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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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  • 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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Johann Helton in Songs Without Words is an acoustical treasure that celebrates the diversity of the human experience. Helton plays layers of acoustic and bass…
Friday, September 12, 2003, Little Rock Arkansas. I was not going to review this release. June Carter Cash was obviously ill while she was recording Wildwood F…
Wooden Guitar is a collection of five tracks by four contemporary acoustic guitarists, all of whom confound the concept of easy musical boundaries, with the one comm…
Though he was far from being a household name, the late John Fahey (1939-2001) was one of the finest and most unique acoustic guitarists America has ever produced. Duke Ell…
Terje Sundby has appeared on many recordings over the past few years. This experience has led to the release of his first recording as leader. His Norwegian roots are evide…
Mark Weinstein was in the 1960s better known as a trombonist when he played w/ Herbie Mann and various Latin-Jazz ensembles before leaving the music for academia. Now he’s …
Bill Smith - also known as William O. Smith - is one of those "beyond category" [thanks for that phrase, Duke] musicians: he’s played/improvised with Dave Brubeck, electron…
That problem with labels, again.... these two musicians have backgrounds in bluegrass and that relatively new (the late 70s or so) fusion genre (or sub-genre, depending on …
While many of the neo-Klezmer scene bring jazz (and funk, etc.) into Klezmer (that old-world funky music that mixes Central European Jewish/Hebraic folk melodies n’ motifs …
Guitarist Simone Guiducci's music defines its own world, but it also reflects the one in which we live. Like playwright-actor Dario Fo, whose literary gramelot, Mistero Buf…