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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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  • 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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Thomas R. Erdmann

Thomas R. Erdmann

Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield has a resume anyone would covet. Among the foundations/agencies he has received grants from for writing compositions include the Meet-the-…
Free jazz is a tough field. It most often turns up as self-indulgent waste propagated mostly by artists who don’t have talent or technique and think free jazz is all abo…
Creating a compact disc recording of any value is a careful balance involving the adept juggling of many different, yet essential, multi-dimensional facets. The procedur…
The concept is a good one. Take one great record company, Fresh Sound Records (through their Fresh Sound New Talent subsidiary) of Barcelona - Spain, known for featuring…
At first glance the pairing of David Bloom (founder and director of the 30-year old Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago) with Cliff Colnot (principal conductor of the Chicag…
Sometimes it’s nice to sit down and listen to a CD where it’s obvious the performers "go for it." Forsaking any and all commercial aspirations they focus on making music th…
Keyboardist/guitarist/singer/song composer Will Faeber is best known in Europe, where he has had good record sales with his 1997 release, No Small Comfort. This disc, descr…
All you really need to know about whether debut CD by Cuban pianist/composer/arranger Manuel Valera is any good is to look at who accompanies him: outstanding young saxopho…
It’s a mistake to believe just because music has elements of improvisation, or even has large improvised sections within its structure, it can be called jazz. Certainly nob…
Some music is so hip you know, upon first hearing, there is no way it will ever find a large drawing. Like fine wine made in small reserves, it is to be savored when experi…