Articles by: Sammy Stein

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.

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.