Machines have been getting better at mimicking improvisation. But can this distinctly human process serve as a bulwark against the mechanization of life and art?
Davis’s ability to innovate and incorporate other genres into his jazz has left a lasting impact on music.
Davis’s 1970 album Bitches Brew turned jazz on its head and paved the way for fusion. More recently, Radiohead cited it as a key influence.
The release of a John Coltrane movie soundtrack from 1964 has brought jazz movies into focus.
Jazz used to be experienced on a dance floor. But over time, it became something to dissect and analyze.
Philip Tabane was unlike any other musician. His music was intimately woven into his cosmology and spirituality.
The story of jazz in the ANC army-in-exile, Umkhonto we Sizwe culture is far more nuanced – and positive – than depicted in a new film.
Miles Davis’s 1971 album A Tribute to Jack Johnson sits uneasily within both jazz and rock genres, but its indefinable nature should be celebrated.
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.
Something really magical is happening at the intersection between jazz and hip-hop at the moment. Many of the artists involved will be playing at Africa’s foremost jazz festival.
‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘Live-Evil’, two albums from Miles Davis’ electric period, have more than musicological significance. They challenge the listener to think beyond aesthetics and form.