John Coltrane

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    September 4, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Tim Ruiz, La Mafia's Master of Technics

    Who? Member of Grammy-winning Tejano band La Mafia, bassist Tim Ruiz has been creating music in this city for the better part of two decades. A top advocate for the local live-music scene with an emphasis on live jazz, Ruiz is the the creative mind behind the new Jazz Scene Houston page on Facebook ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rakim, Lady Gaga, the Neighbourhood, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 14 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Boogie Nights: How Surviving Disco Helped Me Understand EDM

    Some kid I know asked me if I ever plan to write an article about electronic dance music. I told him yeah, probably I would. I guess that seemed too cavalier an answer. He wanted to know if I had something against EDM. Naw, it's all right, I told him. What was I, he wanted to know, some kind of ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Lost Bayou Ramblers, Daft Punk Tribute, etc.

    Will Downing Bayou Music Center, May 10 Known for his rich baritone vocals and an unabashed devotion to romantic ballads, Will Downing may be the quintessential ladies man, so keep a close eye on your woman as he croons a blend of contemporary jazz and R&B that would make even Luther blush. With a ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 2-4

    UPDATED (9:30 a.m.): Per @FitzLiveMusic, Rakim has canceled due to Sandy-related travel difficulties. :( Indian Jewelry Walters, November 2 Houston is a better place for Indian Jewelry still being here. They could have moved somewhere hipper long ago and been welcomed with open arms, but Tex Kersc ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    September 18, 2012

    Moving Day: 5 Albums I Just Can't Quit

    Reconsidering a lifetime of musical choices is a funny business. My first musical purchase? The Maxi Single for Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). First proper album purchase? Amy Grant's 1991 classic, Heart In Motion. Before I lose any degree of credibility, let's move on. For the past m ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 28, 2012

    5 Ridiculous/Offensive Memorial Day Commercials

    Some businesses are jerks for pimping a junk heap on wheels on Memorial Day. Others are silly for trying to sell sexual innuendo-heavy mattresses ("firm," "spread out," "not squishy") on a day that's supposed to be all about giving it up to American servicemen and women. Then there are these super- ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Are Streaming Sites Ensuring The Music Industry's Long-Term Survival?

    The look on my face when I couldn't hear "Temporary Secretary" on Rdio.​This past week, Paul McCartney's team pulled most of his catalog - including his works with Wings - off streaming music sites such as Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify and MOG. Listeners are now deprived of Band On the Run, Back To ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    The Roots Of Lionize: From Miles Davis To Led Zeppelin

    It's hard to find a band that reps Miles Davis in the same breath as much as they do Led Zeppelin, but Lionize are that band. Recording in Jamaica with Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, supporting beardos like Kylesa, Clutch, and cKy? Yes, that's Lionize for you. Opening for Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012
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    September 27, 2011

    30 Seconds With Miles Zuniga

    Rocks Off interrogated Miles Zuniga, who just released his solo debut These Ghosts Have Bones, to see what we could find out about the Fastball singer/guitarist and Austin's own acolyte of the Church of John Coltrane 30 seconds.​ Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Miles Zuniga ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    How About Some More HPMA Nominee MP3s?

    Monica Fuentes​Rocks Off would like to thank this year's music award nominees who sent us a couple of MP3s like we asked you to a couple of days ago. By our count, about 11 nominees have now sent us some music, which leaves... well, a lot. We're still a little afraid to count. Please help us ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Musical Theology With John Coltrane, Robert Johnson

    ​Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie). Not a straight biographical doc or even a chronological one about his album releases, The Wo ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    What About Bob?

    Patti Smith's new book makes good on her 20-year-old promise to Robert Mapplethorpe.

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    January 21, 2010

    Straight, No Chaser

    The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie's jazz.

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    January 6, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: Golden Cities' Marcus Gausepohl on Krautrock, Space-Rock and His Ambient-Drone Buddies

    Houston's own Golden Cities headline the Mink tonight with Boston droners Great Hopes and St. Louis post-punk duo Spelling Bee. Rocks Off sat down with GC guitarist, Esotype Records staffer and fellow Pearland expat Marcus Gausepohl to talk about his band, his record label, and some of the groups t ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Heavy Lifting

    Cocky Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge

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    February 9, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Kind of Blue is 50

    According to a recent appreciation in Newsweek, if an American household has just one jazz record on the shelf, chances are it's Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. And we were thinking it was Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Kind of Blue contains only five tracks. B ... More >>

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    August 9, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    January 17, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Various Artists

    Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler

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    November 8, 2007

    Ben Ratliff and the Greg Osby Five

    The New York Times jazz critic opens the Greg Osby Five concert with a talk

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    September 13, 2007

    Art Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

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    July 24, 2007

    Summer Mix Tape

    A wise song once said, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” So the Press has put together some songs we think you might find relaxing. Ad man Joe Espelage says "What a Job" by Devin the Dude is perfect for rollerblading. (Seriously.) And we’re not sure why new guy Chris Gray listens to metal ... More >>

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    April 17, 2007

    The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday and free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman won the Music Pulitzer for his 2006 release Sound Grammar (the first ever Pulitzer win for a jazz album). John Coltrane was given a Pulitzer Special Citation "for his masterful improvisation, supreme musiciansh ... More >>

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    December 1, 2005

    Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, with Drop Trio

    Thursday, December 1, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

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    April 8, 2004

    Salad Barre

    A buffet of dance troupes comes to town

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    September 11, 2003

    Art Partners

    Microcinema International and Infernal Bridegroom Productions hook up

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    February 13, 2003

    Karrin Allyson

    February 18 and 19

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    June 27, 2002

    Joe McPhee's Trio X

    Friday, June 28

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    April 26, 2001


    John Greiner

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    March 8, 2001

    Heart Attack

    The source of Billy Harper's aggressive tenor style lies in a power greater than himself

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    July 6, 2000


    Miles Davis and John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Records 1955-1961

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    March 23, 2000

    Key Ingredient

    Pianist Ahmad Jamal may have had a bigger impact on jazz than you think

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    February 10, 2000

    Boogie Nights

    The Groove Collective

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    February 3, 2000

    Devil May Care

    Matthew Shipp

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    September 30, 1999

    Jazz Warrior

    Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values

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    August 12, 1999


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    June 16, 1994
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    April 14, 1994

    Piano Man

    Houston's Dave Catney releases the classy Reality Road

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    March 24, 1994
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    February 3, 1994
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