Stanley Crouch on Miles Davis

June 22nd, 2012 Comments Off

We cant tell if Stanley Crouch is a genius or a conservative Marsalis Matinee.

Here is a excerpt from his 1986 essay “On the Corner: The Sellout of Miles Davis”

The contemporary Miles Davis, when one hears his music or watches him perform, deserves the description that Nietzsche gave of Wagner, “the greatest example of self-violation in the history of art”.  Davis made much fine music for the first half of his professional life, and represented for many the uncompromising Afro-American artist contemptuous of Uncle Tom, but he has fallen from grace-and been celebrated for it.  As usual, the fall from grace has been a form of success.  Desperate to maintain his position at the forefront of modern music, to sustain his financial position, and to be admired for the hipness of his purported innovations, Davis turned butt to the beautiful in order to genuflect before the commercial.

Genuflect:

intransitive verb
1
a : to bend the knee b : to touch the knee to the floor or ground especially in worship
2

: to be servilely obedient or respectfully

 

I dunno, I really like On the Corner, Bitches Brew, and Aura.  More than Birth of the Cool.  So What???

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