Shaun Brady is a freelance writer who covers film, jazz, and countless other distractions for City Paper. He also writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro and DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines.
[Oct. 6] Amir ElSaffar has spent much of the past decade integrating jazz and Middle Eastern music; in the quintet KAMA he joins forces with other well-traveled artists looking to diverse cultures to forge a new sound.
[Sept. 28] Eccentric, irreverent, flawlessly funky — those descriptors certainly describe Sly Stone, but they could apply just as well to trumpeter Steven Bernstein, who pays tribute to soul's mad genius with his eclectic big band.
The smart cast goes a long way toward rescuing the film from movie-of-the-week status, but their stories travel far-too-familiar trajectories, with prostitutes and masturbation swapped in for dealers and back-alley injections.