The Legacy of a Fiery and Fiercely Individual Artist: Miles Davis

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The Legacy of a Fiery and Fiercely Individual Artist: Miles Davis
Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis (1926-1991), was one of the great musicians of the 20th century, as well as one of the most culturally complex icons of Afro-American history. He was an angry man, even a bad man some would say, often seen as an ardent racist. These labels are somewhat true, but they are also an oversimplified response to the legacy of a fiery and fiercely individual artist.
Part of Davis’ complexity is that he was the son of a dentist who gravitated toward a seamier lifestyle. But growing up in East Saint Lewis, beginning trumpet lessons at age 13 and becoming semi-professional while still in high school, and even encountered Charlie Parker, who was...
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