On her debut album, an electrifying young singer from Dallas draws on the past, but refuses to be its prisoner.
When Robert Glasper won a Grammy for Best R&B Album, no one was more surprised than the Houston-born jazz pianist himself.
Talking with the Houston-born and -raised musician Josh Mease about his new record—and his new alias.
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.
A new album by the Cookers.
A new album by Kat Edmonson.
A new album by Robert Glasper.
A self-titled three-CD compilation.
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 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…