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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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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis