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Third Stream Music

Karl Coulthard

Published: 2010-07-28

"Third stream" is a term coined to describe music produced through a blending of the first stream (classical music) and the second stream (jazz). This article explores the challenges that the third stream style of music raises for the improvising musician. It focuses primarily on the work of Gil Evans and Miles Davis, highlighting their mastery in the symbiosis of seemingly opposing musical forms.

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If people talked the way they drummed in improvisation, then I think the world would be a lot nicer…

– Youth participant, ICASP improvisation workshop