Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:GUITARIST JOHN SCOFIELD’S IMPROVISATIONAL CONCEPTS IN SELECTED PIANO LESS QUARTETS
Author(s):Burns, Timothy William
Contributor(s):Associate Professor Lawrence Gray; Professor Jeffrey Magee; Professor Charles McNeill; Professor Heinrich Taube
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):John
Scofield
guitar
music
improvisation
jazz
Abstract:John Scofield has created a very distinctive guitar sound and style over a long and impressive recording career spanning 40 years. He has played and recorded with many legendary musicians throughout this time. He has been both sideman and leader on recordings encompassing a wide variety of styles and instrumentation including periods with both Miles Davis and Joe Henderson’s bands. His improvisational style bridges the period between early pioneers of guitar from the 1940’s & 50’s based in Swing and Bebop, and more modern approaches which incorporate elements of modality, advanced harmonies and rock/pop musical influences. To date, little scholarly research has been done on Scofield. This thesis will explore and analyze the improvisational style of John Scofield in the context of a piano-less quartet. It will focus on his playing with three different piano-less quartets comprised of; guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums. This instrumentation puts the guitar in the dual performance role of soloist and main harmonic accompanist. This is a significant variance from the 1920’s - 60’s more common reliance on the piano as primary harmonic instrument in the ensemble.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Burns, Timothy William. GUITARIST JOHN SCOFIELD’S IMPROVISATIONAL CONCEPTS IN SELECTED PIANO LESS QUARTETS. Doctoral project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90986
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-11


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