True story: once, we were entertaining some people at home and my rat terrier, Mingus, got loose and began mingling with the guests. Because he's an insufferable attention-seeker and since people are nice and tend not to be threatened by terriers, a woman petted him and asked what his name was. I t ... More >>
What a badass. As chronicled in this week's cover story, there's a reason why Joe Sample is Texas Southern University's artist-in-residence at the school's jazz studies program -- and why he may be able to reinvent TSU's disgraced reputation. Cover Story: The New Crusaders Joe Sample Attempts to ... More >>
TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.
Fans of jazz giant Miles Davis were overjoyed in 2011 to hear that Columbia/Legacy had tapped the artist as the next subject of their Bootleg Series, offering rare live recordings of performances only available previously as, well... bootlegs, if at all. Though of course, these "official" releases c ... More >>
Return to Forever The Mothership Returns Eagle Rock (2-CD/1-DVD), $24.98. Combining the wordless instrumental dexterity of jazz and the loud, hi-energy performance of rock, jazz fusion bridged that musical gap during the genre's '70s heyday. And three groups led the way: Weather Report, the Mahavis ... More >>
Bass giant Stanley Clarke reflects on Return to Forever, Bitches Brew, and the importance of being prepared.
[Thanks to our buddy, former Meridian talent buyer John Escamilla, for posting this on Facebook.] The New Year's Eve gig must not have gone well at all. Twenty minutes into 2010, a La Porte man posted a Craigslist invitation to kill his drummer for the low, low bounty of $100. Applicants need no ... More >>
Return to Forever Return to Forever Returns www.return2forever.comAh, jazz fusion, what a conundrum of musical styles. Too heavily instrumental and dexterous for rock fans, too spacey and electric guitar-based for jazzbos, it has a small but dedicated following all weaned on Miles Davis' Bitches Bre ... More >>
The Complete On the Corner Sessions
Si Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba
Fusion guitarist Al Di Meola's latest project
Tropicália: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound
Wooten opens for the Dave Matthews Band Monday, September 5, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2025 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-363-3300. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are also on the bill.
Houston's jazz-piano cats salute a giant in their field
Friday, May 10
The Complete Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note)
Eugene Hawthorne ditches his bass and goes barefootin' with soul-jazz
Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)
Ramsey Lewis storms into town with his fusion sound
George's last name may be Duke, but on the keyboards, he's a king
All Bottled Up
Elder statesman of getting down: Fusion vibist Harry Sheppard
Houston jazz keyboardist Paul English releases Beauty