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By Ingrid Monson

The African Diaspora provides musical case reports from numerous areas of the African diaspora, together with Africa, the Caribbean, Latin the United States, and Europe, that interact with broader interdisciplinary discussions approximately race, gender, politics, nationalism, and song.

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And through performance practice, jazz becomes linked to cultural memory, signifyin(g) and ritual: The technique, knowledge of structure and theory, and the external ideas that facilitate and support improvisation, then, must be called on to convey, in coherent and effective presentation, what emerges from cultural memory. It is this dialogical effectiveness that jazz musicians strive for as they create and recreate, state and revise, in the spontaneous manner known as improvisation; it is this Signifyin(g) revision that is at the heart of the jazz player’s art; and it is this Signifyin(g) revision that debunks the notion that jazz is merely a style, not a genre, for in meeting the substantive demands of Signifyin(g) revision, it is not merely the manner in which attacks, releases, sustainings, tempi, and other technical-musical requirements are rendered that makes jazz.

Soulfulness which is associated with the blues, you know, the blues idiom and blues expression. And under that definition, Pat Metheny wouldn’t, doesn’t play with that, you know, that type of soul…. That’s not pejorative. Whereas someone like Stanley Turrentine to me is exemplary of that. I mean, he is just an incredibly bluesy, soulful player…. And, um, I think the thing I’ve gotten from him more than anything else is, you know, by listening to him I really learned a lot about playing the blues, and, and…that kind of “soul” style of tenor playing.

In addition to knowledge of the music’s history and the work of individual performers, Wilson (1995) feels that they must be willing to listen attentively and to respond to musical events: It’s kinda like…in a sense going to church, you know, as they say, “You have to be ready to receive,” you know….

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