Ornette Coleman

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    May 28, 2014

    Matt Hillyer Springs Into Action with Solo Debut, If These Old Bones Could Talk

    To many a country music fan from North Texas, Matt Hillyer is a tried-and-true honky-tonk bandleader. The inked-up lead singer of Eleven Hundred Springs, now nearing his 40s and missing the long ponytail that snaked out from under his cowboy hat a decade ago, is ready to assume a new role: solo arti ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Bradford 4: A Rare Gift for Dallas

    Something special happened in Dallas last night. For a brief flash, our city was the center of free jazz--jazz's most uninhibited form. A quartet named The Bradford 4 performed at an intimate project space (Beefhaus) put on by local artist collective Art Beef. The Bradford 4 is fronted by legendary ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Remembering The Members of the North Texas Music Scene Who Died in 2013

    In an effort to help memorialize just a few of the great personalities we lost in the DFW music community in 2013, we talked to friends and collaborators. This year proved especially hard, and while this isn't a complete list, all of these people made profound contributions to the unique, passionate ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Former Texan Sarah Jarosz Is Attraceted to "Utter Fearlesness Within Music"

    For anyone paying attention, the term "prodigy" has been linked to Sarah Jarosz for years now. Such easy labeling is perhaps fair when you're an insanely talented teen or a college student with a fantastic album under your belt. But Jarosz, who grew up in Wimberley, Texas and now makes her home in N ... More >>

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    October 20, 2013

    Ronald Shannon Jackson, Fort Worth Jazz Pioneer, Died Yesterday

    Ronald Shannon Jackson was a jazz drummer and composer from Fort Worth whose career spans 50 albums, collaborations with free jazz legends Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman and his own band, the Decoding Society. Yesterday, Jackson's cousin Tobi Hero made the announcement on Facebook, saying, "Dear ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    November 8, 2012

    Ten Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

    Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper. The debate is so polemic that I might as well write about ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Nominees: Mora Collective

    Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. This piece originally appeared on August 31 It's ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    UPDATED: The DC9 At Night/Good Records Challenge #4: Yells At Eels

    UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Congrats to Tracy Halliday, who is the lucky winner of Index Festival tickets and the loot from the Good Records challenge. Have fun out there, Tracy! Here we go now, get busy! It's time for another Good Records Challenge. I wish I had a whistle to blow. You know the drill: We gi ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Dallas' Mora Collective On The Weight of Syllables And The Term "Porn Bebop"

    It's been 45 years since trumpeter Lester Bowie, in the introduction to his track "Jazz Death?" (on Roscoe Mitchell's album, Congliptious), answered the rhetorical question, "Isn't jazz, as we know it, dead yet?" with the knowing rejoinder, "Well, that all depends on what you know." Bowie might we ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012
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    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #39-20

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 Best Texas songs, #59-40 The Spotify playlist for songs #39-20 39. Billy Joe Shaver, "Live Forever" "Live Forever" is an emotional experience. The line, "Don't let the darkness take them" is tear-inducing, given that his own son, Eddy, was take ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Ronald Shannon Jackson - The Kessler Theater - 7/7/12

    Ronald Shannon Jackson The Kessler Theater Saturday, July 7 Wish fulfillment at a concert? I've experienced it a few times: Captain Beefheart in 1976, Muddy Waters in 1977, Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton in 2001. It happened again this past Saturday night, when Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decodin ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    March 1, 2012
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    March 18, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: T-Bone Walker (And B.B. King) Play Monterey Jazz Fest

    GregoGet yours today.​Aaron "T-Bone" Walker died 36 years ago, almost to the day; the 7-year-old who lives in my house notified me of this over breakfast Wednesday as he read from the this-day-in-history section of the morning paper. He asked, "Who was T-Bone Walker?" I gave him the short answer: ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Gig Alert: Pat Metheny at the Nokia Theatre Tonight

    Pat Metheny​Acclaimed jazz guitarist Pat Metheny makes a stop in North Texas this evening at Grand Prairie's Nokia Theater. Out on the road supporting his recently released effort Orchestrion, Metheny is capable of taking any particular show in any number of directions.Renowned both for his solo a ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Dennis Gonzalez Yells At Eels featuring Rodrigo Amado

    The Great Bydgoszcz Concert (Ayler Records)

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    May 6, 2009

    In Oak Cliff, An Effort to Resurrect the Kessler

    View Larger MapSome of you may have noticed that yesterday, in the item about Kidd Springs in Oak Cliff, Jeff Liles posted a link to a video you'll find after the jump, along with the rather cryptic note: "Speakin' of the OC, we have this to look forward to next year:" Ah, but what, precisely, is th ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    "Space," Definitely the Final Frontier When Ornette Jams with the Dead

    On this Acid Flashback Friday, while Pete's busy posting best-ofs and music-biz breakdowns over on DC9 at Night, let me extend to the Deadheads among the Friends this Chrismukkah offering. It's a soundboard recording of the Grateful Dead performing in Oakland in February 1993, during which they were ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Echoes And Reverberations: Hitchhiking Along Post-Industrial Boulevard

    Noise is not for everybody. Some people hear a jackhammer on the street corner and promptly cover their ears; others hear a subsonic melody and random harmonic movement in the staccato repetition of mechanized machinery. “Industrial music” is the umbrella term used to describe artists who e ... More >>

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    April 17, 2007

    Wright Writes Himself to a Pulitzer

    A Friend of Unfair Park wonders: How about a shout out for Lawrence Wright? He took home a Pulitzer for general non-fiction yesterday for his best-selling investigation of the 9-11 attacks, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. But he's also the author of a great book about growing up in ... More >>

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    March 1, 2007

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know to avoid cultural ostracism

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    September 7, 2006

    A Hoot of a Holler

    There never was a tear in Bob Wills' beer

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    September 4, 2006

    Lived on the Edge

    Fort Worth's Dewey Redman, who was so out he was as in as any jazzer in the 1960s, died on Saturday. In 1997, Dewey Redman--the Fort Worth-born tenor sax player who, as much as any horn player, defined the avant jazz sound of the late 1960s and early '70s--was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Six yea ... More >>

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    May 31, 2006
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    February 24, 2005

    Pat Metheny

    The Way Up (Nonesuch)

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    December 25, 2003

    She Can't Be Serious

    Yes, she can. Genocide, adultery, dead cats--merry Christmas from Diamanda Galas.

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    July 24, 2003


    Serart (Sony)

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    January 23, 2003

    Poe Lou

    It's a perfect day to let Lou Reed talk about going a little bit crazy

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    October 31, 2002

    War on War

    Almost four decades later, The Fugs' Ed Sanders is still fighting

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    November 30, 2000


    Animal Farm, Police Story, All That Jazz

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    November 16, 2000

    He Got Rhythm

    Ken Burns wants you to know why Jazz is America's music

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    October 5, 2000

    The Falcon Project

    Lights Karma Action (Idol Records)

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    July 20, 2000

    Ornette to be

    Two reasons why it took Columbia Records two decades to figure out Ornette Coleman

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    April 27, 2000

    The artist formerly known as print

    Our quarterly roundup of the latest in music books

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    April 27, 2000

    Across the Bar

    Potluck Audio; Club B-day; Aden high Five; It's not easy being Green

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    February 24, 2000

    Pat's the rub

    The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio is playing in a living room near you

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    September 30, 1999

    Live from New York?

    Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations

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    February 25, 1999
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    January 28, 1999

    Hey, world

    On the Watts Prophets and the author's days in the Writers Workshop

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    July 16, 1998

    Cuba libre

    Marc Ribot and his Prosthetic Cubans are Habana good time

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    January 16, 1997
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    May 9, 1996

    College rock

    UFOFU brings 'alternative' to ETSU and wins the talent show

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    March 28, 1996

    To be or not to bop

    Texan Jazz unveils the Lone Star contribution to jazz

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    December 7, 1995

    Whose Young Turks?

    Little Jack recruits some new blood and resurrects the ghost of e.e. cummings

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    June 8, 1995
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    April 13, 1995
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    January 12, 1995

    Blues for James

    Local jazzer James Clay leaves remarkable legacy

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