Articles by: Sammy Stein

John Zorn’s Simulacrum – The Garden of Earthly Delights (2017)

John Zorn’s Simulacrum – The Garden of Earthly Delights (2017)

‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ celebrates Hieronymus Bosch, whose surreal paintings seem to give John Zorn’s Simulacrum permission to follow similar patterns.

Ted Milton, of Blurt: Something Else! Interview

Ted Milton, of Blurt: Something Else! Interview

Ted Milton’s work with Blurt has been branded “jazz,” “post-punk,” “dance” and “experimental,” but there isn’t a pencil-pusher name to define an act like this.

Wilko Johnson – I Keep It To Myself: The Best of Wilko Johnson (2017)

Wilko Johnson – I Keep It To Myself: The Best of Wilko Johnson (2017)

This generous two-disc set is packed with recently recorded Wilko Johnson goodies, including re-workings of several Dr Feelgood favorites.

David Bowie – No Plan EP (2017)

David Bowie – No Plan EP (2017)

There is a sense of David Bowie’s essence here – not the characters he created but Bowie as the song master.

Ballister – Slag (2017)

Ballister – Slag (2017)

Ballister’s ‘Slag’ is free-form music – played that way and at its best.

Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (2016)

Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (2016)

The Rolling Stones bring an effervescence and a sense of fun to ‘Blue and Lonesome’ that makes it entirely listenable.

Sting – 57th and 9th (2016)

Sting – 57th and 9th (2016)

With the new ’57th and 9th,’ Sting makes a welcome return to a more rock-rooted style after a period away from the genre.

Mike Casey, emerging jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Mike Casey, emerging jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Mike Casey is, not to put too fine a point on it, an extraordinary saxophone player.

Memory of Elements – Now Noise (2016)

Memory of Elements – Now Noise (2016)

Memory of Elements’ ‘Now Noise’ is an album with so much going on that you’ll need more than one listen to fully appreciate it.

Dizzy Gillespie and Friends – Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (2016)

Dizzy Gillespie and Friends – Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (2016)

‘Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker’ crosses so many boundaries – not the least of which is time.

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