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Miles Davis and American Culture by Gerald Early

Were he still alive, Miles Davis would have been 75 this past May 26. The occasion has sparked something of a mini-retrospective of the seminal trumpeter and co-founder of three schools of jazz-cool, hard bop and fusion.

Today, though, the bone pickers aren’t just music critics. They are the historians and assorted other deep thinkers who are trying to appropriate him for their own cause.

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