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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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  • 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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Al Di Meola and his jazz guitar have been charming audiences for over 25 years, and he is one of the most complex, intricate guitarists performing in contemporary jazz toda…
This CD is simply flawless, but what more can one expect from a talent as honed yet innovative as keyboard player/composer Joe Sample. Having traveled long and far in the m…
What most impresses the listener to Personae by the trio of Jonas Helborg, Shawn Lane and Jeff Sipe is the incredible technical chops these three musicians possess. …
Guitarist Nels Cline has played in jazz contexts (Julius Hemphill, Tim Berne, Gregg Bendian) and rock contexts (Mike Watt, Geraldine Fibbers), but nothing (well, almost not…
Some listeners/readers familiar with less-commercial variants on what’s come to be know as "alternative rock" (a phrase about as useful these days as "progressive jazz," as…
For those that think that quality/creative fusion is a thing of the past, here your wake-up call. To be sure, this dobro-playing Jerry Douglas guy represents the acoustic s…
I recognized the names, Henry Mancini and Charlie "Bird" Parker. I figured that because this band was a jazz oriented unit that they took those two well known names and put…
Third Level is an interesting fusion of styles; incorporating oncontemporary and commercial jazz and instrumental rock, Blue Ginger putsforth an enjoyable sampling ofcompos…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Soft Machine were one of the MOST ORIGINAL AND UNDERRATED of the bands from the "golden age" of Fusion (1969-74), only not that m…
Curlew are one of those darn-near unclassifiable bands: part art/prog-rock, part-fusion jazz, part avant-garde jazz, with over/undertones of 20th century classical/notated …