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Jazz and its Sources: Searching for the Creative Process

Elsdon, Peter

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the kinds of sources that jazz scholars have used when interrogating the creative process. It examines the uses of recordings and notational sources, and considers the different forms and functions they take and the possibilities they offer. It suggests that understandings of the creative process in jazz can be limited if a traditional end-directed philological model is employed. Instead, it explores the implications of thinking about the creative process in terms of mediation and distributed creativity, drawing particularly on the work of Georgina Born and Tim Ingold. An extended case study examines “In a Silent Way,” composed by Joe Zawinul, as an example that brings these different issues to the forefront.

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Elsdon, P. (2020). Jazz and its Sources: Searching for the Creative Process. In The Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190636197.001.0001

Acceptance Date Sep 5, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2020
Publisher Oxford University Press
Series Title Oxford Handbooks
Book Title The Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music
ISBN 9780190636197
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190636197.001.0001
Keywords Music; Joe Zawinul, jazz; creative process; recordings; improvisation; Miles Davis
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/1816082
Additional Information Chapter is published online before print publication.


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