Articles by: Sammy Stein

Debbie Gifford – Changes (2018)

Debbie Gifford – Changes (2018)

Filled with a fizzy sense of self-realization, Debbie Gifford’s ‘Changes’ is delivered with song-by-song twists that are uniquely her own.

Beverley Beirne, jazz singer: Something Else! Interview

Beverley Beirne, jazz singer: Something Else! Interview

Beverley Beirne joins Sammy Stein to discuss her entertaining new album ‘JJWTHF: Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun,’ and the role of coincidence in her art.

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective – Live (2018)

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective – Live (2018)

Terence Blanchard says ‘Live’ is an album “for these troubled times – yet it’s also an album filled with hope.” He’s right.

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

This is more than solo recording; it’s a collection of musical narratives, told by Bill Frisell as he creates these amazing aural landscapes.

Jasen Weaver – The Voscoville (2018)

Jasen Weaver – The Voscoville (2018)

If Jasen Weaver’s ‘The Voscoville’ is any indication, we are definitely going to be hearing more from this exceptional developing jazz talent.

Thom Yorke – Spitting Feathers (2006): On Second Thought

Thom Yorke – Spitting Feathers (2006): On Second Thought

‘Spitting Feathers’ feels like part of a journey for Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but not one which is complete.

Big Brooklyn – Purpose (2018)

Big Brooklyn – Purpose (2018)

A melding of klezmer, jazz and not a little bit of funk, Big Brooklyn’s ‘Purpose’ is a hugely engaging debut – and the first, hopefully, of many more to come.

Uri Gurvich – Kinship (2018)

Uri Gurvich – Kinship (2018)

Uri Gurvich’s ‘Kinship’ is a celebration of differences, both cultural and musical, and yet it retains a sense of the great warmth of harmony.

John Surman – Invisible Threads (2018)

John Surman – Invisible Threads (2018)

‘Invisible Threads’ offered me the first chance to listen to saxophonist and clarinet player John Surman in a long time – and all I can say is, “wow.”

Clement Regert’s Wild Card – Life Stories (2018)

Clement Regert’s Wild Card – Life Stories (2018)

Like Wild Card itself, Clement Regert’s ‘Life Stories’ encompasses an exciting range of styles – from hard-bop and Afro-Latin, to New Orleans and raw funk grooves.

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