Cynic: Ascension Codes Album Review

Cynic’s music has often been overshadowed by the band’s mythology. Half of the members were also part of Florida death metal legends Death, who appeared on the 1991 classic Human just after finishing high school. While touring Europe with Death, authorities confiscated their gear, and on their return home, Hurricane Andrew destroyed their rehearsal space, … Read more

Ben LaMar Gay: Open Arms To Open Us Album Review

In an illuminating prologue to his second full-length album, Chicago instrumentalist, composer and singer Ben LaMar Gay writes about his doubts about what he might leave behind for “the young people in my life” when confronted with “the crumbling of societal facades.” .” He finds the answer in the rhythm, “the one truth that travels … Read more

Karen Ruimy Presents: When Jazz Meets Flamenco – Sadler’s Wells, London

Creator: Karen Ruimy Fusion is at the heart of Sadler’s Wells programming, finding ways to blend different dance and music styles, classical and commercial styles, old and new work. The experimental performance of Karen Ruimy, who combines her career as a professional flamenco dancer with her love for jazz singing, fits well with the small … Read more

Richard Dawson / Circle: Henki Album Review

No one writes about humanity – our hopes and dreams, obsessions and follies – like Richard Dawson. Dawson, a singer and guitarist from Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England, works loosely in the folk tradition, although this hardly explains the scope and eccentricity of his songs. One minute you might hear him sing … Read more

Irreversible Complications: Open the Gates Album Review

Born in the wake of the NYPD’s murder of Caribbean immigrant Akai Gurley, Irreversible Entanglements tapped into the righteous anger they felt on their self-titled debut LP. Since then, the band’s experimental jazz has expanded, comfortably taking up more space and broadening in sound and scope. Their 2020 LP Who sent you? looked to the … Read more

Irreversible Complications: Open the Gates Album Review

Born in the wake of the NYPD’s murder of Caribbean immigrant Akai Gurley, Irreversible Entanglements tapped into the righteous anger they felt on their self-titled debut LP. Since then, the band’s experimental jazz has expanded, comfortably taking up more space and broadening in sound and scope. Their 2020 LP Who sent you? looked to the … Read more