By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
So are heavy metal and jazz basically the same thing? Sonny Sharrock always thought so, apparently. Black Sabbath seemed to suggest so, when they did "Supernaut." Miles Davis and James "Blood" Ulmer and Jean-Paul Bourelly and Tony Williams Lifetime and the Headhunters and Power Tools certainly cast votes in that direction. And Richard Meltzer compared Blue Cheer to Ornette Coleman, and Public Enemy figured out how to cohabitate Slayer with John Coltrane, and MX-80 Sound named a track "Felonious Funk," and the MC5 were just in town with the Sun Ra Arkestra last month. And lately, at the Times, Ben Ratliff seems to be covering both beats. So why not join the club?
HEATHEN SHAME Speed the Parting Guest (Twisted Village improvisatory psychedelic instrumental noise-rock album)
SONNY SHARROCK Black Woman (Water '60s screaming heavy metal free-jazz reissue)
Stream "Black Woman"(Windows Media)