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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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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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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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Given the masterful composing and arranging talents clarinetist-composer-arranger Byron has given us with both the tributes to Mickey Katz and infectious dates under his ow…
This is a fabulous selection of Peterson`s best as selected by long-time friend and bassist Ray Brown. It features Peterson classics such as Clark Terry`s "Mumbles," and Mi…
This is an era of many wonderful new female jazz singers. Besides the Cassandra Wilsons, the Vanessa Rubins, the Diana Kralls, and such, we also have had four wonderful deb…
I was watching Black Entertainment Television and briefly heard the first song of this CD and said to myself, "That's very nice, smooth, and I've got to have it. So, the ve…
German bassman Dieter Ilg has always surprised me not only with incredible technique, but also as a tasteful player - for example when he toured with Randy Brecker's acoust…
This record smokes from beginning to end Dave Weckl, Jay Oliver, Tom Kennedy, Buzz Feiten, Frank Gambale, Bob Malach and Steve Tavaglione. I have all of Dave's previous rel…
I picked this up from the band themselves, while they were playing at a hotel in Diamond Bar, CA. I haven't been able to stop listening to it since. It's a great mix of jaz…
Olu Dara, a cornetist and guitarist, has put together a varied, adventuresome album. There are blues influenced songs, African and Caribbean influences, urban influences, a…
Armacost presents an incredibly smooth, warm, almost lush sound. In addition to his beautiful mellow tone, he certainly seems able to climb the scales on both the tenor and…
Last month, my sister and I celebrated our birthday. We went to see Boney James at the Blue Note. We then saw him two weeks later at IMAC on Long Island. The following nigh…