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Figure 8

May 31, 2000 By Jeff McCord

In recent years Elliott Smith has owned up to his fear of playing the kind of music he wanted. A bit of a mope, Smith avoids discussing his Dallas boyhood and has veiled much of his earlier work in an obtuse cloud of hipness, resulting in pop Chinese food. Yet…

Sax and the Cities

Apr 30, 2000 By Jeff McCord

Financial success may have eluded Dewey Redman, whose career as a jazz journeyman has taken him from his hometown of Fort Worth to San Francisco and on to New York, but happiness hasn't.

Too Much Coffee Man

Apr 1, 2000 By Jeff McCord

HEARD OF BOB DOROUGH? The former Plainview resident’s early work never caught on with the record-buying public, yet many unsuspecting fans know him as the anonymous voice behind such animated Schoolhouse Rock vignettes as “Three Is a Magic Number.” Too Much Coffee Man, Dorough’s sophomore effort in his late-in-life jazz…

Something Happened

Feb 1, 2000 By Jeff McCord

Three tracks deep into Something Happened, “Peace of Mind” jolts to a start with a ricochet drum beat. Close behind, electric guitars bleat in accompaniment as Seela begins to sing: “Peace of mind, peace of mind, I’ve been doing fine without you here.” Seemingly nothing special, a simple melody; but…

Color Commentary

Jul 31, 1999 By Jeff McCord

With this year’s induction of Seguin native Smokey Joe Williams, one fourth of the Negro Leaguers in baseball’s hall of fame are Texans. Unfortunately, there may not be any more.

Pitching Josh Beckett

Apr 1, 1999 By Jeff McCord

He throws a 95-mile-an-hour fastball, strikes out 2.1 batters per inning, and could be the number one pick in June’s big-league draft. Meet suburban Houston’s new teen sensation.

Dorough cut his major-label deal at 73.
My Hero, Dorough

Dec 1, 1998 By Jeff McCord

He jammed with Miles Davis, enlivened Saturday morning children’s TV, and signed his first major-label record deal at 73. Meet jazz giant Bob Dorough.

Jazzed

Apr 30, 1998 By Jeff McCord

Can yet another independent label survive in today’s rough- and-tumble music business? The young founders of Dallas’ Leaning House Records sure hope so.

Norah Jones

Dec 31, 1969 By Jeff McCord

The Grapevine-raised singer was 
a star from the word go; her 2002 debut album of jazz-pop balladry, Come 
Away With Me, sold in excess of 20 million copies. Yet rather than spend the rest of her career repeating the formula, Jones has grown into a curious musical adventurer.