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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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  • 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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  • 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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The subdued and warm opening notes of Court Mast’s trumpet impressed me immediately with its unpresumptuous approach, allowing me to casually drink in the essence of the…
Life Changes, the latest CD of Scottish gypsy jazz violinist Alex Yellowlees, attempts to introduce a lot to the newbies to this subgenre while apparently conti…
Not wasting any time getting to the core description of his music through actual demonstration, Rabih Abou-Khalil, steps out front and center with his heralded vocalist,…
Augusto Monk’s self-produced DVD, Stories & Grooves, is a rather curious and somewhat atypical production, to say the least. Here again is another form of (I gu…
Veteran saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig is a name known to many of the great icons in the Latin and jazz corners. Having played with such brilliantly talented luminaries…
Composer/saxophonist Jessie Allen Cooper has a few releases under his belt, mostly of the meditative, serene variety. This latest, heralded as "The First Smooth Jazz Jam…
Clear is the rerelease of a 1987 album by a group known as Conveniens. It contains some of the most atypical free jazz arrangements that I have heard to date, if …
A tuba, a harmonica and smooth bluesy vocals join the musical makeup on this good finger-poppin’, foot tappin’, bass walkin’, bluesy Memphis jazz project by Jim Shearer …
The refreshing Latin sound of Charlie Sepulveda jazz intermingled with touches of the traditional stuff is quite becoming, to say the least. This is the stuff jazz clubs…
The Industrial Jazz Group (IJG) is a group based in Los Angeles with a taste for the very, very atypical. A critic once described the free jazz group as "cerebral, swing…