Chapter Overview

This chapter introduces the student to some of the elements of music, with an emphasis on the terms and concepts that prove useful for describing and understanding jazz performances. Topics cover timbre (and the variations on timbre that produce individuality in jazz); instruments used in jazz ensembles; rhythm (free and pulse); meter (including downbeat and measure); polyrhythm (the distinctive, African-based approach to rhythm that produces "swing"); scales/modes, blues intonation; harmony and tonality; and texture (homophony, monophony, and polyphony).

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