Album Review: “Darkside Of Christmas” – Collette Cooper. Words: Sammy Stein

There is, it seems, nothing to which Collette Cooper cannot turn her hand. She is a writer, singer, actress, and poet. Cooper proves her depth of talent again on this Christmas release. ‘Darkside of Christmas'( Thelonious Punk records) is an alternative take on the familiar deluge of yuletide projects.The album is a Christmas record but …

Album Review – “Satya”. Words: Sammy Stein

Satya ( Resonant Artists  2022) Satya comprises Phil Raskin on percussion and Frank Doblekar on saxophone. They are joined on the eponymous album ‘Satya‘ for two tracks by Ratzo Harris on bass. Raskin has been a professional musician since his teenage years in Cleveland, Ohio, and his four-decade-plus career has taken him across the world. …

Album Review: “First Light” – Village Of The Sun. Words: Sammy Stein

Village of The Sun  ‘ First Light’ A few years back, I was vaguely watching Jools Holland’s ‘Later’ on the BBC. A due came on, and I was awake -searing sax and wonderfully intuitive drumming– and such energy. That duo was Binker Golding on sax and  Moses Boyd on drums. I contacted them through their …

Single Review: “Roll With It” – Toby Corton

Wow… this is a TUNE! The soulful vocals mixed with a hip hip beat and strings is what sold it to me. Toby flies in with a vocal that’s lazy and sings with a drawl that’s not unpleasant to listen to, there’s a cello accompanying him and it’s brilliant! It’s the chorus that hits me …

Album Review: “A Pagan Landscape” – Richard Davies. Words: Sammy Stein

Richard Davies has already shown his musical ability on his album ‘Travel Without Movement’; on this lengthier recording, he makes good on the promise of more musical exploration.  Of this album, Davies told me, “This is essentially an album about ghosts. It’s about the haunting landscape around Trewallard in Cornwall, where a thriving mining community …

Review: The Comet Is Coming “Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam. Words: Sammy Stein

The Comet Is Coming, Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam ( Impulse 23 Sept 2022) The Comet is Coming comprises Danalogue on Rolands, Betamax on drums and percussion, and Shabaka Hutchins ( King Shabaka) on tenor saxophone. Since their entry into what was sometimes a disingenuous jazz scene, The Comet Is Coming has brought a reality, a street-centered, squarely-planted …

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 …