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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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  •  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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  • 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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Thomas R. Erdmann

Thomas R. Erdmann

There are two main influences easily discernible in the music of the Benevento/Russo (BR) Duo. The first comes from the opening up of time patterns and metrical relation…
R&B, soul, contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonists often point to Grover Washington Jr. as the master’s master saxophonist when it came to combining emotion, soul and …
Smooth jazz is in trouble. Clear Channel Communications, which just about single-handedly makes and breaks artists in this genre by dictating the directional style of th…
There is always a problem when extremely talented jazz musicians try to make a groove-oriented, read smooth jazz and radio-friendly, recording. Because they have a ton o…
The best smooth jazz is that which plays it close to the instrumental R&B vest by staying happy with a good groove but doesn’t look down to the audience. While there is a t…
With all of the CDs reviewers are sent, rarely does a CD come along that speaks a language so true, it’s impossible to not recommend it to everyone. This is certainly th…
There are few things you can count on in life - both Republicans and Democrats will raise our taxes, there will be large lightning and thunderstorms in the Midwest, and …
Every once in a while it’s a real treat to sit down and listen to someone play jazz influenced by good ol’ straight-ahead hard-bop. These days it seems as if the new gen…
Every once in a while it’s a real treat to sit down and listen to someone play jazz influenced by good ol’ straight-ahead hard-bop. These days it seems as if the new gen…
Saxophonist/composer Tim O’Dell and bassist Tatsu Aoki come to this duo recording with solid credentials. O’Dell is Saxophone/Jazz Studies instructor at the University o…