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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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    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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Swing jazz vocalist Mark Lambert fuses his love of Brazilian, Arabian and Indian music with the gentle fluidity of classic jazz in his new record, Under My Skin f…
Kurt Elling sings the music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman for his latest release, Dedicated To You, performed live at Lincoln Center in New York City for the conce…
Singer-songwriter-bassist Mimi Jones gives modern jazz a spritz of ethnic musical influences with a piping of Latin-soul, smooth funk, and soft jazz arias. Her latest re…
Smooth jazz guitarist Freddie Fox creates beautiful music on his latest CD Feelin’ It. He produces an infectious chill-out feel in the rhythmic swells of "Souther…
When I listen to this ensemble, abstract connotations or thoughts of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album moniker come to fruition. Of course, musical similari…
From the songbook of Abbey Lincoln, the transformation of Ms Kendra Shank has been a notable accomplishment, acquiring new extremes on her trek by way of ,at times, stoi…
As a long time listener to recordings by Kendra Shank, this reader has always been intrigued by the uniqueness of her approach to music making. In addition to her beauti…
Karrin Allyson remains in the uncommon, and certainly enviable, position of being Concord Music’s first, and now longest tenured, singer on the label. Concord founder Carl …
This 3-CD collection of the greatness that was saxophonist Art Pepper is sure to become a favorite among his fans and those who treasure great jazz performances. The thr…
Thinking Out Loud by Atlanta, GA based Trey Wright Trio, raises the bar for energized, collaborative and highly listenable guitar, bass and drum trio music. Pay…