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The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68$
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Keith Waters

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195393835.001.0001

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The Quintet

The Quintet

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Quintet
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68

Davis Quintet

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This chapter outlines the history of the Miles Davis Quintet, one of the most important and influential performers of jazz music. It examines their compositions, recordings, and their working methods inside the studio. It describes how their conventional practices of extended improvisation and heightened group interaction were groundbreaking, contributing significantly to the jazz repertory. Their innovations also serve as a cornerstone of contemporary jazz composition. Great importance is put on the quintet's departure from chorus structure, and their experiment of “controlled freedom”, where they maximized their creativity, spontaneity, and interaction. The chapter also discusses the background careers of each of the members, highlighting in particular what they brought into the quintet.

Keywords:   Miles Davis Quintet, jazz repertory, Miles Smiles, chorus structure, avant-garde jazz, controlled freedom

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