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Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

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A landmark in jazz studies, Thinking in Jazz reveals as never before how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Paul Berliner documents the lifetime of preparation that lies behind the skilled improviser's every idea.

The product of more than fifteen years of immersion in the jazz world, Thinking in Jazz combines participant observation with detailed musicological analysis, the author's experience as a jazz trumpeter, interpretations of published material by scholars and performers, and, above all, original data from interviews with more than fifty professional musicians: bassists George Duvivier and Rufus Reid; drummers Max Roach, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Akira Tana; guitarist Emily Remler; pianists Tommy Flanagan and Barry Harris; saxophonists Lou Donaldson, Lee Konitz, and James Moody; trombonist Curtis Fuller; trumpeters Doc Cheatham, Art Farmer, Wynton Marsalis, and Red Rodney; vocalists Carmen Lundy and Vea Williams; and others. Together, the interviews provide insight into the production of jazz by great artists like Betty Carter, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker.

Thinking in Jazz overflows with musical examples from the 1920s to the present, including original transcriptions (keyed to commercial recordings) of collective improvisations by Miles Davis's and John Coltrane's groups. These transcriptions provide additional insight into the structure and creativity of jazz improvisation and represent a remarkable resource for jazz musicians as well as students and educators.

Berliner explores the alternative ways—aural, visual, kinetic, verbal, emotional, theoretical, associative—in which these performers conceptualize their music and describes the delicate interplay of soloist and ensemble in collective improvisation. Berliner's skillful integration of data concerning musical development, the rigorous practice and thought artists devote to jazz outside of performance, and the complexities of composing in the moment leads to a new understanding of jazz improvisation as a language, an aesthetic, and a tradition. This unprecedented journey to the heart of the jazz tradition will fascinate and enlighten musicians, musicologists, and jazz fans alike.

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Describes how jazz musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. By chronologically leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Berliner documents the lifetime of preparation that lies behind a skilled improvisor's every note.
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Synopsis:

"Never before has a writer taken the reader so deeply and comprehensively into the process of making jazz and specifically, into the nature of jazz improvisation". — Thomas Owens, Jazztimes

Synopsis:

Explores how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Berliner demonstrates that a lifetime of preparation lies behind the skilled improviser's every note.

Synopsis:

A landmark in jazz studies, 'Thinking in Jazz' reveals as never before how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice.

Description:

Includes discography (p. 827-832), filmography (p. 833-835), bibliographical references (p. 837-850), and index.

About the Author

Paul F. Berliner is professor of ethnomusicology at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Soul of Mbira, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and is the recipient of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award for outstanding writing in music.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Music Texts

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Picking Notes out of Thin Air? Improvisation and Its Study

Ch. 1: Love at First Sound: Early Musical Environment

Ch. 2: Hangin' Out and Jammin': The Jazz Community as an Educational System

Ch. 3: A Very Structured Thing: Jazz Compositions as Vehicles for

Improvisation

Ch. 4: Getting Your Vocabulary Straight: Learning Models for Solo

Formulation

Ch. 5: Seeing Out a Bit: Expanding upon Early Influences

Ch. 6: The More Ways You Have of Thinking: Conventional Rhythmic and

Theoretical Improvisation Approaches

Ch. 7: Conversing with the Piece: Initial Routines Applying Improvisation

Approaches to Form

Ch. 8: Composing in the Moment: The Inner Dialogue and the Tale

Ch. 9: Improvisation and Precomposition: The Eternal Cycle

Ch. 10: The Never-ending State of Getting There: Soloing Ability, Ideals,

and Evaluations

Ch. 11: Arranging Pieces: Decisions in Rehearsal

Ch. 12: Adding to Arrangements: Conventions Guiding the Rhythm Section

Ch. 13: Give and Take: The Collective Conversation and Musical Journey

Ch. 14: When the Music's Happening and When It's Not: Evaluating Group

Performances

Ch. 15: The Lives of Bands: Conflict Resolution and Artistic Development

Ch. 16: Vibes and Venues: Interacting with Different Audiences in Different

Settings

Epilogue: Jazz as a Way of Life

Music Texts

Appendix A: House Congressional Resolution 57

Appendix B: List of Artists Interviewed

Sources

Notes

Discography

Videography

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226043814
Author:
Berliner, Paul F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- Interviews.
Subject:
Improvisation.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
Improvisation (music)
Subject:
Jazz -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Series Volume:
92-1
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
117 music examples, 13 figures
Pages:
904
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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