Now in paperback! Showcases professional work in the arena of jazz theory. Among the contributors are scholars of jazz theory as well as musicians, including four of the founding members of the jazz section of the Society for Music Theory. The articles offer a close analysis of a wide variety of jazz styles and span the years from the 1920s to the 1960s. Feature articles include analyses of the music of Johnny Dodds, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, an overview of jazz theory that examines its history and purpose, a discussion of linear intervallic patterns in the jazz repertory, and a review of scientific analyses of jazz microrhythms. Of great interest to jazz theorists, performers, educators and critics.
Henry Martin directs music theory and composition for the Mannes-New School Jazz Program, and is the Associate Editor for the Annual Review of Jazz Studies. Martin is the author of Charlie Parker and Thematic Improvisation (Scarecrow 1996). In addition, his award-winning composition, Preludes and Fugues, was recently released by GM Recordings and features pianist David Buechner.
Chapter 1 MAIN ARTICLES Chapter 2 Jazz Theory-An Overview Chapter 3 Blurring the Barline: Metric Displacement in the Piano Solos of Herbie Hancock Chapter 4 Blues for You, Johnny: Johnny Dodds and His "Wild Man Blues" Recordings of 1927 and 1928 Chapter 5 Linear Intervallic Patterns in Jazz Repertory Chapter 7 Microrhythms in Jazz: A Review of Papers Chapter 8 The Art of Charlie Parker's Rhetoric Chapter 9 John Coltrane's Meditations Suite-A Study in Symmetry Chapter 10 Outrageous Clusters: Dissonant Semitonal Cells in the Music of Thelonious Monk Chapter 11 PEDAGOGICAL SECTION Chapter 12 How Weird Can Things Get? (Maps for Pantonal Improvisation) Chapter 13 Hearing chords Chapter 14 Transcribing a Solo Using a Tape Constructed from a Compact Disc Player with A/B Repeat Function Chapter 15 BOOK REVIEW Chapter 16 Barry Kernfeld's What To Listen For in Jazz (Yale) Chapter 17 CO REVIEW Chapter 18 Bill Kirchner's Big Band Renaissance (Smithsonian)