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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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  • 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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Thirty years after releasing her American debut, Flora Purim brings us "Speak No Evil," a mix of standards and originals that shows the Queen of Brazilian Jazz still has mu…
BRAZIL & BEYOND is a remarkable 2 CD set which is comprised of "Brazilian Soul" released in 1981 and "Latin Odyssey" released in 1983. Brazilian motifs blended with Latin m…
The wait is over, for here comes the long awaited new recording by Two For Brazil, featuring the talents of Paulinho Garcia on acoustic guitar & vocals, and Greg Fishman on…
I can remember, in the 80s to mid 90s, always longing and looking forwards for Friday nights and Sunday afternoons to arrive. The two big regular jazz and Latin dance event…
João Gilberto di Oliveira is not only a perfect singer, an extraordinary guitarist and the inventor of bossa nova. No, there is also something else which makes him special,…
Originally from Brazil, and already playing guitar at an early age, Walter Rodrigues Jr. was drawn to jazz when he heard a recording by Joe Pass. Eventually, in 1989, he mo…
Famed "New York City downtown scene provocateur, John Zorn produced this significant 2002 release by Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. And other than, Zorn performing …
Recorded in 1962 and 1963, this represents one of the first and most superb recordings of bossa nova. Byrd studied with Andres Segovia and brings that classical guitar touc…
All evidence to the contrary, there are very few fine recordings of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. I say contrary to the evidence because Jobim may be one of the most r…
You need a cocktail, preferably one with rum and umbrellas and served up in a tiki head glass. Not convinced? Put on the latest release from Eliane Elias, the NYC based Bra…