Betty Davis Was a Raw Funk Pioneer. Her Decades of Silence Are Over.

For a few years in the 1970s, she was a trailblazing singer, bandleader and producer. A new documentary, “Betty: They Say I’m Different,” tells her story.

Strapping On His Cello for a 600-Mile Bach Pilgrimage

A documentary film captures Dane Johansen’s project to hike the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain while recording Bach’s suites for solo cello.

For Milford Graves, Jazz Innovation Is Only Part of the Alchemy

Inside the Queens basement laboratory of this avant-garde drummer, who studies the biology of the human heart and has even invented a martial art.

Review: A Reverent Elvis Doc Separates the Trailblazer From His Tragedy

“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” tells his story as a musician and performer, spotlighting how his artistry was drained in his post-army years until he was worn out.

Review: ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ Finds the Model, Singer, Actress, Person

Grace Jones has always been an iconoclast. But this documentary restores her humanity.

Grace Jones on a Lifetime of Doing Whatever She Pleases

The documentary “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” showcases the 69-year-old music and fashion icon at her most fierce and most vulnerable.

Cultured Traveler: Retracing America’s Musical Canvas

In the 3-D film “America’s Musical Journey,” the singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc takes viewers on an exuberant exploration of the country’s creative roots.