Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The craft of spontaneous composition: How jazz saxophonists have approached the instrumental solo in pop music
by Castaneda, Ramsey H., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 36; 1527896
Abstract (Summary)

The craft of spontaneous composition used by jazz saxophonists in pop music is a demanding challenge that only the most musically flexible and astute can successfully accomplish. Employing the appropriate amount of swing feel, bebop harmony, blues scales, fast lines, repetitive riffs, and other musical elements is a delicate recipe that can be easily foiled. Jazz saxophonists playing pop solos walk a thin line between drawing on the language of jazz and creating an appropriate solo for popular music. This project shows how four jazz saxophonists, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, and Bob Reynolds, have synthesized key elements of jazz improvisation in solos performed in popular music contexts. I examine their use of harmonic language, melody, rhythm, phrase structure, tone, and musical interaction. Separate chapters are dedicated to each of the four musicians and incorporate both a biography and an analysis of solos demonstrating jazz influence and derivation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Briggs, Ray
Commitee: Jarvis, Jeff, Mason, James
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1527896
ISBN: 9781303984204
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