Mark Towns

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  • 11 years ago

    In jazz, the list of true living legends is not long. But if you ask any fan or critic to rattle off a list, Herbie Hancock would be at or near the top of any of them. A pianist's pianist, Hancock first gained prominence as a member of Miles Davis...

  • 13 years ago

    An envious Herbie Hancock once joked that he wanted to break his more skilled rival Gonzalo Rubalcaba's fingers, or at the very least, encase them in cement. But while Hancock's brand of jazz has reaped millions by being accessible to a wide audie...

  • 18 years ago

    There are more than a few flamenco purists out there who have stopped just short of demanding the head of Ottmar Liebert on a silver platter. It's out of jealousy, of course. Liebert, after all, has done a remarkable job of taking the musical esse...

  • 19 years ago

    Dallas guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek was playing obscure, backroom blues circuit gigs before he could qualify for a driver's license. A few years later, the '70s reared its ugly head long enough for the musician to flirt with hard rock. But Zeppelin...

  • 19 years ago

    It wasn't by accident that youth figured so prominently in this year's Houston Press Music Awards. An overhaul of the nominating committee to include a younger segment of nominators slightly more on the fringe -- not to mention the addition of a B...

  • 19 years ago

    Sometimes, musical maturity takes a while. In the case of saxophonist George Howard, who recorded his first CD in 1982, it took a decade and a half. But now everything's starting to jell. On Attitude Adjustment, his most recent release (not counti...


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