Improv Quote of the Day: Some Things Don’t Translate

Music notation

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Western notation, when used to convey aspects of jazz and improvised music, tends to place undue emphasis on notes, chords, and harmonic progressions since these are most easily represented. The rhythmic, timbral, expressive, and interactive nuances of the music do not translate as easily to paper.

–David Borgo


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