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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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  • 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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    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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Javon Jackson’s eighth album, Easy Does It, characterizes an excellent journey through the kind of cool, hard bop groove that we experience in a thousand clubs every…
This is jazz like it's meant to be played and vocals like they're meant to be sung! Much to the delight of the listener, Joe Doggs, a best-kept secret until this outstandin…
There comes a time, perhaps after years of trying to fit into a particular groove or walk a particular walk, when something magical happens. The artist crosses over into a …
Kenny Garrett’s Standard of Language scores a knockout as testament to technical, vigorous jazz exploration. You don’t want to put this in your CD tray if you have a…
This band call themselves an Alternative Christian Funk Band. They use various styles and genres to tell their story but a common thread keeps the CD together from start to…
Impressions is a rock and blues-fueled look at the instrumental range of guitarist Chris Winters. Having toured with Mississippi Heat, Aaron Burton, Otis Clay, among others…
The CD "Counter Melodies" is strong, in melody and rhythm, with an effervescent feel good vibe that will please a cross-section of music fans. On this CD Gibson's ea…
Michele Mele writes excellent music and she can sing. Her debut release, Like This, catalogues mainstream jazz styles, but her cool singing talent sometimes undermin…
Acid Cabaret, the debut CD by the Ed Alstrom Trio is suitably named because just like a cabaret, the group's eclectic "Let Me Entertain You" style, has influences from Broa…
Smooth Jazz lovers this CD is for you. 3rd Force has done it again with the latest CD called Gentle Force. The group (William Aura, Craig Dobbin, and Alain Eskinasi) have b…