Free Jazzmeia

May 24, 2017 By Nate Chinen

On her debut album, an electrifying young singer from Dallas draws on the past, but refuses to be its prisoner.

Are You Experimented?

Oct 21, 2013 By Nate Chinen

When Robert Glasper won a Grammy for Best R&B Album, no one was more surprised than the Houston-born jazz pianist himself.

Unsentimental Journey

Jan 20, 2013 By John Morthland

Ornette Coleman's radical theory of harmolodics helped redefine jazz. His relationship with the music business has always been troubled, however, and today the Fort Worth native suffers from benign neglect. But his tenor sax still packs an emotional wallop.


Jun 30, 2010 By Jeff McCord

Too many jazz pianists have surrendered to the unyielding bulk of the instrument, relying on standards with flourished chording, tranquilly delivered. They fashion themselves heirs to greats like Bill Evans but sometimes end up closer to Liberace. It takes real gumption to push that hunk of wood and wire around.

The Struggle Continues

Jan 1, 2008 By Jeff McCord

The best music has always been made by those who defy easy categorization, as exemplified by not one but two posthumous releases from Texas jazz giants. Fort Worth’s Dewey Redman was a glass-half-empty kind of guy who saw his career accomplishments as merely wins in a long battle—so the…