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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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  • 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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  •  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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Incredible playing from this young pioneer. Shades of Wes Montgomery mixed with Hip-Hop. This cat plays bass and guitar at the same time and neither is sacrificed. Hunter c…
Abdullah’s Ibrahim’s African Symphony as performed by the Munich Radio Symphony along with Ibrahim on piano, Marcus McLaurine on bass and George Gray on drums presen…
J. E. R. M., an acronym containing the initial of the first name of each of the members of this quartet, is a Boston-based band that sounds like they have a real ECM jones.…
Where is the Charles Mingus of today?--cries a voice from the wilderness. "You know, a composer/bandleader that inspires the players, pushes the envelope, can be cerebral y…
It appears L.A.-based pianist/composer James Carney is out to "become" the Horace Silver for the '90s--that's to say, a proud purveyor of easygoing yet imaginative mainstre…
For those of you who long for the sound of the McCoy Tyner albums on Milestone of the early-to-mid-70s, go no further: for that longing, The Antidote. But NYC-based pianist…
Dave Holland, who made a name for himself initially playing with Miles, Corea, Braxton and his own early-70s avant-jazz classic Conference of the Birds, has mellowed a bit.…
A concept album? Nah. Well, sort of--there's a "dame" hitching a ride on the vaguely film-noir-ish cover pic, but there's not quite enough songs about travel by car on this…
Saxist Ron Blake and Drummer Dion Parson have released an interesting CD called 21st Century. This recording has it all, great compositions, great playing, and above all, a…
Take one of the greatest - if not THE greatest (well, along with Frank Morgan) - Parker-descended altoists, pair him with one of the most inventive, under-rated straight-ah…