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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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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.