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II-V-I and Finding a Groove: Ethics in the Improvised Relationship

Scott Herder

Published: 2010-08-24

This article examines the nature of the improvised relationship as including the potentiality for each of the individuals to find a 'groove' together, and/or discord, as part of a positive process. The dependence on repertoire and fundamental structures, as discussed in Robert Faulkner and Howard Becker's "Do You Know...?: The Jazz Repertoire in Action", and the aptitude for gaining a feeling or 'groove', as in Ingrid Monson's "Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction", both inform the sense of ethics in an improvised relationship. This article uses these sources to explore the way the ethics of an improvised relationship affect ideas of aesthetic virtue.

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag