In July 1991, just a few months before his death, Miles Davis performed at France's Vienne Jazz Festival with the Miles Davis Group. He had just been awarded knighthood in France's Legion of Honour with French culture minister Jack Long describing him as "the Picasso of jazz." That historic performance is finally seeing an official release from Rhino next month. Merci Miles! Live at Vienne features a fine setlist including Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" (above) along with "Penetration" and "Jailbait," penned by Miles's pal Prince.
In my late teens, I went deep down the rabbit hole of "Canterbury bands" (and Canterbury-adjacent). Bands like Soft Machine, Wilde Flowers, Caravan, Hatfield and the North, National Health, Matching Mole, Egg, Henry Cow, and Gong. There was something so different and audacious about this music; its British pastoralism, its psychedelia and pop surrealism, its… READ THE REST
Roboticist and musician Moritz Simon Geist built the "Jazz Popcorn Robot," a contraption that enables popping kernels to trigger a robotic drum kit. Dig that out jazz. Man. READ THE REST
Queen's "We Will Rock You" has been jazzed up by the good folks at There I Ruined It. Dixieland jazz, that is: "New Orleans jazz legend Freddie Mercury performs his signature song." screengrab via There I Ruined It/YouTube READ THE REST
Sometimes, the world can bring back something that might have been headed for the dustbin of history if fate hadn't intervened. Case in point: journaling. While the art of chronicling your life and activities hadn't disappeared, it was definitely waning before last year. Then, COVID hit — and many of those who faced anxiety and new… READ THE REST
From tablets and laptops to desktop computers, you can always feel confident you're getting a quality piece of tech if there's an Apple name on it. Unfortunately, that level of security comes with a price tag as the Cupertino titan invariably creates top-notch products and charges a premium price for that level of performance. But… READ THE REST
We've all finally acknowledged that coffee isn't just a mug of flavored water you swig in the morning to perk up your day, right? The brewological arts have elevated in recent years. Sure, you can buy a can of coffee crystals or grab a latte at Starbucks, but that's just maintenance. For true lovers of… READ THE REST