Out of Notes: Signification, Interpretation, and the Problem of Miles Davis

  title={Out of Notes: Signification, Interpretation, and the Problem of Miles Davis},
  author={Robert J. Walser},
  journal={The Musical Quarterly},
  • R. Walser
  • Published 1993
  • History
  • The Musical Quarterly
A flurry of posthumous tributes to Miles Davis almost managed to conceal the fact that jazz critics and historians have never known how to explain the power and appeal of his playing.2 Of course, there has been no lack of writing about Davis, and no shortage of praise for his accomplishments. For example, Musician magazine, which covers jazz but is not primarily devoted to it, launched a cover story with the extraordinary statement, "In the entire recording age, no one has meant more to music… Expand
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