Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice in Music

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Da Capo Press, 1993 - Music - 146 pages
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Derek Bailey’s Improvisation, originally published in 1980, and here updated and extended with new interviews and photographs, is the first book to deal with the nature of improvisation in all its forms—Indian music, flamenco, baroque, organ music, rock, jazz, contemporary, and ”free” music. By drawing on conversations with some of today’s seminal improvisers—including John Zorn, Jerry Garcia, Steve Howe, Steve Lacy, Lionel Salter, Earle Brown, Paco Peña, Max Roach, Evan Parker, and Ronnie Scott—Bailey offers a clear-eyed view of the breathtaking spectrum of possibilities inherent in improvisational practice, while underpinning its importance as the basis for all music-making.
  

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User Review  - Cat - Goodreads

I can't recommend this book highly enough. A must read for all musicians from all genres. Read full review

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User Review  - Dorsey Bass - Goodreads

A great book exploring the musical practice of improvisation, structured in chapters that focus on several traditions from around the world (Indian classical, jazz, rock, flamenco). My main critique ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE
2
Indian music 2
8
Flamenco
13
PART TWO
20
Baroque 2
27
Organ 1
30
Organ 2
37
PART THREE
40
The composer in question
80
PART FIVE
84
Joseph Holbrooke
87
The Music Improvisation Company
95
The MIC the instrument
99
The MIC recording
104
Solo
106
PART SIX
114

Audience
45
Jazz 1
49
Jazz 2
55
PART FOUR
60
The composer and the nonimprovisor
67
The composer in practice 1
71
The composer in practice 2
76
Classroom improvisation
119
PART SEVEN
126
Company
134
Limits and freedom
141
Bibliography
144
Index
146
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Guitarist Derek Bailey has performed solo concerts throughout the world, played with most of the musicians associated with free improvisation, and recorded over ninety albums. He lives in London, where he divides his time between solo performances; organizing and playing in Company, an international ensemble of improvising musicians; running his own label, Incus Records; writing; and ad hoc musical activities.

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