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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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  • 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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Ronald Jackson

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Acidic, heavy funk marks this ride with Plunky (aka Plunky & Oneness) and his contribution to this integral fabric of jazz as offered up with Cold Heat. The proli…
Happy jazz is what came to mind when I first listened to Joe Friedman’s debut offering, Cup O’ Joe, and that’s despite his blues under- and overtones. His …
Simply put, Ice - Piano Slightly Chilled, the latest golden piano gem from Fiona Joy Hawkins, is a big "wow." In whatever category you feel this belongs (New ag…
Ro is truly, as the promo material shouts, a great eclectic mix of straight-ahead, Indian, and modern jazz that ranges from hard-swinging post-bop to free jazz …
Jazz Behind Bars. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that title when I first saw it. After reading the bio sheet, however, I see that it was apparently …
E-volve is the brainchild of one Red Broad (no, that’s his name, not a crass description of a person!). He is a seemingly creative producer and songwriter who’s pulled t…
This group dubs its offering here as an "unusual trio recording." There are some atypical "moments" in this album, including some interesting utterances, sounds, …
So seldom do I get a chance to sit down and really listen to organ jazz. You know the kind: Jimmy Smith and the like. Well, here is the Nick Moran Trio, a competent grou…
How’s That? is a hard-driving, rather funky dance/electronica 4-song sampler from a sax player who, unbeknownst to me until now, has been producing, writing, an…
Here’s an album that clearly has a statement to make. From its impressive list of contributors (which includes Tizer’s mentor, the illustrious Chieli Minucci of Special …