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Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice in Music

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ISBN13: 9780306805288
ISBN10: 0306805286
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Derek Baileys Improvisation, originally published in 1980, and here updated and extended with new interviews and photographs, is the first book to deal with the nature of improvisation in all its forms—Indian music, flamenco, baroque, organ music, rock, jazz, contemporary, and ”free” music. By drawing on conversations with some of todays seminal improvisers—including John Zorn, Jerry Garcia, Steve Howe, Steve Lacy, Lionel Salter, Earle Brown, Paco Peña, Max Roach, Evan Parker, and Ronnie Scott—Bailey offers a clear-eyed view of the breathtaking spectrum of possibilities inherent in improvisational practice, while underpinning its importance as the basis for all music-making.

Synopsis:

"Derek Baileys Improvisation, originally published in 1980, and here updated and extended with new interviews and photographs, is the first book to deal with the nature of improvisation in all its for"

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-144) and index.

About the Author

Guitarist Derek Bailey has performed solo concerts throughout the world, played with most of the musicians associated with free improvisation, and recorded over ninety albums. He lives in London, where he divides his time between solo performances; organizing and playing in Company, an international ensemble of improvising musicians; running his own label, Incus Records; writing; and ad hoc musical activities.

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Michael Karman the elder, February 22, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Karman the elder)
This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. And I have read one or two others. One or two thousands and thousands of others....

Bailey was a practicing improviser, one of the best, but he gives over much of the book to other improvisers, and even more nobly, to improvisers whose practices are different from his own. This gives a fresh and unbiassed view of the topic.

Although you might not think it--I certainly didn't expect it, anyway--this book contains many intelligent observations about composed music as well. Careful, though. If you read this book, you may never listen to composed music the same.

This is not a "how-to" book. And as you read different improvisers talk about their craft, you will quickly discover why that is so. It is very much practical, though, as well as theoretical.

I cannot imagine any musician or any listener who will not learn something valuable about music generally from reading this book. I've been performing and listening and hanging out with musicians for around fifty years now, and I got a tremendous amount of information and insight from this terrific book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780306805288
Author:
Bailey, Derek
Publisher:
Da Capo
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Instruction & Study
Subject:
Composition
Subject:
Music -- Performance -- History.
Subject:
Improvisation.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Composition
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Improvisation (music)
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
98
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9 oz

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