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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 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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  • 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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Jazz saxophone great Sam Rivers resides as the elder statesman for this trio date featuring vibist Bryan Carrott, appearing on selected tracks. It’s the first of a two-C…
Pianist Tord Gustavsen’s second release for ECM Records consists of more intricacies atop prodding rhythms, featuring drummer Jarle Vespestad’s crisp cymbal work and bas…
Nothing is more appealing and invigorating than the presence and resonance of the big band sound. From the Stage Door Canteen to dance halls countrywide, big bands was t…
Slovenian jazz guitarist Samo Salamon conveys maturity beyond his young years on this progressive jazz release. A live recording featuring well-known American saxophonis…
There are two main influences easily discernible in the music of the Benevento/Russo (BR) Duo. The first comes from the opening up of time patterns and metrical relation…
Add soprano saxophonist extraordinaire Jane Ira Bloom to the burgeoning list of musicians who are releasing CDs via the (nouveau) "artistShare," business model. With thi…
This recording sort of typifies the overall direction for Thirsty Ear’Recordings Blue Series sub, label. Take asymmetrical parts electronica, dub and shades of classic ‘…
This is the debut album by a young German jazz quintet that seemingly merges the sound of the ‘60s Blue Note Records era with a thoroughly hip and inventive modern makeo…
A new release by saxophonist Charles Lloyd is generally recognized as a significant event within modern jazz circles. And on this quartet-based outing, Lloyd once again …
New York City-based multi-reedman/composer Allen Won is an artist who fluently segues between the classical and jazz idioms. Nonetheless, he shines brilliantly as a jazz…