Ornette Coleman

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    June 19, 2014
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    April 11, 2014

    Jeff Bridges Abides, In or Out of Character

    When it comes to music, Jeff Bridges is not some dilettantish actor noodling around with a guitar. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, he and a friend would play hootenannys at L.A. clubs like Ledbetter's while still in high school. Years later, while filming the infamous 1980 western Heaven's Ga ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    January 7, 2014

    Should Bands Play What We Want to Hear?

    This question comes up time and time again when talking about live concerts, and it seems like it's going to come up again now. Recently post-hardcore/indie-rock band Brand New played some shows on the East and West Coasts performing their full-length records in their entirety. It was a bold move by ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Cover Story: A Brief History of Joe Sample and the Crusaders

    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 >>

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    January 10, 2013

    22 Coots and Codgers Making the Rest of Us Look Bad

    While the rest of the music business has been slow to awaken from its holiday slumbers, the biggest shows in Houston this weekend come from two artists who have been up a long, long time -- 87 years, to be exact: Bluesman B.B. King and country crooner Ray Price. (Actually, Price will turn 87 on Satu ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

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    November 9, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Nobody Leaves Without Singing The Blues Edition

    Photo by Brittanie SheyLittle Joe Washington​In the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Houston native bluesman Albert Collins inadvertently assists the getaway of young Elizabeth Shue (meow) and her charges from a gang of thugs, but only after she sings. Collins blocks the attackers with the sam ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Last Night: Primus At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Primus Verizon Wireless Theater May 23, 2011 The most important thing Curtis Armstrong, who would also appear that year as Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, tells Tom Cruise in 1983's Risky Business is this indispensable piece of advice: "Every now and then, say 'What the ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Little Joe Washington Is A National Treasure

    Photos by Mark Britain​ For more pictures from Saturday night, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is still trying to get our heads around what we witnessed at Saturday night's benefit for the International House of Blues Foundation in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room. In a way, it was one of tho ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ​ For once, Rocks Off is grateful for this sinus-splitting headache (thanks, Mike Stinson!), because it gives us something to focus on besides the fact that we are crawling out of our skin waiting for kickoff tonight. At this point, sports pundits have analyzed the Longhorns and Crimson Tide to wi ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Get Lit: Blues & Chaos: The Music Writings of Robert Palmer

    ​Unfortunately, by the time that Robert Palmer (the writer, not the "Addicted to Love" guy) died from liver failure complications in 1997, his fierce brand of music journalism had been six feet under for years. Palmer was part of a loose cadre of scribes like Cameron Crowe, Greil Marcus, Lester Ba ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, February: Killers Kill, Annuals Amuse, Hammered at Hank III, Spewing Slipknot and More

    Mark C. Austin​ The Killers, Verizon Wireless Theater, February 2: "The general knock on the Killers is that they've achieved their relatively lofty position by standing on the shoulders of giants, which may well be true. But Monday night they showed that in reaching for the stars, they have yet t ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Graveside Songs for Edgar Allan Poe's Long-Overdue Funeral

    ​Kicking the bucket at the age of 40 is bad enough, especially when, to this day, nobody's really sure how you died (everything from syphillis to rabies to political "cooping" has been thrown out there as a possible cause). But getting buried in an unmarked grave after a three minute "service" is ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Are MP3s and Downloading Eroding Music's Communal Properties?

    ​ Although Rocks Off had every intention of rambling about something different this week, we thought it would be a lost opportunity to not examine an issue that seems to have been revealed by readers' responses last week. Although many fantastic points were made, we were fascinated to detect that ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Aftermath: Greg Ginn & the Taylor Texas Corrugators and Jambang at Last Concert Cafe

    Even while playing dissonant improvised bass in a trio consisting of himself, a shit-hot mandolin player, and a jazz drummer, Greg Ginn still sounds like Greg Ginn. After almost a decade as the captain of hardcore mavericks Black Flag, Ginn embarked on a career as an improvised musician. During his ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Texas Monthly, Bound for the Recycle Bin?

    There's an interesting supplement in the new issue of Texas Monthly, the one with all-but-declared gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on the cover. It's a 32-page mini-mag called Texas Bound for Music, and appears to be TM's attempt at... well, it's not really clear exactly what ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    July 5, 2007

    Sam Yahel Trio

    Truth and Beauty

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    June 7, 2007

    James "Blood" Ulmer

    Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions

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    April 26, 2007

    Joe McPhee with the Thing

    Joe McPhee with the Thing perform Saturday, April 28, at MECA, 1900 Kane, 713-928-5653.

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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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    March 1, 2007

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know to avoid musical ostracism

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    December 28, 2006

    2006's Best Jazz Albums

    Here are 10 great jazz discs from 2006. On certain days, they might even be my top 10 of this abundant year. SEPTUAGENARIAN MASTERS Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Sound Grammar Forget Ornette's daunting reputation; true to the mischievous genius of this 75-year-old child, Coleman has always ... More >>

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    May 25, 2006
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    December 29, 2005

    Slanted Enchantment

    A jazz quartet tribute to Pavement is, inexplicably, a roaring success

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    December 8, 2005

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio

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    October 27, 2005

    Base Raps

    Paul Wall and Chamillionaire each release Astros tributes, while rock radio churns out the cheesy montages

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    March 10, 2005
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    July 15, 2004

    Bring the Noise

    Local act Priest in Shit keeps it avant

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    July 3, 2003

    Go with the Floetry

    Love floats this London duo's boat

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    July 25, 2002

    Cyber Phantom

    DJ Spooky is a friendly digital ghost, unless you happen to be Tricky

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    July 11, 2002


    Fantastic Damage (Definitive Jux)

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    June 27, 2002

    Joe McPhee's Trio X

    Friday, June 28

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    August 9, 2001


    Willie Nelson's Family Picnic

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    September 21, 2000

    In Good Hands

    Woody Witt takes over Cezanne, and all of Houston sighs in relief

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    July 27, 2000

    Music Awards Winners

    The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000

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    March 25, 1999

    Jazz la King

    Time and time again, Sonny Rollins proves his sax mastery

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    February 4, 1999
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    February 5, 1998


    After years of groundbreaking music, Pat Metheny is looking for more barriers to shatter

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    January 29, 1998
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