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Free Jazz: Deconstricting Derridean Genre Theory

Dan Adleman

Published: 2010-11-18

This article examines Derridean genre theory by probing the connection between Jacques Derrida's concern over taxonomic approaches to genre and his failure to win over the jazz audience during an improvised performance with Ornette Coleman at the 1997 Paris Jazz Festival.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.