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a popular music artist active before 1960
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Your Name Name of Course Name of Professor Date of Submission Miles Davis and Kind of Blue The focus of this essay would be the influential jazz artist Miles Dewey Davis. Davis played an important role in re-conceptualizing jazz and its multifarious forms during the latter half of the twentieth century.
He was born in 1926 in Illinois. At the age of 1944 he began school at the Julliard School of Music in New York. His experiences here affected his artistic sensibilities in a profound way. While on the one hand he learned the theoretical foundations of music, he also grew to resent the prescriptive thrust on the White, Anglo-Saxon musical tradition that he found here. Subsequently Davis dropped out of Julliard and started his musical career in Harlem where he performed in the two leading clubs, Monroe’s and Minton’s Playhouse. Davis’ biggest contribution to the tradition of jazz was a technique of free and continuous interpretation, thus creating a “symbolic interpretive space” (Smith 1995) in his music. Commenting on this practice of free style, Davis observes- See, if you put a musician in a place where he has to do something different from what he does all the time, then he can do that-but he's got to think differently in order to do it. He has to use his imagination, be more creative, more innovative; he's got to take more risks [...]. So then he'll be freer, will expect things differently, will anticipate and know something different is coming down. I've always told the musicians in my band to play what they know and then play above that. Because then anything can happen, and that's where great art and music happens. ...
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