Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 05 July 2022



(p.82) Chapter 3 E.S.P.
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68

Davis Quintet

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the studio recording of the album E.S.P., the first album where the members of the Davis quintet steered away from their hard bop roots. It first provides a brief overview of the innovations made during the studio recording, mainly emphasizing the reliance on slow harmonic rhythm, softer dynamic range, and a heightened use of space. It examines the singles “Iris”, “Little One”, “E.S.P.”, and “Agitation”, and analyzes their harmonic progressions and chorus structure. It also examines the individual harmonies from the standpoint of underlying modal/scalar collections, showing how some of the harmonic progressions reflect modal changes that shift by a single pitch.

Keywords:   E.S.P, Miles Davis Quintet, Iris, harmonic progressions, chorus structure, individual harmonies, slow harmonic rhythm, softer dynamic range, Little One, ESP

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .