At the Vortex, Dalston, London: Just occasionally, the veil which hides from us all mysteries of other worlds, of suns, moons and stars becomes thinner
Articles by: Sammy Stein
“I believe there is a divine music; it goes on, it’s automatic, without anger, greed, lust, attachment and egoism.”
Mats Gustafsson is bonkers — and I mean that in the most flattering way possible.
The Blockheads’ latest release, Same Horse, Different Jockey is an album which has taken the band in new directions, both musically and re-establishes the band at the top of their musical tree.
Jazz guitarist Hristo Vitchev lives in San Francisco. He leads several modern jazz formations and his debut album Song For Messambria, released on Orbit in 2009, was well received.
Akosua Gyebi — otherwise known as Kosi — is a vocalist with a range and distinctive style all her own. Her debut One More Cup Of Coffee leaves a lasting memory
And they are back! Finally, after several years in the wilderness that is self-funding and steadily working at live gigs, the Blockheads have made a return with a new album shortly due to be released
This is part two of Sammy Stein’s comprehensive look into the genesis of the rangy improvisational genre of music that eventually became known as free jazz. [Click here for Part 1.]
When I approached my contacts in the music industry with the idea of a series of articles attempting to look at the development of free jazz, many jumped at the chance to offer their thoughts and ideas.