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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.


Elsdon, P. (2019). Figuring improvisation. In N. Gebhardt, N. Rustin-Paschal, & T. Whyton (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies. Abingdon: Routledge.

Acceptance Date Mar 16, 2018
Publication Date Jan 30, 2019
Deposit Date May 20, 2019
Publisher Routledge
Series Title Routledge music companions
Book Title Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies
Chapter Number 21
ISBN 9781138231160
Keywords jazz, improvisation
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