Musical Improvisation

Art, Education, and Society
Author: Edited by Gabriel Solis and Bruno Nettl
Diverse perspectives and alternate takes on musical improvisation
Cloth – $125
978-0-252-03462-6
Paper – $32
978-0-252-07654-1
Publication Date: August 2009
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About the Book

"Cutting across traditional subject boundaries in music and cultural studies, this admirably comprehensive work adopts a welcome interdisciplinary ideal and makes a truly significant contribution to our knowledge of musical improvisation."--Robert Witmer, professor emeritus of music, York University

Contributors are Stephen Blum, Patricia Shehan Campbell, Sabine M. Feisst, Lawrence Gushee, Robert S. Hatten, William Kinderman, Natalie Kononenko, Robert Levin, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, Ingrid Monson, John P. Murphy, Bruno Nettl, A. Jihad Racy, Anne K. Rasmussen, Stephen Slawek, Gabriel Solis, Nicholas Temperley, John Toenjes, and Thomas Turino.

About the Author

Gabriel Solis is an associate professor of music and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making. Bruno Nettl is a professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-one Issues and Concepts and other works.

Reviews

"Valuable not only to researchers but also to performers, who will find their minds opened to how music different from their own can help them improvise better in their chosen genre. . . . Recommended."--Choice

"A goldmine of information. . . . that is relevant to the amateur and scholar alike."--Ethnomusicology

"An impressive and often sophisticated collection of essays. . . . it certainly constitutes a welcome addition to the field."--The World of Music

Blurbs

"Cutting across traditional subject boundaries in music and cultural studies, this admirably comprehensive work adopts a welcome interdisciplinary ideal and makes a truly significant contribution to our knowledge of musical improvisation."--Robert Witmer, professor emeritus of music, York University