The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68 [NOOK Book]

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Conventional wisdom holds that the US Army in Vietnam, thrust into an unconventional war where occupying terrain was a meaningless measure of success, depended on body counts as its sole measure of military progress. In No Sure Victory, Army officer and historian Gregory Daddis looks far deeper into the Army's techniques for measuring military success and presents a much more complicated-and disturbing-account of the American misadventure in Indochina.
Daddis shows how the US ...
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The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68

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Overview

Conventional wisdom holds that the US Army in Vietnam, thrust into an unconventional war where occupying terrain was a meaningless measure of success, depended on body counts as its sole measure of military progress. In No Sure Victory, Army officer and historian Gregory Daddis looks far deeper into the Army's techniques for measuring military success and presents a much more complicated-and disturbing-account of the American misadventure in Indochina.
Daddis shows how the US Army, which confronted an unfamiliar enemy and an even more unfamiliar form of warfare, adopted a massive, and eventually unmanageable, system of measurements and formulas to track the progress of military operations that ranged from pacification efforts to search-and-destroy missions. The Army's monthly "Measurement of Progress" reports covered innumerable aspects of the fighting in Vietnam-force ratios, Vietcong/North Vietnamese Army incidents, tactical air sorties, weapons losses, security of base areas and roads, population control, area control, and hamlet defenses. Concentrating more on data collection and less on data analysis, these indiscriminate attempts to gauge success may actually have hindered the army's ability to evaluate the true outcome of the fight at hand--a roadblock that Daddis believes significantly contributed to the many failures that American forces suffered in Vietnam.
Filled with incisive analysis and rich historical detail, No Sure Victory is not only a valuable case study in unconventional warfare, but a cautionary tale that offers important perspectives on how to measure performance in current and future armed conflict. Given America's ongoing counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, No Sure Victory provides valuable historical perspective on how to measure--and mismeasure--military success.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A welcome addition to the growing number of scholarly publications about jazz. While Waters approaches the topic multilaterally and comprehensively, the scope of his study is remarkable, the analytical tools innovative and penetrating, and the conclusions reflecting points of view of a fine scholar with insightful analytical prowess and a thorough understanding of extremely challenging musical repertory...[A] monumental study." —Association for Recorded Sound Collections

"Session by session, composition by composition, what was once a profound mystery destined for eternal analytical purgatory has been freed...within this text are the keys to immediate and future musicological discoveries and exciting individual artistic developmental possibilities." —Bob Belden, composer and producer

"A major book. For serious listeners, it's a gold mine of information and analysis concerning one of the most important musical ensembles of the 20th century." —Bill Kirchner, musician, producer, historian, educator, and editor of The Oxford Companion to Jazz

"Waters' writing is impeccably clear and avoids needless jargon...This title is part of Oxford University Press' new series of book-length discussions of classic jazz albums (another is Brian Harker's Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings). In this era of audio downloads, such serious studies that dig into the significance of the records that have shaped our world are always welcome." —Downbeat, Editor's Pick

"An excellent resource...Highly recommended." —Choice

"A detailed exploration of those recordings, with interviews, musical analysis and critical response for both the scholar and fan." —New York City Jazz Record

"Advances the field of jazz analysis through its thporoughness and analytical insight, applying creative approaches to explain music that has often seemed structurally opaque and mysterious and that has often been discussed only in superlatives. The study has few counterparts for comparison and stands in a rather lonely position in the world of contemporary jazz analysis." —Journal of Jazz Studies

"Every music library should have a copy of Keith Waters' new book. It goes beyond a purely descriptive analysis of the workings of the great Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-
1960s, providing technical analysis that includes in-depth notated musical transcriptions of solos and accompaniments...This is the first book-length account devoted entirely to unearthing the nitty gritty in this remarkable band's music. Bravo for Waters!" —Mark C. Gridley, Notes

"Systematic and thorough, Waters not only reveals the richness and complexity of the inner workings of the 1960s Davis quintet, he also placing them in relationship to the music of their time and explores their legacy to generations of jazz musicians to come after them." —ARSC Journal

"A wonderful, always enlightening, and frequently brilliant book...A landmark in the history of jazz scholarship." —American Music

"A new seminal work in Davis scholarship." —American Music Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199831265
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/11/2011
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 910,897
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Keith Waters is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and author of Jazz: The First Hundred Years, co-authored with Henry Martin (Schirmer, 2001; Second edition 2006); Essential Jazz: The First Hundred Years, co-authored with Henry Martin (Schirmer, 2005; Second edition 2008); and, Rhythmic and Contrapuntal Structures in the Music of Arthur Honegger (Ashgate, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements

1 The Quintet
2 Analytical Strategies
3 E.S.P.
4 Miles Smiles
5 Sorcerer
6 Nefertiti
7 Miles in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro
8 The Quintet and Its Legacies

Discography
Bibliography
Index

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