Chapter

The Question of Voice

Gabriel Solis

in Monk's Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252004
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940963 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252004.003.0004
The Question of Voice

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All jazz performances involve the act of molding something new out of something old; it is in the struggle to deal with personal growth and evolution that musicians develop the sense of their own place in the music. This chapter considers musicians' descriptions of the process of integrating Monk's music into their own working repertoires. It addresses a central problem common to musicians from across the spectrum of jazz's sub genres—the need to somehow integrate Monk's musical voice with the performer's own—which is described in terms of a dialogic negotiation of authorship in the creation of a jazz performance. The chapter also throws light on the question of how musicians attend to both their own voice and the composer's in creating whole performances, particularly in the case of tunes by a composer whose voice is as strong as Monk's.

Keywords: jazz; musicians; voice; Monk's music; performances

Chapter.  7636 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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