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Roman J. Israel, Esq. Worries About the Right Things but Never Makes Them Thrilling

4 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The drama is mostly interior, and Washington’s quiet performance tends to reveal the jittery surface rather than the tortured soul

Our Favorite Hussain

15 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
Sure, John Bonham and Keith Moon were powerful rock and roll drummers -- but could they dance while they were playing? See some pounding of the skins and the floorboards as the Indo-American Association presents Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion with the Manipuri Dancing Drummers. The Manipuri Drummers combine fancy...

Joe McPhee's Trio X

19 years ago by Matt Sonzala
Joe McPhee might not turn up alongside John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman on the average jazz fan's top ten list, but then he's not your average player. A multi-instrumentalist improviser who's best known for his tenor sax and trumpet work, McPhee took the avant-garde to new, more respectable...

Houston Artists Shine at Newport Jazz Festival

5 years ago by Rick Mitchell
Robert Glasper was about a minute into his set on the main stage at the Newport Jazz Festival Sunday when he abruptly cut off the music. The sound on saxophonist Casey Benjamin’s vocoder – an instrument popularized by Stevie Wonder and Kenny G that, for better or worse, enables singers...

Ornette Coleman Stayed Light-Years Ahead Until the Very End

6 years ago by Ericka Schiche
Ornette Coleman was always light years ahead of everyone else in terms of his ability to function as a constantly evolving nonconformist who took risks and created new spaces where art and experiential reality meshed. The liner notes to his The Change of the Century album, released in 1960, reveal how Coleman...

The Rocks Off 100: Frank Zweback, Funkmaster General

8 years ago by Jef Rouner
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there, too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Frank Zweback has a...

45 Years on, Jazz Fest Remains an Irresistible Draw

7 years ago by Rick Mitchell
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wrapped up its 45th anniversary celebration this weekend with an announcement that Shell Oil will remain the festival's presenting sponsor for at least five more years, when it will turn 50. The seven-day event was blessed with near-perfect weather and played to huge...

Big Boys: Texas Punk Pioneers Find a Fresh Towel With LP Reissue

8 years ago by Brittanie Shey
Big Boys, the hugely influential Texas punk band that, among other things, inspired two Austin music festivals, have been getting some big press lately thanks to the reissue of their first full LP earlier this month. Industry Standard/Where's My Towel, a record born from Big Boys' frustrations with the Austin...

New Year's Resolutions from a Few Big Musical Names

Happy New Year, everybody. As the calendar starts over, everyone's thinking about what they might do differently in the next 365 days: quit smoking, lose weight, not buy so much porn — you know the drill. Celebrities are no different, so Chatter polled the Houston Press's music writers to speculate...

The Last Boy Scout

10 years ago by William Michael Smith
With a monumental career that spans more than 40 years with hundreds of recordings and scores, jazz giant Stanley Clarke doesn't have many mountains left to climb at 60. But he is still looking for them. "Man, there's still so much music to be played and that's what I truly...

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