists throughout and truly strikes a defiant pose when confron…
The superior jams, serenades, and witty hooks just keep on coming with these guys. Exactly as their promo sheet exclaims: The entity (I’d say phenomenon) known as…
Steve Smith and Vital Information have been on the fusion scene now for over 20 years, serving up a different and diverse flavor of their creativity with each project. T…
As I fancy myself as one who truly loves diversity in musical culture, I found this latest Bob James project quite satisfying to say the least. It is truly an aural trea…