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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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  • 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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It's no coincidence, perhaps, that John Hollenbeck refers to his 20+ member orchestra as a Large Ensemble. The terms 'Big Band' and 'Orchestra' are rife with all sorts of c…
This reissue of saxophonist and ethnomusicologist Marion Brown’s 1968 quartet date, and second outing for ESP, highlights his unique fusion of cutting-edge avant-improv …
With one forty-six minute studio composition piece "Uranus," and an improvisation dedicated to Karlheinz Stockhausen titled "Curtains," the duo generates a vivid and som…
In the realm of truly spur-of-the-moment improvised music there is hardly anyone better than Myra Melford. To be brought into her aural world is to be treated to sounds …
Guitarist Kim Johannesen and clarinetist Svein Magus Furu travel far beyond the borders of jazz on this release. The music they create here would certainly be more at home …
Reviewing music for film is like reviewing music for ballet, since the music is intended to be accompanied by action any reviewer is handicapped without the visual prese…
This, the fourth in a series of live 2008 recordings by the free jazz trio Fab Trio, finds the group in Amsterdam. The one thing you can be sure of with these musicians …
Here are two Israel-born hepcats, one currently based in the USA (E. Maoz, NYC) and the other in the UK (A. Sirkis, London) - two nations separated by a common language,…
The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble explores a hybridization between classical and jazz on Eternal Interlude. The album includes six Hollenbeck compositions, all orig…
California native and premier, progressive/free-jazz drummer Michael Vatcher relocated to Amsterdam in 1977, and has become a prominent musical force in the global jazz …