Spontaneity and organisation

Peter J. Martin

in Music and the Sociological Gaze

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780719072161
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701492 | DOI:
Spontaneity and organisation

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This chapter considers the relevance of the art world perspective to an understanding of jazz improvisation. It draws on Paul Berliner's authoritative research, and uses the career of Charlie Parker as an illustration. It argues that while jazz musicians have made contributions to music in a wide variety of ways, their greatest achievements have been the restoration of improvisation to the mainstream of western musical culture.

Keywords: art world; jazz improvisation; Paul Berliner; Charlie Parker; jazz musicians; improvisation; western musical culture

Chapter.  9177 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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