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Jazz in Search of Itself$
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Larry Kart

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104202

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104202.001.0001

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis

(p.201) Part V Miles Davis
Jazz in Search of Itself

Larry Kart

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Miles Davis, a figure of major artistic importance for almost forty years, who has also become, in the words of fellow musician Chico Hamilton, “jazz's only superstar,” a bona fide celebrity whose every move is news. The chapter describes how the author's feelings about Miles Davis have shifted over time—largely in response to the shape-shifting aspect of Davis's music. In fact, it would be safe to say that no jazz musician of note presented us with more varied sorts of music than Davis did, though it certainly could be argued that at least one key element of Davis's personality, his will to change, remained remarkably consistent throughout his career, no matter how diverse, and at times artistically wayward, the musical results turned out to be.

Keywords:   jazz's only superstar, Miles Davis, Chico Hamilton, bona fide celebrity, shape-shifting aspect

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