Articles by: Sammy Stein

David Dower, jazz pianist: Something Else! Interview

David Dower, jazz pianist: Something Else! Interview

Struck by David Dower’s maturity and musicality, Sammy Stein tracked down this emerging new talent to find out more.

Sam Eastmond, jazz trumpeter: Something Else! Interview

Sam Eastmond, jazz trumpeter: Something Else! Interview

Sam Eastmond, a trumpet player with an eclectic musical taste, writes from his own particular sound world of sources and inspiration.

Mark Wade, jazz bassist: Something Else! Interview

Mark Wade, jazz bassist: Something Else! Interview

Mark Wade’s ‘Event Horizon’ is one of those albums you come back to time and again, because it has deep layers. One listen is never enough.

Mats Gustafsson – MG 50: Peace and Fire (2016)

Mats Gustafsson – MG 50: Peace and Fire (2016)

Mats Gustafsson says it is vital to remain open, inquisitive and to explore music. With ‘MG 50: Peace and Fire,’ he does just that.

Forebrace – Steeped (2016)

Forebrace – Steeped (2016)

Forebrace’s ‘Steeped’ captures the essence of live performance with a sense of atmosphere, the odd tweak and squeak – everything which makes live music good.

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin’s ‘Beyond Now’ is an astonishing show of talent and indefinable music which crosses boundaries and merges them – yet retains his jazz influences.

John Edwards, Evan Parker, John Russell + others – Making Rooms (2016)

John Edwards, Evan Parker, John Russell + others – Making Rooms (2016)

‘Making Rooms’ has a connection, not only between the musicians but with the listener. It is real, emotive and altogether beautiful.

Charlie Parker – Unheard Bird (2016)

Charlie Parker – Unheard Bird (2016)

Come on a journey with Charlie Parker. Hear the trials, the outtakes and the false starts of some of his most memorable tunes.

John ‘Papa’ Gros – River’s On Fire (2016)

John ‘Papa’ Gros – River’s On Fire (2016)

John “Papa” Gros’ ‘River’s On Fire’ is one of those albums you “see,” because the stories are so well told. Mentor Allen Toussaint would be proud.

Paul Jolly, free jazz musician, club owner and producer: Something Else! Interview

Paul Jolly, free jazz musician, club owner and producer: Something Else! Interview

Paul Jolly, a free jazz musician, producer and advocate, has made good on his own personal mantra: “Wake up every day, and do something positive and with love.”