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Dale Chapman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279377

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279377.001.0001

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“Controlled Freedom”

“Controlled Freedom”

Jazz, Risk, and Political Economy

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(p.33) Chapter 1 “Controlled Freedom”
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Jazz Bubble
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Dale Chapman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279377.003.0002

Chapter 1 approaches managerial theory as an entry point for examining the relationship between jazz and risk. If management theorists have looked to jazz practice as an analogy for risk-taking, jazz affords us with a powerful window onto a more complex narrative of risk in American life. This chapter develops a distinction between risk and uncertainty crafted by economic theorist Frank Knight, where uncertainty implies a conception of risk in which the parameters of risk are impossible to quantify. Chapter 1 culminates with an examination of postbop, as it was realized by the 1960s Miles Davis Quintet and subsequent artists: the embrace of “controlled freedom” by the Davis Quintet brought an unprecedented level of virtuosity to bear upon improvisatory risk-taking.

Keywords:   Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, risk, uncertainty, postbop, controlled freedom

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