This edited collection will give the reader many hours of fine reading enjoyment concerning the art of jazz improvisation! In addition to the introduction by the editors, there are many indepth articles.
Among the many engaging and interesting articles are "A Composition on Improvisation" by Michael Snow, "Harmonic Anatomy: Women in Improvisation" by Pauline Oliveros, "Improvised Music After 1950: Afrological and Eurological Perspectives" by George E. Lewis, "Playing like a Girl: The Queer Laughter of the Feminist Improvising Group" by Julie Dawn Smith, "Improvisation and Imitation: Marlon Brando as Jazz Actor," and "Paracritical Hinge" by Nathaniel Mackey. These articles explain, enlighten, and offer stimulating insights into jazz improvisation.
For something unusual in scope, and educational, this is a nice reference work. Detailed and exciting reading. The writings are crisp, fresh, and original.This book is a fine look at the multiple visions of jazz improvisation. These visions are revealed and shared by a wide range of contributors, such as artists, critics, musicians, and promoters. A nice collection to have!