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Figuring improvisation

Elsdon, Peter



Nicholas Gebhardt

Nichole Rustin-Paschal

Tony Whyton


Improvisation is often regarded as a central, constitutive, and even defining element of jazz, and as a result it has figured large in jazz studies. This chapter sets out to explore the contingency of improvisation, looking at how it has been figured by different discourses on jazz. In doing so I trace the ways a range of different literature has considered the idea, from historical, analytical, cultural, and other perspectives.

Publication Date Jan 30, 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Series Title Routledge music companions
Book Title Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies
Chapter Number 21
ISBN 9781138231160
APA6 Citation Elsdon, P. (2019). Figuring improvisation. In N. Gebhardt, N. Rustin-Paschal, & T. Whyton (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Jazz StudiesTaylor & Francis (Routledge).
Keywords jazz, improvisation
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