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REVIEW: Prinzip Improvisation

Roch Duval

Published: 2004-09-01

In this review by Roch Duval, vibraphonist Christopher Dell's "Prinzip Improvisation" is revealed to have an open-ended improvisational structure. Duval explains that rather than providing a simple definition or principle of improvisation, Dell instead presents a range of issues surrounding improvisation, and he encourages multiple readings just as improvised music invites multiple listening experiences.

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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