hank shteamer

John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space at 50

The scholarly Hank Shteamer who wrote the excellent essay for our Henry Threadgill set on Mosaic delves deeply into John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space, with drummer Rashied Ali, recorded in 1967 and released in 1974, and the amazing effect that it has had on artists since that time. I often saw the classic Coltrane quartet in the early ‘60s and during a set, he and Elvin Jones would launch into a ferocious duet in the latter half of a quartet piece. That was something to behold. But the duets with Ali were a beast of a very different nature, where the tenor sax and drums developed each piece compositionally from scratch. The effects of this music over the last 50 years have been beautifully annotated here.

-Michael Cuscuna


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Everyone loves a great playlist — even the musicians that might be on yours. In celebration of Music Month, we’ve been asking our favorite artists to share the music that moves them. This round belongs to writer and musician Hank Shteamer.

Hank Shteamer is a writer and drummer, and now he’s helmed a project to reissue the music of forgotten Cleveland post-hardcore band Craw, a personal favorite of his. Whether or not you’re into Craw’s music, Shteamer’s Kickstarter project was inspiring to watch. He was a fan of the music, and wanted to get it into the hands of more people, so he made it happen. When we asked him to make a playlist for us, the drummer side of him came out. He picked 35 songs with solo drum intros, giving us all a peek into the way he listens to music.

PODCAST 050 - DAVE MCCLELLAND AND HANK SHTEAMER

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I consider Craw to be on the short list of killer bands that were mostly active during the 90’s. Back then, there was a gray between metal, punk and indie rock where some of my favorite bands existed; think Dazzling Killmen, Jesus Lizard, Tar and Unsane but different. They were truly on their own frequency.
Dave McClelland, guitarist and one of the founding members joins me and journalist Hank Shteamer in the studio for a really cool hang out. Hank is spearheading a mission to collect Craw’s early, more obscure recordings and release them in a deluxe, remastered LP boxed set. If your a Craw fan, or even just a fan of intense, creative music, please check out his Kickstarter campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1861496135/6-lp-craw-box-setreissue-of-3-lost-post-hardcore-c