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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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  • 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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The Modern Jazz Quartet Complete Prestige & Pablo Recordings delivers four generous CDs totaling 54 tracks and a comprehensive explanation of their career on the two…
More music for tres moderne jazz people who think they don’t/won’t dig "classical" music: Elliott Carter (b. 1908) is a giant of American notated music, carrying on and fur…
This Norwegian piano-violin-trumpet-drums quartet pursues crossover classical/jazz iterations, amid a chamber-like aura. Pianist Christian Wallumrod directs the band thru f…
Electric guitarist Terje Rypdal has long been at the forefront of Scandinavia’s fusion and avant-garde scenes - that’s him playing on George Russell’s late 60s recordings, …
There’s a lot of musicians out there who’ve played w/ darn near everyone yet never graduated to the Big Leagues of "name recognition" - never mind being a million-seller-ty…
Stravinsky? Wasn’t he a.... classical-type guy? Well, yes, but like Scott Joplin, Ellington, Gershwin and Parker - not coincidentally his contemporaries - he was (to borrow…
A sequel to DJ Spooky's Thirsty Ear recording OPTOMETRY is DUBTOMETRY, a new Thirsty Ear release. Whereas the first is a means to formally introduce the spinning turntablis…
Not so long ago, the UK’s multi-reedsperson John Surman and the USA’s great drummer Jack DeJohnette collaborated on freely improvised (yet marvelously cohesive) duets on/fo…
As a new listener to jazz music, I was looking for a CD with a number of artist's on it so as to better familiarize myself with their works. I picked out this CD because it…