Miles Davis

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From Bowie to Beyoncé: the gateway albums to get into the greatest artists
Keen to explore an artist’s oeuvre but overwhelmed by choice in today’s stream-heavy world? Fear not: from Joni to Fela, Madonna to Miles, our critics tell you which album to begin with

Guardian writers

19, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Miles Davis: That’s What Happened 1982-1985: The Bootleg Series Vol 7 review – more discarded gems
Outtakes from the trumpeter’s Star People, Decoy and You’re Under Arrest albums, plus a live gig from 1983, continue Sony’s meticulous series

Dave Gelly

24, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘Aphex Twin pours water on my meltdowns’: Guardian readers on the songs that soothe them
Donald Trump is reportedly calmed by a blast of Memory from Cats – but our readers prefer Radiohead and Miles Davis

Guardian readers, Ben Morris, and Clea Skopeliti

01, Jul, 2022 @11:52 AM

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Betty Davis obituary
Pioneering funk singer whose uncompromising stance resonated with a new generation of musicians

Richard Williams

11, Feb, 2022 @5:25 PM

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Betty Davis projected her own liberation – and freed up generations in her wake
Loved by artists from Prince to Butthole Surfers, Davis created a fearlessly sexual, futurist sound that planted the seeds of rebellion

Rebecca Bengal

10, Feb, 2022 @11:03 AM

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Betty Davis, raw funk pioneer, dies at 77
Trailblazing funk artist and second wife of Miles Davis released three influential albums in the 1970s before leaving the industry

Adrian Horton

09, Feb, 2022 @7:29 PM

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‘I make stars look interesting, not beautiful’: Anton Corbijn on his favourite portraits
David Bowie was a gent, Naomi Campbell was a revelation and Virgil Abloh was hauntingly prophetic. The great portrait photographer Anton Corbijn relives five of his best shoots

Interview by Tim Jonze

26, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Pee Wee Ellis obituary
American jazz saxophonist, arranger and bandleader who played with James Brown and Van Morrison

Richard Williams

30, Sep, 2021 @3:43 PM

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‘It didn’t adhere to any of the rules’: the fascinating history of free jazz
In documentary Fire Music, the hostile reaction that met the unusual genre soon turns into deep appreciation and a lasting influence

Jim Farber

07, Sep, 2021 @6:31 AM

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Peter Ind obituary
Jazz bassist who worked with the best in 1950s New York and in later years was the proprietor of the Bass Clef club in London

John Fordham

30, Aug, 2021 @4:12 PM

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‘There is no fear’: how a cold-war tour inspired Pakistan’s progressive jazz scene
A US state department initiative was the unlikely catalyst for a creative explosion of Pakistani rhythm and western improv

Haseeb Iqbal

12, Jul, 2021 @8:49 AM

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Jon Hassell obituary
American trumpeter and composer best known for his Fourth World music and his celebrated collaboration with Brian Eno

Richard Williams

28, Jun, 2021 @3:41 PM

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