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In this work, Ingrid Monson juxtaposes musicians' talk and musical examples to ask how musicians go about "saying something" through music in a way that articulates identity, politics, and race. Through interviews with Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Sir Roland Hanna, Billy Higgins, Cecil McBee, and others, she develops a perspective on jazz improvisation that has "interactiveness" at its core, in the creation of music through improvisational interaction, in the shaping of social communities and networks through music, and in the development of cultural meanings and ideologies that inform the interpretation of jazz in twentieth-century American cultural life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226534787
ISBN-10: 0226534782
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ingrid Monson

Ingrid Monson is assistant professor of music at Washington University.

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