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Jazz Changes$
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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Discourse on Jazz

Discourse on Jazz

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(p.137) Discourse on Jazz
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Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0018

Ragtime is a separate genre of African-American syncopated music; it is not a type of crude pre-jazz; however, it made a valuable contribution to jazz as a whole. It is, in a way, a formal and polished music. Much has been said regarding Morton's insistence that riffs were for background. Several of his recordings had riff melodies. He also pointed out that a pianist should emulate an orchestra. Almost every piano style in jazz was lifted from a band or horn style.

Keywords:   ragtime, pre-jazz, riffs, piano, horn, African-American syncopated music

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