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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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  • 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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  • 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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Ronald Jackson

Ronald Jackson

This young man who was initially a Marcus Johnson find as the top saxman for Johnson’s Three Keys label artists has finally come into his own on the Richard Elliot-Rick …
Bear with me here. This is my first introduction to the Duffie brothers, aka Kloud 9. A sound this mighty and fluid surely has been recognized by others before me. In fa…
The first minute of this album begs you to dance a little two-step with your honey and shout "Aw, shake it, now!" This project, a good-time oldies blues/soul/jazz packag…
Munich-born smooth jazz guitarist Nils has shown that his success with his debut album Pacific Coast Highway was definitely no fluke. His fluid, yet stinging high…
Revolutionary Revolution pretty easily describes the demonstration put on here. Still, while in some ways unique, this is a definite electronica undertaking. Ther…
I had the pleasure of reviewing Akinyele’s Black Magic - The Cyber Jazz Experience. I find that album to be a better production, although I suppose it can be sa…
There are some musical structures in their purest forms that are just far too awesome for words. The total experience that is Stanley Clarke & friends is such a structur…
Smooth, soothing, and swaying soft rock/R&B rhythms and melodies mark this latest project by the very recognizable Simply Red. Mick Hucknall’s inimitable vocals are as s…
In my opinion, when performing covers of highly popular pieces, interpretation is one of the most powerful tools to help ensure success. Italian sax man Rocco Ventrella,…
O.k., I opened the CD case, plopped in the CD and proceeded to listen with measured interest to some really exquisitely diverse jazz. I didn’t bother to read the bio or …