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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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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