Rest In Peace, Fort Worth Jazz Pioneer Ornette Coleman.
Each week, we take a survey of the local music scene and try to determine which acts in town are really putting in work and seeing it pay off. Which bands have the most intriguing shows coming up? Which bands are getting the most press around town? Which bands have accomplished the most notable feats of late? Based off these criteria, our music writers submit a list to be weighted and compiled into a master list revealed each week in this here space. We like to think it's fairly revealing. Check out our previous Buzz Rankings here.
As happens once in a great moon, cracking the top of our weekly, local music power rankings isn't cause for celebration.
This morning, legendary free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman passed away in Manhattan at the age of 85. There has probably never been a more influential saxophonist than Coleman, and the Fort Worth native will likely forever be remembered as one of North Texas' greatest musical exports.
The New York Times puts it a bit more eloquently in its obituary of Coleman, writing: “He was also more voluble and theoretical than John Coltrane, the other great pathbreaker of that era in jazz, and became known as a kind of musician-philosopher, with interests much wider than jazz alone; he was seen as a native avant-gardist and symbolized the American independent will as effectively as any artist of the last century.”
Somewhat fittingly, the next two spots in this weekend's rankings are currently carrying on Fort Worth's music tradition. In the No. 2 hole is the perennially-buzzing Leon Bridges, who released a new music video this week leading up to the release of his major label debut. And releasing a debut album of his own this weekend is relative newcomer Andy Pickett, who'll celebrate with a show at The Chat Room this week that'll find him backed by a live band for the first time.
Other shows this weekend to watch out for include a solo set from Rhett Miller at Fort Worth's Shipping & Receiving, plus Reverend Horton Heat and Cody Jinks, who'll play at House of Blues on consecutive nights. Also this past week, Pinkish Back opened for The Mountain Goats, Daniel Markham opened for Christopher Owens and Sealion opened for Diarrhea Planet.
(Also receiving votes this week: Cody Jinks, Toadies, Quaker City Night Hawks, Polyphonic Spree, Devy Stonez, GUN, Smoke Paint, Rat Rios, Year of the Bear, Bosque Brown, The Damn Quails, Ishi, Brave Young Lion, Chromatik, Nigel Rivers, Mickey Guyton, Dorrough, Cygnus, Warbeast, LEV, Kelly Clarkson, The Blank-Men, Moth Face, Black Dotz, Party Static, Jonathan Tyler, Blue, The Misfit, Bummer Vacation, War Party, Jenny Robinson, -topic, Son of Stan, Sarah Jaffe, Def Rain, iill.)