Thanks for that, I have no theoretical music education, so as to whether he was a shucker I don't know. (but I doubt it very much). To me he was a master of creating a mood and taking the listener on an incredible journey, he certainly had no problem attracting other great musicians, so you can presume they held him in high esteem,.So I'm older than many and now that I think of it, no one under 70 has probably heard that word. I tried to find references online and will try again, not that I am on a laptop, but for now I can only develop this insufficiently. There was an expression "shucking and jiving", whose origin is shamefully rooted in the era of legal slavery in America. I think it referred to shucking corn, but I have heard it used for oysters and I think it's still the correct term. I didn't know that until yesterday. Jiving came to mean kidding, and people in the sixties would say "I ain't jivin', man!".
The meaning of shucking I referenced is pretending to play something valid and "heavy" while actually playing random crap. In other words, not being connected to the music. When Miles first left the bob style he was brought up in (and let's not forget he went to Juillard and came from a wealthy family), he was accused by some jealous musicians of not really playing, but posturing. So I guess a simple definition of shucking is "Pretending to play with authority and depth while actually just screwing around with no logic or thought."
The point being that some, when they don't "hear it", think it's just B.S., rather than realising that they just don't hear it.
See also: Scars of Sweet Paradise
and this excerpt from Google Books.
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