Singer, multi-instrumentalist, charismatic public figure, universal brother-father-granddad to most music loving human beings, here’s how it can sound when Stevie Wonder, the composer, lyricist, producer and duettist, offers other artists a piece of Wonderland.
The femme fatale... A classic figure in novels and operas or a macho fantasy? Circe, Dalila, Manon and Medea (to name but a few) have traversed our imagination for centuries. Ancient man (and bourgeois writers) expressed fear and passion for the ‘eternal feminine’ via La Traviata, Salome and Lulu in the 19th century. For contemporary life we have Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears and Tina Turner, adored as much as they’re sacrificed.
In the space of just ten years Miles did it all: played with Parker, confronted Monk’s cubist silences, invented cool jazz, and even got off heroin. These were crucial years for understanding the experiences that shaped the man who would soon become known as the ‘Prince of Darkness’.
The first Golden Age with Coltrane’s famous quintet. Miles was now writing jazz history. The legend was set in stone one night in Paris, as he improvised over the images of a Louis Malle film.
After Coltrane’s departure Miles felt helpless. But some young recruits would step in to give him a new lease of life. Together, in telepathic symbiosis, they would sketch the limits of chaos.
Two pivotal years of superhuman creativity. Miles Davis listens to Hendrix and James Brown and gives birth to jazz-rock, supported by a group of exceptional musicians.
Miles’ music felt both sumptuous and cursed. In order to live it he dove into drugs, giving everything of himself, even to the point of almost dying and not being able to play anymore. When he came back in the early 1980s, some saw it as a resurrection.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Kendrick Lamar. Dive into the sounds of those who shaped the rapper from Compton.
Songs written for some, production done for others, rare tracks and star duos. Here we discover the (more or less) hidden side to the career of the former Beatle.
In terms of music, he is Our Father. No need for a calling card, his immense works, even more than that of Mozart, speaks to everyone. Whether you want to meditate or dance amongst the stars, Bach is there, the master of rhythm and enchantment. The proof comes in the number of musical genres that continue to pay tribute to him.
Tracing the porous lines separating Bowie, Miles Davis and Stravinsky from leading figures in the world of modern art like Picasso, Warhol and Dali.
Jimi Hendrix, a Room Full Of Covers, a selection inviting you to rediscover the great composer behind the famous guitarist.
In addition to the beginnings of rap with the Last Poets and gangsta rap with Hustler's Convention, to some of the great classics of what is called Jazz, we also owe Alan Douglas for having allowed several generations of music lovers born after 1970 to listen to Jimi Hendrix without moderation.
No, the guitar is not dead and buried under the exhausting pyrotechnics of Guitar Hero. Other geniuses with a six string are developing subtle, intimate and meditative approaches to the instrument, opening up new paths.
A tour of the different ways in which the sub-Saharan thumb piano has been employed, from reimagined versions of “All Blues” to “Love Supreme”.
A cult figure for generations of samplers weaned on his sounds and celebrated by lovers of the cinemascope format, producer and arranger David Axelrod is still a name that too few have heard.
Henri Salvador sounds like no one else. Here we celebrate the first years of the most beautiful voice to ever sing in French, from crooner to entertainer, cool to upbeat.
The Portugese composer and guitarist crafts creamy dreamy pop, mixed in with some rather surprising inspirations!
One of the most influential labels in jazz, known as “the house that Trane built”.
Zappa wasn’t only a genius composer, he was also one of the most incredible guitarists. So, to paraphrase one of his albums, ‘shut up and listen to his guitar’!
Thanks to a flow that’s as fast and elusive as the wind, Myka 9 has rubbed shoulders with and inspired everyone from Busta Rhymes to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Discover the ‘bluesologist’ who paved the way for a generation of hip-hop artists.
As a rule, semi-precious energy stones are used for meditation and healing. Of course, each one also represents love... either for oneself or for others.
A vast metropolis at the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East, Cairo is once again home to a music scene whose stylistic diversity bears witness to its creativity. It’s a panorama that ranges from club hits to post-punk bangers.
From spiritual jazz to deep improvisations, a trippy evocation of the creator who had a masterplan.
As he’s the one who taught me to listen to jazz, Wes Montgomery is my ‘Proust’s madeleine’ – something that immediately provokes reminiscences of time’s past.
Our three-playlist series ‘Birdsong’ is a journey following the many influences of birds throughout the history of music. This is the third and last episode: From inspiration to freedom.
Our three-playlist series ‘Birdsong’ is a journey following the many influences of birds throughout the history of music. This is the second episode: From ornithology to Absolute.
Our three-playlist series ‘Birdsong’ is a journey following the many influences of birds throughout the history of music. This is the first episode: From love to death.
Rain-soaked classics are undoubtedly fewer in number than those celebrating the sun, but there are still some famous ones. The rain doesn’t only make things hazy – it carries clouds of sound along with it.
Known as O Bruxo (the Wizard), the white-bearded Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist is a cultural icon.
Dolphy's career as a sideman bore witness to a great musical journey – one that has contributed to the history of jazz.
An exploration of a sublime and devilish period for Miles Davis (1968-1975) when, for the sake of the groove, everything went electric.
From Al Green to Fela Kuti via Miles Davis, Ray Baretto and Jorge Ben, let’s take a glimpse at 1972’s musical landscape – the rhythm & soul edition.
If jazz has been revived in London then it’s on the dancefloors, thanks to a growing audience of twenty-somethings.
It is the undefinable magic that he lent to the words and music of others that means Frank Sinatra will live on for a very long time.
One of the greatest rock bands of all time draws its inspiration from blues as much as folk and the psychedelic scene. Sometimes, the influence was subtle, sometimes it was more obvious…
Tony Allen, the masterful drummer who invented Afrobeat along with Fela, knew how to marry his original groove with every musical genre and each new musical generation.
Decca’s offshoot label showcased some of Britain’s most happening pop, psychedelic and progressive artists of the late 60s.
Why it is wrong to describe Frank Zappa as a brainiac and cynical musician...
Kendrick Lamar, Louis Cole, Khadja Bonet, Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, Jonwayne and Tyler, The Creator all come from the same place? It seems neither vain nor overrated to remember that everything happens in Los Angeles.
Chicago has all the musical richness of Great Black Music with a remarkable rise in rap and jazz over recent years.
In the beginning there was Hiatus Kaiyote, a quartet of "future soul" formed in Melbourne in 2011...
John Coltrane’s career reminds us how much the essence of jazz requires a permanent mise en abyme.
Legendary, unknown, or unexpected, hear some of the musicians who have inspired David Bowie all along his incredible journey.
1968 was a year of phenomenal music, a year when the album really begins to become regarded as important for an artist to be able to make a statement.
Michel Legrand played the full spectrum of feelings in the same way he played the full scale of the 88 black and white keys.