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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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  • 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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  • 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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True jazz enthusiasts are purist by nature. So most of them entertain remakes and tribute documents with a certain amount of trepidation. But enthusiasts and or purists ali…
Paul Horn has a formidable resume: how many musicians have played with Chico Hamilton, The Beach Boys and Miles Davis? (Horn also did the theme for the Three Stooges…
Neil Rolnick is one of these guys who plays on both sides of the street: he’s a composer (as in, one who composes while others perform, as in the "contemporary classical" s…
Barney Childs (1926-2000) was an American composer who studied under two of the greatest American composers of notated music, Aaron Copeland and Elliot Carter. This collect…
Accomplished Canadian bassist Daniel Lessard offers listeners his latest project in the form of "Barocco", fashioned as a set of improvisational pieces connec…
Theme and Variations is really two albums in one. The first is the titular suite, recorded between 1957 and 1958 and issued for the first time on this CD. The fourte…
Oh, those swingin’ Scandinavians! The Source.... is a journey through the Great White North like almost no other. The three principles compose some of the knottiest…
Brian Ferneyhough (b. 1943) is a classical composer whose music for solo flute may very likely be of interest to fans of avant/free jazz and improvised music. All of his (m…
Alto saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John La Porta is an almost unknown figure in jazz today, since he opted to pursue music in academia rather than on-stage or in clubs. …
Like the late composer/arranger Jack Nitzsche, cellist/composer Alan Shulman (1915-2002) is one of those figures in American music that you may think you haven’t heard, but…