''Do You Know...?'': T...
Robert R. Faulkner
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''Do You Know...?'': The Jazz Repertoire in Action

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Every night, somewhere in the world, three or four musicians will climb on stage together. Whether the gig is at a jazz club, a bar, or a bar mitzvah, the performance never begins with a note, but with a question. The trumpet player might turn to the bassist and ask, “Do you know ‘Body and Soul’?”—and from there the subtle craft of playing the jazz repertoire is tested in

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Published September 15th 2009 by University of Chicago Press (first published 2009)
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This fascinating book is actually a work of sociology, although you might also find it in the music section of your local academic library.

The authors, both semi-professional jazz musicians (Faulkner on trumpet, Becker on piano), set out to answer the question - how do musicians work out what to play together, when the may only play together as a group on one occasion?

Their research, both personal (making records of performances over a period of three years) and observational (interviewing about...more
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Everyone who plays jazz or listens to it live should read this.
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