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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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  • 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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  • 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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Some musicians like to keep their tracks simple and others like to garnish them in multiple layers vesseled by frilly harmonic forms. Vibraphonist Tom Beckham bolts his …
For her third recording, singer PJ Parker includes an unpublished song by her late father. It was written decades ago. She found it, liked it and wrote lyrics. The number (…
While it may seem that Eddie Condon’s performances have been exhaustively recorded, such is not the case. After all, the Classics series has documented Condon’s early Chica…
Roberto Magris an Italian pianist of considerable talent has released a special album, Kansas City Outbound. On this recording he has captured the beautiful spirit o…
Encounterpoint presents yet another example of the dependable, unassuming work coming out of the school systems today. It features the leader, guitarist and Ber…
Make no mistake about it, Al Hood is a great trumpeter. Able to play the most demanding conceptualizations his improvisational jazz oriented mind can think up with the u…
Include Stride Piano Duets as one of the noteworthy historical jazz releases of 2008. Recorded before a live audience in Toronto in 1966, the recording of this event…
There’s no doubt about it: These are two professional jazz musicians, unique in their own ways, at the peak of their abilities. Decades of experience and constant performan…
On "Crossroads," Colorado-based saxophonist Peter Sommer leads a two-tenor quintet though a program of appealing original compositions, lesser-known classics, and well-worn…
This trio consists of West African guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, Swedish-Italian bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. The style is a blend o…