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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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  • 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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It’s hard to be more spontaneous than this. A live show for radio broadcast, played without benefit of rehearsal. The numbers were called from the stage, many played for th…
This compilation includes tracks from three early albums by Brother turned Captain Jack McDuff ("Brother Jack" (tracks 1-8), "Steppin' Out" (9) and "Goodnight, It’s Time To…
In the past, Don Byron has had a tendency to take himself a bit too seriously. His eclectic approach includes everything from contemporary classical to avant garde jazz and…
Those of you out there who miss those thrilling daze of yesteryear when "Fusion" was edgy, exciting & unpredictable? When the prospect of a new Miles, Mahavishnu or Herbie …
BIRTH is a highly experimental collection, perfectly performed by Joshua Smith on saxophones, backed by Joe Tomino on drums and percussion and Jeremy Bleich on bass. Total …
One thing leads to another: Willis Jackson came to Prestige to revive his career, and in the process started another. The label was eager to join the organ arena, but their…
The name is unfamiliar; the sound is welcome. A full-time teacher in Los Angeles, Charles Kynard did not record often (as a leader, just one album after he left Prestige.) …
Two sides, one groove. There's a torrid live set, a bare-bones trio that keeps the crowd going. It's a basic sound, loose (in the good sense) and very satisfying. Then they…
This guy you've likely heard, whether you know it or not. He's played his trumpet as a member of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards as well as his own mutant-jazz-noir combo Sex M…
Tenor and soprano saxophonist Doug Talley and his able quartet of pianist Wayne Hawkins, bassist Tim Brewer and drummer/vibist Keith Kavanaugh are doubtlessly a popular att…