Rethinking Interaction in Jazz Improvisation

@article{Givan2016RethinkingII,
  title={Rethinking Interaction in Jazz Improvisation},
  author={Benjamin Givan},
  journal={Music Theory Online},
  year={2016},
  volume={22}
}
  • B. Givan
  • Published 1 September 2016
  • Art
  • Music Theory Online
[1] In the wake of Paul Berliner's and Ingrid Monson's landmark interview-based research of the mid-1990s, the notion that "good jazz improvisation is sociable and interactive just like a conversation" (Monson 1996, 84) has become near-conventional wisdom in the field of jazz studies.(1) Numerous other scholars have since demonstrated conclusively that spontaneous ensemble interaction is a prominent element of jazz, and in so doing have greatly enrichened our knowledge and understanding of this… 

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