Playin(g) Iterability and Iteratin(g) Play : Tradition and Innovation in Jazz Standards

Epistrophy 2 (2017)
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Abstract

This study draws a comparative framework between deconstructive reading of texts and jazz standards. It will be argued that both are defined by the constant play of tradition and innovation. On the one hand, the repetition of a set of rules and dominant understanding of texts/tunes that generates tradition. On the other hand, invention and improvisation that take on that tradition and generate innovation. The act of reading/playing becomes also an act of invention/improvisation that manifests a constant tension between the old that is handed down through writing/recording and the new that is generated by the reader/musician.

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Francesco Paradiso
University of Wolverhampton

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