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Music and the Sociological GazeArt Worlds and Cultural Production$
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Peter J. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072161

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072161.001.0001

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Spontaneity and organisation

Spontaneity and organisation

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Music and the Sociological Gaze

Peter J. Martin

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the relevance of the art world perspective to an understanding of jazz improvisation. It draws on Paul Berliner's authoritative research, and uses the career of Charlie Parker as an illustration. It argues that while jazz musicians have made contributions to music in a wide variety of ways, their greatest achievements have been the restoration of improvisation to the mainstream of western musical culture.

Keywords:   art world, jazz improvisation, Paul Berliner, Charlie Parker, jazz musicians, improvisation, western musical culture

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