Articles by: Sammy Stein

Marco Marconi, jazz pianist: Something Else! Interview

Marco Marconi, jazz pianist: Something Else! Interview

The busy, affable Marco Marconi, fresh off the release of his terrific trio recording ‘Nordik,’ paused briefly for a Something Else! Sitdown with Sammy Stein.

Marco Marconi Trio – Nordik (2016)

Marco Marconi Trio – Nordik (2016)

Mixing originals and choice covers, the Marco Marconi Trio’s ‘Nordik’ takes you to several different places – and at several different speeds.

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Although very different, Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh blend together on ‘Ears Are Filled With Wonder’ in a wondrous and surprising manner.

Tomas Doncker – The Mess We Made (2016)

Tomas Doncker – The Mess We Made (2016)

Tomas Doncker’s genre-bending sound has always been impossible to define, and the bluesy, politically charged ‘Mess We Made’ is no different.

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

Audiences have finally caught up with the People Band, and ‘Live at Cafe Oto’ is the perfect road map to guide them forward.

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If this gig at London’s Cafe Oto is anything to go by, we should be hearing the People Band for a long time to come.

David Bowie was a one-off, larger than life figure

David Bowie was a one-off, larger than life figure

David Bowie was a one-off, larger than life figure. Sammy Stein offers up thoughts on the immense impact of the Thin White Duke, who sadly and unexepctedly passed away Sunday.

David Bowie – Blackstar (2016)

David Bowie – Blackstar (2016)

David Bowie remains one of our key musicians, but his last releases began to sound just a tad retrospective. Not this one.

Mats Gustafsson, on the state of jazz: Something Else! Interview

Mats Gustafsson, on the state of jazz: Something Else! Interview

Mats Gustafsson joins Sammy Stein in a brutally honest discussion on the industry, travel these days and the resistance required to make good jazz.

The Spike Orchestra – Cerberus (2015)

The Spike Orchestra – Cerberus (2015)

‘Cerberus’ is part of the Masada project orchestrated by John Zorn, this time with considerable help from the deliriously talented Spike Orchestra.