Out of notes: Signification, interpretation, and the problem of Miles Davis

Walser, Robert
June 1993
Musical Quarterly;Summer93, Vol. 77 Issue 2, p343
Academic Journal
Presents useful ways of analyzing Miles Davis's jazz music. Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s theory of signification; Signification as a white cultural tradition; Black's signifyin'; Suggestion of multiple meanings through association; Criticism of Davis's flaws and mistakes; Failure of the movement to classicize jazz; Davis' insistence on the need for freedom from abstractions to attain musical creativity.


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