[UCP Books]: A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation by John Corbett

“I wish I had this book twenty-five years ago! A hyper-insightful and thoughtfully organized book that also happens to be thoroughly entertaining, A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation is an essential read for anyone interested in the complex yet accessible world of musical improvisation.”
—Glenn Kotche, drummer and composer, Wilco

A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation

John Corbett 

US: April 11, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-226-35380-7 $15.00
UK: April 25, 2016 112 pages ▪ Paper £10.50

Some people just don’t get improvised music. To hear John Coltrane’s saxophonic flights of fancy, Jimi Hendrix’s feedback drenched guitar solos, or Ravi Shankar’s sitar extrapolations is, for some, to hear little more than nonsense—and these musicians barely scratch the surface of the subterranean world of improvisation. Don’t worry, John Corbett is here to help. In this eloquent, concise, humorous, and often inspiring field guide, he offers an enriching set of tools that show any curious listener how to really listen, and from it, understand and enjoy the human impulse—found all around the world—to make up music on the spot.



John Corbett is a writer, producer, and curator based in Chicago who has written extensively on jazz and improvised music and is the author of several books, including, most recently, Microgroove: Forays into Other Music.


Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information.



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