This investigation seeks to explore connection points between music and societal processes, by linking improvised music to cultural networks and social practices. Exceeding musicological and action-theoretical reflections, the improvisation is regarded from a cultural sociological perspective, which asks how improvisational practices can be integrated into cultural, historical and discursive contexts. Taking free jazz as the scope of the investigation, it is argued that there is a necessity to discuss its characteristic improvisation, in connection to the critical, radical and aesthetical practices of the African-American community. The musical practices of free jazz, therefore, can be seen as social practices, in which a form of resistance is manifested through an intended liberation of the current musical and cultural order. Improvisation processes expressed in free jazz hence reflect an ethnically motivated strategy, in which the ruling system of values is questioned, while simultaneously offering alternative modes of expression
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.15332/s0120-8462.2012.0106.03
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,337
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America.Daniel Belgrad - 1999 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (3):384-385.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Improvisation: Jazz Improvisation.Garry Hagberg - 1998 - In Michael Kelly (ed.), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press. pp. 1--479.
Adorno on Jazz and Society.Joseph D. Lewandowski - 1996 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 (5):103-121.
Sonicism and Jazz Improvisation.Gary Iseminger - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (3):297-299.
Jazz Improvisation : A Mimetic Art ?Garry Hagberg - 2006 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4:469-485.
Repetition and Self-Realization in Jazz Improvisation.John M. Carvalho - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (3):285-290.
Knowing as Instancing: Jazz Improvisation and Moral Perfectionism.William Day - 2000 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (2):99-111.
The Fundamental Heteronomy of Jazz Improvisation.Bruce Ellis Benson - 2006 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4:453-467.
Four Approaches to Jazz Improvisation Instruction.David Schroeder - forthcoming - Philosophy of Music Education Review 10 (1):36-40.
Cultivating an Aesthetic of Unfolding: Jazz Improvisation as a Self-Organizing System.Frank J. Barrett - 2000 - In Stephen Linstead & Heather Höpfl (eds.), The Aesthetics of Organization. Sage Publications. pp. 228--45.
Performing the Unexpected Improvisation and Artistic Creativity.Alessandro Bertinetto - 2012 - Daimon: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 57:117-135.


Added to PP index

Total views
23 ( #493,122 of 2,508,119 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #416,711 of 2,508,119 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes