Blog interview: Courtney Pine. Words: Sammy Stein.

Courtney Pine has been part of the global music scene for decades. His constantly evolving approach to music, and jazz music, in particular, has made him an endearing and engaging musician. I have seen him perform with artists in different settings, from school halls to large fabled concert venues. Every time, Pine brings to the …

Single Review: “The Comet Is Coming” – CODE. Words: Sammy Stein

The power trio The Comet is Coming, comprised of Dan Leavers ( Danalogue), Shabaka Hutchings (Shabaka), and Max Hallett (Betamax), have released ‘Code’, the first single from their forthcoming album ‘Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam’ which will be released late September on Impulse. ‘Code’ is hailed by their label as an ‘intergalactic head-banger that explores hidden meaning …

Single Review: “How Can You Sit There?” Kael Alden

Wow.  That first sung note is glorious! Such power, it made me sit up and take note that this wasn’t just any ordinary track. The song starts off with a line that’s sung so powerfully you just can’t help but want to hear more to see where it’s going.  “How can you sit there and …

Single review: “Prima Marteria” – Connie Han. Words: Sammy Stein.

Pianist/composer and Steinway artist Connie Han has released her single ‘Prima Marteria,’ which preludes the album ‘Secrets of Inanna’ due out in September. Connie Han has created more than a stir in the jazz world, bringing fresh, challenging ideas to the music. The single’s title references the primeval elements from which the universe was formed. …

Album Review: “Pixelation” – Kiffie

Pixelation by Kiffie Pixelation This track is characteristic of Kiffie’s sound, very electronic, sparse synth sounds…. But there’s one little change, this track is not in 4/4. At least not all the way through. Don’t get too confused, it’s a bit of polyrhythmic play that funnily enough I was discussing with a colleague of mine …