Schenker "Time After Time:" A Modified Schenkerian Approach to Improvisations of Recent Jazz Saxophonists.
Abstract: Using music theorist Steve Larson's Schenkerian-oriented work on
jazz as a point of departure, I assert that modified Schenkerian techniques can offer new
insights about recent jazz saxophone performances. I have transcribed and analyzed Joshua
Redman's 2006 performance of "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," by Rodgers and
Hammerstein, from Oklahoma!; Rich Perry's 2007 version of ... read moreHarry Warren's and Mack Gordon's
"There Will Never Be Another You"; and Bob Mintzer's 2007 "Time After Time," written by
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. The analytic work does not rest on Schenkerian techniques alone;
it is supplemented with, for example, the analysis of form and motive, as well as
chord-scales (as determined by the features of the individual standards and improvisations)
in order to present a more complete picture of how jazz saxophonists are improvising today.
The three analyses I present demonstrate connections between the tune and the
improvisation- as well as the development of motivic ideas throughout the course of the
improvisations- that are perhaps most easily uncovered by Schenkerian tools. These
connections and developments are central in creating unified, coherent improvisations with
their own narratives- the stated goal for these performers.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: Janet Schmalfeldt.
Committee: John McDonald, and Joel Larue Smith.
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