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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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  • 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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  • 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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New England area saxophonist/composer Ian Rapien architects a group sound that touches upon scorching jazz-fusion, off-kilter funk motifs, straightforward modern jazz an…
This is the re-release of Conveniens first album, originally recorded in 1984. The synthetic sound duo released 2 other albums in the 80s, both of which are sti…
And to think there was a time when This Writer wasn't all that excited by piano trios.... as a lad, I respected them, true, but I was always thinking, "Where's the horns…
In 1980s New York City, the late, great Microscopic Septet were the greatest, swinging-est, coolest, hottest avant-anachronistic combo that ever was, only darn few outsi…
While American audiences are probably not familiar with Joe Haider, he is no newcomer to jazz. To get an idea of how seasoned Joe Haider is, the last record he made under h…
A serene D.D. Jackson? I don’t think so. Compared to what? Compared to his former self, before his recent matrimony and domesticity, he may indeed feel serene. Co…
A serene D.D. Jackson? I don’t think so. Compared to what? Compared to his former self, before his recent matrimony and domesticity, he may indeed feel serene. Co…
Clarinetist and composer Andy Biskin along with fellow virtuoso Dave Ballou (trumpet) and Drew Gress (bass) comprise Trio Tragico. Repeated listening of their d…
This French progressive-rock band transmits an amenable stride here. The unit’s third release bears a multidimensional communiqué, where the thrusting rhythmic ideologie…
Reentering the recording scene with a proverbial vengeance, saxophonist/composer and consummate idea-man Rob Reddy’s new release has been eagerly anticipated by many. An…