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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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  • 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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The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet opens immediately with a statement about its jazz style: the tune "Sprint" announces that the musician's intentions are to …
The music on this album flows, it peaks, it settles again. Free-spirited and expressive, it’s about as melodic as expected of projects of its kind. The first tune, "The …
Pianist Mamiko Watanabe’s double CD Origin/Jewel is a double shot of energy and execution. Ms. Watanabe explores Funk/Latin genres on Origin, and straight-…
Alex Kontorovich makes a sizzling debut as a leader on his CD Deep Minor. The Russian born, New York based reedman cleverly fuses a multitude of influences for an…
Whew! Let’s dissect this one, shall we? We’ve got a great blend of genres here, straight-ahead, fusion, and blues being the most prominent. Add the title of the album: <…
This is the second and now re-mastered edition of the original 1984 LP by famed British composer/bandleader, Mike Westbrook’s commissioned work, in recognizance of the t…
Like many, I sold most of my old LPs shortly after the digital age rocketed into full steam. Not sure if that was such a good thing, and perhaps I jumped the gun. These …
The renowned band’s second release for this record label is a tribute to its European booking agent Thomas Stowsand, who passed away on October 5, 2006. In fact, he was con…
The wait is finally over for those who have already heard "Dominique" aired across the nation. The album, Transoceanic is finally released to the excitement of milli…

Terrence Blanchard has charisma and the power to make sounds that are strong and entrapping, sound that roots itself in the soul. "Ghost of Congo Square" speaks to charisma but it is the charisma of African music and dance, African tongues, African rhythms and how they became American Creole. Terrence Blanchard said to Lolis Elie that "The Souls of Congo Square.... understand better than we do how a story such as this one unfolds in the end."