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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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  • 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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  • 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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Having reviewed two recitals by Imani Winds over the past year, it is a pleasure to receive their latest recording, the music from the first of these performances, t…
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Smooth, soothing, and swaying soft rock/R&B rhythms and melodies mark this latest project by the very recognizable Simply Red. Mick Hucknall’s inimitable vocals are as s…
It is never a good thing when a recording arrives and the first line of the press release refers to it as "Genre Defying". I always think that is like when you go on a b…
Some jazz musicians may incorporate steel pans for effect or atmosphere, but few of them maintain the sound of steel pans as a consistent component of their music. Not A…
Strunz & Farah - Fantaseo- (2006 Selva, Inc.)
Acoustically animated over three decades this duo has mystified the jazz populace. A style so diverse it chall…
Western swing is the crossroad where jazz and western music collide magically and musically. Most famously popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the 1930s a…