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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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  • 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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  • 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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Eminent Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer performed these heavily improvised works at a Lucerne - classical concert hall. Alternatively, Schweizer invokes the history of mod…
No "huff and puff" warning here, just pure " blow your house down" playing by the entire ensemble. Mace Hibbard explodes into the treasured "Hello world, deal with me" s…
A jazz trio’s canvas is the absence of sound in an empty space. The trio’s challenge is to become a "team of one" and use this space to foster an individual and collecti…
Fans of European jazz take notice. Drummer and percussionist Luca Niggli's Big Zoom is a quintet of unusual proportions. On Celebrate Diversity, Niggli is joine…
Bandleader Goh Kurosawa describes Sharp Three’s style as "Global Fusion," with influences spanning jazz, rock, Western classical music and Balkan rhythms. His main inspi…
Danish pianist/composer Jakob Davidsen’s latest offering, Mangfoldighed, refers to the diversity of life, art, society and nature. The varied musical scheme of th…
Drummer Ed Breazeale is that creative artist who wants to get it just right. In the notes on his new CD, Just Beyond, Breazeale says that after he arranged each piec…
With This Is My House, Brooklyn-based bassist/composer Anne Mette Iversen delivers a stunning collection of original progressive jazz, bursting with lively melodi…
On State of the Union pianist/composer Frank Carlberg continues his mission to merge modern jazz composition with off-beat poetry as he did on In the Land of A…