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1999 Stories by Paul J. MacArthur

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  • Local Rotation

    published December 9, 1999

    Rick Porter & The Music Unlimited Ensemble Live at Cezanne... Before the Night Has Flown Rick Porter A... More >>

  • Tiny Tunes

    published December 2, 1999

    Forget about the millionaire musicians upset with their multi-album recording contracts; Jimmy Scott is an example of someone who was really... More >>

  • One For All

    published November 18, 1999

    When tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet visited his hometown of Houston in 1955, he wanted to make history. Not musically -- the brilliant... More >>

  • Local Rotation

    published November 18, 1999

    Houston Jazz Trio LandHo Liquid Phyllis Records No, Houston's not a jazz mecca, but its small jazz circle... More >>

  • Family Tradition

    published November 18, 1999

    Hank is a name that stands alone in country music. Same goes for Hank Junior. And now there's a third: Hank Williams III, otherwise known as Hank... More >>

  • Utility Bassist

    published October 28, 1999

    Christian McBride is like oxygen. He's everywhere. Pick up a mainstream jazz album from the '90s, and there's a good chance McBride's on it. The... More >>

  • Duke of Dissonance

    published October 14, 1999

    In the year of Duke Ellington's centennial, tributes to the master composer are more common than shaved bodies at an Olympic swim meet. But "10... More >>

  • Straight Sambas

    published October 7, 1999

    Danilo Perez vividly remembers the first gift he ever received from his father: a set of bongo drums. Perez's father, a Latin bandleader and... More >>

  • Jazz Warrior

    published September 30, 1999

    For about three decades, Malcolm Pinson has been a fixture on Houston's jazz scene, a keeper of the bebop flame. "I won't play anything... More >>

  • ...Newman!

    published September 23, 1999

    One day while young David Newman was playing in band practice at Lincoln High School in Dallas, his instructor noticed the music sheet on Newman's... More >>

  • Soul Brother No. 1

    published September 2, 1999

    Music writers toss around the term genius so often the word is almost meaningless. Madonna's a genius. Kurt Cobain was a genius. Trent... More >>

  • Scat's First Lady

    published September 2, 1999

    If VH-1 ever decides to dedicate a portion of its "Behind the Music" series to jazz, it would be well-served to produce an episode on Anita O'Day.... More >>

  • The Real Diva

    published August 26, 1999

    Take a look at Nancy Wilson and all you can say is, "Damn!" At 62 she looks better than most women half her age and is still one of the best... More >>

  • Howard's End

    published August 19, 1999

    The day after the April shootings in Littleton, Colorado, radio personality Howard Stern asked on air if the perpetrators "[tried] to have sex... More >>

  • Rotation

    published June 24, 1999

    Pavement Terror Twilight Matador Pavement has something to prove. Overhyped and overpraised, the quintet has, through the course... More >>

  • Jazz Alchemists

    published June 10, 1999

    For a decade Acoustic Alchemy defined the New Adult Contemporary radio format. Often called The Wave and now usually referred to as "smoooooth... More >>

  • Star Time

    published June 3, 1999

    When Houstonian Mark Dini opens for Larry Carlton on Tuesday night, the local-boy jazz guitarist is likely to feel a few butterflies. Headliner... More >>

  • Canadian Werewolf in Houston

    published June 3, 1999

    "Gino Vannelli, one of the greatest musicians and most intriguing artists of our time, has never received the recognition that he deserves." So... More >>

  • Del-Fi Today

    published May 27, 1999

    Tribute CDs always pose a problem. For a remake of a song to be successful, an artist has to interpret it in his own way and at the same time... More >>

  • Hi Del-Fi

    published May 27, 1999

    Before independent rock record labels today, there was the independent rock record label. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Del-Fi Records... More >>

  • Best of Burt

    published May 6, 1999

    Burt Bacharach's songs have been covered by so many artists that his royalty checks stack right up next to Paul McCartney's and the estate of... More >>

  • He's Ba-ack

    published May 6, 1999

    It's easy to be awed by Burt Bacharach. He's one of the most prolific quality pop songwriters of the past four decades. His melodic tunes have... More >>

  • Cosby Says the Darndest Things

    published April 29, 1999

    Try doing a Bill Cosby routine at the water cooler sometime. You'll fail miserably. Cosby doesn't have a battery of one-liners; he doesn't even... More >>

  • Beach Gents

    published April 15, 1999

    Great Beach Boys songs -- and there are actually dozens of them -- are magical. Forget for a moment the harmonic complexity of Brian Wilson's... More >>

  • God Awful

    published March 25, 1999

    Let's see, the band's name is taken from an Alice in Chains song about heroin, the singer is a Wiccan witch, and a song called "Bad Religion,"... More >>

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