Making it groove! Entrainment, participation and discrepancy in the 'conversation' of a jazz trio

Doffman, Mark (2009). Making it groove! Entrainment, participation and discrepancy in the 'conversation' of a jazz trio. Language and History, 52(1) pp. 130–147.

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Abstract

Focusing on a live performance by a jazz trio, this case study examines the wordless dialogical 'groove' between musicians. Building on ethnomusicological theories of interaction in conjunction with the notion of entrainment, the study makes use of in-depth temporal analysis of musical interaction alongside the reported phenomenal experiences of the participating musicians. This approach provides an intriguing triangulation between subjective experience and 'hard' temporal data and thus moves to a consideration of musical meaning away from the formal properties of a work and towards the dynamic interactions of the players. While the study of pragmatics has undoubtedly been important in the refinement of scholarly research into music performance, this article suggests that a turn to 'groove' may be of use in broadening our conceptions of linguistic interchange.

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